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Eton College and EtonX have been shortlisted for a prestigious Bett Award in recognition of their work during the Coronavirus pandemic providing free access to its online courses to hundreds of thousands of students.

The Bett Awards are given for meritorious achievement in the fields of education and technology, described as “a celebration of the inspiring creativity and innovation that can be found” nationally and internationally.

This year, Eton and EtonX have together been shortlisted as a ‘COVID-19 Response Champion’ for offering its online classes to every state secondary school in the United Kingdom free of charge. Online courses, which are created in collaboration with teachers at Eton, cover a diverse set of topics from resilience to public speaking. These courses aim to “bridge the gap between academic success and life in the real world”

EtonX courses aim to bridge the gap between academic success and life in the real world


The priority, for Eton College and for EtonX, was to answer the call of “what could we do?” at the beginning of the first national lockdown in March 2020, explains EtonX CEO Catherine Whitaker. She was thrilled that more than 900 hundred schools took up the offer, with access codes delivered to over 220,000 students and first-hand accounts testifying to the positive impact of EtonX.

Congratulations to the Partnership and Development Offices at Eton for organising this national effort, and special mention to the EtonX team who rose heroically to the challenge.