Information for University Admissions: Impact of COVID
The following information is provided to indicate the impact of COVID 19, and the resulting school closures, on students of Eaton Bank Academy:
- The school closed on Friday 20th March 2020. A period of transition followed, leading up to the Easter holidays, where lessons and resources were transferred to the INSIGHT platform.
- Courses remained on track, although teachers were advised to avoid ‘new learning’ and instead focus on revisiting previous learning. This meant many subjects rearranged courses to deliver modules and units of work more suited to online learning and to avoid teaching new content that would not be embedded.
- Subjects with practical elements experienced barriers in the way that teachers would usually deliver lessons
- During the summer term, no lessons took place in ‘normal’ conditions. All lessons were delivered via a combination of ‘live’ tutorials, independent tasks for completion and pre-recorded lessons, all accessed via a new platform, Microsoft Teams.
- The transition to remote learning on Microsoft Teams took approximately 2-3 weeks, with some subjects being able to transition more smoothly over to the remote learning process than others.
- Year 12 groups were brought in for two 1–hour, face–to–face sessions with their form tutor, where the focus was on social, emotional and mental wellbeing.
- Students were then allowed to come into the school, on a register and limited number basis, to study on certain days, for a set period of time.
- Key ‘mock’ examinations could not be held in May. Formative assessments continued to take place using Microsoft Forms, questioning via live tutorials and through marking of assignments submitted via Teams.
- End of year reports provided ‘predicted grades’ based on work completed up until the 20th March 2020.
- On our return to school, subjects have been collating predicted grades based on work completed during ‘lockdown’ and both formative and summative assessments currently taking place in classes.
- To assist with preparations for UCAS, students were given ‘Freeze Week’ whereby they were not set work by their subjects, but were instead given tasks and guidance for all aspects of the UCAS process. However, the usual face-to-face workshops and presentations about the entry processes, personal statements etc. were shortened and not as practical as they have been for previous cohorts.