EFF at the Education World Forum debates a crucial strategic topic – learning to grow economies
Andreas SchleicherAndreas Schleicher: EFF speakerPoliticians love to talk about reviving economies through education, but is anyone doing it? And if so, how?

Change pressure group Education Fast Forward (EFF) kickstarts Bett Week 2015 by bringing in experts who can answer many of those questions – including Andreas Schleicher (pictured left) and Stefan Dercon – to lead its globally accessible "Turning School Performance to Economic Success" debate at London's Education World Forum.

Tony Parkin appreciates Barnet schools' practical and creative approach to computing

With the emphasis on creating and making in the new computing curriculum, many schools are seeking more creative ways to adapt their teaching. Rather than settling for merely using tablet technology, there is a huge growth in interest in having pupils design apps, and even build their own or have their designs produced professionally.  

Pupils from Tudor Primary School in Finchley recently took part in a special event to celebrate the official launch of their prize-winning app, Barnet Run, alongside pupils from other Barnet schools. It was held at Manorside Primary School.

As education shows cross borders, former Bett director Joe Willcox traces the Bett roots of 'Learning'
Rani Sarala Devi School, BangaloreLearning on the move: Students at Rani Sarala Devi School, Bangalore (photograph courtesy of Siddarth.P.Raj, Wikimedia Commons)I’ve worked on live events for 14 years. In that time, I’ve helped to organise conferences and expos for a wide variety of audiences – EFL teachers, high-powered telecoms executives and IT professionals from every kind of business. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of the world on my events travels – Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the USA and South America.

But one period of my career clearly stands out as the most enjoyable to date – my three-year stint on the Bett Show executive team, which started on a blazing hot day in July 2010.

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The PM's National College for Digital Skills? Look behind the computing policy codes
Prime minister David Cameron's recent razzmatazz, electioneering announcement about a new National College for Digital Skills glossed over disturbing feedback on teacher readiness for the new computing curriculum and also about his new college bedfellows.

Surveys of teacher preparedness for 'computing' are consistently ringing alarm bells, and two of the people behind the NCDS – protégés of Teach First – have been involved in an unseemly dispute over the use of the preferred title, "Code College", which they "launched" earlier in 2014 even though an experienced programming expert and successful teacher educator was already running one.  

Teachers and classroom practice are at the heart of World Teach In 2014
Amy KingAmy King, SEN teacher and ‘GlamChem blogger’Imperial College London will host a major event for primary science teachers on half-term weekend (November 1-2). World Teach In 2014, organised by online science provider Tigtag and education consultants Suklaa in association with Imperial, promises a weekend of inspiration from key figures like Sir Robert Winston, Professor Maggie Dolman and curriculum expert Anne Goldsworthy.

It's closely focused on classroom practice and features a stellar range of science teachers from the UK and abroad. Some of the sources of inspiration can also be found in the high-quality new online science resource for teachers, Reach Out CPD (see also "Primary science boost from Reach Out CPD").