The Education Resource Awards 2012 Shortlist Released

Press Release

The United Kingdom’s (UK) most outstanding educational resources, suppliers, educators and institutions were today selected as finalists for the Education Resource Awards (ERAs) 2012. Organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Brilliant Marketing Solutions Ltd., the ERAs highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most inspiring members of the teaching profession.

Ray Barker, director of BESA, comments: “The Awards aim to test and identify the best resources available to today’s schools and classrooms. Now in their fourteenth successful year, what makes these Awards really different is that they focus on the resources, services and people that really make a practical impact on learning and the day-to-day work of the teachers in the classroom. At a time when schools are being given more freedom to use their professional judgement to organise learning as they see fit, the Awards play an increasingly important role in helping to identify products that make a real difference to education.” 

Education Resources Awards 2012 shortlist

Best Special Education Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Dockside Reading Scheme, Rising Stars

Sensory Swing, Inside-Out-Nature

Special Games, LDA

Best Special Education Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Read&Write GOLD, Texthelp

Storyphones Digital, Storyphones

Tables of Doom, Net Educational Systems

The Fairy Tales, SEN Assist

Primary Sign Language, School of Sign Language

Best Early Years Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Effective Practice in Outdoor Learning, Featherstone

Time to Talk Baskets, TTS Group Ltd

Treasure Cylinders, TTS Group Ltd

Wild Animals Set, LEGO Education Europe

Best Early Years Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Early Years World, Sherston Software

Easi-Detectors, TTS Group Ltd

Reading Eggs, 3P Learning Ltd

Traditional Storyteller Apps, Day Two Productions

Best Primary Resource or Equipment – non ICT

Change 4 Life Primary Pack, Youth Sport Direct & Youth Sport Trust

Jolly Back Chair and service, Jolly Back

Large Den Kit, Hope Education

My Body Board, Wrightype Design

Read and Respond, Scholastic Ltd

Read Write Inc. One-to-one Phonics Tutoring Kit, Oxford University Press

Best Primary Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Easi-Walker, TTS Group Ltd

Fluency Tutor, Texthelp

Learnpad from Avantis, Avantis Systems

Matalan Top Games, Youth Sport Direct & & Youth Sport Trust

Oddizzi, Oddizzi

Spellodrome, 3P Learning Ltd

Story Stage, Scholastic Ltd

Best Secondary Resource or Equipment – non ICT

All Talk, BT, The Full English, HoWoCo and dialogics

Dockside Reading Scheme, Rising Stars

Employability Skills Workshops, British Army / Education Connections

High Performers, Crown House Publishing

Investigating Spoken Language, English and Media Centre

Teachers’ Pocketbooks, Teachers’ Pocketbooks

Best Secondary Resource or Equipment – involving ICT

Frozen Oceans, Digital Explorer


Learnpad from Avantis, Avantis Systems

Macbeth Interactive Motion Comic, Classical Comics

Syngenta Periodic Table, dbda for Syngenta, CTVC Ltd

Twig Science, Twig World

Educational Book Award

Effective Practice in Outdoor Learning, Featherstone

Into Connectors, Scholastic Ltd

Performing Science, Continuum

Special Games, LDA

Switched On ICT, Rising Stars

Teachers’ Pocketbooks, Teachers’ Pocketbooks

Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, A&C Black

Leadership in Education

Carole Connelly, Lead Adviser Standards and School Effectiveness, Hertfordshire

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, Digital Explorer

Jan Lewanowski and Maggie Constable, Languages Consultants, Bedford

Kerry Waters, Head teacher, Pontnewydd Primary School

Leigh Beddows, Bank Leaze Primary School

Raminder Dhami, Saltwells EDC, Dudley

Roz Goldman, Head teacher, Creunant Primary School

Educational Establishment of the Year

All Saints Catholic School, Dagenham

Kingsley School and Granby Children’s Centre Team, Liverpool

Pontnewydd Primary School, Cwmbran

Rayleigh Primary School, Essex

Rydon Primary, Newton Abbot

Villiers High School, Southall

Education Exporter of the Year

3P Learning

Little Bridge World

Netsupport Ltd

Sunflower Learning

TTS Group Ltd

Whizz Education

Supplier of the Year: with less than £1million annual turnover

Axis Education

Crossbow Education Ltd

Immersive Education

Mind Lab UK Ltd

Supplier of the Year: with between £1million and £3million annual turnover

3P Learning

Smart Kids UK Ltd

Youth Sport Direct

Supplier of the Year: with over £3million annual turnover




The Consortium

TTS Group Ltd

Innovation Award

ePace, Dynevor

Hand Held Talking Communicator, EMAS UK Ltd

Learnpad from Avantis, Avantis Systems

Oxford Owl, OUP

Promethean ActivBoard 500, Promethean

SIMS Discover, Capita SIMS

Twig Science, Twig World

Marketing Campaign of the Year Award

Berol by Papermate, Berol Win a Minibus

itslearning, itslearning

Staedtler, Staedtler (UK) Teachers’ Club

Outstanding Achievement Award

To be awarded on the night

Ray Barker continues: “The ERAs are judged by an independent panel of education experts, all teaching and learning professionals, providing peace of mind to the UK’s teachers that the judging process is robust. The chosen shortlist

reflects the needs of the education sector right now, detailing innovative and cost-effective resources, exemplary companies and proven approaches to education.” Winners will be announced at the annual gala event at The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Friday 16 March, the second evening of the Education Show 2012.

The Education Resource Awards are sponsored by Berol, Findel Education, Hope Education and supported by the National Association of Head Teachers, The Schools Network, nasen and UK Trade & Investment. The Education Guardian is the media partner for the Awards.

About BESA

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market.

With over 75 years of experience, BESA offers unparalleled support, research, events and advice on both UK and International markets, and the future of the education supplies industry. BESA is focused on promoting and providing support and advice to their members, the industry and to schools.

BESA has a Code of Practice to which all members must adhere, along with a stringent membership process, both of which assure buyers of a high standard of quality in both product and customer service.

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About Brilliant Marketing Ltd

‘Brilliant Marketing’ is an events management company who specialise in organising awards, conferences, seminars, and educational learning days for the education industry. Over the last 14 years, Brilliant has passionately been involved with the education sector and is proud to have developed links with the key associations and companies who support the inaugural ERA’s (Education Resources Awards).

Our media partner is the Education Guardian, who has joined forces to promote the prestigious occasion. In conjunction with BESA. the Brilliant team further support the charity ‘Kariandusi School Trust’ and are heavily involved with contributing to this cause through the main event at the National Motorcycle Museum.

For further press information contact:

Sue Murray/Rachel Womack, Mango Marketing

T: 01932 829 077


For information from BESA contact:

Ray Barker, BESA

T: 020 7537 4997


For information from Brilliant Marketing contact:

Chris Milton, Brilliant Marketing Solutions

T:01622 623 164

M 07905 506 470