An online teaching expert is ramping up support for returning pupils as they resume mainstream education.
Following a recent survey, the founder of Uplevel Academy, Swindon-based Kellie McCord discovered that 83 percent of parents wanted their children to return to school but had major concerns that had not been addressed.
Those concerns included the risks of covid infection and testing, catching up with schoolwork, re-establishing friendships, transitioning from home to classroom teaching and school management.
The parents and carers who took part in the survey said they wanted schools to take a child-centred approach, with a focus on socialising and making more time for pupils to spend time with each other.
The survey also found that the largest academic concerns were centred on English, with 35 parents citing this compared to 19 worried about mathematics. Other issues included communication with schools, assessments to identify weaknesses and emotional support.
Respondents also wanted additional learning opportunities for young people who might not return to school at the same academic level as their peers, and called for a focus on one-to-one tuition, extra homework and weekend lessons.
Kellie McCord said: “The results show that the two paramount pains that both parents and children faced are catching up with learning and being able to socialise.
“With those two key problems in mind, parents and young people also felt a loss of motivation in learning and an increased level of social anxiety.
“In response to this and to keep up with demand, I am launching two new programmes in April which are 11+ English and GCSE English Language - Year 11.”
Parents and carers also said there should be a strong focus on emotional well-being, including counselling and promoting discussion on thoughts, feelings, and coping strategies for dealing with negative thoughts and emotions.
Kellie has therefore established online group programmes to advance young peoples’ learning coupled with a strong social and communicative environment.
There is also an emphasis on mindfulness strategies, including goal setting and vision boards to help pupils maintain consistency and take greater responsibility for their learning.
Ms McCord added: “I specialise in teaching English with a fun, friendly and forward-thinking approach.
“Inclusion is also crucial, so I have adapted programmes for learners with dyslexia and ADHD. This ensures the learner is at the centre of the process along with the interwoven mindfulness strategies, so that each pupil takes greater ownership and responsibility for their learning, thus improving their confidence, motivation, and grades.
“I am determined that young people see within themselves a host of possibilities and not be hostage to uncertainty. My tutoring online will go a long way to achieving this.
“Extra tuition promotes personal and academic attainment and confidence with far-reaching benefits that will sustain a young person as they progress into further levels of study and beyond.”
Ms McCord has a decade of teaching and tutoring experience, and says her unique style and practices draw on the best educational techniques to ensure the young people she teaches are inspired, engaged, and motivated to achieve academic success in their exams and beyond.
Further information on Kellie McCord’s teaching and learning community is available at www.uplevel-academy.com