Our Awards

2017 5* Early Years Excellence Award for Communication and Language Resources

“The educational impact of this resource is high, especially for children with speech and language delay/EAL. The PENpal is suitable for all; those of higher ability enjoy the creativity involved, while those with lower abilities are encouraged to develop their skills.”  Early Years Excellence Award Panel




Overall Winner Practical Pre-School Award

"Absolute genius. Colourful interactive sound enabled books and games that  were  visually  appealing  and  captivating  to  use  and  personalise.Inclusive resources particularly useful for EAL and SEN. Ideal for EYFS and  really  encourages  listening  and  speaking.  The  storybooks  are instantly appealing to children because of the large style format and lovely illustrations. Comprehensive instructions, a website that is easy to navigate and download direct to the ‘magic pen’. An innovative product full of well-thought out resources.

We just love this!"




Practical Pre-School Award Gold Award

"This products is paked with an incredible range of ideas ad has plenty of scope to be a great tool for teachers to deliver lively, active and engaging lessons.It also has plenty of interactive appeal through sound, touch and repetition for learners.The pen idea is appealing and this product is a fun teaching tool."

"This teaching resource is really easy to use and provides everything you need to run a themed day for learning French or Spanish.It contains a teacher's guide,CD and visual resources and comes in a nice carry case which s very easy to store away. A large variety of activities is available which are dividen into different age groups. The children loved the activities and ask them to use it every day. The activities are safe to do, the age range is perfect; even our 4 year olds want to use it. We have recommended it to parents already. Our children really enjoys speaking another language."





Finalist in BETT 2012 "Early Years Digital Content"

Bett Awards Finalist Mantra Lingua's Talking Phonics Pack 1 is one of five  for this prestigious award. The winner will be announced on 11 January 2012. Here is what the judges say of the standard of entries: "We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2012 BETT Awards.

The response this year was phenomenal and our judges have had a tough time narrowing down the exceptional entries in to these finalists.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to enter the awards this year. It is fantastic to see the level of innovation and development ideas present in ICT for the education sector."

Winner JODI Awards 2011

Mantra Lingua's TalkingPEN technology is used in the PENfriend, a device especially designed for blind and partially sighted people. For the last year M_Shed in Bristol Museum have been developing a trail using PENfriend for their visitors. The JODI awards are about disabled people gaining access to information, collections, learning and creativity.  They are for museums, galleries, libraries, archives, heritage venues and disability organisations which use digital technology to provide a shared experience for disabled people. We are happy to announce that PENfriend won the

Award for Digital Access Onsite: PenFriend at MShed, Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives

This ingenious project by Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives make use of the RNIB PenFriend, a device better known for audio labelling products in the home. The museum has embarked on a truly innovative adventure and significantly improved the visitor experience for blind and partially sighted people with a humble piece of technology.

PenFriend, has demonstrated that audio access for visually impaired and other visitors can be provided at a very low price.


Educational Resource Awards Winner 2010

Mantra Lingua's Talking Phonics is the winner of the 2010 Educational Resource Awards (ERAs), Best Early Years Educational Resource with ICT.
Talking Phonics Pack
A resource to put fun into phonics, using ground-breaking technology to make the fundamentals of reading enjoyable. Children can explore areas of the many resources in the pack with the RecorderPEN to hear songs, sounds, information and instructions. They can record themselves into the resources and hear their own voices played back instantly – ideal for developing sound discrimination skills, practising pronunciation and building confidence.

Organised by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and Affinity Media, the ERAs highlight the quality and diversity of educational products and resources. The winners were announced at a gala event held at The Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on the second evening of The Education Show 2010.

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Education Show.

Education Show 2010


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Mantra Lingua finalist in BETT 2010 Award for RecorderPEN with Sticky Labels

We are delighted to announce that the RecorderPEN has been recognised by the judges of the prestigious BETT Awards. The RecorderPEN is a finalist in the digital devices category, rewarding the development of innovative and effective ICT hardware for learning and teaching in the primary, secondary and further education and skills sectors.

Enable awards

The BETT Awards is an annual scheme that highlights exemplar digital products intended for the education marketplace, judged in association with Becta, the Government's lead agency for ICT in education.

The awards recognise outstanding education sector products and learning solutions. Judges review the entries based on a range of criteria, including design, cost-effectiveness, support of higher order skills and effective learning and teaching styles. For the technical evaluation, focus is on the robustness and resilience of each product, and its accessibility for those with specific needs.

Mantra Lingua and RNIB’s PenFriend wins at the enABLE Awards 2009

Mantra Lingua are delighted to announce that the PenFriend has won the Best Electrical Product award at the enABLE 2009 Awards for life-changing products.

The enABLE09 Innovation Awards aim to demonstrate and promote the products and services available to disabled consumers, and their carers, to meet their independent living needs. The Awards provide the UK’s first benchmark of excellence for such life-changing products.

Enable awards

NMT Nursery Awards 2009

Mantra was honoured to win the Nursery Innovator/Supplier 2009 Award for the RecorderPEN with resources this year. Senior editors Joe Marriott and Henriette Barkow were at the ceremony where they were presented this prestigious award by Esther Rantzen.

Nursery Awards 2009

Practical Pre-School Awards 2009

We were delighted to win 3 Practical Pre-School Awards this year. Mantra won Gold for the Folktales and RecorderPEN pack, a Bronze Award for the Our Lives, Our world Series with RecorderPEN and a Bronze Award for Talking Books with RecorderPEN.

Practical Pre-School Awards 2009

Practical Pre-School Awards 2009

Mantra Lingua Wins Practical Pre-School Awards : 2008


The latest news at Mantra Lingua is that we have just been presented with 3 prestigious Practical Pre-School Awards, in recognition of our dedication to innovation and excellence within multilingual teaching publications and products.

The Practical Pre-School Awards test hundreds of products in 111 different companies. Only products achieving at least 60 per cent win an award. To win the gold award products must achieve an average score of 85 per cent or more. Our books and publications have just earned us the Gold Award.


Photo of child holding book. Endorsements from our customers

Our Senior Editor, Joe Marriott received the three awards on behalf of Mantra Lingua on 12th September 2008.

We received the Gold award, ‘Books & Publications’ for our TalkingPEN Mats, the Silver award, 'Multimedia' for our My Clothes CD Rom, and the Bronze award, ‘Teaching Resources & Equipment’ for our Nursery Terms charts.

Photo of the Literacy Toolkit.

Mantra Lingua are pleased to sponsor the Nursery World Award for the best pre-school organisation 2008

The Nursery World Awards recognise and celebrate the best that is being achieved throughout the UK. A chance for nurseries and pre-schools to have their hard work, innovation and dedication recognised, to communicate some of the learning and best practices in early years education and child care, and generally raising the profile of the sector.

Robene Dutta and Mishti Chatterji, Mantra Lingua’s directors, will announce the winner in the best pre-school category on November 21st 2008, at a black-tie ceremony at the Hurlingham Club in West London.



Please come and visit us at the many shows that we will be attending over the next month. Find us at Frankfurt, from October 14th to October 19th on Stand C968.
We will also be at the SEN show on October 17th to 18th, publicising our new TalkingPEN which has been nominated for the NASEN ICT Inclusivity award. Find us at Stand 32.
Our fantastic products for MFL will be on display at the Language Show from October 30th to 31st. Find us at Stand 160.

Recent Events


We attended the Scottish Learning Festival and the TES Education show and were inundated with interest in the TalkingPEN and our newest products.