Case Study from a Trust
Student A: It didn’t get him back into school but as he was Year 11, EDClass improved his attendance and he went on to do his GCSEs. 24/1/19: 21% attendance. Ended on 43%.
Student B: As above, Year 11 student. Attendance improved and GCSE qualifications gained. Attendance ended on 59%. Was on 49% before Ed Class installed in March.
Student C: Also Year 11 and had been out of school for a long time. Managed to gain a GCSE qualification thanks to Ed Class. Ended on 32%. Prior to Ed Class was on 14% before starting Ed Class in February.
Student D: Year 9. Attends school in the mornings and completes ed lounge in the afternoon. This is an ongoing case due to ARNA and referrals for additional support are being looked into. Attendance is currently 71%, which is largely due to ed lounge use each afternoon; it is likely to be around 40% without ed lounge.
Student E: Year 11 school refusal last year. We were unable to get back into school but ed lounge was successful in improving attendance from 30% (15.1.19) to 62% (ended on), the student went on to sit her GCSE’s.
At BBG Academy, EDLounge currently plays a large part in how we support students who have received Fixed Term Exclusions. It is vital that despite the wrong choices the student may have made, they are offered a chance to continue their learning and education during what can be a very difficult time. Students are promptly placed on a seat on EDClass from EDLounge and are set relevant work that they would otherwise miss out on.
As well as this, the students have an opportunity to reduce any reintegration time they may serve in isolation upon their return to school and also reduce the impact a Fixed Term Exclusion may have on their attendance.Scott Sweeney
The customer service team at EDLounge do a fantastic job and it is great knowing I can contact them with any questions or queries I may have to find they will be dealt with immediately. When I initially started using the EDClass Platform from EDLounge I was worried it was going to be difficult to get my head around it all but with the help and support from everyone at EDLounge I have now got it up and running quite efficiently within our school.
EDClass from EDLounge is helping us as a school ensure students that are offsite for various reasons are still able to complete relevant work remotely rather than fall behind in their studies, whilst still being able to get help if they become stuck by using the personal tutor support available. The programme also allows students’ progression whilst using the EDClass facility to be monitored and tracked which we have found to be a valuable tool to both the students and the school in improving further learning development.
A big thank you from everyone at Firth Park Academy, especially Shakeela.Shakeela Wheeler
EdClass (from EDLounge) is a key component of our behaviour support package at Pakefield. For students who are at risk of permanent exclusion, we use EdClass to deliver off site learning, with students attending school for a short amount of time each day with sessions focusing on improving their own behaviour.
Family support workers, parents, and the students themselves have been very positive about the support in place. The fact that qualified teachers are available through EdClass means that students feel connected to their learning at all times, a stark contrast to the typical exclusion process.Dan Bagshaw
With attendance continuing to have a high agenda within schools we have found Edclass to be invaluable. It has provided us with the flexibility in providing work for pupils who are genuinely unable to attend school through ill health. It has also enabled us to provide support for those pupils suffering with mental health issues and struggle to attend a full timetable. Parents/carers value the extra support which is further enhanced through the safeguarding home visit. We also use Edclass to provide an early intervention learning package for those pupils who are at risk of fixed term exclusion. Pupils no longer see a fixed term exclusion as ‘an extra days holiday’.
The support provided by the staff at Edlounge when using Edclass has been exemplary from the training offered to the response to safeguarding issues.Su Gill
We have started using EdClass from EDLounge in our external isolation room. It keeps students more engaged and focused – the short tasks and motivation through the gaming aspect work brilliantly. Students can also follow their timetable when isolated so they don’t fall behind in their class work.Mrs Jennifer Sadler
I liked the course and felt less stressed at doing the reading and writing work. I really enjoyed preparing and doing my presentation about Switzerland and Swiss trains. I’m very proud of my result.Tomas
I was increasingly concerned that the revised GCSE English language exam would be too demanding for my son who has autism and a language disorder.
The EDClass software platform from EDLounge gave my son the opportunity to develop his reading and writing skills at his own pace and maintain his self esteem by providing him with a stepping stone qualification to work towards.
The presentation element of this qualification was a fantastic way to engage him and helped him become more confident with techniques to use in his writingMrs Cusack
The cooperative academy have been the highest attending high school in Manchester for the last four years and constantly strive to keep the attendance at a high level, We currently have 900 students on roll, The attendance up to half term 5 this academic year was 97.21% and our PA level was 3%. In the last released DfE’s figures we came in the top 1% of England
The Academy is based in an area of low income families with a high proportion of students coming from challenging complex backgrounds, Keeping students engaged and attending regularly is a daily challenging task.
We were introduced to EDClass from Ian at EDLounge 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 the EDLounge company to Schools and Academies as a tool to improve their attendance and support students.
The safeguarding of all our pupils is a priority; EDLounge with the EDClass portal adheres to safeguarding policies, including an alert that students can use to immediately contact a member of staff and allows them to stay in constant contact with the school. We know our students are safe when they’re online and if they have any concerns, they know we are only a button away.Yasmin Celik
The access to qualified teachers throughout the EDLounge experience promotes a level of engagement that we have not seen with similar products. We have used a range of online products and have always felt that there was something missing. EDClass meets the needs of students, parents/carers and staff, ensuring that safeguarding and student engagement are paramount.Andy Percival
We, at The Brades Lodge, work with students who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. As a result of the some of our students have been out of education for extended periods of time, when they come to us we have to integrate them back into a school environment and get them ready for learning again.
Since we have been using EdClass from EDLounge as one of our strategies the attendance has increased by almost 10%. The motivation to work is rewarded by the token system and the games appropriate to the students we work with. The pre set lessons work well and link in with the curriculum.
The support from EdLounge is invaluable and issues encountered have been dealt with quickly and efficiently.Simon Hobbs
I think EdClass is good cos sometimes it’s easier to learn certain things on there better than with a teacher and if the teacher can’t come or is busy we can simply log on and get good lessons out of it. I have learnt my times tables off it. I’ve learnt about cells and stuff in the body. I soaked it up like a sponge! It’s fun cos if you get a question right you get money and can go on EdVille. I’m saving my money for good stuff. You definitely have to buy it or I’ll kick off!A student's view: LK's view of EDLounge
The impact on attendance that EDClass from EDLounge has had is that been able to support an increase in 2.7 per cent increase in the first term of this academic year (2015) because students are engaged on an alternative provision whilst excluded. This often has not been the case in other alternative providers we have set up through failure to engage or attend through choice or transport issues. This is not the case with EDClass as we have set it up in the comfort of their own home after we undertaken appropriate and legal safeguarding measures to ensure the student is in the right and safe environment to continue on their off-site education.
EDClass, because it is all interfaced related students of this day of age quite often prefer to interact in that measure and they almost don’t feel like they are learning and they don’t feel like it is school work, because the way it is set up and how they engage with it. I cannot recommend EDLounge highly enough in terms of how it has supported the behaviour transformation at the Featherstone Academy and I would willingly endorse it to any other educational establishment in the country that are looking to make a difference to their school’s behaviour and overall school culture.
What is a real bonus for the student is how they can see how they are making progress because of the work is so tailored to them in their personalised pathways they actually demonstrate a mark able amount of progress. With that intrinsic motivation and being reward with being able to see the personal progress made themselves is a really is a powerful tool to changing some of our students, some of real hard to reach student behaviour.
Also, EDLounge has saved the academy many thousands of pounds this academic year because we use it as our first port of call for alternative provision. The impact of EDLounge and EDClass is that we can now support students learning whilst they are excluded from the academy. Therefore, when they return from their exclusion they have not fallen behind their peers in terms of their learning and they are able to be seamlessly reintegrated back into mainstream lessons without any detriment to their education.
We are avoiding bounce back exclusions where students return back to mainstream lessons and because of the gaps in their knowledge can often lead to low level disruption or further disruption which ends up as a repeat fixed term exclusion – but EDClass fills that gap and students are far better supported in their learning both once on exclusion and when on return from exclusion.Jason Kenneally
EDlounge has quickly become popular with the students, and Teachers have caught on to the buzz created. We decided first of all to use EDClass in our support units as an aid to teaching but also to set work for non attending students and short term exclusions. This has rapidly expanded to Teachers using it in class to reinforce their lessons, and of course setting home work. The feedback has been 100% positive from the staff. Going forward, the whole school will be offered access to EDClass, both for reinforcement and homework. I would like to add that I cannot fault the team at EDlounge, one phone call, job done!!Peter Fletcher
The lessons on EdClass are excellent, offering varied subjects, and great of focusing work at an individual student level.Steve Audus
EdLounge is a fantastic resource which enables students who are often attending an alternative provision to learn in a monitored way. It is easy to set up lessons for classes, and if a student does well they can have a reward and play on it instead. Having the ability to monitor what is being done is great, and that it can be accessed from home.Miss Natalie Turner
Developing the students’ literacy skills continues to be a whole school focus at Canons High School. In time-tabled lessons EdClass from EDLounge is used to deliver to two Option groups (Year9-11). Students are given a copy of the English Library contents. They first self-assess their strengths and areas for development. I then target the weaker areas as part of their personal pathways. Next, as a group, they identify which skills would best support their current focus in English lessons. After working through a preview of adjectives, the students work their way through the lessons ( completing 2 each session), before returning to their Personal Pathways. Students with EAL/ SEN challenges to learning, benefit from both whole class teaching to introduce new, or review and develop previously taught skills =, at their own pace using individualised pathways provided by Edlounge. This programme is an important tool which, when used consistently helps students to close the gaps in their learning, improve their access to the curriculum and raise their self-esteem. To further engage the students, we include film studies based on a given theme: e.g. Portrayals of Fatherhood. Over the term we will have compared characters in 3-4 films. The literacy focus will be on word, sentence and paragraph level, linking up with the chosen writing skills from the English Library where possible, and the whole school literacy focus. Future plans: To get students to ‘teach’ a lesson to the class, that they have successfully completed. To develop the use of Edville and the other more ‘fun’ elements of Edlounge- I would appreciate some help with this, please. To involve students in enterprising community projects using skills they can learn using EdloungeIngrid Vidal
EDCLass is about to revolutionise the way we work with disengaged students. It is a powerful tool in and we are excited at the speed in which we can set or provide work to students remotely.T Cale
I have been using EDClas from EDLounge for about a year. I work in a small intervention unit within the school, where pupils who could potentially underachieve in maths and science come for catch up lessons. Each student has an individual learning programme through EDClass. I have also used EDClass during my lessons as I can tailor the learning pathways to individual students. The students also enjoy using it as it’s different from anything else they use in school and they actually want to complete the lessons as they receive rewards at the end. I tend to use it as a bit of a reward if they have worked hard, as I find my students cannot concentrate for long periods and EDClass gives them something to aim for. I think it has helped behaviour, as even improving the enterprises requires quite a bit of concentration and this is something the students want to do.Mrs J Taylor
EDClass has provided us with an excellent tool for the motivation of pupils, not only does it improve confidence in the core subject areas of English, maths and science, it sets them on the path to thinking about work management issues. The online service allows pupils to continue their work at home, as well as submitting work to tutors for regular marking. The reward system has provided an additional stimulus and pupils are keen to see the improvements they can make to their ‘own room’ as well as the monetary rewards they get from their ‘enterprise’. The recent addition of topics on Behaviour, Working Skills and Health and Safety has further broadened its appeal. An exciting venture for pupils of differing abilities.Mr D. R. Corry
We commenced with EDLounge in 2012 following a chance finding of the program on the internet. I then met with Chris Ramsden the Director of EDLounge Australia. Chris demonstrated the program to a number of staff at the school and we agreed to proceed with the purchase of a full licence.
We have been using the program for a number of students who present with a range of issues. The issues impacting on the students and their ability to fully engage in mainstream schooling include, long term physical illness and treatment, high levels of anxiety, severe clinical depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and school refusal.
Of the 6 students we had on in term 4, two have returned to full time school attendance which is a great result. Two have left the area and two are continuing with EDLounge. We have four new students on the program this year. Their issues are around anxiety and in one case the student has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and finds the school environment too challenging to manage.
The beauty of EDLounge is that you can design the student’s program to suit their ability and interests. The student does not know what level the work is pitched at and you can randomise the lessons. In some cases EDLounge is one aspect of the student’s weekly program and they may be linked in with other programs. In Victoria, where we are funded directly by the government on a per capita basis, we have found from a financial point of view that EDLounge has paid for itself due to having students engaged in learning whilst not necessarily learning at school.
It is still early days for us and we are learning the best ways to use the program. We have a number of students who go to their local library twice a week for two hour blocks to do their EDLounge. This provides a number of advantages including, putting some routine into their life, providing a break for parents/carers and allowing school staff to maintain the relationship with the students without intruding on the home. We ensure that a staff member always drops in to see the student at the library .We have started some students out of school initially and then gradually returned them to school to allow them to build their confidence in being in a mainstream setting.
We are exploring how to use some of the content in our mainstream classes and for homework. Longer term we may use EDLounge as a learning management system as you can alter existing lessons, or add new lessons.Ken Stewart