An independent school in Wales is running free online lessons this month in a bid to bridge the learning gap for disadvantaged pupils who have had their studies disrupted by the pandemic.
Myddelton College ran a series of classes in December – in English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics – and, following positive feedback, decided to do the same in January.
Over 500 students joined the lessons over the two-week period, although the school said up to 1,000 students per subject can register. Two classes were delivered simultaneously each evening, one for GCSE and one for A-level, and they could be viewed live or via catch-up on laptops and mobile phones.
This time the school said it will offer pre-recorded lessons, which gives them the opportunity to offer more lessons and subjects at the same time, starting on 18 January.
“We wanted to do something to make a contribution to the education sector and the current generation of young people at a time when they face significant challenges because of the pandemic,” explained headmaster Andrew Allman.
There is a widening socio-economic gap in education and we believe we have a responsibility to help students who might otherwise miss out – Andrew Allman, Myddelton College
Allman said that despite no exams taking place this year due to the impact of the pandemic, education is about “more than just exams” and the skills learned will still be useful throughout their lives.
“The lectures will focus on the skills they need to answer exam-based questions and bridge any gaps in their knowledge ahead of them going into further education,” Allman said.
He continued: “There is a widening socio-economic gap in education and we believe we have a responsibility to help students who might otherwise miss out.
“It is a big commitment by the teachers who have to prepare and deliver the lectures and underlines that quality inherent in the profession of wanting to help students be the best they can be.”
Myddleton College is a Microsoft Global Showcase Independent School and part of the Birmingham-based IQ Schools Group.
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