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UK Education Solutions & Technology

Monday, 18 January 2021 - Tuesday, 26 January 2021

About the Event

The Department for International Trade’s Education Sector Team are thrilled to be partnering with the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) to offer our first, joint online flagship event for 2021.  This is in the absence of our annual in-person UK pavilions at the BETT show, which is now also taking the form of a series of online events, BETT FestLearn it, that we aim to complement. 

As a result of sustained and ever-growing global interest in UK EdTech, we’re offering an exciting series of virtual activities over 2 weeks in January, aimed at UK EdTech providers, the wider education scene and overseas stakeholders, whether you are new to exporting or looking to expand your international presence. The key sessions are as follows: 

  • Monday 18th - Wednesday 20th January 2021 - online sessions and Q&A with our overseas-based colleagues on EdTech opportunities and the wider education environment in a selection of international markets and regions. 
  • Monday 25th - Tuesday 26th January 2021 - 1-2-1s with DIT’s international colleagues. Note: these sessions are now fully booked. All of the contact details of the international education officials participating are listed in our event brochure. We would encourage you to reach out to them either before or immediately after the UKEST sessions. 
  • Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th January 2021 - EdTech knowledge sharing sessions give the opportunity for overseas ministries, buyers and agents to participate in bespoke sessions with a selection of UK EdTech providers. Further details and registration for overseas delegates can be found on the Overseas Education Stakeholders tab. Selected UK Tech providers will be contacted by the event organisers to sign up for this specific activity.  


Please note this event has proven very popular and registration is now closed.

Today, 3% of the overall spend on education is spent on digital resources. This has seen a modest increase over the last 5 years. However, most industry experts believe that the COVID pandemic has rapidly increased digital adoption across the sector and positioned providers for significant growth. Education technology has moved from a `nice to have’ to a `must have’. Schools, districts, local and national governments find themselves having quickly to bring themselves up to speed on EdTech policies and preparedness. 

The UK has long been regarded as being at the forefront of EdTech, and this is evidenced by the fact that we are amongst the top 5 countries globally for the number of EdTech start-ups; the 4 other countries are those with large domestic markets such as the US, Brazil, China and India. The DIT Education Sector Team, along with our international colleagues and BESA, have continued to showcase the UK’s EdTech capabilities across the globe with ministries and schools, as well as organisations such as the Asian Development Bank. The interest has ranged from products and services from early years to adult learning, advice on formulating national EdTech policies, special education needs and teacher training.  

The UK has of course only just ended the transition period on departing the EU, and we are excited about the prospect of new bilateral FTAs in markets where we will have the opportunity to build on the UK’s international reputation for world-beating, innovative, tailored education solutions. 

Overseas Stakeholders
To those of you who are overseas stakeholders with an interest in partnering with or investing in the UK’s world-beating education sector, you will also find here a range of content on UK EdTech and wider education excellence, with examples of how we can provide tailored solutions to enable contextualised, sustainable education that will make an impact in teaching, learning, assessment and business and industry, together with contact points within our respective teams. 

We look forward to you joining us.


Geoff Gladding 
Sector Lead
Education Team 
Department for International Trade



Caroline Wright
Director General
British Educational Suppliers Association




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