Highgrove Education

Learning online

Our online learning model is based on best-practice learning science, and uses a ‘flipped classroom’ teaching approach to ensure that concepts are understood and effectively remembered.

Pupils work independently through the self-study materials to learn the key concepts, and then attend live lessons to practise and apply what they have learnt.

Our teachers also host regular Office Hours which pupils can drop into if they have questions about what they’ve learnt.

Student

The benefits of learning online with us

We provide high-quality online learning which has a number of unique benefits, both in terms of the quality of education
and the university and career prospects of our pupils:

  • Individual learning pathway: Pupils work through their self-study materials at a time and pace that suits their individual needs. Gifted and talented pupils, and pupils who wish to repeat a year of schooling can study outside of their traditional year group at a level that is appropriate for their ability.
  • Interactivity and participation: Throughout our self-study lessons and live lessons, constant interactivity is the key to learning, and our targeted use of interactive online technology ensures student participation is higher than in a more traditional classroom setting.
  • Global friendships: Our focus on the community aspect of school promotes interaction between pupils and fosters international friendships. Pupils broaden their understanding of different cultures and build global networks.
  • Data informed teaching: We collect a wealth of performance data as pupils work through their self-study materials and use it to carefully target our teaching and one to one support. Teachers and parents have real-time insights into progress and performance and can intervene early when additional support is needed.
  • Flexibility: Study from a location that suits you at a time that suits you, and create an individual timetable that meets your unique needs.
  • Independent learners: our educational approach promotes independent learning, helping pupils develop crucial life skills such as time-management, pro-activity and self-discipline. Pupils leave us with the skills and mindset to thrive at university and in the world of work.
  • Accessibility: Online learning promotes self-paced study away from the distractions of the physical classroom, providing an environment in which a broad range of students can thrive.

How our learning model delivers success

Passing British Exams

Induction Programme

Flipped classroom

Self-study materials

Live lessons

Learning goals

Induction Programme

In their first week, pupils are introduced to their teachers, their learning coach and each other They are given a full induction including comprehensive support and guidance on how to use our learning platform.

Flipped classroom

Our learning model is based on best-practice learning science, in which the learning model in a traditional school is flipped. This has been proven to increase pupil engagement and encourage critical thinking skills. Pupils work through the engaging self-study materials to familiarise themselves with the new subject content, and in the live lessons that follow they apply and practise what they have learnt with the teacher and their classmates, to deepen their understanding. Pupils can drop in to see their teacher for personalised support during office hours. Our learning platform generates detailed insight into each pupil’s learning progress, which enables the teacher to focus their time on supporting pupils’ specific learning needs in the live lessons.

Self-study materials

Our self-study materials comprehensively cover all of the GCSE and A level content required to succeed in the examinations. They have been written by subject matter experts, most of whom are examiners in their subject. The materials have been structured such that the learning progresses towards harder concepts and is interactive throughout, ensuring that all pupils are challenged and engaged. 

Live lessons

Each subject has two, small group live lessons per week. In these interactive lessons, the teacher provides targeted instruction, based on the data and insights that has been generated by each pupil’s progress through the self-study materials. Use of breakout rooms, polls, interactive whiteboards and live chat all help to ensure classes are interactive and engaging, and our ‘cameras on’ policy makes sure pupils get to know their classmates well.

Learning goals

At the start of term, every pupil meets their Tutor to help set and establish learning goals. They then meet on a regular basis to reflect on the pupil’s progress towards those goals, and liaise with teachers and parents if any concerns about progress arise.