Last week, at the annual BETT Show in London, Ministers from a number of countries were given the expert opinions of our Year 7 and 9 SMART leaders.
The BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) show, which took place at ExCeL London, is the largest exhibition in the world that focuses on the role of technology in education. Members of the Multi Academy Trust attended for the second year running, following the visit of saltash.net and Landulph students in 2016.
Students from Liskeard, Looe and saltash.net gave a confident and informed performance, with the Romanian Ambassador to London describing their presentation as “an amazing demonstration of how much education has changed and how much we need to catch up as adults.”
He described the experience of being presented with a business card by Holly from the Tech Team in Year 7 as “truly remarkable”.
Technology company Siveco had visited saltash.net earlier in the year, meeting the students. They were so impressed they agreed to cover the total cost of the trip. As lead programmer Marius put it, “a wider audience needs to see how skilled these guys are.”
Morgan from Looe stole the limelight in the Q and A session by explaining why children are in such a good position to deal with technological change.
“We have grown up expecting change, we see it as essential and part of everyday life. Apps change and children have learned the skills to adapt where adults may not have these skills,” he said.
James from Liskeard impressed the audience when he explained the work he had done leading discussions with primary children from the MAT whilst Lottie from Saltash.net summed it up well in her report. She remarked that the “whole experience of BETT was a once in a lifetime… it was pretty much all amazing.”
The students were joined by Dan Buckley, joint CEO of SMART, who presented alongside the students. After returning from BETT, Mr. Buckley praised the students.
He said: “I was both proud and inspired to see students from across the MAT working so well together. Most adults would find this difficult enough in their own place of work but to perform at the BETT show to ministers and ambassadors from all over the world is exceptional. SMART is well and truly on the map!