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How to move career planning and future readiness beyond the classroom

Maintaining the continuity of your careers education programme during COVID-19 is certainly a challenge–but we can help!

As you create your plans for delivering careers education remotely, here are few helpful considerations. 

 

Create your remote-learning plan

Unstructured days, parental involvement and a risk of lost learning opportunities means that educators are scrambling to pull together plans of action. 

Determining key activities that students need to complete to stay on track, and putting in place a plan to communicate that information is high on everyone’s to-do list. 

If you’re already using an online platform to support the delivery of your careers education programme, then you already have an advantage. Now is the time to lean on your software to create activities that your students can complete whether they’re in the classroom or at home. 

A few things to consider as you build your plan:

  • Bring colleagues together
  • Create a list of key activities
  • Set the rules of the game. Establish your presence right away so that students (and their parents) know when you’ll be available. 

 

Lean on your online program to support your remote-learning plans

Take full advantage of features and content that will help ensure students complete required work. 

A few tips to get the most out of any of the products in our portfolio:

  • Don’t forget about your support resources. These come in different forms to suit different products, but they will always be designed to help you lead guided activities for your students. If you’re a CASCAID customer, reach out to your success manager directly to brainstorm ways to get your students engaged. If you aren’t using an online platform to support your remote-learning plans, but you’d like to know more, get in touch
  • Consider setting up student groups as a way of delivering remote learning and measuring outcomes during this time. Groups are an easy way to support, organise, and track students–whether that’s by year group, a smaller subsection of students with a particular interest, or those who are completing specific activities. 

 

Communicate your plan and expectations for students

A key part of remote working of any kind is constant and predictable communication. Set your communication pattern and expectations upfront and then stick to them as much as possible. 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Post your plan in the most relevant spot for parents and students to access. That could include sending it out via email, adding it to a page on your school website, or sharing via a virtual classroom, such as Google Classroom. 
  • When communicating your plan, be sure to outline what you want students to be doing, but also include information on how students access the online program. If you need a reminder of your product’s URL, simply reach out to your success manager. You may also want to include instructions for your students just in case they have forgotten their username and password. 
  • Involve the parents and guardians. This is key when work needs to be completed outside the classroom. Be sure to keep parents informed of the expectations for continued careers education while students are learning at home. This is an ideal time to introduce parents to the careers planning and future readiness tool your are using — if you haven’t already. 
  • Try moving to online classes. Both you and your student will need access to devices and reliable internet. Your school or college may already have a virtual classroom platform, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype, that you can use. If not, you might be in a position to consider teaching via webcams.

 

Track and measure your students’ progress

Don’t forget that you can easily keep track of student engagement, progress, and usage with the reporting tools included in your online platform. 

Here are a few things you could do:

  • Tailor your dashboard and reports to help you measure how many students are logging on and monitor the activities they are completing in the program. You’ll be able to easily see which students are engaged, and who might need a gentle reminder to get back on track. 
  • Make assignment clear. Students sometimes interpret online assignment and notes differently to their peers and this can lead to confusion. Make it easy for them to know exactly what activities they need to complete and when work is due–give deadlines. 
  • Engage parents. Many parents may be in the same situation as their children and this can be a great opportunity for them to support one another. Share your plans with parents and encourage them to collaborate with their children to keep motivation and inspiration flowing. 

 

Reach out any time

We’re here to help so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Our team is available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm as usual. You can call us directly on +44 (0)1509 226868 and we’ll be happy to provide strategic support and set-up guidance as you continue to deliver your school or college’s remote-learning model. 

Above all, stay focused, connected, and, most importantly, safe.