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It’s hard to believe that we’re already in May with only one short half term left before the summer break begins! If you’re looking for a fresh challenge then I‘d urge you to read this month’s column on p7 from VSO volunteer Heather Card, who has just started teaching in Northern Thailand. As many of you will know, Education Today has been a firm supporter of the VSO education overseas

initiative. We’ve published columns from UK education volunteers who have taught in as far reaching places as South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Gambia and Cambodia, to name just a few. All the experiences we’ve read have testified to a life-enhancing, CV-improving experience that the volunteer wouldn't swap for the world. VSO urgently needs more education professionals to volunteer in countries all over the world, so if you’re interested in giving something back then visit for more information.

Elsewhere this issue, we’re looking at how innovative 3D technology is changing the learning landscape on p9; how soundproofing your classroom could provide benefits way beyond test scores on p13; cultural diversity in education establishments on p18-19; and we take an in-depth look at a book aimed at teachers of dyslexic learners on p25. As always, you can keep in touch with us on Twitter via @EdTodayMag or visit our Facebook page. Until next month, enjoy the issue!

Catherine Dowling - Editor In this issue... 4-7 NEWS

All the latest news and views from the education sector


Our look at how the future of history lessons looks set to change using the latest 3D technology


Graeme Harrison from Bimap Systems discusses the vital benefits of soundproofing your classroom


Steve Quinn, MD at Cucina, tells Education Today his thoughts behind the low take-up of free school meals


Education Today looks at the different ways schools manage cultural diversity


Groupcall’s Stuart Abrahams details how small investments can really can go a long way


Legal expert Katrina Boyd discusses the legal issues that may impact the push to have defibrillators placed in schools


Education Today learns about the possible security conflicts sweeping a new education trend: receiving exam result via text message


Catherine Dowling reviews The Little Book of Dyslexia by Joe Beech


Providing all the remaining product and promotional news from the UK education sector

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