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New online subjects for sixth formers

 
Created on 17/07/2020 @ 11:14
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By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

Media Studies, Politics and Psychology are just a few subjects that will be taught online to Powys sixth formers from September.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, children of all ages have been getting used to online learning which has long been seen as a tool where schools can help each other by offering a broader choice at sixth form level, in the hope of keeping students in Powys.

The subjects being offered were revealed in an answer to Councillor Peter Roberts, chairman of the learning and skills scrutiny committee.

Under the questions at any time protocol, Cllr Roberts asked for the evidence that e-learning had been successful for older pupils?

Earlier this year, E-sgol was launched in Powys secondary schools and over 60 pupils were taught a subject online.

The table for September 2020 also shows that some pupils who take business studies, will be taught from Ysgol Y Berwyn, in Bala, Gwynedd.

Cllr Davies said: “In Sept 2019, E-sgol was introduced in Powys in partnership with Ceredigion and the Welsh Government to broaden the provision available for our learners.

“To support this ‘clever touch’ systems were installed in all our secondary schools and training provided for teaching staff and technicians.”

Lessons happen via a live video link from the teacher while the pupils can remain in their own school.

E-sgol was officially launched by Welsh Government education minister, Kirsty Williams MS, when she visited Llanfyllin High School in March.

Since 2010, sixth forms across the county have seen 33% decline – falling from 1,445 to 978 pupils.

This means that funding from the Welsh Government, based on pupil numbers, has dropped from £6.5 million to £4.4 million.

It is estimated that up to 500 youngsters could be leaving the county every day to continue their education in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Cheshire, Denbighshire and elsewhere.

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