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Posted 01.07.21

Sync to run new Blended Learning series with ASCL

Sync are working with ASCL Professional Development (ASCL PD) to deliver a series of blended learning sessions to school leaders. ASCL is a leading provider of CPD and leadership development across the UK – designing, developing and organising a range of conferences, short courses, nationally recognised qualifications and tailor-made services that are responsive to both government initiatives and professional needs identified by colleagues in schools and colleges.

Blended Learning event series

With schools now adapting to their students’ return to the classroom, how can they ensure learning has not been lost and adapt to this new style of learning? A blended approach will enable schools to have the best of both worlds, online and in-class teaching and learning.

In this new three-part series, we will look at how schools can evaluate and plan their new strategy based on the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) guidance Putting evidence to work: A School’s Guide to Implementation.

Session 1 – Planning for the “new normal”

Overview

In part 1, participants will investigate how schools are addressing the transition to a blended approach to learning, the questions which need to be asked along with the pitfalls they might encounter. This blended approach impacts on many aspects of school life, such as the increased demand on the school’s environment and infrastructure. How can schools plan and implement the needs of this new style of learning?

A digital approach to learning places many demands on a school, however, planning is essential if implementation is to be a success. Examples will show how this can be managed for the school whilst aligning this with the EEF guidance document.

Speakers

Ricky Brown, Apple Professional Learning Specialist
George Barlow, Vice Principal at Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy
Kevan Lomas, Associate Executive Principal at Spencer Academies Trust

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of blended learning
  • develop an appreciation of effective implementation in their school or organisation
  • improved awareness of the impact of environment on teaching and learning

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

Target Audience

Deputy Headteachers, Vice Principals, Assistant Headteachers and Assistant Principals, and aspiring leaders in secondary, primary and PRU settings.

Date and Time

05 July 2021, from 16:00 – 17:00

 

Session 2 – A change to workflow and workload?

Overview

Part 2 will look at how schools can plan and manage the implementation of a blended learning strategy from the aspects of teacher workload and workflow within a classroom. Discussions with teachers and leaders will evaluate the effect their strategy has had on their organisation and students’ learning and wellbeing.

This digital strategy affects many aspects of school operations, from communication to collaboration and impact on work by reducing the time needed for the administrative burden along with the financial and environmental savings. We will discuss issues evidenced by the EEF guidance Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning and how this has been achieved through case studies.

Speakers

Ricky Brown, Apple Professional Learning Specialist
Hannah Croskery, Deputy Headteacher at Dalton St Mary’s CE Primary School, Cumbria
George Barlow, Vice Principal at Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy
Kevan Lomas, Associate Executive Principal at Spencer Academies Trust
Verity Lee, Assistant Headteacher at Sunnyside Spencer Academy

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain a better understanding of the impact and advantages of blended learning
  • critically evaluate the merits of each and every activity
  • consider decision making with the child at the centre of everything they do

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

Target Audience

Deputy Headteachers, Vice Principals, Assistant Headteachers and Assistant Principals, and aspiring leaders in secondary, primary and PRU settings.

Date and Time

07 July 2021, from 16:00 – 17:00

 

Session 3 – Addressing Children’s Needs

Overview

The recent lockdown and immediate implementation of online learning has had a marked impact on the needs of children and highlighted both challenges and opportunities for schools. Technology has enabled learning to be delivered in different styles to ensure all students have equitable levels of learning.

In this session, participants will investigate how some schools have amended their planning and teaching strategies to enable students to have a more enriched and accessible learning experience.

Based on the guidance from EEF, Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning, leaders will evaluate how they and their staff have adapted their delivery through lockdown and the impact that this has had on their students.

Speakers

Ricky Brown, Apple Professional Learning Specialist
George Barlow, Vice Principal at Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy
Verity Lee, Assistant Headteacher at Sunnyside Spencer Academy

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of impact and advantages of blended learning
  • increase their knowledge and confidence in how to use technology when planning for all learners
  • evaluate catch-up strategies and how these can be impacted by technology

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with other attendees.

Target Audience

Deputy Headteachers, Vice Principals, Assistant Headteachers and Assistant Principals, and aspiring leaders in secondary, primary and PRU settings.

Date and Time

09 July 2021, from 16:00 – 17:00

 

How to get involved

Learn more and register

Sessions will run on the 5th, 7th, and 9th of July respectively. To find out more about the sessions, or to register for the series select one of the links below:

Part 1: Planning for the ‘new normal’ 
Part 2: A change to workflow and workload? 
Part 3: Addressing children’s needs 

Webinar requirements

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure you have access to a computer or device that meets the Zoom system requirements. If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.

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