Like most of us, alumna Kate Meeks (2008) has been actively following the news about the progress of the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on GCSEs.
However, she has gone one step further offering advice and revision plans alongside GCSE content on her platform Your Favourite Teacher, providing support to those whose lessons have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. She has also created films for staff and parents looking at contingencies, offering useful tips on how staff and students can prepare for potential closures.
Kate said, “GCSEs can be a time of anxiety for pupils without the added issue of school closures. I’ve been working with senior education leaders to develop mock timetables, so that pupils can continue learning from home, using the bank of over 500 hours of online teaching videos that we have available. We’ve also produced guidelines for schools and parents as to how they can use technology to minimise disruption.”
Kate has also created a ‘school closure course’ and course book that staff and learners can access for free if they register here, which includes 30 hours of learning over English Literature, English Language, Maths and Science and has an associated two week condensed timetable.
Kate’s platform is clearly going from strength to strength, as she was recently named as a Secondary School Education Resources Awards 2020 finalist. She commented, “We were so delighted to be shortlisted – the team have been working tirelessly to create content and it’s really satisfying to see this being recognised at a national level.”