Cate and Tina DetheridgeThe future of one of the UK's oldest special needs brands, Widgit Software, has finally been secured following a round of bidding for the assets of parent company Logotron.

While liquidators Begbies Traynor will not issue a statement until the disposal of all Logotron assets is finalised, it is understood that a consortium which includes the originial Widgit founders, the Detheridge family, and Terry Johnson, former partner in the successful US symbol company Mayer-Johnson, has signed a contract for the Widgit brand and assets.

Crunch time for veteran education brands as bidding closes for Logotron assets
The fate of one of the UK's oldest and most respected special-needs ICT brands, Widget Software, could be decided this week. The closing deadline for bids for the assets of Logotron Ltd, which include the world renowned creator of the Widgit Symbols set for literacy and inclusion, passed at midday on Wednesday August 31.

Liquidator Begbies Traynor, the commpany handling the sale to maximise the value of the assets to distribute funds (minus costs) to Logotron creditors, says: β€œThe most desirable outcome would be that all three divisions are sold to purchasers who will keep the businesses going, preserve the supply chain and save some jobs.”

John Galloway explores the special needs technology void left by the closure of Becta
Chris StevensThe bonfire of the quangoes' was lit a little over a year ago, and among the first on the pyre was Becta, the last whisp of which finally drifted away in March.

The closure, and what imprint might remain, were debated with widely varying views – from those who volunteered to strike the match, to those with buckets and hoses at the ready. In the small but highly dedicated field of ICT and special educational needs however, there was almost universal disappointment that Becta's small but expert team was going.

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Sally McKeown kept a brief for for SEN and ICT at the TES Schools Awards

There I was drinking champagne before midday at the Hilton in Park Lane, London. I was attending the TES Schools Awards and was the guest of Real Training, sponsors of the Outstanding Special Needs School of the Year Award.

Imagine my delight when I found that three of the six schools shortlisted for the Special School of the Year Award appear in my forthcoming book Brilliant Ideas for using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom which I wrote with training expert Angie McGlashon. It seems we have a talent for spotting the best practitioners!

Sally McKeown visits Nasen to see Recordable Bar pick up the ICT award

Recordable Bar"It may not have the flashing lights and the thumping music or the compere no one's heard of but the Nasen Awards are still well received by the wider special needs community," said one of the speakers at the Reebok stadium in Bolton where eight awards were presented.

The Nasen Awards represent 'excellence and best practice' in books and resources for special educational needs. There are awards for children's books, academic and professional resources and materials for classroom activities. There is also a highly regarded technology award for the ICT Resource to support Teaching and Learning.