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The National Online School, a partnership with Hodder

Connected by GLUU, in partnership with Shireland and Hodder, we have created an EdTech best practice solution called The National Online School. Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust who bring curriculum, Inspection Framework and blended teaching expertise have been supported with content and platform services from the Hodder Education Group. Connected with Gluu, we have also been joined by the children’s non-fiction publishing house, What on Earth Publishing, which has teamed up with Shireland to curate a connected learning pathway mapped to the National Curriculum.

With many pupils having lost up to five months of schooling in 2020, the project will be a core offer for ‘catch-up’ services to help close the attainment gap and to help better support learning from home for all students.

The National Online School is built to ensure a coherent and blended offer between school and home, online and offline, and to deliver a broad experience for pupil, parents and carers, and teachers.

The platform will deliver a unique combination of curriculum planning, flipped learning, digital content, assessment and reporting, and – crucially –support for mental health and wellbeing. All lesson plans will incorporate guidance for parents to act as a learning coach in addition to teacher-support materials.

The National Online School will launch in September 2020 serving selected MATs and Local Authorities through the autumn term, before being available nationally as a full subscription service for all MATs, schools and tutors from January 2021. Launching with Year 5 in September 2020, the service will expand to cover additional years  by September 2021.

The platform is fully flexible and designed to be used ‘out of the box’ or customised with schools to support the needs of teachers, pupils and parents across the country. 

The solution is expected to attract great interest from across the UK and international schools delivering an English curriculum. It is expected that there will be demand internationally, at Ministry level, helping to support Government ambitions to increase UK education exports.

Christine Major, CEO of GLUU says, “Parents now have to be more involved in their child’s education. It is no longer enough to leave them at the school gate and we are setting out to make the new world of blended learning a joined up and positive experience for schools and parents alike.”

Schools can register their interest at: www.hoddereducation.co.uk/nationalonlineschool


About Hodder Education

Hodder Education Group is one of the UK’s largest educational publishers and has been working with schools and colleges, expert authors and awarding organisations for many years to create quality print and digital resources that support students and teachers across Primary, Secondary and Further Education, within the UK and around the world. HEG has specialist imprints that provide focus and support for different areas, levels and regions including:

Rising Stars
Since 2002 Rising Stars has created an award-winning range of books, teaching material and digital resources that support primary teachers and learners.

We always work with expert authors and advisors to ensure our resources provide exactly what is needed in school across all areas of the primary curriculum.


RS Assessment
RS Assessment from Hodder Education is the market leader in delivering assessments that accurately track progress, support teacher judgements and inform future teaching and learning.

We specialise in standardised assessments such as the PiRA and PuMA tests, assessments to support SEN and Wellbeing as well as lighter-touch check-in tests.


Hodder Education
Hodder Education provides print and digital resources for over 30 subjects, covering teaching, learning, CPD and revision at KS3 to 5, and on into Further Education.

We also provide CPD training and student revision events to help equip everyone with the skills they need to progress and succeed.


Lis Tribe, MD of Hodder Education Group says, “This is a worrying time for so many schools, teachers and pupils, and the need to provide support enabling pupils to catch up on their learning will continue for a long while yet. We are glad to be part of a partnership which will make a major contribution to closing the gap, by providing a comprehensive curriculum to support learning whether at home or in the classroom.”

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