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Effective remote education: A case study

The migration to a world of online learning since March has challenged us all. From digital break-out rooms to escape game challenges, principal Shane Ierston discusses his school’s work and the approaches that they have found to be effective

Since March 20, King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington has taught more than 20,000 hours of synchronous lessons weekly, despite the fact that no pupils or staff were able to enter the building.

Having followed global developments, the school’s leadership team had prepared to migrate all learning, staff training and pastoral care into the cloud. We physically closed, but the community’s love for learning continued digitally. A plan was put into place that equipped staff and students for online learning.

Since then, we have been inundated with messages from parents and pupils and their gratitude is humbling. We have seen whole families participating in PE lessons from their living rooms and coordinating online wellbeing support has strengthened our community spirit even further.

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