Education Resources Awards 2010 shortlist released

The UK’s most outstanding educational resources, suppliers, educators and institutions have today been selected as finalists for the Education Resource Awards (ERAs) 2010.

Organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa) and Affinity Media, the ERAs highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession and supplies industry, all working together to encourage the very best in education.

Ray Barker, director of Besa, said: “What sets the Education Resource Awards apart is that they aim to make the lives of teachers easier, by testing and identifying the best resources available to today’s schools and classrooms. Schools can look to the finalists, and the soon-to-be-announced winners, as exemplary companies with practical products that are fit for purpose and provide real value for money.”

Shortlisted entries, which are ICT-related, include:

Special Educational Needs
GL Assessment, Dyslexia Portfolio
Net Educational Systems, Nessy Learning Programme Deluxe
Power of 2 Publishing,
Texthelp Systems, Read & Write Gold

Early Years
A&C Black, What If ? Series
Focus Educational Software, Focus on Bee-Bot Digital Learning Suite
Mantra Lingua, Talking Phonics with RecorderPEN (Pack 1)
SMART Technologies, SMART Table
TTS Group, Sound Wall

Primary Resources
2Simple Software, 2Create a Superstory
Dbda, Nationwide Education
Focus Educational Software, Focus on Bee-Bot Digital Learning Suite, Kidogo
TAG Learning (Bli Education), Anithings

Secondary Resources
Channel 4 Learning, Clipbank
Focus Educational Software, Focus on Climate Change
Philip Harris, Acquire Data Logger

Education Exporter of the Year (in association with UK Trade & Investment)
Findel Education
Whizz Education

Supplier of the Year (less than £1million turnover)
Genesis Images
School Surplus
Whizz Education

Supplier of the Year (between £1 million and £3 million turnover)
Brainwaves Rewards
Invicta Group
Motivation in Learning

Supplier of the Year (over £3 million turnover)
Davies Sports
Espresso Education
Philip Harris
Rising Stars UK
The Consortium

Innovation Award
2Simple Software, 2Simple Online Tools
Boomerang Ed, Boomerang Innovation Diary Range
Dbda, Nationwide Education
E2BN, Cookit!
EMASUK, Two Can Talk
Studio Distract Ltd, Silent City Streets, Wrecked and Investigators

The Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced on the night.

“Once again, the Education Resource Awards received a huge number of entries, showing just how valued this mark of excellence is within the sector. The Education Resource Awards are judged by an independent panel of education experts, all teaching and learning professionals, providing piece of mind to the UK’s teachers that the judging process is robust,” Ray said.

The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held in Birmingham, at The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on the second evening of The Education Show 2010: Friday 5 March 2010.