Vignette of Practice: St Jude’s Virtual School: An Innovative Response to COVID-19

St Jude’s Virtual School: An Innovative Response to COVID-19

Team Teaching Award – Judy Miller, Isabelle Schäfer, Dave Hunt and Suzanne Lawson; School of Education

Tutors in the PGCE secondary teacher training team created a virtual school called ‘St. Jude’s’ to develop trainees’ skills and attributes for those who were well but having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 during their school experience placement.

St. Jude’s was an online innovation born of necessity but developed through genuine pedagogical approaches for teaching excellence. The online platform was a hidden area on Blackboard only accessible to trainees who had to self-isolate. St. Jude’s registration provided a series of activities designed to support their programme of study (A1) with activities to teach and support learning (A2). Subject tutors interacted with isolating trainees to assess and give feedback (A3) as they completed a series of activities including observation of filmed lessons, planning, and delivering lessons virtually to other self-isolating trainees (A4) and were signposted to subject material (K1) that engaged them with professional practice, research and evaluation (A5).

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