School closures during the first national lockdown in England created mass disruption for teachers and students throughout spring and summer term 2020. With little time to prepare and with current online provision often only a small part of their existing approach, schools delved into providing a quality remote learning experience to their entire student body.
The most disadvantaged students, with less support at home and often no access to online learning, were disproportionately affected and risked being left behind. Many educators were looking for ideas, content and support to help them create powerful online learning experiences that would reach and engage every student.
In response to these challenges, the eduu. school pilot was developed by GLUU, with Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and with support from NESTA.
The eduu.school platform launched on 4th July 2020 and ran for the summer holidays. During the pilot period 1843 students from 14 academies and 1 special school registered, with 780 students joining in week 1.
5977 site accesses and 398 quiz responses were recorded, with all 8 weekly themes being accessed by students from every participating school. By the end of the pilot the wait list to join exceeded 4000 students.
Daily live lessons led by 20 teachers were streamed in English, Science, Maths, Design, Physical Education, History, Geography and Drama with over 300 hours of recorded lessons posted, totalling 30 hours of online learning available weekly. In addition, over 1,000 hours of free therapy support were made available via Tools for Coping.