Inspiration Trust Testimonial on EDClass, Iain Mackintosh Director of Inclusion
"EDClass allowed us to provide high-quality educational provision for children that weren't able to access school. From the outset, what we've loved is the fact that we're well-supported, that our children are getting quality lessons and that they can engage with the learning so that they can return to us.
We use EDClass to help support children who can't access school so often medical needs. Children can't get into school and they need something to allow them to access education. Sometimes it is emotionally based school avoidance or children that just can't face going outside, particularly post-pandemic. EDClass has allowed us to engage with those families in a way which starts to bridge the gap again to get them back into school so that they can then be attending physically in a school setting.
I can honestly say that EDClass is something that I recommend to everybody that I meet. I cannot think of a better provider. I can't think of anyone who gives me better value for money and because I know that service is top quality, all the time, I would certainly recommend 100% to anybody who was looking for an online alternative provision." - Iain Mackintosh Director of Inclusion, Inspiration Trust
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy's Testimonial
"We now use EDClass for on-site or off-site provisions for our students. An example is if a student can't make it into the school, for example, because they've got a broken limb, or if students are really anxious and can't be around big crowds.
EDClass enables them to not fall behind during the six weeks that they're with us. The fact that they all get top-tier education rather than just being given a piece of work and a resource and just getting on with that themselves. They've actually got a qualified teacher that can go through with them.
I'd definitely recommend EDClass. The students are still getting that high-quality education from EDClass that they would be getting in a mainstream school I've also mentioned it to schools outside the trust because I feel like it's something that can really benefit from from a lot of points from different schools." - Kyle Dixon, Inclusion Lead, Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
Hethersett Academy's Testimonial
"EDClass allows us to make sure that students get a full package around their education if they're not well enough to be in school.
So, when students are well enough to come back into school, they have got that background of learning, enabling them to make a smooth transition in and not miss out on education, even though they've got an illness keeping them off at the time. One of the barriers to students attending is the fact that they might feel out of the loop and feel like they're falling behind. With EDClass in place, that barrier is diminished.
So that makes EDClass invaluable to try and bridge that gap in their learning, but also to make sure that when they return, they feel secure. EDClass is an absolutely superb tool.
I would recommend to others it's another kind of bow in your arsenal of supporting students, making sure learning is going on even if they can't be in school. So EDClass in that regard is absolutely superb." - Christopher Sandall, Assistant Principal for Inclusion, Hethersett Academy
Victoria Raynor, International Safeguarding Consultant
“What EDClass does as an online provider, is it helps children get success and it helps them recognise the power of education and that they can learn differently. I think that it provides a service that can repair a child’s view of education.
In my experience, EDClass say to a child that this isn’t their permanent learning environment forever. But, what they want to do is make children feel confident, that you can retain information, you can learn new knowledge, you can learn new skills, and you can apply them. It then helps build children’s confidence, self-esteem and well-being.
I think it targets those forgotten children and presents itself as an opportunity rather than a punishment. It stops children and parents feeling like education is at a standstill. It allows continuity of curriculum, ensures children are not disenfranchised and that they have foundations they can build on. I think that that’s what EDClass does to transform lives, it makes children feel like their education hasn’t stopped.”
King Edward VI's Testimonial
"We've put a few students EDClass at home and they are able to reach an education and I think that's really important. We have regular dialogue with the parents just to make sure that they are doing well with it.
EDClass is a lifeline, really. We do a lot of reactionary kind of behaviour. So if there's a student who's been basically asked to leave or to go home and there's no alternative, we can actually create an immediate pathway for them on EDClass. While those students are off-site, they also get access to a qualified teacher and this makes sure that they've got second-to-none education and one-to-one delivery." - Joshua Izzo, Alternative Provision Manager, King Edward VI School
Ellesmere Port Catholic High School's Testimonial
"EDClass has been really helpful in engaging children back into education and helping support children who have been persistently absent from school for whatever reason and ensuring that they have some form of education at home. One of the other things that we do with EDClass is that when children are in our internal exclusion room we use a trauma-informed approach and we provide that restorative element to it. They can then work on EDClass, which is particularly aimed at re-engaging them back into the classroom to be doing a unit on, for example, appropriate behaviour or minding their language when speaking to staff. And one of the good things about that class is that it's providing quite bespoke packages of work for children with different needs." - Farhan Patel, Trauma Informed Practice Coordinator, Ellesmere Port Catholic High School
This video is a student's perspective of the EDClass platform and how it helped him with his learning with his father's input. Qaim was a student who struggled to concentrate when at school and became disenfranchised with his learning.
His school, still wanting to support his education, discovered EDClass, allowing him to continue learning and re-engage. The one-to-one support from EDClass' teachers helped Qaim achieve grades he may not have acquired if he was still in a mainstream setting. Qaim went from predicted 2s and 3s in his GCSEs to achieving 4-6s.
EDClass is very proud of Qaim as he epitomises how the platform can help students in similar situations achieve their educational potential.
"I want to thank the teachers very much. The teachers were mainly the main thing that got me actually into education actually wanted to put my head down, the teachers were just absolutely amazing. I can't speak any highly of them they were just absolutely perfect. What any teacher should really be, they should be a prime example of what a teacher should be really. And they helped me very, very much and I'm very appreciative of it." - Qaim
Bradford Academy's Testimonial
"With EDClass, we feel like there's a lot more support, especially with the safeguarding aspect of it, from the attendance team and from the daily communication. It’s a platform that I trust, EDClass is really, really giving us in-depth details with regards to being able to track the progress of these young learners.
So without EDClass in those young people's life, they wouldn't have the opportunity to go onto access college or further education. EDClass is definitely the lifeline for our learners to reintegrate back into mainstream.
I would definitely recommend EDClass because it's another provision that the school have the onus over and EDClass is also leading on this. I will definitely recommend it to many stakeholders out there who are working with young people because it's a platform that works and one that I trust and will be continuing using in the future." - Shazad Ali, Alternative Provision Lead, Bradford Academy
Woodkirk Academy's Testimonial
"We've used EDClass in a number of different ways. So for some students it has been for a period of time for them to work on EDClass, to work through various pathways to make sure that they're bridging any gaps in their learning, to look at them returning to mainstream and managing to keep them on site. For some students, we've used a blended approach for EDClass, so they might have some days on-site, some days working on it EDClass and we've found it was useful for some students who struggled with the rigours of a full academic week.
It gives us a great degree of flexibility in terms of time and in terms of the approach we can take with it. And that's fairly manageable as well. So, for certain students, we found the aspect to be really useful." - Steven McIntyre, Director of Inclusion & Transition, Woodkirk Academy
Co-op Academy Grange Testimonial
"We've had 4 to 5 students on over the last 5 to 6 years using EDClass. We've had some students been exceptionally successful due to their regular daily engagement, being able to have an online platform from home.
We had one student who used EDClass because of illness and he wasn't able to come to school due to a physical impairment. He accessed EDClass on a daily basis, engaged with staff and really allowed him to support his education and continue to make progress which he wouldn't have had it not been for the online aspect and the interaction with members of staff throughout EDClass.
In terms of value for money, having four or five students on EDClass at any one time for a fraction of an average-priced external provision, that amount is definitely value for money.
I would definitely recommend EDClass to another school based on the success we've had, and I think it's something we will continue with in the future to provide online education for students who need that particular aspect of their learning." - Glenn Senior Co-op Academy Grange
Temple Moor High School
"EDClass gives us the ability to be able to plan our lessons by choosing lessons from the hundreds that EDClass provides us with. We can choose the ones that match what our curriculum is offering to the students at that time. Students use EDClass to work on things for English, math and science in our inclusion room or isolation room. This means that they're not disengaged when they go back into class and they're not completely behind and they understand what's going on. This also means we don't have further poor behaviour as a result of the students not understanding what the teacher's talking about.
We definitely would recommend EDClass to another school, particularly if they were using it as we have, such as an isolation room or for a room where students are being removed from lessons. I think that EDClass definitely can help students still achieve and achieve in line with their peers." - Steve Lawrence, Assistant Principal for Behaviour, Temple Moor High School
The Co-operative Academy of Manchester
"We were introduced to EDClass in the middle of the academic year 2016 – 2017 the impact on our attendance was instant and has a positive impact on our figures.
I can confidently say that if we had had the package sooner we would have had a lower PA figure and increased attendance.
With the purchase of the EDClass seat we have access to EDClass which we have set up in our internal Exclusion suite, this provides students who would normally have to work from work sheets, access to lessons and course work that they would normally be completing in lessons.
In my role as Attendance Manager and Safeguarding Officer I am often asked to visit other schools and Academies to offer support in improving their attendance, I have no problem in endorsing EDClass to Schools and Academies as a tool to improve their attendance and support students." - Jenny Robey, The Co-Operative Academy of Manchester