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Robert Aitken, ex-teacher and education technology specialist at ONVU Learning, has some advice for the NQT in your school…

Step one is complete; you’ve found an NQT job for next year. It’s only natural to feel a little scared by the prospect. You’ve spent the last year training and now it’s just you at the front of the class, and there are 30 students staring back. There’s no need to panic though. Here are eight ways to build confidence as an NQT and to be your best self.

Bilikis Banire is a Ph.D student in computer science and engineering at Qatar Foundation member Hamad Bin Khalifa University. She is currently leading Qatar Foundation’s innovative project to non-invasively measure the attention spans of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Q&A on autism research using VR technology

1. Why are attention spans important? What issues arise when teachers fail to recognise signs that children with autism need a break or are frustrated, for example?

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Craig Smith, Education Sales Manager UK & Ireland, Jamf, has some pointers for using the iPad when teaching to ensure the effectiveness of the technology's use…

Technology is becoming an integral part of the classroom, for students and teachers. However, a recent survey found that 37% of teachers want to use technology in the classroom, but aren’t sure how to do so.

A partnership between itslearning, Europe's most widely used learning platform, and Google for Education was  announced recently, enabling teachers to plan, deliver, communicate and engage.

The partnership will also allow educators to formatively assess student learning against academic goals, all within one platform, in any location and from any device.

Jane Ross, head of public sector at the Zoom video platform, discusses how it’s helping schools both in meetings and in the classroom…

Could you explain what the Zoom video platform is, and how it helps teachers?

Zoom is a unified video-first communications platform that provides remote communications services using cloud computing. It offers software for video, voice, chat, and content sharing. Zoom was named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions.

Two specialist teachers in English and Maths are launching a new tutoring service in Altrincham and surrounding areas to help pupils in need of additional support with their studies.
Maria Moyles, 34, from Altrincham and Stephen Readey, 49, from Bolton have created Learn North West, a tailor-made tutoring service that offers both group sessions and private classes in English, Maths and Science for pupils of Primary and Secondary age as well as supporting studies for school entrance exams.

The Education Show, the go-to annual event for schools to buy resources and equipment, is moving date and location to be positioned in Excel, London for 24-25 January 2019. By moving to London, it will coincide with its sister show Bett and extend its reach to the education market. Together they will host the world’s largest gathering of the education community for both UK and international visitors, who will discover new products and suppliers as well as keep up to date with new developments and best practice in the sector.

Bloomsbury Education have provided QA Education with a books package worth over £80 to give away to one lucky winner – and there really is something for everyone in there! From early years to dyslexia-friendly stories and teacher well-being, we’re sure this package will be greatly appreciated by teachers and pupils alike.

The package consists of:

100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Observation, Assessment and Planning

by Marianne Sargent (£14.99)

In the run-up to the highly anticipated Modern Foreign Languages Conference 2018, we caught up with keynote speaker Jane Harvey, President – Elect at the Association for Languages Learning, to address the major challenges facing MFL teaching and the future of MFL learning.

1.    What are the major challenges MFL teaching currently faces?

Robyn Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of Education Placement Group specialists in teacher recruitment, recently partnered with Education Support Partnership (ESP). ESP is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of teachers, and its free and confidential 24-hour helpline receives over 7,500 calls a year from education staff who have reached breaking point. Here she answers some questions about the rising mental health issues within teaching...