Inclusive Technology and Hope Education have been crowned winners of the SEN categories of 2016 Education Resources Awards (ERA)
Inclusive Technology received its award in the ‘Special Education Resource or Equipment – including ICT’ category for its EyeGaze Education bundle, which includes a myGaze® Eye Tracker system and Inclusive EyeGaze Learning Curve software. The bundle addresses a progression of skills from early sensory and tracking, through cause-and-effect and exploring, to communication and learning.
The judges said,
We all agreed that EyeGaze is a great combination of hardware and classroom resources which are easy to move in a classroom context and will really help to enhance the everyday life of pupils using them.
Hope Education received its award in the ‘Special Education Resource or Equipment – non ICT’ category for its Wooden Boulders resource, a set of 18 large, wooden boulder-shaped blocks ideal for open-ended play.
The judges said,
The beautiful tactile wooden boulders are an immediately engaging resource that catches the attention and invites creative and imaginative play. Their many uses, could promote the development of speech and language skills, cooperation and collaboration, motor-skills, spatial awareness and much more; a great asset and a great classroom addition.
The Education Resources Awards, which are in their eighteenth year, are organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the trade association representing over 300 educational suppliers in the UK, and Brilliant Marketing Solutions.
Winners are selected by a panel of teachers, education journalists and senior influencers who evaluate all resource award entries based on innovative design, creativity, application, value and learning impact. The winners of all 22 categories were announced at a gala dinner held to coincide with the 2016 Education Show.
Caroline Wright, director general designate of BESA, said,
These awards are unique in their focus on the resources, services and the people that really make an impact on learning and the day-to-day work of the teachers in the classroom. We would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Education Resources Awards, who won in their categories. At a time of pressure on schools to achieve greater learning outcomes for their budgets, identifying and investing in the very best resources has never been more important. We hope that the ERAs help schools to evaluate the quality of resources that they deserve.