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Successful Move to Online Teaching

We have all been affected by the coronavirus crisis, but the students and teachers at LSI Independent Sixth Form College should be commended for the speed and success of the switch to online teaching, necessitated by the physical closure of the College on 20th March. We decided to use Microsoft Teams as we felt it would work well with our small teaching groups. The platform has enabled the full College timetable to be delivered in an interactive way, engaging the students in much the same way as a good face-to-face lesson should. By and large, the experience has been very positive for students. We have tried hard to make the move to online teaching as seamless as possible, so that students could not only benefit from the full curriculum but also so that we could provide continuity and routine for students who would otherwise be struggling under quarantine measures. In many ways, the success has been remarkable, especially considering the narrow timeframe in various platforms, including our ultimate choice of Microsoft Teams, had to be researched, set up and implemented, not to forget the rapid training of teachers. Schools and colleges were officially closed from the afternoon of 20th March, with very little notice. What would normally take a year or two of planning was accomplished within a matter of days. What has also been impressive is the flexibility and adaptability of our students and teachers in making a virtue of necessity in these challenging times. We are of course all looking forward to the return of face-to-face lessons in September, but this has been a very useful learning experience for all.

Ofsted Inspection, February 2020

Although it seems like a lifetime ago because of how much life has changed for us all over the last few months, LSI Independent Sixth Form College was inspected in February 2020. We were very pleased with how the inspection went. We were judged to be Good overall, with Good in each category apart from one; we were judged to be Outstanding in the Behaviour and Attitudes category. All credit goes to our students and teachers for this excellent outcome. You can download the full Ofsted report from our website, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Students appreciate the small class sizes and the personal attention they receive.
  • They value their teachers’ dedication in helping each of them achieve their best.
  • Students’ behaviour is excellent, and they work with diligence.
  • Students cherish meeting with peers from around the globe.
  • In all disciplines, teachers have very strong subject expertise and teaching experience.
  • Students gain new knowledge and deepen their understanding well.
  • Teachers make sure that students have many opportunities to revise their previous learning.
  • Students are unwavering in their determination to succeed.
  • Staff morale is high.

 




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