Encounter Edu wins EdTech’s top BETT award for best free educational resource


Encounter Edu has won the prestigious BETT award for the best ‘Free Digital Content and Open Educational Resource’ in 2020. The winners were announced at an East London ceremony during the BETT Show (22nd-25th January 2020), world’s leading showcase of EdTech solutions, running for its 35th year.

“It came as a bit of a shock considering the high quality of the other finalists, but very proud to be recognised in this way, and a big thank you to all our supporters and partners who have made this work possible. We hope that the award will allow us to make teaching about these global issues more mainstream for young people as they tackle a changing planet.”

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Founder and Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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Encounter Edu Director, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, collecting the award at the ceremony on 22 January 2020
Judges' comments

“Encounter Edu is an exciting, well-organised open resource, which enables students to explore the world from the classroom, and focuses on the current dilemmas facing the natural world and its resources. It’s a high definition, high quality and impactful resource for all ages and experiences, which includes live practitioner connections and supportive CPD.”

Working in partnership

Encounter Edu is founded on partnerships with business, science and NGOs. The opportunities we provide to young people wouldn't be possible without the support of our funding, research and expedition partners: AXA XL, British Antarctic Survey, CARMABI, Common Seas, Exeter University, Google, KNMI, Natural Environment Research Council, Nekton Foundation, Oxbotica, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and UNWRA.

Much of the innovation that we have been recognised for, such as live-streamed lessons from expeditions and use of virtual reality in the classroom, have been made possible by long-term partner, AXA XL, and it was a pleasure to have Chip Cunliffe, Director, Sustainable Development at AXA XL, a division of AXA, join us at the awards ceremony.


About the BETT Awards

In its eighth year, the BETT Awards are a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found throughout technology for education. The awards form an integral part of the BETT Show each year, the world’s leading showcase of education technology solutions. The winners are seen to have excelled in ICT provision and support for nurseries, schools, colleges and special schools alike with a clear focus on what works in the classroom.

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