The need for an award scheme was highlighterd in the Stevenson Review.
"Although it seems a small contribution we propose an independent and high profile
awards ceremony, building on already developing practice in this area but with a rich
variety of categories. In this way we hope both to flag excellence (while persuading
developers to strive for it) and to introduce a vocabulary to everyone concerned. In the way that film awards currently nominate "best supporting actress" or "best screenplay", we suggest that awards might be made for "best primary age reference CD", "best use of sound" or "best support for group activity"
In response to Stevenson's recommendation the Department funded the establishment of the BETT Awards in 1998. They asked British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the trade association to organise and run the competition and the judging . At the BETT Show the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, David Blunkett, handed out plaques to the winners including Apple, BT, the Cable Industry Association, QED, Lego Land, and Research Machines.
Becta became formally involved with the BETT Award in August 2002, when they were invited by the DfES to join BESA, EMAP and Hobsons as associate partners in the BETT Awards. The Department wanted to address the widely held perception that the BETT Awards were industry awards, with insufficient focus on how teachers and learners integrated resources into their classroom practice and to ensure that the judging process was conducted with rigour and integrity. (See paper to Becta's Senior Leadership Team)
A 3 year contract was duly signed in September 2002, to culminate in the presentation ceremony at BETT in January 2005.
ICT Excellence Awards
The ICT Excellence Awards is an award scheme for schools, local authorities and other organisations supporting schools. These awards aim to identify and reward whole school excellence in ICT and reward those organisations who support school improvement with ICT.
The 2010 winning schools and organisations were announced on Thursday, 14 October 2010.
Next Generation Learning Awards: Technology Excellence in FE & Skills
The Next Generation Learning Awards rewards all types of learning provider in the FE and Skills sector and seeks to identify those across the whole system who are fully confident in the use of technology.
The winning learning providers were announced at an evening awards ceremony on 8 March 2010.
Becta is sponsoring 'The Becta Award for Next Generation Learning' category in the 2010 Teaching Awards. The Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of teaching and learning open to every education establishment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland teaching pupils between the ages of three and 18. The Awards were founded by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998 and are managed by the Teaching Awards Trust, an independent charity.
The 2010 awards are now closed for nomination. All nominations will now go forward for the 2011 Teaching Awards.
Excellence in BSF Awards
Becta is sponsoring the Most Effective ICT Partnering category of the Excellence in BSF Awards 2009. The Excellence in BSF Awards recognise outstanding achievement across the BSF programme.
The winners of this year's awards were announced on 13 November 2009.
The National eWell-Being Awards
Becta sponsored the "Sustainable use of ICT in schools" category in The National eWell-Being Awards 2010. The awards celebrate the social, economic and environmental benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
Becta is sponsoring a category in the Learndirect Achievement Awards. These awards aim to celebrate the achievements of learners, employers and learndirect learning centres, the three main categories are Individual Learner, Business and Learner support.
Becta sponsors a category in the 2008 and 2009 LSIS Star Awards. These awards aim to recognise and reward individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of learning in Further Education and Skills Sector. The awards cover all aspects of Further Education provision and are open to both teaching and non-teaching roles.