ERA Award winners 2020

March 27, 2020

We are delighted to announce that 2Simple scooped two awards at this year's Educational Resource Awards and were highly commended in a further two categories, the awards were announced last Friday via an online ceremony.

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Our first win was for Secondary Resource or equipment for Python in Pieces. Python in Pieces is an interactive coding environment, designed to build student and teacher confidence in the text-based coding language of Python. With the ability to easily translate from block-code to Python, in BOTH directions, students will quickly become empowered to progress from the expectations of KS2 through to KS3. The guided lessons allow students to manage their own learning and teacher solution guides enable teachers to support student learning at every step.

The judges commented that:

This product provides an excellent transition to allow learners to progress from block-based programming to text-based programming. Clear and concise video tutorials support both teachers and learners in their mastery of programming.

You can read more about Python in Pieces from our Q&As from two of our developers. The first focuses on how it supports computing in Secondary schools and part 2 looks at why Python should be taught in schools. Python in Pieces is great to support home or remote learning, you can sign up for an extended trial here.

Our second win was for Primary Resource or Equipment - Tools for leadership, management and assessment with Evidence Me winning in this category. Evidence Me (formerly 2 Build a Profile) is an assessment, observation and reporting app. It shows the impact of children’s learning by capturing learners’ experiences, monitoring their development and creating reports to share their progress. The app has been thoughtfully created by teachers, for teachers and ensures all the essential features required have been included.

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Evidence Me enables staff to evidence, communicate, assess and report against the Early Year's Framework and National Curriculum objectives at both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, enabling teachers to securely build individual portfolios with just a few clicks.

The judges commented:

The judges were impressed by the accessibility and ease of use of this tracking and assessment system. The product is competitively priced and has the potential to reduce teacher workload across the school. The fact that education professionals beyond schools have also used this software demonstrated its inclusive and broad applicability.

You can find out more about Evidence Me and how you can use it support home learning here.

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We also received two highly commended from the judges. The first of these was for Supplier of the Year and the second went to Striver in the Primary Resource or Equipment Including ICT category. Striver has been created with a sole purpose: To improve primary aged pupils long-term physical and mental wellbeing. We do that by ensuring children of all abilities feel motivated and engaged, and teachers of all experience levels feel confident and in control. There are over 400 PE lessons, supported by six wellbeing units, all housed in a web-platform that minimises the time required for admin, without cutting any corners.

It's more important than ever at this time, that we look after our mental health. Yoga and Mindfulness are great ways to promote positive mental health and they can be done indoors without any fancy equipment. We're giving all schools free access to our Yoga and Mindfulness resources so you can share them with parents. These sessions are perfect for families to do together to help everyone stay calm and relaxed through this difficult time. You can watch all the Yoga videos here and sign up for the free downloads here.

The Educational Resource Awards also give an Outstanding Achievement Award every year and this year we were delighted that it went to our very own Nigel Canin, a visionary and philanthropist. He began his career as a teacher in a Hackney School and quickly discovered his passion for technology in the classroom. His dedication to teaching and learning led him to create educational software which has brought fun and creativity into the classroom. Over the last 20 years, he has continued to enable children and teacher to be creative, to love learning and to be the best possible version of themselves.

Since it was established in 1999, Nigel has always been the heart and soul of 2Simple. Involving himself daily in EVERYTHING, from software testing to sticking envelopes. He always drilled into his employees the importance of EVERY customer and every person in a school, no matter what their role, he valued their time over his own. He encourages his employees to take risks and try new things, knowing that they have his support through the rough times as well as the smooth. He is incredibly modest, and his generosity knows no limits and is involved in several charities and good causes, including Great Ormond Street and Holocaust Education.