This term, United Learning has been working in partnership with the Department for Education to offer a series of webinars for leaders and school staff across the country.
In total, six 60-minute webinars will be streamed as part of the series, designed to help schools improve the quality of their remote provision and share best practice.
The first two webinars took place last week and focused on how primary and secondary school leaders can deliver an effective and aspirational remote education. Presenting the primary webinar was Dominic Norrish, Group COO, and Michelle Green, Executive Principal of our West Midlands primary school cluster. Their informative session included useful recommendations on what steps primary leaders can take now to strengthen their digital provision for the future. It drew in an engaged audience of over 1,500 leaders who between them asked hundreds of questions.
In the following day’s webinar for secondary leaders, Dominic was joined by Samantha Viney, Principal of Glenmoor and Winton Academies in Bournemouth. Their session, which again proved very popular, explored the academies’ journey to delivering live lessons and how leaders supported students and staff in overcoming some of the challenges of virtual learning.
After a successful start to the series, this week’s webinars are concentrating on school teachers and the teaching strategies and techniques they can use to ensure effective remote learning. This includes advice from Tanya Hughes, Primary Regional Director across our northern academies, Steve Adcock, our Deputy Director of Secondary Academies, and expert subject and curriculum advisors.
The final two webinars of the series will focus on middle leaders in schools and will go live later this term.
Dominic Norrish, United Learning COO, said:
“Working as a national group of schools, one of the many benefits is that our school staff and students have access to a host of shared resources and central support. Over the past few months, the advantage of this has become particularly clear, as we’ve been supporting best practice across our schools during any home learning periods and helping get them in a position to deliver a successful remote education.
“It’s been good to be able to work alongside the DfE in sharing some of our work with schools across the country and engaging with so many teachers and leaders.”