We are very proud to be working with two Local Authorities who use EDVirtual to deliver live sessions and blended sessions whilst working face-to-face with their most vulnerable students and poorest attenders. The learners use the EDLounge elearning content.
We tailor the EDLounge platform for any Local Authority so that any learner, teacher and support worker has:
- 24/7 access to the virtual platform
- access to create their own content as well as use ours
- use of our portal and platform in a locked-down application to protect everyone
- a personalised learning plan
- assessment to measure and monitoring progress
Everything a learner does is tracked and recorded (plus sent back to the centre securely and encrypted for child protection and safeguarding purposes).
Local Authority PRU Case Study
EDLounge January - March 2017 Case Study: Providing an effective Virtual Classroom and Alternative Provision for a Pupil Referral Unit to improve outcomes, raise achievement and improve attendance.
By Sheffield Inclusion Centre
Cohort: A cohort of 15 students, who are not just school refusers but also “PRU refusers”
“Our students are out of mainstream education for various reasons; they might suffer from anxiety or other mental health issues. Others simply just don’t like school. But our objective is very clear: we want to get our students back into mainstream education.”
Objective: To use the EDVirtual platform (Virtual Classroom) to help educate, support and offer safeguarding for a range of students using both the school's and EDlounge's teaching and support staff
Methodology: Learners follow a unique learning pathway (created specifically for each learner) in English and Maths whilst getting virtual support online from a safeguarding mentor (at the school) and online teaching support (from EDLounge).
“We use a virtual classroom to deliver lessons and homework to our students, and they receive an attendance mark for each session. There is a tracking system in place so we can see at a glance how many times a student has logged on, what they’re doing, how they’re progressing, and so on. We’re also able to have virtual face-to-face check-ins with each student, enabling us to see that the student is safe and well, and also speak to them about their work and progress”.
Stats: 14 out of 15 students (93%) progressed completing a six week English and Maths programme
Stats: 83.25% attendance rate.
Stats: 4% increase in the whole school attendance
Stats: One student's attendance increase was 43%
Stats: 36% of the cohort had 100% attendance
Success: Two of the students asked to come back into centre and have been successfully reintegrated.
“The results have been incredible. Two of our students have recently informed us that they want return to mainstream education! With a virtual classroom, we’re able to ensure our students receive classwork and homework regularly, and we can monitor their progress and give them the support they need, so that when the time comes, the transition back into the classroom goes smoothly.”