BlueSky, the leading education technology specialist, has won a prestigious Bett Award for the first time.

The company took the award in the Leadership and Management Solutions category for its innovative online leadership and management tool for schools.

The judging panel said: “BlueSky provides a solution to the very real practical problem of tracking professional development and performance management. It recognises professional learning as the heart of school improvement. The system is flexible and also designed for efficiency, enabling schools to use it in a way which suits their processes and helping to reduce administrative burdens.”

The company was set up in 2001 and released the first version of its pioneering technology in 2004. It is now used by more than 1,500 schools in 26 countries around the world to align live staff data and staff development activity to raising standards.

Denise Inwood, BlueSky Education’s founder and Managing Director, said:

“We are delighted to have won the Bett Award for Leadership and Management Solutions and to be recognised by the sector in this way.

“When we developed BlueSky, our aim was always to create a tool which would, first and foremost, help school leaders and their staff in the vitally important work that they do. Teaching is a tremendous profession to work in and we are happy to be playing our part in supporting those people who are striving every day to improve the lives and life chances of children and young people.

“The fact that BlueSky has been such a success in the UK and around the world is also hugely rewarding. Our task now is to build on that success and to keep working closely with education leaders and their staff so that we can continue to support them effectively as both the technology and the demands of teaching change.”

For further information on the finalists and the winners of each category, please see the Bett Awards website –

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