As we move temporarily to online learning, we want to keep you updated with our plan going forward and continuity of education for our students. Although we are in an unprecedented situation, our teaching provision will not be reduced if at all possible.
Academic teaching will continue via a few online platforms including ‘Showbie’, our paperless classroom, Zoom video conferencing, and Socrative until further notice. All students, teachers, and staff have been given all the required information to ensure it is used correctly & efficiently.
Here is a brief summary of what each teaching/learning platform provides:
1) Showbie – 0ur paperless classroom allows students & teachers to stay connected with essential tools for all types of assignments and assessments, so gaps in knowledge, exam technique and weak subject areas can be worked on and improved with effective feedback & communication.
2) Zoom – Bring the classroom to your home! With the Zoom app students can have face-to-face lessons with their teacher (and other classmates if in a group lesson), so it feels virtually the same as if you were in a class together. Teachers can share screens with presentations which students can interact with, and there is One-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation, and digital whiteboarding. Lessons and classes can be recorded to allow students to learn at their own pace. Zoom has recently updated their security policy, please click here to find out more.
3) Socrative – This platform is an an efficient way to monitor and evaluate learning and delivers dynamic and engaging interactions for learners. It provides fun and effective formative assessments, and all the activities visualise students’ answers in real-time and provide detailed reports for afterwards. Teachers can start a quiz, do a quick question (perfect for note prep activities), or polling activity. With both assessments or quizzes, teachers can see in real-time what the students are thinking, have a discussion of the results, and see where areas need reviewing.
The Summer Academic Term Ahead – April 14th to June 26th 2020
|Weeks 1 and 2||April 14th||Return to lessons via Zoom or other video platform. Use of Showbie to share class resources, assignments and comments with students. Use of Socrative for quizzes etc.|
|Week 3||April 27th||Mock exam week 1 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)|
|Week 4||May 4th (May 8th is a bank holiday)||Normal lessons|
|Week 5||May 11th||Mock exam week 2 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)|
|Week 6||May 18th||Normal lessons|
|Week 7||May 25th||Half term – no lessons – students prepare for mock exams|
|Week 8||June 1st||Mock exam week 3 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)|
|Week 9||June 8th||Catch up week for any students who have missed any scheduled mock exams – AS teaching continues|
|Week 10||June 15th||Mock exam week for AS students|
|Week 11||June 22nd||Feedback on AS mock exams|
|Week 12||June 26th||End of Term|
Key points from this announcement:
- The aim is to ensure ‘GCSE, A and AS level students are awarded a grade which fairly reflects the work that they have put in’;
- There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to;
- Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible;
- The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit, at the end of their course, a judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead;
- Teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment;
- The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July;
- In terms of a permanent record, the grades will be indistinguishable from those provided in other years;
- If they do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam at the earliest reasonable opportunity, once schools are open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021.
Please note that students at Bath Academy are well-placed in this situation due to their weekly formative assessments, mock exam results, and further assessments that will take place during the summer term. Teaching staff will be providing their normal support for students’ achievements and progression throughout the summer term.
More information will be provided as soon as possible, but in the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the college on 01225 334 577 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public health information about the virus is updated daily here, but if you have any questions directly concerning any Bath Academy students, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01225 334 577 or email@example.com.