After considerable research, including a study trip to high performing schools in the United States, we settled on two models that we will pilot at different points this year. Starting with a Flipped Classroom model, we transformed to a Flex Model as the year-long trial progressed.
One of the biggest challenges was demonstrating progress to the pupils. The use of classbadges.com was a simple and effective solution, providing each pupil with a bespoke record of achievement whereby badges indicated the progress made.
Be clear at the start about the hoped-for outcome of implementing a Blended Learning programme. The approach at KSA is already very personalised and, while Project 24 was very well received by staff, pupils and parents, it was unclear as to the degree by which outcomes improved as a direct result of this approach.
King Solomon Academy is a small secondary school that is part of Ark Schools. Pupils are known and cared about as individuals, behaviour and manners are exemplary, and the school is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to ensure each of its pupils has the chance to attend an academically rigorous university. The school launched Project 24, which has the goal of increasing pupil attainment by making the learning even more personalised and by allowing the teacher to spend more targeted time with the pupils. The Project 24 team looked to fulfil this goal by using blended learning.
Contact: Bruno Reddy
King Solomon Academy
Telephone: (+44) (0) 207 563 6900
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