Eliminating the risks of COVID-19 transmission that are present in face-to-face teaching, our online school allows pupils to follow their own individual learning pathway. Students work through self-study materials at a pace that suits them, studying in small classes with lessons carefully tailored to their needs. Every individual pupil is seen and heard, and no one is left behind. We believe that this approach is also suited those families choosing to homeschool their children.
What we can do for you: Homeschooling
With homeschooling firmly in mind, we give our pupils every opportunity to participate in and respond to our educational content, giving them time to reflect on topics so that they can give deeper responses when answering questions.
Our pupils work alongside classmates from a range of different cultures, broadening their understanding of these cultures.
For parents and carers, we provide unprecedented visibility of their children’s education, with real-time access to their performance in their studies.
Online learning also allows our students to develop self-discipline skills, which are an invaluable preparation for life outside the school environment and for further education.
How we work with
our pupils online
We deliver online education in small groups of one-to-one up to one-to-ten with TA support. Our distance teaching is synchronous.
We use Google Classroom to manage our resources and communicate with students in between teaching sessions. We use Zoom to deliver our face-to-face teaching in real time, supported by the simultaneous use of Google Classroom. We also use Google Classroom to enhance the security features of Zoom by limiting access to session invitations.
We teach subjects at KS1 to KS4. Each session lasts for 2 hours (with breaks) and pupils work through interactive self-study materials. We also run shorter (1 hour with breaks) online playgroups and KS1 classes.
- KS1/KS2 English and Maths
- KS3 and KS4 English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
- School readiness via playgroup activities
In terms of enhancing our online provision for homeschooling, we believe that where COVID-safety allows, a blended approach between our online and face to face provision via our network of supplementary schools would ensure the optimum social learning conditions and support for our homeschoolers.
We also provide teaching across the PSHE core themes of:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
Our approach uses:
- Creative sessions wherever possible, exploring practical activities to apply and embed academic learning
- Digital music sessions using Fruity Loops, Garageband and Cubase
- Creative photography
Due to COVID-19, many of our other offerings, including after-school provision, early years foundation stage, Skills4Life, and lifelong learning are also now routed through our online school.
Our teaching expertise
We know that pupil engagement with teachers is essential for success. Our expert online teachers maximise this engagement through their additional skills, including:
- Coaching and motivating pupils
- Analysing pupil progress data and using it to tailor their teaching
- Communicating with resonance in an online environment
We recruit our MEaP teachers not just for their academic credentials, but also with these important extra skills in mind.
Our teaching staff are QTS and QTLS registered. They are able to use their native community languages to teach their subjects and provide EAL expertise. These languages are currently:
- Arabic (Libyan)
- Mbo’o and Befang (Cameroon)
- Lingala (The Congo)
Our delivery staff for our creative provision are qualified youth workers and Arts Awards Advisors.
Our homeschooling prices for our online group sessions (i.e. 2-10 children) are £5 per child per hour. The minimum booking per child that can be made is for 10 hours at £50. This equates to 2 hours a day of tuition/activities over a 5 day week.
For our Easter and Summer Intensives, our rate is £70 for a two hour session per day.
Our one to one tuition rates are £35 per hour.