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'Old, new, loved and neglected' – BETT Awards 2014

'Old, new, loved and neglected' – BETT Awards 2014

Gerald Haigh invokes Alberto Semprini in his reflections on some of the BETT Awards finalists 
Remember Semprini? Probably not. He was a radio star of the Fifties and Sixties, a charming and highly popular pianist who hosted a light music programme called Semprini Serenade. Here he is playing the amateur pianist’s Everest, Sinding’s ‘Rustle of Spring’ (‘Bet tha can’t play t’ Rustle o’ Spring, Gerald,’ they used to say to me.)

Why did I think of him when I read down the list of BETT 2014 Award winners and runners-up? Because Semprini always introduced his show with the same words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones." I guess there can be no finer tribute to the BETT Awards process than the way their choices so beautifully fit that description.

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Inclusive a popular choice for BETT SEN award

Inclusive a popular choice for BETT SEN award

Sal McKeown welcomes the recognition for Inclusive Technology at the BETT Awards 2014
It was no surprise at all when Inclusive Technology's ChooseIt! Maker 3 won the BETT Award l...

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'Nice show, shame about the Gove.' Inside BETT 2014

'Nice show, shame about the Gove.' Inside BETT 2014

Jack Kenny has attended BETT since the first at the Barbican. This is his personal view of BETT 2014
What is wrong with us? We all sat there on the first morning of the 30th BE...

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Better to blow a Fuze than a Raspberry - it's easier

Better to blow a Fuze than a Raspberry - it's easier

Raspberry Pi is a little techie – but FUZE makes it easier for teachers to manage, says Drew Buddie
When your 13-year-old daughter excitedly exclaims, “What’s that gadget dad?&...

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EFF9 takes reform debate to EWF education ministers

EFF9 takes reform debate to EWF education ministers

'To school or not' – Experts from Colombia and India take the debate to the decision makers
Education reformer Michael Fullan was so convincing at the Education Fast Forward 8 ...

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