WINNER - Jolly Back Supplier of the Year - 2014
From an unprecedented number of entries, the United Kingdom’s (UK) most outstanding educational resources, suppliers, educators and institutions were announced as winners at the 2014 Education Resources Awards (ERAs), held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Friday 21st March.
Organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Brilliant Marketing Solutions Ltd., the annual, prestigious ERAs continue to highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources, excellent educational establishments and the most inspiring members of the teaching profession, all working together to encourage the very best in education.
Caroline Wright, director of BESA, comments:
“Each year we refresh our panel of judges who consist of experienced education stakeholders, sector journalists and teachers to ensure we continue to identify the latest and very best products, suppliers, teachers and schools. From my position of overseeing the judging process, it is clear that once again this year the judges have meticulously tested and assessed the very best in education. The winners in the product categories can be seen as exemplary companies with practical products that are fit for purpose and provide real value for money.”
WINNER: Jolly Back Chair - Best Primary Product (Non-ICT) 2012
A resource that judges felt addressed the physical needs of the teacher in the classroom, as well as improving the learning environment. This ingenious and cost-effective solution to the needs of teachers working with young children at small desks is ergonomically designed and adjustable to work at low table heights.
The judges said that it was good for teachers and learning assistants to feel valued and their needs addressed.
Sharon Cufflin on behalf of the judging panel for the Education Resources Awards 2012
"Investing in the health and well-being of staff at work is repeatedly showing a return on investment. Early intervention by an occupational health physiotherapist helps to improve the safety and comfort of the working population. Not only are staff able to work more comfortably at work but reduced absence and improvements in performance can also be achieved, so it's really a 'win-win' situation, benefitting both employees and employers. These benefits are already being realised on a regular basis in some industries but it appears to be less well established in the education sector which means employees and employers in this area are currently missing out".
Pauline Cole, representing ACPOHE - the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics
Winner: Practical Pre-School - Silver Award 2012
The testers said:
"The staff were very excited to trial this product. The design of the chair was great and it was well made. The wheels made it easy to move around. The seat was comfortable and the support was good, particularly for the lower back. An excellent idea!"