BETT Special Educational Needs Award 2019 Finalist

For the second year running, Scanning Pens has been nominated for the Special Educational Needs Bett award. On the 23rd of January 2019, we will be attending the awards ceremony in London as finalists for multiple different awards.


The popular C-Pen Reader was released just under two years ago and has proved to be incredibly popular around the globe. Its ability to read aloud words and lines of text unlocks a world of potential in the educational system for struggling readers and learners of English as an additional language.


Our focus on independent learning and improving the way of working in the class room has allowed the ReaderPen to become a much requested and respected global assistive technology. The ReaderPen’s regular innovations and updates have made sure we are able to see what our customers need to improve their reading experience. This portable discreet device has empowered students with a freshly positive attitude to their work, allowing teachers to focus on the class as a whole.


Throughout 2018 we gathered feedback from all over the globe talking about the huge boost in confidence, independence, and a feeling of inclusion students now have when studying in the classroom. Moving forward into 2019 we plan to concentrate further on breaking down the barriers and stigmas around assistive technology in the classroom.


Exam Accommodations in South Africa

South Africa is an emerging opportunity for BETT 2018 Award finalists Scanning Pens Ltd based in Telford UK with additional offices in USA, Canada and Australia. The ExamReader pen which is approved for use in all GCSE’s by the JCQ to support students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia independently take exams knowing they can read and understand the questions. This revolutionary device has now won approval by the Western Cape Examination Department and Independent Exam Board of South Africa.

The ReaderPen and ExamReader pen recently won the prestigious Eduweek Africa Award for Innovation at the conference held in Johannesburg in June underlining how effective use of technology has impact upon student’s daily lives.

The scanning pen allows students who have dyslexia or other reading difficulties to work independently and to access text without the need for continued teacher intervention and support freeing up valuable time within lessons.

In a recent report conducted by Bath Spa University in a multicultural, urban school in the UK found, “...that many of the participants did benefit from the development of vocabulary, reading comprehension, confidence and independence through the six weeks of pen use, particularly when given the freedom to use them both at home and at school.” (Mortimore, 2018)

About Scanning Pens

Founded in 2003 Scanning Pens is a dedicated supplier of assistive technologies including mobile scanners and reading aids to support people with a diverse range of disabilities. Scanning Pens have recently launched their Succeed with Dyslexia campaign which aims to re-establish self-confidence and provide the opportunity to succeed and champion that anything is possible with dyslexia.

For further information please visit #succeedwithdsylexia

Editors notes:

Scanning Pens Ltd (registered in the United Kingdom), Scanning Pens Inc (registered in the United States), Scanning Pens Corp (registered in Canada) and Scanning Pens Pty Ltd (registered in the Australia), collectively known as Scanning Pens is one of the largest supplier of mobile scanners in the world, we represent many of the leading manufacturers of this type of technology.

We are the exclusive suppliers of all C-Pen Education products, including the C-Pen Reader Pen, C-Pen Exam Reader and C-Pen Dictionary Pen.

We supply to trade, schools, districts, businesses and end users.

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