Giant UK ICT in education tradeshow BETT was the best-attended yet, the organisers have confirmed.

The show saw attendance climb 3.5 per cent, with 29,774 (subject to ABC audit) professional educators visiting the event.

Exhibitors were happy, too, before the show ended they had already rebooked 98 per cent of exhibition floor space, suggesting Apple will return to the show once again next year, between 9 - 12 January. Apple traditionally maintains a major presence at the event.

At the centre of BETT this year, was the new 'Tomorrow’s Learners Today' feature focusing on the Building Schools for the Future programme. Young people surveyed BETT visitors about their thoughts on what the future of education might look like, which resulted in some compelling and rather surprising findings.

Briony Mansell-Lewis, group head of events at BETT organisers, Emap Education said: “It’s remarkable testament to everybody involved that such an established event as BETT can still continue to develop and improve year on year. It’s thanks to the constant innovation from suppliers exhibiting at the show, our continued support from all the relevant Government agencies, as well as to the enthusiasm and passion that BETT visitors have for using technology to improve teaching and learning in the UK and around the world.”
Ray Barker, director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) concluded; “The show is also an excellent demonstration of how the industry has responded to the sector's needs over the last 12 months, with the constant development of materials that fully support ever-changing teaching requirements."