From Rod Bristow, President, Pearson UK and Global Online Learning
These are, obviously, unprecedented times. Learners that have worked hard won’t be sitting exams this summer, with schools and colleges now mostly closed. But learning is a powerful route to social justice and a better life, so we are working hard to enable teaching and learning to continue for the rest of this academic year.
We are taking extraordinary steps to support teachers – to make informed judgements when assessing learning, to deliver learning resources and tasks from a distance and to engage parents at home. I’m describing a range of support below and we continue to work on further options, which we’ll announce as soon as we can.
We are providing many of our most effective resources free of charge while schools are closed:
- For primary schools, free subscriptions to ActiveLearn, an online learning world with everything a teacher needs including numeracy and literacy resources, planning tools, games, activities and assessments
- Free access to Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor, proven to improve numeracy through lessons, activities and games
- For secondary schools and further education colleges, free subscriptions to ActiveLearn, providing teachers with the tools and resources to personalise teaching and learning for key stage three, GCSE, A level, BTEC Tech Awards and Level 3 qualifications.
- For career-focused learning, access to the Learning Hub, which contains a range of short online courses supporting BTEC, Apprenticeships and Employability
- Providing free access to Pearson’s e-books to higher education students and institutions in the UK.
For students and teachers that were preparing for exams, we will continue to work around the clock with the Department of Education and the other exam boards to define the detail of how the Government’s plan will work. We will share more information as soon as we have it.
My thoughts and best wishes are with you all.