At Commonweal School in Old Town, the school community has quickly adjusted to 'distance learning'.
Using Edulink One, Commonweal teachers now set work every fortnight which students are able to access via mobile phones or any other devices at home. Commonweal students, who have the Edulink One app on their phones can easily notify their teacher that the work is complete. Alongside regular emails and usage of superb online resources like GCSE Pod, Seneca and Activelearn, students are able to access purposeful resources to facilitate learning in these challenging times.
Robert Linnegar, Headteacher said: “Obviously Commonweal is closed in a 'traditional sense' like all UK schools, but we are doing everything we can to ensure our students can keep on top of their education through Edulink One. I am very proud of our school community in the way it has responded to the Coronavirus emergency. The fact that our Parents/Carers also have an app allows them to get involved in their child’s work really promotes our message that education matters in a time like this”.
Ellie-Maie from Year 7 said: "I find working from home quite nice because you are in the comfort of your own home and you don't have as strict a structure. Sometimes it can be a little bit hard when you do not understand what to do so you need to email the teacher....in school you simply ask just by putting your hand up! I like Edulink because it gives you your homework in a very logical way and Powerpoint/Word are easily accessed through it, which I think is really helpful." Mr. Foley, a Commonweal Science teacher agrees with the functionality of Edulink. "When I was first introduced to it, I was worried that is was just a fancy looking version of what we already have. However, it has completely streamlined the homework setting process. Edulink has made the adjustment to online learning a lot more straight forward."
Commonweal School obviously still remains open every day to vulnerable students alongside key workers’ children.