Barking and Dagenham College
ESOL 16-19 TEAM – YouTube
For this team there was no time of day or night that work was less important. The needs of our learners were paramount. This team placed the learner at the heart of everything they did and supported them despite all the challenges, some of which have been listed below. One of the biggest challenges was the fact that 70% of the students in this department were Looked After which meant that a lot of them did not even have the facilities to attend online classes. With the College’s help we provided them with laptops after this team carefully identified all the cases and ensured them that help was at hand. Another challenge of equal importance was that these students’ first language was not English and they lacked basic computer skills as well as understanding of the digital language. This team of teachers arranged extra hours outside their timetabled lessons to offer extra support on Meet and Zoom and continuously and tirelessly posting coloured pictures and resources/ worksheets so those who struggled with completing work online could still participate. They would spend hours on the phone guiding and supporting their learners complete their work successfully despite everything.
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College – Peter Horner, IT Manager
Peter Horner – Bett Covid-19 Response Award Nomination – YouTube
On lockdown Barton Peveril College shifted from Friday to Monday to wholesale online delivery. Every teacher (140) every class, every lesson, every learner based on their normal timetable. There has been little or no disruption to learners’ ongoing education.
As IT Manager, Peter has played a pivotal role, ensuring the continuing education of all learners: upskilling over 200 staff before lockdown to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous learning via Google Meet and Screencastify; addressing specific problems and challenges; empowering students and staff and the wider world to upskill themselves via the Digital Learning Hub (my.barton.ac.uk/digital); hosting weekly virtual drop-ins to share good practice; demonstrating via his YouTube channel the use of digital tools in teaching and learning watched over 20,000 times; facilitating and resourcing three staff Virtual INSET Days focused on embedding virtual peer work, checks on learning, assessment and feedback; setting up a Year 11 Portal of information and resources, over 40 subject Google Classrooms so teachers could offer prospective students lessons and facilitating 4 virtual taster days.
Elm Park Primary School – Victoria Morris, Headteacher
EPP was open for all keyworker children, vulnerable pupils and children with EHCPs throughout lockdown, including holidays. Victoria ensured children were educated by google classroom or hardcopy workbooks. All families were contacted frequently, our vulnerable pupils were contacted at least weekly via telephone or a doorstep visit. Staff working from home they had access to the same facilities available to staff working at school. A helpdesk facility was available for parents or children who needed help navigating our GSuite.
Victoria managed to ensure that if required all children had access to school equipment which were loaned out throughout lockdown. If parents could not collect food hampers or download vouchers we were able to facilitate this by delivering the hampers or vouchers to their house. We helped families who have siblings in local secondary schools with food vouchers or any ICT questions or queries.
Victoria’s school is an all-inclusive school and for her this meant we ensured all our children had access to anything they needed to ensure they received a good level of education. At times this always meant Victoria and her team were conscious that this included the child’s whole well-being, their Social and Emotional needs were still met.
Eton College and EtonX
ETON COLLEGE BETT AWARDS ENTRY – VIMEO
On 27 March 2020 a letter was sent to every UK secondary state school in the UK from Eton’s Head Master, Simon Henderson offering, free of charge, the use of the EtonX online Future Skills Programme. The College felt, as an educational charity, that it might be able to support schools with the extraordinary challenge of providing digital learning opportunities for their pupils. The response was immediate and considerable. The offer clearly struck a chord as teachers were dealing with the enormous task of delivering meaningful content to children at home. By the end of June, EtonX had given access codes to over 220,000 students from over 900 schools. Many teachers reported evidence of positive change, including Dave Marsham from Bedford Academy: “You can already see the impact it’s had on student aspirations and on student confidence. Lockdown was so difficult from an academic as well as a social mental health perspective for everybody especially young people and teenagers – for them to be able to get involved in something that’s looking forward to a positive future, was really vital for them. You can see it really, really lifted them.”
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU)
Empowering Teachers in the Face of COVID-19: HBMSU’s Crash Courses – YouTube
In response to the global education emergency caused by novel coronavirus outbreak, HBMSU developed e-learning crash courses to assist teachers in their task to move to remote learning in the context of closures of schools and universities. The crash courses are completely free and available on HBMSU’s online learning platform Cloud Campus. “Be an online tutor in 24 hours” course provides necessary training to educators about online education processes with several modules: online learning technology landscape, e-learning management tools, and communication and creation tools. Following the success of the course in English and Arabic, its versions in Russian, French and Spanish languages have been developed to help teachers from respective countries. The Russian version has been produced by HBMSU in partnership with UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. “Design an online course in 24 Hours” (in Arabic and English) focuses on online classroom planning and designing online lessons in few steps using modern and advanced educational tools. The courses proved to be useful for more than 334 700 registered participants from 101 countries as of the beginning of September 2020. HBMSU will continue sharing its expertise in smart learning to help teachers all over the world.
St Barnabas CE VC Primary School
How did the School and Google Classroom transform children’s learning during Lockdown?
St Barnabas CE VC Primary School is one of the smallest primary schools in the City of Bristol We also serve one its most challenged and disadvantaged communities
Our school team and our wider community united when the challenge of lockdown appeared:
• We ran a foodbank that fed 20-30 of our families each week and that has sustained into the autumn and ensured that the 60% of our families eligible for free school meals had supermarket vouchers to spend between March 2020 and August 2020
• We obtained laptops through active engagement with business and established a blended remote school approach, including an online school for our Y5 pupils, for all of our classes that will support their future learning
• We provided weekly learning packs for every child term time and through the Easter holidays and made sure there was paper, books and other learning materials in our children’s homes so they had school at home
• We provided community care for our most vulnerable children and the children of our key workers between March 2020 and June 2020 including during the Easter holidays
• We reopened in June 2020 and again in September 2020.
Surbiton High School Bett Covid-19 Submission – YouTube
School closures meant Surbiton High School turned standard teaching practice on its head with immediate effect. 8.55am on Monday 23 March, saw staff switch onto Teams, embrace a suite of apps (OneNote, Stream, Sway, OneDrive, Showbie, Show my Homework, Explain Everything etc) and start teaching a fully-live timetable, delivered to over 1000 pupils. 1800 live lessons were taught to Years 7-13 in week one alone and over 15,000 live lessons throughout the summer term (Years 7-10 and 13). COVID-19 did not stop the co-curricular, social enterprise, bespoke academic, or well-being programmes from being implemented either. The School raised over £6,500 for charities through numerous initiatives and co-curricular challenges ranged from bake-offs, physical challenges, movie making, science competitions and readathons to name a few. The community also united through assemblies, small group mentoring, virtual events, virtual sports day, virtual parents evenings and more!
Most importantly, our pupils didn’t just survive throughout remote learning; they thrived, they stayed connected and engaged and stayed ahead. The strength of the community pulled together to see not obstacles, but challenges to be overcome.
The RGS Worcester Family of Schools
RGS – Remote Learning Story
The RGS Worcester Family of Schools are steeped in history, but have embraced digital technology for a number of years, knowing that a digital deployment would help prepare students for an evermore digital world. Although we can not claim to have foreseen a global pandemic, having our Digital Learning Programme in place meant we had an opportunity to do something incredible; keep learning alive for every single one of our 1500+ pupils from y1-y13 when schools across the UK went into lockdown.
In a small window before school closure, we re-mapped our Digital Strategy to ensure delivering a full-curriculum remotely became a reality. We designed evidence-informed remote learning models, guidelines and CPD workshops that meant pupils and teachers were fully prepared for remote schooling. 16 weeks and 18,000 remote lessons later we compiled triangulated data that proved our pupils had continued to progress in fun and engaging remote lessons, facilitated by our Digital Learning Programme. Amazingly, we also discovered that the unprecedented circumstances had also resulted in a dramatic digital up-skilling of both our teachers and pupils whilst supercharging their confidence to further embrace and utilise digital technology in an ever-changing world.