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April 2021 / Education / by Sophie Hampton

A Personalised Learning Approach at Pearson Online Academy

What does a personalised online education really mean for students? Pearson Online Academy explains.

Introducing Pearson Online Academy UK Global

Pearson Online Academy UK Global is a high-quality personalised online private school delivering Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs and A Levels for students aged 14–18 that can be accessed virtually anywhere. It is designed to inspire and empower students to achieve academic excellence through affordable online education that prepares them for brilliant futures.

One of the biggest benefits of online schooling is the ability to personalise each student’s learning, but what does that actually mean? And how can it be achieved online? Mickey Revenaugh, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson Global Online Learning explains: “To personalise is to design or produce something to meet an individual’s requirements. Personalising a student’s learning isn’t a one-time process, it is ongoing with students, Success Coaches, parents, and teachers working together to set, review and adjust individualised learning goals and determine a timeline for accomplishing these throughout the school years.”

Personalised Performance Learning

At Pearson Online Academy UK Global, a Personalised Performance Learning approach gives every student the best chance to flourish. Every student receives the one-on-one, tailored attention they deserve, and it starts from the point at which successful applications are made.

As students enter the school, they discuss their strengths, skills, and previous school performance with their teachers, Success Coaches and parents to help inform and guide the best teaching and personalised online learning approach.

These conversations, along with assessments and other data, are used to identify and evaluate a student’s strengths, weaknesses and talents, to help select courses and create a learning plan based on the student’s individual needs. In this way, skills that may need improvement are uncovered and staff are able to look for ways to enhance the student’s learning potential – a practice that continues throughout the school, where subject testing is used to identify areas of strength and weakness, measure progress, and establish learning goals. Regular communication schedules and adjustments to learning plans and timetables, as well as electives, means teachers, Success Coaches and students can collectively ensure individual needs are met.

20 years of experience

Underpinning this Personalised Performance Learning approach is over 20 years of experience supporting online schools to engage and flourish.

Pearson have specifically created educational programmes for online learning to ensure that every student is fully engaged in their learning and that teachers are equipped to bring out the very best in them. Within the structure of a complete school programme, students use the online learning platform to study from home, joining ‘LiveLesson’ sessions to deepen their understanding with expert teachers and their fellow students across the world. This ‘flipped classroom’ has been proven to increase student engagement and encourage critical thinking, whilst working alongside peers from other countries helps to broaden their understanding of different cultures and build an international network of friends.

Online learning platforms

Pearson’s online learning platforms are currently being used by over 105,000 students to power their learning. Students follow an individual learning pathway, working through high quality, interactive, self-paced study materials, with teachers using LiveLesson sessions, office hours, and other contact time to stretch them where possible and offer more support when needed.

The flexibility of self-paced learning combined with the extracurricular activities and a Success Coach helps students stay on track to meet their personal targets and allows them to thrive with their education. By building and managing their own timetables, students receive a personalised experience that gives them control over their learning and fosters independence and self-discipline. This approach sets the school apart from the rest and ensures each and every student is able to achieve their potential.

Find out more about Pearson Online Academy UK Global at ukglobal.pearsononlineacademy.com