Connect Announced as a Winner in 2018 GESS Education Awards.

Connect has been named the Secondary & Higher Education Resource/Equipment Supplier of the Year winner in GESS Education Awards 2018, honouring the outstanding customer care and exceptional standard of service to education. Connect were announced as winners at the GESS Education Awards gala dinner on February 28, 2018 at the H Hotel in Dubai.

With over 25 years’ experience in Education, Connect strive to make learning engaging and accessible for everyone. With a mantra of Everyone Can, they work with partners to deliver tailored solutions to enhance an individual’s learning experience and provide the best opportunities for them to achieve.

The winning virtual reality training platform, C-Live, is currently used for initial teacher training and utilises innovative technology to allow participants to interact with a virtual class. The avatars respond in real time, participants select classroom scenarios and practice behavioural management techniques before they reach a real classroom. 

In a recent study, 100% of Initial Teacher Training participants felt that C-Live helped to prepare them for classroom practice and 95% would recommend C-Live to other trainee teachers.


The GESS Education Awards are the leading awards program in the Middle East. The awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources and services as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The GESS Education Awards aim to encourage the raising of educational services and product standards throughout the industry and aims to be recognised throughout the sector as the accolade of excellence.

The Awards are split into two areas, those for suppliers and for those in the education profession. Awards categories included: innovation in education, SME company of the year, best use of ICT/learning in the classroom.

Susan Day, Connect’s founder and a former teacher said, “We are delighted that C-Live has been recognised with a GESS Education Award as it is a completely unique training tool which, unlike

traditional training, gives teachers the chance to build their confidence by practicing scenarios that they will encounter in their professional lives in a safe but realistic environment.  We are very proud that we have bought this to UK and Middle East markets as a teacher training solution. A fabulous achievement for an SME from the UK.”

Winners were selected by a diverse group of experienced judges from around the globe who are specialists within the education industry.

For more information on the GESS Education Awards 2018 please click here