We were delighted to see Portland Place Online feature in The Times this Saturday.
Portland Place Online offers a offers a blend of both the traditional and new and is proving popular with families and students who have recognised the benefits of remote, online learning during lockdown and would prefer to continue with a seamless education at home and school. Available for children aged 10-16, Portland Place Online continues to embody the Portland Place School ethos of high-quality teaching in a nurturing environment, enabling students’ academic ability and creativity to flourish. The hybrid online model provides students high quality of live lessons, delivered by subject specialist teachers, for four days a week via video conferencing and one day a week onsite for more practical subjects such as art, design technology, science and sport. The onsite day gives students invaluable face-to-face social engagement with their peers, teachers and friends, to complement the virtual community.
David Bradbury, Headmaster of Portland Place School further describes Portland Place Online: “Our hybrid school aims to provide a flexible alternative for families whose working patterns are changing as well as opening up independent education for all children. We use the most effective technologies including video conferencing and adaptive learning technologies which help to personalise and differentiate learning through artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Teachers maintain regular contact with their tutees, to check in on both their academic progress and emotional wellbeing. Students also have access to experienced counsellors for online consultations if required. At the same time, parents can track their children’s learning through the schools’ learning management system.”
The article in The Times also featured the experience of one of our hybrid school’s students, Sacha, who moved from her previous school to Year 8 at Portland Place Online in September. Sacha said: “It’s really fun and very convenient. I do a normal school day of lessons such as geography, English, maths and science. There are eight of us in our lessons. A teacher talks to us and sets us tasks and we have discussions. The advantage now is I don’t have to wake up early or get stuck in traffic, but I’m not at home all the time.