2Do It Yourself2Simple's 2Do It Yourself, Crick's Write Online and Gemin-i's Rafi.ki are classic software ICT products that were among the award winners at the Education Show in Birmingham last week (March 26-28, full list below).

Teachers and schools were also in the limelight. Wendy Sharp, of Alfreton Grange Arts College, Derbyshire, won the Leadership in Education category, while Rivington and Blackrod High School, Bolton, was named Education Establishment of the Year.

“The Educational Resource Awards recognise what is of real value to teaching professionals – resources that are practical, creative and supportive of their needs, as well as services and individuals that truly make a difference," says Ray Barker, director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa) which organised the awards  (with Affinity Media). "Educationalists can rest assured that each winner demonstrates excellence within the sector.”

He was happy to point out that 14 of the 15 winners were members of Besa: "This demonstrates that BESA members are developing innovative resources that really help to support teachers, and provide good value-for-money for schools."

Education Resources Awards 2009 winners list:

Special Educational Needs Resources and Equipment – using ICT
Net Educational Systems Ltd., Nessy Fingers

Early Years Resources and Equipment - using ICT
Pearson Education, Abacus Evolve Foundation

Primary Resources and Equipment – using ICT
2Simple Software, 2Do It Yourself (reviewed here)

21st Century Learning Environments
Rafi.ki, Rafi.ki

Secondary Resources and Equipment – using ICT
Crick Software Ltd, WriteOnline

Innovation
TTS Group, Easi-Speak

Supplier of the Year – Between £1 and £3 million
FrogTrade Ltd

Education Exporter
Manic Monkey

Outstanding Achievement
Rod Hunt and Alex Brychta – Oxford Reading Tree

Early Years Resources and Equipment - non ICT
Commotion Group, Sensory Blocks

Primary Resources and Equipment – non ICT
Davies Sports, Crazy Catch

Secondary Resources and Equipment – non ICT
The English and Media Centre, Doing Ads

Supplier of the Year – Under £1 million
Numicon Ltd

Supplier of the Year – Over £3 million
Office Depot UK Ltd

Leadership in Education
Wendy Sharp, Alfreton Grange Arts College, Derbyshire

Education Establishment of the Year
Rivington and Blackrod High School, Bolton

British Educational Suppliers Association (Besa)