Ed Tech company, imoves, scoops prestigious international award

25 January, 2019

A digital teaching platform that has helped thousands of children to become more active in schools across the UK has overcome tough competition from leading international EdTech companies to be named winner at the prestigious Betts Awards 2019.

The business started 8 years ago from a home-based office in Sheffield and has now been recognised as a leader in its field.

imoves has developed a unique, evidence-based model which focuses on driving whole school improvement through physical activity. The programme delivers everything a Primary School teacher needs to deliver active lessons across the whole curriculum – helping children to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, as well as achieving better grades.

The Bett Awards, hosted by comedian Marcus Brigstocke, are Europe’s largest EdTech awards that celebrate the most outstanding EdTech suppliers in the industry. The prestigious awards dinner took place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in London. imoves were amongst tough competition but were crowned overall winners for "Whole School Aid for Learning, Teaching and Assessment". The judging panel consisted of professionals from across the educational sector including Headteachers, Lecturers, Academy Governors, Senior Inspectors and CEO's of many high-profile educational establishments.

imoves are on a mission to get every classroom in every UK Primary School active for 30 minutes every day by 2022, inspiring active learning not only in PE lessons but in the classroom and at home, before expanding to the international market.

The current Active Schools programme delivers everything a teacher needs to drive more activity throughout the school day leading to better grades, more focussed children and happier, healthier learners. The digital programme features over 1,000 cross-curricular lessons and activities developed by teachers for teachers, to support active learning in every lesson from Active Maths and Active Literacy lessons, Mindfulness, Daily Active Blasts and a full Active PE Curriculum.

The resources are easy to use and include national curriculum-based lesson plans, demonstration movies, tailor-made music and flashcards; minimising planning time whilst maximising learning outcomes and fun!

imoves Co-Founder, Imogen Buxton-Pickles, “It feels absolutely amazing to have won this award and it's wonderful for the imoves team to be recognised for the great work that we do. Getting children active is at the heart of our company - we are so passionate about our mission to get every classroom active by 2022. We need to make physical activity the 'norm' within our schools, and this award has highlighted that the imoves programme is a great way to achieve whole school improvement through active learning.”

Ian Pickles, partner in both business and life added: “This is a huge deal for us - it shows that the educational sector is recognising imoves as one of the most innovative resources for whole school improvement. The Bett Awards cover every aspect of education and seeks to find the world's leading educational technology solutions. For a PE and Activity platform to win this award speaks volumes. It shows that the need to get children more active is becoming a mainstream objective for schools - there is more evidence emerging that shows how activity has a direct impact on attainment, focus and behaviour as well as creating happier and healthier learners”.

Royd Nursery and Infant school have been using imoves since 2015 – headteacher Louise Jones said, “We’ve seen a dramatic difference in children’s attitude to learning and concentration, not only in PE but across all subjects –it’s been an amazing tool to upskill teachers to deliver excellent lessons”.

As winner of this Bett Award, imoves now plans to build on the 600 plus UK schools it already works with and pursue international expansion.

To find out more about imoves visit www.imoves.com or call 0114 2661061