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BETT logo 2014.png
BETT 2014 logo
Status active
Genre Trade exhibition
Frequency Annual
Venue ExCeL Centre, London
Country England
Inaugurated 1985 (1985), as the British Educational Training and Technology Show
Most recent 22-25 January 2014

BETT or The BETT show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom that showcases the use of information technology in education. Founded in 1985, it has expanded to fill both the National and Grand Halls at the Olympia exhibition centre in London, England, with the result that from 2013 it will move to the ExCeL Centre in London's Docklands. BETT celebrated its 25th anniversary at the 2009 show.

The show was first held in January 1985 as the “Hi Technology and Computers in Education Exhibition” at the Barbican Centre, central London, in association with the British Educational Equipment Association. As the use of technology in education increased, so did the show, and had outgrown the Barbican by 1993, when the move to Olympia was made.[1]

The show has also expanded from being a purely technology show, and whilst there are stands for companies ranging from multinationals Microsoft and Apple Inc. to small single-product firms, others attending include the Department for Children, Schools and Families,[2]

BETT attracts around 30,000 visitors from over 100 different countries including school leaders and practitioners as well as ICT Frontline staff with an average annual budget of £46,238. Around 700 technology companies who market to schools, colleges and education establishments exhibit at the show.[3]

A large number of seminars from well-known providers are held at BETT, which offer training (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities for education professionals.[4] Education Secretary Michael Gove gave keynote speeches at the 2012 and 2014 events.[5]

Criticised in the past for perhaps marginalising teachers due to the increasing business nature of the show,[6] the producers (EMAP) have introduced a number of teacher friendly events such as TeachMeet to tackle this.[7]



The BETT Awards are an annual celebration for the highest levels of achievement by companies that exhibit at the BETT show and supply Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for education.[9]


  1. ^ "History of BETT". EMAP. Retrieved 2009-09-03. [dead link]
  2. ^ "BETT 2004 webcast". Teachernet. Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
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  4. ^ "BETT 2009 Seminar Programme". eLearning Industry Association of Victoria. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Michael Gove speaks about computing and education technology". Department for Education. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Davitt, John (2008-03-18). "Are teachers getting a fair deal?". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  7. ^ Usher, Ian (2009-02-02). "TeachMeet09Bett". TeachMeet. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  8. ^ "BETT Show Groupcall Limited". BETT Show. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "BETT Awards". BETT. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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