How Wey Education is helping schools to minimise disruption through online learning
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to spread across the world, with more and more people testing positive for the disease. This is resulting in largescale challenges for emergency services that are arguably becoming overwhelmed by the speed that COVID-19 is spreading. The education sector is also facing great challenges, with numerous schools, both in the UK and abroad, being forced to shut their doors to keep pupils and staff safe. As a result of these closures, the education sector is beginning to embrace new, innovative ways of teaching, particularly online learning. Wey Education is leading the way in helping schools to keep disruption to a minimum, so that children can receive the high-quality education that they deserve.
Across the UK, Wey Education is supporting local authorities to assist schools in the provision for vulnerable learners. Many schools already have overstretched budgets, therefore it’s of paramount importance that the help which has been provided takes into consideration the sensitivity of COVID-19 and the solutions to enabling pupils to continue having access to education.
This is particularly important for Year 11 pupils, to ensure that their education does not suffer in the lead up to their GCSE exams in May and June. Through InterHigh, our online school, pupils have direct, flexible and confidential access to teachers, and can take part in lessons remotely, wherever they are, whenever they need.
As a result of the severity of the spread of COVID-19, InterHigh has already been working closely with ULink College Wuhan, having extended our provision in response to the virus. InterHigh has developed a relationship with ULink College Wuhan over many years, allowing us to be prepared to increase our response. Furthermore, as a direct consequence of the virus lockdown, ULink College, International Department of Nanshan Chinese International College and ULink College, Shanghai are delivering lessons online for the first time, allowing pupils’ learning to remain largely undisrupted.
Also working with schools across England and Wales, we are ensuring that teachers can continue teaching core subjects and pupils can continue receiving a high-quality education with no disruption to their learning.
In the event of school closures, InterHigh has already put a detailed plan in place to support these schools and their pupils:
- Training and Discovery – At any one time, we will train up to six teachers on how to use our online learning platform, and how to effectively deliver live teaching online to Year 11 pupils. At the same time, we will communicate with schools to gather pupil information, allowing us to speedily create pupil accounts that are easy to navigate. As well as this, teachers will be able to quickly find and utilise lesson contact, including presentation slides, ensuring that interruption at a vital time in their education is kept to a bare minimum.
- Start up and Delivery – Following on from the pupil accounts created, we will then provide a fixed timetable of morning and afternoon lessons for the school to choose from. Within two to three days, we will ensure that all pupils have access to their online timetable, classroom and learning content. This will enable us to provide support to teachers as they begin to prepare the delivery of lessons.
As well as InterHigh, our online alternative provision platform Academy21 has also been at hand to support pupils impacted by school closures. Through working with local authorities, we ensure that pupils receive the best support available, regardless of their circumstances. This enables us to support enhanced pupil engagement, and plan for interventions when they are required. In the case of school closures, we are at hand to support designated schools as well as local authority staff through providing online lessons, so that pupils can continue to receive the education they require.
In addition, every pupil at Academy21 is required to have a designated point of contact for any concerns they may have. As well as learning mentors who have access to classroom materials, pupils also have a safeguarding mentor and an observation mentor. If pupils feel as though they are struggling with the concept of online learning and miss their old school, each of these mentors can be a point of contact to help them settle into Academy21.
Finally, Academy21 has materials ready to teach all pupils across the UK. Our classes provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all year groups from Year 5 to Year 13, following the National Curriculum. This effectively helps pupils prepare for important exams, particularly for those in Year 11 and Year 13. Pupils joining Academy21 from a school that has closed down can pick up the classroom content right from where they left off, again minimising disruption.
Wey Education aims to be prepared for all kinds of situations that pupils may face, particularly the plight of school closures. We understand the importance of access to high-quality education throughout a pupil’s childhood and adolescence, and the safety of all pupils is our utmost priority. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, we will continue to support schools through providing an alternative learning experience that prevents disruption to learning. If you’re interested in learning more, please get in touch or visit: https://academy21.co.uk/covid-19/