Virtual Learning (VL)

Three Towers understands the value of using online learning activities to support the educational provision we offer.  All learners are expected to work towards accredited qualifications including GCSEs, BTECs, V-Certs etc.

Online learning is offered as part of a blended learning timetable, which is tailored to the needs of each learner.  Live online lessons in English, maths and PSHE take place in the morning on Monday to Thursday and learners are encouraged to attend a least two onsite afternoon sessions if they are not having a 1:1 home tutoring session.  These afternoon sessions include The Achieve Programme, Science GCSE/Btec, gardening and art.

On a Friday, learners either attend a vocational provider, work experience placement, onsite drop-in/catch up sessions or work online to complete additional independent study.   Additionally, some learners may be set tasks to complete for enrichment – visiting colleges, museums, libraries, going shopping, doing sport etc. to develop their independence, resilience and self- confidence.  These activities are personalised to meet the identified SEMH needs of each learner.

Learners’ attendance, attitude to learning and progress towards their targets are monitored and rewarded in the same way as onsite learners.

Access to eLearning software on a laptop/computer.

If a learner has access to their own computer then they could use that, otherwise one is loaned to them by Three Towers, along with a Mi-Fi to gain internet access. Computers provided by Three Towers are filtered to allow access only to appropriate software and webpages. Learners are expected to log on to attend the live online lessons each day.

Access to direct tutor sessions.

Learners will receive a one to one visit from their form tutor either in the home or at a mutually convenient location at least once, but more usually twice a week. During this time the tutor will review any work done independently through the week, provide a teaching session to support the English and maths online lessons and set additional tasks for the coming week. Other tasks may be set that are designed to meet the emotional literacy learning needs of the individual.

Access to tutors online.

All learners are expected to access the live online lessons and can ask for help or support from their tutors working online in timetabled sessions.  A member of staff is also online at the end of the morning sessions to support any learners with additional questions.