BET Futures

We believe that collaboration, openness and innovation are key in providing the best opportunities for our community. Adapting to change, sharing what works and what doesn’t and thinking innovatively have all been key characteristics of  successful  schools during the last few years of national turbulence. Discussions around ‘what works’ in teaching and learning have never been as frequent or as  meaningful.   

To galvanise this, BET launched a think tank in September 2021 called BET Futures. This brought together practitioners (including teachers, IT technicians, learning support assistants and administrators) to discuss the latest thinking in education forums, to complete research and to share their findings with one another.

Whilst there is a huge amount of existing research available in the educational sector, it does not always translate into practice ‘on the ground’. BET Futures aims to shrink the gap between research and practice. 

Our Aims

BET Futures serves four purposes:  
1. Positions the Trust as an organisation whose ethos is to transform schools, but is also innovative, evidence led and committed to the best outcomes for our pupils.    
2. Improves the offer for all of pupils by reviewing and sharing what works internally but also from other schools and research groups such as the EEF and NFER.
3. Influences the Trust’s priorities, policies and in-school CPD offer to ensure it reflects the latest thinking and really challenges our staff.  
4. Ensures we retain excellent practitioners who may not wish to progress via leadership roles. They will gain a breadth of experience and network outside of their school. This could link to bringing greater impact and profile to projects which are completed via, for example, NPQs on Leading Teaching. 

Our research areas and impact

During 2022-23, BET Futures explored three questions:
1. How can technology be best harnessed educationally and operationally? Click here to read our blog summarising the findings.
2. How can we guarantee all BET pupils have the same opportunities beyond the curriculum? Click here to read our blog summarising the findings.
3. How do we ensure our pupils are learning to behaveClick here to read our blog summarising the findings.

Findings were shared with headteachers and the BET board at a summer event with researchers presenting their ideas and recommendations.

During the 21-22 academic year, BET Futures answered three big and important questions:
1. Is our curriculum fit for the demands and challenges of 21st century life? How can we best respond educationally to the challenges of, for example, COVID, climate change, Black Lives Matter and Everyone’s Invited? Click here to read our blog summarising the findings.
2. How can technology be best harnessed educationally and organisationally? How do we ensure our pupils have the competitive edge in the future in terms of technological skills? Is our organisation as efficient as it could be? If remote education continues to advance at the pace the last eighteen months has shown, should teaching ever revert to how it was pre-COVID? Click here to read our blog, summarising the findings.
3. How can we tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of our pupils at transition points? Click here to read our blog summarising the findings.

How to get involved

The BET Futures 2023-24 launch is on the 4th October at 3.30pm to explain more and and agree the research questions for this year. These will be around the following themes:

  1. Technology, including the opportunities and challenges posed by AI.
  2. The inclusive curriculum.
  3. Sustainability in our environment and curriculum.  

If you would like to sign up to take part, please discuss this with your headteacher and then click on the form here.

If you are interested in learning more about BET Futures, please email Penny Alford, Chief Education Officer:


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