The ‘lockdown’ measures and subsequent school closures that were put in place from the start of this year have presented many challenges for teachers and students. Whilst these challenges are somewhat familiar after the first school closures in March 2020, the return to online learning has meant that teachers have again had to consider how best to deliver learning material to foster engagement within their classes and ensure that students are attaining the best educational experience possible within the circumstances.
The aim of this enquiry was to implement a variety of digital strategies that would seek to increase pupil engagement in BGE classes throughout the school closure. Within this group, a colleague chose to focus on synchronous (or ‘live’) lessons, and another used Microsoft Forms as a means of obtaining more responses from students. The focus of this report is the effectiveness of using a virtual classroom to present learning materials in a manner that encourages student engagement.