This project involves a unique, expert team of acknowledged industry leaders in online learning, mental health and scale-up, to build and pilot an agile, rapid delivery programme.
The programme brings together traditionally disparate strands in a simple environment. It will involve live and recorded lessons, curriculum resources curated by Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, auto-marked assessments, pastoral and wellbeing support, and will be monitored centrally and fed back to the schools and the local authorities.
This is an approach designed with input from schools for other schools.
All of this will work on top of Office 365 (which most local authorities pay for but typically do not use effectively).
The Year 10 students, who the Department for Education have committed to providing with laptops, will be helped by this project to start using those devices effectively.
NB The technology is the facilitator but is not the most important part of the programme.
Pupils generally, and particularly those in the transition years, have suffered during significant time outside of school and need better and more structured support to close the gap.
These challenges are even more acute for young people from diverse backgrounds where the attainment gap is worsening and where a significant proportion of young people will be suffering trauma or high levels of anxiety, further impacting their ability to learn.