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2021 BETT Awards: Discovery Education recognised in three categories

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A no-cost digital programme which has helped thousands of UK primary school children to stay active during the pandemic has been shortlisted for a 2021 Bett Award.

Discovery Education and Nike’s Active Kids Do Better helps teachers and parents keep kids moving throughout the day – whether in the classroom or at home. Easily accessible online,  it provides fun videos, activities and printable resources which are available on-demand.

Launched in 2018 by Olympic sprinter Daryll Neita, Active Kids Do Better has been used by thousands of pupils across the United Kingdom. As opportunities to exercise and take part in regular sports and activities decrease Active Kids Do Better is fast becoming a go-to resource for teachers and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Active Kids Do Better means kids can benefit from easy access to games and exercise wherever their school day takes place. The programme’s engaging digital resources are perfect for use in the classroom, at home or even on the move, ensuring that parents can keep children active during home schooling or blended learning.

Howard Lewis, UK Managing Director of Discovery Education said:

“We’re delighted to be shortlisted for a BETT award, one of the most prestigious accolades in the education industry. As the pandemic restricts children’s usual activities, our Active Kids Do Better partnership with Nike is helping parents and teachers to build movement and play into the school day, keeping kids active and healthy at this challenging time.”

Dan Burrows, Nike’s Senior Director of Social and Community Impact, EMEA said:

“Our partnership with Discovery Education is part of Made to Play, Nike’s ongoing global commitment to get kids moving through play and sport. With these opportunities limited by the pandemic, regular physical activity has never been more important for kid’ wellbeing. It’s rewarding to see Active Kids Do Better receive this recognition for providing teachers and parents the tools they need to keep kids moving”

Active Kids Do Better is nominated in the Free Digital Content or Open Educational Resources category of the 2021 Bett Awards.

Discovery Education is delighted that two of the company’s key international partners have also been shortlisted for The Global Showcase Award for International EdTech Programme of the Year.

Chile Ministry of Education: Discovery Education has worked in partnership with the Ministry since 2018, supporting the Presidential EdTech initiative Me Conecto Para Aprender (I Connect To Learn) which aims to provide every Chilean student with equal access to technology and resources. Discovery Education has supported the Ministry by providing dynamic digital content and professional development to thousands of students and teachers across Chile, preparing young people for success in the global economy.

Egypt Ministry of Education: Discovery Education has worked in partnership with the Ministry since 2015, providing high-quality digital content to the Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) – the world’s largest collection of online resources which is available free of charge to the entire Egyptian population. The Discovery Education-EKB partnership now delivers digital learning resources and professional development to over 23 million teachers and students across Egypt and supports the country’s thriving education system.

Robin Headlee, Managing Director of Discovery Education International said:

“We are delighted that our highly valued partners – the Ministries of Education in both Egypt and Chile – have been recognised for the outstanding efforts to support the success of all students in their respective countries. The vision, the rigour and the wholistic approach to improving the lives and the life chances of the young people of Egypt and Chile is to be applauded. These are both ‘once in a generation projects’ and the whole Discovery Education team is honoured to be part of them.”

The 23rd annual BETT Awards will take place on 21st June 2021 in London. Recognised by many as the most important awards in the industry, BETT finalists are seen to be at the cutting edge of EdTech provision in schools.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in curriculum-aligned digital resources, engaging content, and professional learning for primary and secondary classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences,and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources areaccessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with local authorities, academy trusts, schools and like-minded organisations to empower teachers with customised solutions that support the success of all learners.

Angie Shatford, Press Officer

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