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This page is for EdTech companies interested in joining the EdTech Innovation Testbed. If you are a school or college, or looking for more information on the project, please visit the project home page.

Applications for the EdTech Innovation testbed closed on Monday 2 December 2019. If you’d like to find out about opportunities for edtech organisations at Nesta, please email [email protected].

The EdTech Innovation Testbed helps schools and colleges to try out promising technology products for free, while our independent evaluation team find out what impact technology is having in schools and colleges. The EdTech products we will be trialling will be for formative assessment and essay marking, parental engagement or timetabling.

Technology has the potential to support teaching and reduce teacher workload - but we know that it is often difficult for EdTech organisations to measure and demonstrate their impact on student and teacher outcomes. Through the EdTech Innovation Testbed we will support schools, colleges and EdTech organisations to trial products to improve their evidence and better understand their impact. This project is part of a wider programme of work in partnership with the Department for Education to support schools and colleges to make more effective use of technology.

Benefits for EdTech products

This programme is designed to support EdTech products to improve their evidence through trialling their product in schools and colleges in England. The main benefits for your EdTech organisation are:

  1. Improve your evidence. Participate in an experimental evaluation carried out with an independent evaluator and a cluster of schools/colleges to test your product in ‘real’ conditions and learn more about the use and impact of your product.
  2. Trial your product with a group of schools or colleges that have been matched with your tool based on their specific needs and interests.
  3. Receive actionable recommendations to improve your product from an expert evaluation team and insights from participating schools/colleges.
  4. Grow your reach with schools and colleges in England.
  5. Take part in a sector-leading practical research and evaluation programme.

How does it work?

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Applications for EdTech organisations to join the testbed were open during the Autumn term 2019. Nesta and our independent evaluation partner, Durham University Evidence Centre for Education, are now working to shortlist EdTech products, pick those most suitable for a trial and match these to school and college needs.

Each participating EdTech product will be matched with a group of schools/colleges. Once matched, our evaluation partner will work with you to trial your product in a number of schools or colleges over at least one school term to find out what’s working and what could be improved. These trials will be carried out from April 2020 to July 2021, with each one starting at the beginning of a school term. We will then work with you to publish the results of the trials and share learning.

What’s next?

Find out more, including eligibility requirements, in our FAQ page. See terms and conditions for participation.

Applications for the EdTech Innovation testbed closed on Monday 2 December 2019. If you would like to find out about opportunities for EdTech organisations at Nesta, please email [email protected].