We understand the value of using online learning to support the educational provision we offer and so we use a blended learning approach with some of our learners.
Online learning, sometime called remote or virtual learning, is offered as part of a blended learning timetable, which is tailored to the needs of the individual learner. All learners are expected to work towards accreditation including GCSEs, and BTEC’s alongside other qualifications.
Live lessons in English, maths, PSHE, science, and WRL (work related learning) take place online in the mornings, delivered via Microsoft Teams. Learners also study for a Level 1 BTec Introductory vocational qualification choosing from a broader vocational studies course or one that focusing on a particular area of interest. This course is related to their individual needs or aspirations. Where possible, learners are expected to attend at least two onsite afternoon sessions per week to support and extend their online studies and/or access a vocational placement or work experience if appropriate.
Additionally, some learners may be set tasks to complete for wellbeing/enrichment and to aid particular aspects of their personal development – visiting colleges, museums, libraries, going shopping, doing sport etc. These activities are personalised to meet the identified SEMH needs of each learner, including improving their independence, resilience, and self-confidence.
Learners’ attendance, attitude to learning and progress towards their targets are monitored and rewarded in the same way as onsite learners.
Access to Microsoft Teams or other software on a laptop or other device.
Learners access their remote lessons using laptops loaned to them by school and if needed we may also provide a MiFi for internet access too. All laptops provided by Three Towers are encrypted and have filtering and monitoring software installed so that learners are only allowed access to appropriate software and webpages.
Access to support online.
A member of staff is also online for most of the timetabled day and learners can get basic training, information, advice, or support from them if needed.