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How anonymity can be a blessing for vulnerable students

Everyone wants to be famous it seems. Social media has given every young hopeful this opportunity and everyday Instagrammers, vloggers, Youtubers, and X Factor wannabes, are filling news headlines with tales of fame and fortune. From Kim Kardashian to PewDiePie, the new wave of social media and reality TX stars provide dubious role models for
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Safeguarding in online learning

A guide to choosing a safe online provider for teachers and education/safeguarding professionals Protecting students from harm is paramount, and in the case of AP online learning it is the first thing any education professional must check before engaging or recommending a provider. Most professionals are aware of basic safeguarding procedures, but special attention must
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How to give vulnerable students the best shot at success

Five pointers to help re-engage marginalised students The children we teach at Apricot Online all have additional challenges to overcome. In Alternative Education Provision (AEP) you’re essentially educating students who don’t conform to the ‘one size fits all’ format that’s available in mainstream education. In order to help these young people get into the right
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Mitigating traumatic stressors in online AEP

Communication is vital in avoiding emotional triggers Students can have emotional stressors for many reasons and in AP we probably come across more than most. We deal with vulnerable children who have suffered emotional trauma at sometime in their lives. To exacerbate the problem further, in an online classroom we don’t have the visual cues
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Choosing Your Rut Carefully

After several days of hard rain on the dirt tracks of rural Mississippi, a weary traveller drove up to my great grandfather’s house in Ovett to ask for directions to the nearest town. Papa O’Donnell looked down at the deeply rutted track and indicated a direction, saying, ‘Choose your rut carefully – you’ll be in
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Is Co-Construction a Misnomer?

When I was a little girl, I bought a new wallet with my pocket money. When I got home I began, excitedly, to fill in the identification card – name, address, colour of hair, colour of eyes, etc. But, when I came to the box marked “sex,” I was perplexed and asked my mother for
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Mind The Gap!

When helping a student build confidence and mental resilience, it can seem a little counter-intuitive to focus on past failures. However, with careful handling, analysing where things have gone wrong in the past can be a fundamental part of helping to address gaps in knowledge and skills that could help toward better results in the
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Propositional Language – Unfreezing the mind ain’t easy

Staring at a blank page can be unnerving. For anxious exam students, the prospect of writing an essay – saying anything – may seem insurmountable. But there is a trick you and they can practice throughout the year to ameliorate their anxiety: write and speak propositionally. The French philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, once observed that you
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The games we play

Fun and games can go a long way to help re-engage students Fun in education is a serious business. Students who become bored, disengaged, or dispirited simply stop learning – and it can be hard to bring them back on board. But it’s possible to break down resistance and catch their attention with an educational
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Why Apricot is sincerely looking forward to the new school year

The same as every school across the country, we’re looking forward to welcoming and working with our students for this new academic year. And that’s not just some old management speak from the head teacher. As an Alternative Provision school we are blessed in many ways. To start with, we can offer a broad curriculum
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