Hugh Hennebry, Prinicpal of Uckfield College, explained to Uckfield FM that realising schools would probably close, they created a plan very early on as to how they would provide an uninterrupted education for their students.
Mr Hennebry said that success of this is due largely to the college already possessing advanced information technology. Students log on to each lesson following their normal timetable and are greeted by their teacher. He or she sets out the purpose of the lesson and the students complete the work on their PC’s. In each lesson a question and answer session is built in, to which the teacher replies, in writing. At the end of each lesson, students send in their work and move on to the next class, virtually, if not physically. During a lesson, students can contact each other using social media, much like they would in a class which helps to keep the experience as close to being in a classroom as possible.
He also mentioned that after an initial pause in building work to expand the college, it is now underway, albeit a little slower than usual, but still on target for the planned completion date of September 2021.
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