Benefits for all
Apricot’s internal QA cycle revolves around the structure of the academic year and utilises Ofsted/DfE quality standards as benchmarks to ensure we achieve the highest standards. We have robust mechanisms in place to monitor, evaluate, and continuously improve our implementation and outcomes. These include skills specific to teaching effectively in the online environment and the personalisation of lessons for our vulnerable cohorts. Our quality management systems have been recognised in clients’ Ofsted reports for their excellence and innovation.
Safe learning environment
Many students with high anxiety cannot contemplate even entering a school, let alone travelling on public transport or mingling with a classful of their peers. By allowing them to study in their own safe environment, we remove a major inhibitor to learning. All lessons are recorded for both safeguarding and revision.
Equally, some students might be aggressive or even hostile. The opportunity to act out is mitigated by the distance inherent in online lessons.
Live and comprehensive reporting
Our reports are second-to-none. We provide real-time attendance, current progress, and lesson feedback through easy to access Report Cards. Progress is reported for each Assessment Object measured in every subject, 21st c. Skills acquisition, Learning Behaviours, and grade attainment. Each full term teachers add ILPs with student targets and in-depth comments.
All exam boards for a broad curriculum
We teach to any exam board and have an extensive KS3, ELC, FS, GCSE, and A-Level curriculum that goes well beyond core courses – Psychology, Computing, and Business Studies among the most popular options.
As an independent education provider, we’re able to offer subjects that may not be cost-effective for schools, hospitals, or PRUs. This wide choice of subjects is one of the successful devices that enables us to encourage students to see learning as an enhancer. By allowing a student to pursue a subject of personal interest, we find that work across other core subjects improves dramatically.
Reintegration of students
Successful reintegration to mainstream or special schools is one of our goals. Sometimes students need only a short time with us, while others need to continue with Apricot until time for their exams. However long students are with us, we help to re-establish structure in their lives.
Apricot’s provision has been developed specifically to re-engage reluctant learners and to facilitate early reintegration. Our programmes are designed to maximise engagement for unwilling, wary, or challenged students.
During our students’ tenure, we are in communication with their school or unit teachers to make sure that they are keeping up with their peers. They need to know that when they return to school they will not be left behind academically. Our Report Cards give their school teachers the information they need to help students reintegrate. We are also proactive in preparing our students to have productive relationships with their teachers on reintegration.
Credible alternative to exclusion
With students that have been excluded or suspended for aggressive or disruptive behaviour, we remove the audience that can negatively reward and reinforces this behaviour. We find that these students thrive under our ethos of high expectations, friendliness, and student autonomy. We have the freedom and resources to tease out their interests and a learning approach that quickly engages them.
Saving travel costs
Home-to-school transport costs are eliminated if a home environment is the most suitable choice during a student’s time with Apricot. Students can access their lessons wherever they have a computer and the internet access.
For all of our clients, we have been able to deliver impacts that significantly contribute to the latest DfE initiatives on the design and delivery of quality assurance for online education providers. This is a new venture for the DfE and Apricot is at the forefront of their working partners for the establishment of a suitable inspection framework.