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Online school offers help so “teachers can keep on teaching”

With hundreds of thousands of secondary school students stuck at home from today (Friday), one online school is offering a solution to the potential education gap that may stretch until September. Apricot Online provides online classrooms to schools that allow students to continue their education normally during the shutdown. The established online education specialist has
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School isn’t for everyone, but education can be

There are plenty of students that thoroughly enjoy their school experience; they fit in, excel in their subjects and are ambitious. But what about everyone else? What happens when you don’t fit in, do not excel in your subjects and have no idea what you want to do with your life? I used to teach
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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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