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  • Pearson and Nesta announce research initiative designed to predict the skills and competencies required for employment in 2030

    Research should help to shed light on the future of the workforce, and develop education systems that will fulfil future workforce demands.

    Dubai: Learning company Pearson and innovation foundation Nesta today announce a research partnership in collaboration with Michael Osborne (Oxford Martin School) which is designed to provide businesses, governments and education experts with new insights and evidence about the skills and competencies which will be required in the future economy.

    Through Employment in 2030: Skills, Competencies & the Implications for Learning, the research team will provide recommendations for how education, job training and other workforce development efforts can shift practice today in an attempt to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

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  • Pearson launches Teacher Professional Development Service in the Middle East

    Service aims to improve teacher standards throughout the region

    Pearson has announced the launch of a new service in the Middle East designed to improve the quality of education and training received by the region’s teachers.

    The Pearson Teacher Professional Development Service has been officially available throughout the Middle East since October 1st, 2016. The launch will allow schools, training centres and government departments to have access to teacher professional development content, as well as having their delivery of this content quality assured.

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  • Results of Global Teacher Effectiveness Survey released for the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar

    Students in the region value disposition over knowledge when assessing what makes an effective teacher.

    Pearson has announced the results of a global teacher effectiveness survey conducted across 23 countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Survey participants, which included students, teachers, parents, and school administrators were asked, “what do you think are the most important qualities of an effective teacher?”.

    Survey respondents did not focus on how much a teacher knew or what kind of teaching methods he or she used, but rather on the teacher’s disposition. The most common response in the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as in the other countries surveyed was that it is relationships between teachers and students that matter most.

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  • Pearson brings virtual reality learning technology to Middle East

    Pearson, Microsoft and Google collaborate on state-of-the-art learning technology.

    Dubai: Pearson launched its latest augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) educational technology in the Middle East. This includes content for Microsoft HoloLens, the brand new augmented reality viewer, as well as content for VR including interactive 360° courseware. Microsoft’s HoloLens, is the world’s first untethered augmented reality system. HoloLens is a device that allows users to interact with holograms within their own environment, creating enormous opportunity for enhanced experiences in the classroom. Pearson is Microsoft’s Education Sector Launch partner for the HoloLens device and is currently running a series of trials at schools globally. The content created by Pearson for the device includes a ‘Build a Castle’ app, where students can create their own medieval European castle.

    Pearson is developing interactive VR 360° content to be used via devices such as Google Cardboard as well as via any web browser. Pearson is developing this immersive content to bring student to places, or to time periods that they would otherwise not be able to experience. Pearson has developed content including a 3D tour of the London Transport Museum, given from the perspective of Albert Stanley, a British-American businessman who saved the London transportation system in the early 1900s.

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    Pearson Test of English accepted for New Zealand immigration

    Dubai: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), a leading online language proficiency test, will be an approved proof of English language proficiency for all visa categories with an English language requirement from Monday 21 November this year, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) announced today.

    This means for the first time all visa applicants to New Zealand will have a choice of Government-approved English language testing options. PTE Academic is already accepted by 100 per cent of New Zealand universities and widely used by student visa applicants.

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  • Pearson launches new Global English Language Teacher Award in the Middle East

    Award will recognise teachers in the region who go ‘above and beyond’.

    Pearson ELT has launched a new award to celebrate inspirational teachers. The global Award will showcase teachers from the Middle East, and around the world, who have implemented innovative ways of teaching in their classrooms leading to improved learning outcomes; from the big innovations to the everyday.

    Pearson expects to see a great response from the Middle East, where teachers are adopting new digital tools, implementing new ideas, and coming up with innovative solutions that improve outcomes for their learners. With a growing recognition of the importance of English language skills, the Award recognises the crucial role that teachers from all walks of English teaching play.

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  • Pearson and EdSurge Launch Adaptive Learning Report and Tool in the Middle East

    Free resource will help Gulf educators navigate region’s digital learning market.

    A new report on adaptive learning has been launched in the Middle East by Pearson and EdSurge. The report, Decoding Adaptive, defines adaptive learning in plain terms and examines how an adaptive learning tool can adapt to learner needs and promote learning outcomes.

    The research is the first serious attempt to provide a useful definition of adaptive learning, and a taxonomy to describe how the many different adaptive learning products on the market differ from one another.

    The report holds relevance for educators and school leaders across the Gulf, as adaptive learning tools are increasingly being taken up in schools as a way of improving student results.

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  • Amanda Collins, Pearson's Director of School Services in the Middle East, believes professional development for teachers is essential to raising standard of UAE schools

    A recent article in the UAE's National newspaper reported that over 20,000 students in Abu Dhabi are currently enrolled in schools deemed as weak or very weak by school inspectors.

    The figure was released by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) following the first round of school inspections that have been conducted as part of the new UAE School Inspection Framework. So far in 2016, 41 schools across Abu Dhabi have been inspected, with 19 schools being categorised by the new reporting structure as either "weak" or "very weak". The good news is that two schools have fallen into the "outstanding" category and eight schools classed as either "good" or "very" good.

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  • New report defines world-class apprenticeships as those rooted in sector skills, knowledge and progression to employment

    Analysis of leading countries points to defining features of world-class apprenticeships with lessons for the Middle East

    A new report has been released in the Middle East from the University of Derby, supported by Pearson, which looks at some of the world's most heralded apprenticeship systems. The report is particularly useful for the Middle East, where many countries, such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, look to vocational education as a means through which economic diversification and reduced economic reliance on oil can be achieved.

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  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Math capacity will drive future regional prosperity

    Head of Pearson Middle East, Karim Daoud explores the link between STEM educationand long-term economic success, and provides an insight into how we can help our current generation of learners become more proficient in the STEM fields.

    Anyone with an interest in education will know that STEM subjects, that is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, are being given increasing attention in education systems not only here in the GCC, but in countries all around the world. This shift in focus comes as policy makers and educators realise the impact of failing to adequately equip today's generation of learners with STEM-based skills and knowledge.

    More and more, our lives are becoming dominated by digital technology. Our current generation of school students need a high standard of STEM learning just to be able to survive, and thrive, in our modern world. Our workplaces and industries are becoming more dependent on STEM skills – and this dependenceis set to increase in the future.

    But are we ready?

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