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4654, 779TCLOUD18Visit to be among the first to know what we are premiering at stand C76BETT Update sponsored byeducation sector's trade association, working with standards are always optimised. As part of this, the current issues and views in our schools. changes relating to ICT over the past year.Moving to the curriculum, schools once again had a lot more confidence in the new freedom to teach different subject areas in the way that they want, with the technologies to suit each student's specific requirements. The only area of the curriculum that raised concern was the Government's view that synthetic phonics is the only approach to teaching reading. Schools are aware of the restrictions of phonics materials linked to matched funding at Key Stage 1, but many feel there is more value in buying their own resources that match their needs rather than be forced into buying those 'approved products', even with matched funding. Secondary schools offering the Ebacc have many challenges, one being the fact that they will have to offer teaching of any number of languages - Mandarin, Hindi-Urdu, Bengali, Russian or Japanese to name just a few. Taking this one step further, we should ask the question whether modern foreign languages will have to continue to be taught at primary level if we are to achieve a good standard at secondary. In both cases, relatively expensive specialist teaching support will have to be weighed up against eLearning resources that may at least support a part of this teaching.It is the head teachers who are experiencing the biggest need for change, as they are having to move from managing their school's budgets to managing their own 'business'. A steep transformation has happened in a very short time and while many of the changes were welcomed, concerns are inevitable.The new freedoms, and changes in curriculum and assessment all point to the fact that continuing professional development (CPD) is an increasingly big issue and to this end BETT's extensive CPD programme delivered by the highest calibre speakers makes the show a must-attend event. Be sure to check the CPD seminar and conference programme at, as it develops over the coming months. This is a real investment in developing and responding to the challenges of ICT. Although it is best to secure your place by booking online in advance (cost £15). If you are in any doubt as to which seminars are right for you, please come to the BESA Information point in the Grand Hall where will be happy to discuss your challenges and answer any questions, including recommending the best CPD route for you.ICTupdate

Visit to be among the first to know what we are premiering at stand C76BETT Update sponsored byyoubett - the online social community for BETT Visitors.BETT is the ideal meeting place for educators to share ideas and discuss the issues they are facing. There are plenty of opportunities to network with peers on the show floor, but youbett allows you to connect with like-minded BETT visitors online throughout the year. Connect with your peers. youdiscuss - Join discussions on the latest issues, policy and ICT resources in education. . youshare - A place for resources. You can contribute to the BETT teaching community by uploading useful information on the latest ICT resources - through product reviews, lesson plans, help sheets, photos and videos. . youblog - Get the latest on the industry from leading groups and associations within the BETT community. We already have some fantastic guest bloggers lined up to provide comment and views on the education sector; if you would like to contribute get in touch with us now by emailing: To find out more visit 2012New for i2012youbett