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Plenty of praise for a change

Education is a sector short of accolades. Too often it's the negative that makes the news with phrases such as "bog standard", "crisis" and "failure" hitting the headlines while high achievement and dedication rarely make the front page.

But times are changing. The BETT Awards for technology resources have been running for three years, the Teaching Awards are in their third year, the ICT in Practice Awards were held for the first time this year, and the Education Resources Awards (ERAs), are in their fourth year - all fairly new to the scene.

Unlikeother awards, the ERAs offer recognition to individual teachers and schools and the educational supplies industry. Run by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), ERAs recognise the work of the often overlooked sectors within the education industry as well as the more obvious ones.

This year, nominated companies include established names such as SEMERC, Sherston and Oxford University Press, alongside new names such as 2Simple Software and Immersive Technology, both making a splash with their first products.

At the time of going to press, organisers were still counting the votes cast by educational professionals. The full list of voting categories and nominations is: Education Resources: Special Education

Three Bears Furniture - NES Arnold

Percussion Plus Instruments - Percussion Plus

Out and About - SEMERC

Alphasmart 3000 - TAG Learning

Education Resources: Early Years

Infant Video Toolkit - 2Simple Softare

The Early Years Big Board - NES Arnold

Number Train - Sherston Software

Education Resources: Primary

Oxford Literacy Web Anthologies - Oxford University Press

Junior Multimedia Lab - Sherston Software

Fiction Writing Posters - TTS

Oxford Maths Zone - Oxford University Press Citizenship Across and Beyond -

BBC Educational Publishing

Education Resources: Secondary

Black Profile Series - Tamarind Press

Britannic Street - Britannic Assurance

Shakespeare Interactive CD ROM - Educational Communication in partnership

with Lloyds TSB and the Royal National Theatre

geog.1 - Oxford University Press

Inspiration - TAG Learning

Education Resources: ICT

Kar2ouche - Immersive Education

BT ICT@school website - Educational Communications

IntelPlay QX3 Computer Microscope - TAG Learning

Supplier of the Year: under pound;3 million annual turnover

Goodwill Art Service; Sherston Software; Superstickers

Supplier of the Year: over pound;3 million annual turnover Blue point;

GLS; Educational Supplies; Viglen The six other awards, which will be

decided by the judges are: Leadership in Teaching; Educational

Establishment of the Year; UK Innovation Award; Education Exporter of the

Year; Education in Partnership of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement


The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Motorcycle

Museum in Birmingham on March 22, the opening day of the show

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