Posted by SCL Education Group on 15.01.21
The current pandemic has enforced a nationwide change in how Teaching, Learning and Assessment is delivered. Throughout the pandemic SCL have worked to develop a high-quality online offer for all learners impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. Face-to-face learning remains our preferred method of delivery, but circumstances have required support from blended and/or entirely remote education models to minimise impact and maintain provision. As per DfE guidance we are required to publish details of our online offering which you will see below.
What will the remote education offer cover for 16-19, Apprentices and adults?
Wherever possible, in line with government guidance, all our advertised face-to-face programmes will run as such. When necessary all learners will engage with remote learning primarily through our online platform, Microsoft Teams. During times of national or localised lockdown programmes may be moved entirely online. Where access to facilities is limited or guidance dictates, a blended approach may also be taken. Our operational model, offering and geographic spread, means we have had to develop a tailored approach to meet the needs of all learners across all of our offerings. This is arranged at a local level, confirmed by SLT and communicated with learners by the course tutor/assessor.
Learners across all SCL cohorts and programmes have full access to our online delivery platform, Microsoft teams. They also have a dedicated email address, Microsoft software and online cloud storage to support their studies. Apprentices will continue to utilise Onefile as their programme traditionally requires. All aspects of the learner programme will be adapted and available through the Teams platform including, but not limited to:
For courses with a physical component, SCL have invested in professional health, fitness and exercise sessions which learners are able to access at their convenience, this is not a compulsory offer but is recommended for the wellbeing benefits. Partners may also offer additional, learning, training and events online which learners are encouraged to attend.
What are the delivery arrangements, such as timetabling, virtual learning environments and assessment arrangements?
Any move online or shift away from traditional timetables will be communicated directly to learners and continually remain under review, adapting to government guidance. Learners will be required to log into lessons which are shared with them via Teams. Wherever possible SCL aim to maintain the learning load but some programmes such as apprenticeships, may frontload or adapt learning plans to account for learner’s inability to complete on the job training. This is dependent on individual situations, official guidance and will be communicated with the learner and employer directly.
Where learners are forced to isolate, and assuming they are well enough to engage in study, there are two current scenarios:
SCL have upskilled and trained staff on the required technology, pedagogical approaches, and teaching resources to be able to switch to effective remote learning when required. Learners have also been provided with access and training on all remote learning platforms during their induction. When delivering and planning remote learning the government good practice guidelines are observed.
Assessment which is able to continue in its original form will do so, where adaptations are allowed these are communicated to us by the awarding organisations or EPAO. We will adjust these assessments as appropriate and communicate this with all relevant stakeholders.
Expectations of students in remote learning
Students are expected to:
How will SCL support students without devices, connectivity or a suitable environment for learning and support for students with SEND?
SCL are working to ensure no learner is disadvantaged and have a range of support measures in place including: