A new approach to teaching and learningis keeping us all connected and progressing
One of our strengths lies in being part of the Cognita family. In terms of the educational and technological expertise available to us all, this has enabled us to make online teaching and learning a reality.
At The British School of Barcelona we have been able to adapt rapidly and successfully to the new situation, providing students and teachers with the necessary tools and resources to ensure rich online learning experiences and to help them stay connected.
This new era of learning is an excellent opportunity to boost the digital skills of students and teachers and further develop the use of technology across the school; an expertise which will continue to be used to great advantage when we are able to reopen our premises.
What Online Learning looks like at The British School of Barcelona
Our approach to online education
To maintain human contact and interactions in online learning, synchronous sessions are carried out so that our pupils can connect with both their classmates and the teachers. This is what we call Synchronous Learning.
Pupils of all ages use Microsoft Teams. Each class and each year have their own team in Teams, and they regularly hold videoconferences to receive live classes or even enjoy group assemblies.
Either through explanatory videos from the teachers or previously designed activities, asynchronous learning allows the pupils to advance at their own rate through the curricular content.
Also, the upper years of Primary learn through Century Tech: an Artificial Intelligence-enabled online learning resource.
Teaching staff: the most valuable asset in our school
100% of our teachers have been working remotely and continuing with the essential aspects of their job: setting clear, shared learning targets, delivering educational content, facilitating conceptual understanding, offering learning support to the pupils and, of course, monitoring progress and giving effective feedback.
Peer-to-peer learning and collaboration among teachers to share training and best practices has been key during this period of online learning. And it’s been an important element for the Continuous Professional Development of our teaching staff at BSB during lockdown. As part of a large educational international group, our teachers have had the opportunity to continue their training thanks to a series of weekly webinars delivered by expert colleagues of Cognita schools in Spain.
The experience from the students' perspective
Students at the heart
At Cognita schools, students’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do.
Mental and physical wellbeing is key during this period. At The British School of Barcelona, our student support team is available for the whole school community offering all the necessary resources and assistance that may be needed.
Ready for a Successful 2020-2021
Having been able to reopen all our campuses in June under strict Covid-19 safety protocols, and seeing pupils and staff enjoy together a few Summer weeks back in school, we now find ourselves in a much better position when planning for September and able to effectively face a new age for education.