Shauna Hanna

Martin McKay celebrated in the UK’s EdTech50

The Edtech50 is a celebration of the people, products and projects shaping the education and technology sector across the UK.  Our CTO, Martin McKay has been honoured as one of the 50 providers to be featured in the list.

The list was launched today by Edtech UK and Jisc at a House of Lords reception.

EdTech50 logoThe awards recognise products and projects demonstrating effective and impactful use of edtech in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in developing this area of work. The organisations behind the projects and products include FE colleges, an online learning community and a university spin-out.

This award for Martin McKay comes in succession of his Lifetime achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 2017 and further demonstrates the power of Texthelp products to support people with learning difficulties, dyslexia or visual impairments, as well as a range of English Language Learners.

“I am truly honoured to receive this recognition from the UK EdTech community” says Martin. “I’m immensely proud that Texthelp’s literacy and learning solutions have already helped over 13 million people across the globe.

“But to me this feels like just the start. It’s clear we have a long journey to help everyone achieve their own individual literacy and learning potential, and we remain completely committed to that cause.” 

A full list of the award winners is available here.

According to the government’s digital strategy, published in Feb 2017, education technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, accounting for 4% of all digital companies, and UK businesses have become world leaders in developing innovative new technologies for the education sector.

The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, secretary of state for education, writing in the launch report, said: “There are so many reasons to be optimistic about the possibilities for technology across education. Edtech is increasingly supporting improved outcomes across England and internationally, and in my short time as Secretary of State for Education I have already seen how it can support and transform education at every step of the journey. 

“The work of inspirational leaders across the sector who are working tirelessly to support education, will be fundamental in ensuring the wider realisation of the opportunities presented by technology; to support improvements across the breadth of our education system. 

“I welcome this new initiative to highlight and celebrate many of the people, products and projects that have most impacted education.”

Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc, said: “A former teacher with a mission to remove homework headaches, a headteacher who used digital technology to improve special educational needs teaching and an entrepreneur who creates STEM play experiences are among those named in the inaugural Edtech50. The Edtech50 show’s how education technology can be a catalytic force for digital innovation in teaching and learning.” 

Ty Goddard, director of Edtech UK, said: “The Edtech50 has been chosen from a mixture of public nominations and the insight of our judging panel. It has been a challenging and exciting process. 

“The Edtech50 helps us all celebrate a wonderful sector, whilst recognising the benefits of education technology, and acknowledging the economic advantages of the growing edtech sector to the whole UK economy.”



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