St Edmunds Society are fully committed to online learning and have invested significant time, energy and resources to ensure learners are able to access teaching and support during the periods they are unable to attend our Centres for face-to-face delivery. Our staff have been trained to deliver remote education as ‘face-to-face’ taught sessions in virtual classrooms, allowing learners to access learning as well as to maintain participation in their classes with their peers.
Remote education is not available to all learners across all our programmes.
For our Post-16 Learners:
As far as is possible, remote timetables reflect the delivery schedule learners would follow if attending the centre for face-to-face sessions. Classes are delivered live via Microsoft Teams by their Tutors and in their usual teaching groups. Following a live delivery session, learners will be set work to complete and submit. During completion of the independent work, Tutors will provide support to individual learners and check on their progress. Should the usual tutor not be available to deliver a scheduled session, we may take the step of merging online classes to provide cover and continuity for all learners. Learners are required to fully attend and engage with their weekly sessions.
All learners on these programmes are also able to access 1-2-1 support and workshops from our centre support team with a focus on wellbeing, careers guidance, and engagement. Supporting staff will ensure all learners with SEND and vulnerable learners receive additional ‘keep in touch’ calls each week. Learners are to highlight any electronic access requirements or connectivity issues to staff who will look to support where possible.
All work produced online is assessed and retained to be used to support any potential Centre Assessed Grades which may be required as the year progresses. Mock assessments are also undertaken to monitor learner progress and identify areas for development and additional support. We are maintaining communication with our examining and awarding bodies with regards to planned formal assessment and how this will be implemented. Further updates will be given to learners and updated on our website as we gain confirmation.
For our School Learners:
Currently St Edmunds Society is unable to offer support to these learners remotely. However, the learners’ school will be supporting them during this time. We will offer support with paper packs where required. There are links to online welfare support services available on our website and the Padlet app.