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Connected Learning Centre selected as BETT award finalist for fifth year running

We are delighted to share that the Connected Learning Centre (CLC), part of Education Development Trust, has been selected as a finalist for the BETT awards for the fifth consecutive year.

The BETT awards recognize UK-based companies and organisations that demonstrate consistently high-quality ICT services, with exceptional customer service to ensure that products are effective in the classroom. Nominees need to be able to demonstrate their success in developing and extending ICT within an educational context, and making a noticeable difference to teaching and learning.

This has been another highly successful year for the CLC team, and we are proud to have made a measurable impact on each school we support. In the last academic year, despite the constraints of the pandemic, lockdowns and school closures, CLC worked directly with 194 schools and settings, 8,855 pupils and 1882 teachers (an increase on last year). More than 90% of teachers tell us that the work they’ve done with CLC will have a positive impact on learning outcomes for pupils, while nearly 95% say it will improve their teaching practice.

The team has also worked hard to build relationships with corporate and cultural partners, providing exceptional opportunities to the schools they support through projects with organisations such as IBM, Tate and First News. Thanks to its innovative use of technology, the team has enabled 480 pupils to collaborate live across 10 schools for a media literacy project with First News and 210 pupils across five schools to collaborate for a Tate-inspired digital arts project. A total of 1601 pupils received virtual experiences from the CLC.

In addition, with its experience and expertise in digital CPD, CLC launched its flagship programme of free professional development and resources for teachers to support blended learning pedagogy: BlendEd. So far, this has provided teachers with 12 live CPD events, 22 self-paced on-demand courses, 100 videos of teachers and 200+ blended learning resources shared, with contributions from educators across Europe.

Internationally, CLC has also worked with Unicef to deliver Learning Bridges via Padlet – a low tech solution that reached more than 1 million Jordanian young people. Its Edraak/QRTA course Education Technology: Principles, Strategies, Applications has now been taken by more than 80,000 educators across the MENA region.

We are delighted by CLC’s remarkable achievements and well-deserved status as finalist for this year’s BETT awards. To find out more about CLC and the work that the team does, please visit: https://theclc.co.uk/.