Contextual information for Higher Education

COVID 19 implications for current cohort

Monday 23rd March The Hundred of Hoo Academy closed due to Government guidelines.

Staff were required to upload work to a Google Classroom for each of their A Level subjects during the closure of the school. During this time work and resources were uploaded for students to complete remote learning, however, no live learning took place. Our online strategy for Year 12 provided students with 4 hours of content a week, which is in contrast to the usual 10 hours per fortnight of taught input.

On 15th June 2020 Year 12 returned for a one day intervention per fortnight for each of their subjects.These interventions would cover those subject tasks that were completed during the closure of the school and reassess students knowledge and application of learning during this time. Additionally, subjects continued to set remote learning to continue the learning and assessment of curriculum content to create a blended learning approach. The work continued to follow the subject specifications and primarily consisted of retrieval and revision of work that had been learnt during the Year 12 curriculum time. All work was set through the Google Classroom created for the students by their subject teachers. Pastoral support was provided through a Sixth Form Google Classroom and telephone check-ins with students by the Head of Sixth Form and Form Tutors.

No formal assessment in controlled conditions were able to take place from March until a full opening return in September 2020.

Due to the demographic of the intake, for some students there were challenges to accessing technology, which the Academy sought to overcome through a laptop loan scheme, and the provision of resources that were necessary for those students that accessed the Bursary Scheme.