North Durham Academy has a robust, whole-school blended learning offer that supports students who cannot access the academy to learn in person.
All class materials, learning aids, resources and revision guides can be found online, where each student uses Microsoft Teams to keep track of their lessons, complete assignments and communicate with their peers and teachers. Students are given all of the support that they need, including training on how to use the software and the loan of school computers, so that they are given every chance to succeed. Learning in this way is also fantastic for student independence and resilience, as the onus is on them to succeed.
Usually blended learning is used to compliment normal classroom-based learning but during the COVID-19 pandemic there have been periods where the whole school has moved to a blended approach. Whilst we are working hard to prevent this from happening again, the school has measures in place to mitigate the impact as much as possible. All of our teachers are trained to teach remotely and every student who does not own a computer at home will be loaned resources. In addition, every classroom in the school has video conferencing equipment so that teachers may engage with individual students or even whole classes who have been asked to self-isolate.
Lessons are packaged into Sways, with one topic per Sway. As each topic might be several lessons long there might be work that students have already done. If this is the case students move on to the first one that's new to them. Where possible, we use original worksheets, videos and other resources created by your class teachers. Normally students can simply select these documents and click 'Edit Document' or ‘Download a copy’. Please see list of sways for Spring half term 2 and our Students Guide to Using Sway. and our Students Guide to Using Class Notebook.
Please see guides that cover how to access Teams and Parents Guide to Learning from Home. If students or their families have any questions about blended learning, what the school can offer, or the expectations we place on our students, they are encouraged to contact Jack Elliott, Blended Learning Manager, on [email protected] or by calling 01207 291197.