ITLA Consultants

We are a company that offers international online schooling and Education Consultancy Online Tuition For GCSE Science Maths & English, A Level Sciences.

Bridging the gap from 4 to 9 in GCSE & grade C to A or A* in A' levels. We also offer level 2 and3 Science BTECs

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10/04/2023

Online Schooling - Pros and Cons
Introduction
People have different perceptions of what online schooling is and many have had reservations about it. Who can blame them? From the beginning of time students have been taught in a face to face setting in the conventional school setting, with the set school structure. Parents have been used meeting their children’s teachers face to face and this has built some form of security and perception that better understanding and learning will take place when a teacher is standing in front of their children. Never the less this perception was shaken extensively by the outbreak of Covid when families had to be at home with their children and schooling had to be adapted to online systems. Was this a new adaptation? Well It was until the 1950s, when children living in remote communities would either have to attend a boarding school, or complete their lessons by mail. This meant that students were either separated from their families or they had no interaction with their teacher and other students. In 1948 the Alice Springs RFDS base was used to broadcast the first school lessons to children in remote areas (established by Adelaide Miethke ). Just a few years later, the School of the Air (SOA) was officially established. The SOA program has now extended to teach primary and secondary students and adult education courses, over a network covering more than 1.5 million square kilometres allowing access to education to thousands of people, no matter where they are living. So without Covid, the need for remote learning system were needed and were in place.

When educating young people and perhaps adults, there is a constant need to look at new ways that allow access to education for all. Today, technology offers such a pivotal role in the access of education all over the world that it cannot be ignored or taken as an alternative.

What is online school or remote learning and what is its role?
Online schooling is a form of education which is delivered and administered using the internet and other technological tools and media in education. Online schools operate in many similar ways to conventional schools. For example:
• Pupils follow the national curriculum (of the countries they are studying in)
• Qualified teachers teach engaging lessons
• Homework, assignments are set and marked by the teachers
• Students take part in collaborative classroom learning as well as independent self – study
• Formative and summative assessment is provided to allow students to improve their learning and application of content.
• Students are able to be entered and sit examinations where they need to.
• The students follow a set timetable
• Students have a wide range of subjects and examination boards to choose from
• Progress is monitored and reported to parents through parents’ consultation meetings and on portal reports.

Difference are a few and they include the following:
• The school day is shorter as there is no moving between lessons classroom disruption, travel to school, school assemblies or other school events. This means that there is much more time for independent study or free time to spend on interests or hobbies.
• All lessons are recorded meaning that they can be viewed again at a later date. This is perfect if a pupil misses a lesson, needs consolidation in a particular area or are preparing for examinations.
• School is available wherever the students are. Whether they are living or travelling overseas, there is always access to school. Online lessons are delivered through virtual classrooms and can be accessed via a laptop, tablet or Smartphone.

According to research online education in the United Kingdom has seen a 65% increase as more and more families and children are opting for home schooling due to various socioeconomic factors. Because there is no legal requirement for a child to attend school, however they need to receive and education at home. Therefore, online education aims at ensuring these children with access to a curriculum, taught by experienced educators. Access to a curriculum means that students can prepare to take examinations, or should they wish to do so, they will be able to ‘fit back into school life if and when they choose to return to a traditional school.
In Summary what are the Pros and Cons of Online schooling?

Pros of Online Schooling
1. Students can work from the comfort of their own home (or any other location).
2. Students can complete independent assignments outside of school hours. This allows for more flexibility in assessment and learning.
3. Problems like bullying are reduced
4. Students can take breaks when needed
5. Less or no distractions from outside the learning environment that are usually present in school environments.
6. Students can learn with less fear/anxiety of others judging them
7. Students can communicate with teachers through different modes, for example text, audio, or video.
8. Pre and post recorded lessons are available for students all the time for access when required for revision or recap prior to a lesson.

Cons of Online Schooling
1. Depending on the age of the student, a parent needs to be home at all times (or other supervising adult).
Some families cannot afford this.
2. Some students need to be shown exactly how to do something via demonstration.
This may be challenging through a screen in some cases.
This can be particularly challenging for students with more severe learning needs who benefit from hand-over-hand support, direct modelling of a task, etc.).

06/04/2023

Parents and Edtech
“Parents (or caregivers) are the first educators of their children. The support they provide affects children’s development, learning, and subsequent educational outcomes. This includes direct support to learning before and during formal education, as well as indirect facilitating of factors such as nutrition, health, and hygiene. Support tasks for parents range from school and home communication, assistance in learning activities at home, participation in school events, and participation in school-decision-making bodies.” (Desforges and Abouchaar, 2003) (UNESCO, IIEP Learning Portal 22 September 2021). Any educator who has or who still is teaching in the classroom, can relate to the fact that those students that receive full parental/caregiver support as described above, are usually going to display less or no learning and behavioural issues, leading to a greater academic achievement. Parenting is therefore also a crucial aspect of a child’s development at any stage academically, socially, physically and emotionally. (some maybe more acquainted to the term spiritually)
How well then are parents and care givers informed or enlightened in edtech and let alone Pedtech in order to continue to offer the support they have been giving to the same high standard? We find that more and more schools are moving heavily towards edtech, pedtech alongside Artificial Intelligence (AI) in teaching and learning, assessment and parental communication. Parents are finding themselves playing catch up (even though they have come to accept edtech as part of education) in supporting their children in their education. They are also working hard to keep up with the financial resources they need to have the technology to install the edtech in the home, in order to enable their children to maintain their high level of achievement, as well as for them to receive and send communication from and to schools.
What is the advantage of parents and caregivers being able to have the knowledge to use as well as afford edtch and understand how it is being used by teachers (Pedtech) to enhance learning and assessment?

• Breaks barriers – It brings the parent/caregiver the opportunity to be removed from a bystander role and be actively involved at home in what would be an extension of the classroom activities. This removes the generational gaps between the children and parents/caregivers who grew up in a generation where technology was almost none existent in education.
• Explains and Reassures – Knowledge of edtch will answer the question of why it has to be used. For example, that it prepares their child to the world they will be facing outside in the future. This may reassure the parents they are moving in the right direction, that will equip their child to survive in an environment that is unknown to the parents and care givers themselves.
• Involves in a Simple way – Through various edtech software such as Bromcom, SIMS(older), Myregistry and Steplab (higher Education institutions) (and Microsoft teams etc, educators can communicate more efficiently and promptly the progress (through tracking portals), attendance, behaviour and messages to parent/caregivers and the students themselves. This brings about transparency, collaboration and better relationships between parents/caregivers and educators. For those parents that have busy schedules, or one excuse or the other (which is prominent in underprivileged families, whether genuine or not) the communication is then an app away on mobile smart phones, tablets or desk tops, and response is prompt from both the educators and parents/caregivers.

One can then say that more methods of training parent/caregivers in the use of edtch and how pedtech is used alongside it, need to be devised and implemented. Schools are having designated evenings to train parents to use their edtech portals and it is proving to be quite effective. The process being guided by teachers as authoritative and adult figures, already well versed with the edtech tools, parents/caregivers will better adapt to changes and quality of family support in the education of their children.

As parents and caregivers of a modern society it is imperative to move with technology. It is not everyone’s cup of tea but perhaps to drive the point home to parents who still have scepticism or at the very worst resistance to being part of something they are not comfortable with, and who are triggered to have concerns as naturally happens with major generational changes, the book" Who Moved my Cheese" by Dr Spencer Johnson may be of enlightenment on dealing with change.

03/04/2023

Edtech vs Pedtech
Since the time of Covid and post Covid, technology has been at the centre of most industries as a way forward in the uncertainty. The education sector which used technology as an additional tool to teaching and learning found itself having to use it as a mode of teaching learning and assessment. Suddenly there was an urgent need to develop systems that ran as schools and Higher educational institutions. Edtech had to suddenly improve and adapt to the needs of the situation globally. Now post Covid Educators are looking at incorporating other aspects of education into edtech, or rather in one’s opinion highlighting what edtech in face to face schools and online schools are already incorporating without so much it being given a specific term. So what is being incorporated or being considered with edtech? Would the concept of Pedtech ring a bell? If not let us have a look at what edtech and edtech mean and how are they different, if at all they are!

Edtech
Edtech, is simply the abbreviation of education technology. it has been the practice of introducing information and communication technology (ICT) tools into the classroom to create more engaging, inclusive and individualized learning experiences. It has since Covid been incorporated to be able to implement teaching, learning and assessment in online classes and settings such as lectures and webnars, curriculum planning meetings and educational seminars and summits. The use of Artificial intelligence has perhaps also enhanced edtech as it can monitor the efficiency of edtech tools through the outcomes of its use in moments, where it would take days’ weeks or months for data to be collected. As we can see Edtech focuses on the “How” (focus on systems and processes) of providing education or schooling.

Advantages of Edtech
• Increased and efficient collaboration – teacher can have resources in the “cloud” and they can be easily shared and accessed internationally
• Learners always have access to materials. – because resources and learning materials are on portals of educational institutions learners can access them any time anywhere.
• Attention Grabbing Lessons/sessions - Teenagers and young children are now very tech-savvy. They understand how computers work, and many enjoy spending time on them – this means that by using computers in the classroom, educators will be adapting to the interests of learners. Apps, digital games, videos and PowerPoints are great materials to use when teaching. They often make a point much clearer when used in the correct context, than just explaining it with words. For this reason, many learners prefer being taught when technology is used. Thus the need for educational institutions to invest in tablets etc.
• Environmentally Friendly – there is less need for paper, pencils rubbers ruler ect, that are made from natural resources like trees. Therefor the number of trees that need to be cut down to provide educational institutions is greatly reduced.
• More investment for technology investment companies and profits for technology companies internationally.

Disadvantages of Edtech
• Lack of face to face interaction with the educator outside a lesson/session – Most families value the face to face verbal interaction with the educator. (Human nature, we are social beings)
• Technology gaps – Not every learner has the same amount of access to technology therefore in each class/session there is the need to bring learners to par in order for all of them to have the full benefit of the lesson and higher learning outcomes overall.

Pedtech (Putting Pedagogy in Digital Technology of Education)
Every decision made by an educator in a classroom, school, or educational organisation is ultimately a pedagogical decision. Why? Because it creates or removes choices that learners and teachers are able to make as part of the learning process (bearing in mind teachers are also learning in the process of teaching). Pedagogy involves many aspects of teaching at different levels and there have been many scholarly articles that have come up with one definition or other, but to sum it all up it is the art and science of teaching or rather the study of teaching methods that will effectively lead to learning. Every teacher we may conclude will have their own pedagogical approach to teaching and learning in the classroom influenced by their training, environment, experiences, and also focus on the individual learning needs of the learners. Pedtech therefore focuses on relationships and behaviours of the people using technology. This of course in education involves teachers, and school leaders being encouraged to focus on “The Why” they use particular approaches to teaching and learning and the impact they expect that to have on learners in the longer term while using technology. With this then one might note, enables or informs how the technology can be improved to further enhance learning outcomes, which would be an advantage worth noting of pedtech.

Conclusion
It would be quite safe to then say that, edtech has been seen merely as a tool that enhances learning, but it is also safe to say the pedagogy influences edtech, and it has to be the driving factor.

03/04/2023

Insight on how parents need to be involved in edtech in order to support their children in their education. This is more so as technology and Artificial Intelligence is on the increase worldwide.

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23/12/2022

We are a company that offers various services and these include mainly science tuition to students across the the United Kingdom and other countries.

We are currently offering GCSE and A’level Science examination preparation and examination techniques for students taking Examinations in May/June

-Are you therefore an A’Level and GCSE science student looking to achieve the best grades?
-Or are you a parent with a child in A’Level and GCSE science looking to achieve the best grades?
-Are you not sure how you will fare out in the May examinations 2023 after no examinations for the past two years because of COVID, and the change in the structure of lessons?
-Have you not achieved well in your mocks this December?
-Have you been studying and working hard but still not achieving the grades in science at GCSE and A’level?
-Are you frustrated because you are achieving the same results and not improving?
If your answer is yes to any of the above questions, then this is for you!

At ITLA Consultants Online school, our team follow a curriculum that is designed to help you progress from your current grade to the A’level A* grade and GCSE 9 grades you desire. We follow four simple steps into our curriculum.
Step 1
To determine your current mind set on the taking of examinations.
Step 2
Change of mind set through examination coaching
Step 3
Study and Implementation
Step 4
Examination Techniques and Practice

For more information on our courses follow the links below

https://www.facebook.com/ITLAconsultantsonlineschool
www.itla-consultants.com
[email protected]

The Start-Up Stories: ITLA Consultants 19/12/2022

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by BBN(Black Business Network) and they were asking me questions about my start-up business, International Teaching, Learning and Assessment (ITLA) Consultants and Online school. I didn't realise they were going to feature it in their start-up spotlight blogs. I got an email from them yesterday, informing me about it, and that I could share it on my social media as well. I am quite chuffed 😊. Been so busy at it I didn't realise anyone was watching. Thank you BBN (Black Business network) for the acknowledgement. 🙏 It certainly means I am moving in the right direction! We are recruiting now and expanding.

The Start-Up Stories: ITLA Consultants Company Name: International Teaching Learning and Assessment (ITLA) Consultants Company Bio: ITLA Consultants was founded on the ethos that every child, student or pupil where ever they are in the world, deserves to have an education. Education yes, but not just any education, but the highest standa...

Revealed: the shortfall in teacher trainees 04/12/2022

Revealed: the shortfall in teacher trainees Call for ‘radical action’ on pay and workload as the latest ‘catastrophic’ teacher trainee data reveals that over three-quarters of subjects missed ITT recruitment target

06/11/2022

Proverbs 22:6
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.🙏

19/10/2022

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Teachers can go in any direction they choose if THEY choose to 🙌😊😊

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02/10/2022

Been deeply concerned about the way the economy is affecting school children that are coming from under privileged backgrounds. There are so many students coming to school having not had any breakfast, uniforms too small because parents cannot afford to buy new ones at the beginning of the year, and some falling asleep in class because they are hungry or took turns to sleep in shared accommodation. There is a lot that teachers are having to face in classrooms. What is the solution? are foodbanks and cloths banks enough? are they a long term solution? Is this another addition to what teachers need to prepare for before starting lessons on top of planning and preparation? What are your thoughts?

Motivational Verse for the week:
Luke 14:12-14
English Standard Version

The Parable of the Great Banquet
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[a] or your relatives or rich neighbours, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

04/09/2022

How2s and Not2s in Supporting Your child in Examination Preparations 2022/2023

From a specialist professional point of veiw, the event was to discuss and give insight on methods of ensuring your child is prepared for examinations and is excelling academically in Secondary school. The to dos and not to dos at this level.

Photos from ITLA Consultants's post 14/08/2022

Examination Preparation 2023

To change the mindset you also need to undo the old mindset. One way is taking the mind off the goal, task, or hurdles. One way of doing this is taking part or doing an activity that has nothing to do with your task, goal or hurdles. Art and art collection is one mind getaway that some of us at ITLA online school engage in. It helps to see different dimensions of how the mind works and how it can represent different aspects of life and angles to seeing things. Below is Tate Modern"s Serrealism beyond boarders to stimulate the imagination.

One of our first steps at ITLA online school is to determine your mindset. This is important to be able to identify areas of weakness in studying, that can then be strengthened through the other four steps we follow to help you meet your target grade. Now is the time to consider learning about these steps and getting started in improving your Grades.

Contact us now for AQA, OCR, and Pearson (Edexcel) examination preparations 2023.

26/06/2022

Quality Aspects That Lead to An Outstanding Department - Culture
Most Further Education Colleges in London have long since moved away from the ideology of having “bums on seats”, where success of a department and a course was measured by the quantity of students rather than the quality of student on the course or in the department, (something that mainstream schools cannot do as they have to accept every child from the catchment community, then stream or put in place measures that cater to each child’s ability). The result of this in colleges was low retention figures, low grades, less success rates, and less funding from the government.
However, some colleges outside London, are still left in this realm, and have not yet realised and grasped the need to move away from the “bums on Seats” ideology and focus on having the right student for the right course.
With the new Ofsted frameworks also now in play the same colleges are having to learn and consider aspects of the curriculum that need changing. The Schools Inspection Handbook (April 2022) outlines how education bodies are to be inspected and gives guidance (not exhaustive) on the processes to be conducted by Ofsted, before, during, and after the inspection. It also outlines the evaluation schedule and how the inspectors judge schools. The Ofsted framework judges schools and colleges on overall effectiveness and the four key judgements:
• the quality of education
• behaviour and attitudes
• personal development
• leadership and management
Also, where relevant, judgements on the quality of provision in:
• early years education
• the sixth form
The slides below show some aspects that one department we worked with focused on to become outstanding, and this week outlines briefly, how culture in departments (Colleges and mainstream schools) plays a major role, especially in Further Education Colleges where the 16- to 18-year-olds are being given a second chance in education after not doing so well in their GCSE programs. What are your views?

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🙏🏼Serving communities through Education

21/06/2022

Doing what we love doing best..... serving children of the communities, to make them more skilled for their future.

We have been working in three mainstream community schools in the past nine months to get more insight on the edutech systems they use. however being passionate about having science taught along side gaining practical skills, we could not help but notice that in the two schools out of three, science was tought only theoretically most of the time(nothing to do with Covid). The sad results of this is practical skills are lacking in Science students. The schools serve communities that are of minority and underprivileged backgrounds, of whom most students are coming from developing countries.

The reasons, we often were told are that behaviour is a risk factor in doing practicals in the laboratory or there is not enough equipment for whole classes. Really? What about the good old demonstrations or recorded videos from many educational platforms?

why should one be passionate about these particular children not receiving practical skills? Well the children are already coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and therefore are:
- Not given the opportunity to take up STEM subjects after GCSE (A'level)
- They are not given the chance to develop an interest in Science which is very much linked to Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
- They do not get the opportunity to enrol onto STEM courses in higher education
-Thus they don't get the opportunity to get into STEM jobs.
Though organisations such as Nuffield offer programmes like Nuffield Research Placements, they only caters for year 12 students , whom we forget lack the basic practical knowledge needed for scientific research. So it maybe safe to say it's rather late. (but I guess better late than never)

Due to safeguarding we cannot show how the faces of the children watching this mini demonstration lit up.
They made volcano models after that and used vinegar and backing soda to represent the eruption.

🙏🏽Serving the Community Through Education 🙏🏽

22/05/2022

Focul Points (Examination Motivation)
Three days of the week I go on a 6 mile walk to keep me focused and have a beter perception of what my whole week will be like and set goals. At the end of the 6 miles I have two focul points shown in the picture below. I have to go over the two mounts to feel I have completed the walk. They are my focul points.
What am I getting at? Well when we start a Journey or goal it usually is bumpy and then it is smooth and straightforward. However when we are about to reach our goals or complete our journey (that is where the enemy wants to strike), it seems harder and it is at these moments that we want to give up. It seems as though we have a whole mount in front of us. But perseverience and determination helps us get over those mounts. We just need to remain focused and go over the mounts, but also not forgetting God who always makes things possible.

To all those writing examinations, HANG IN THERE and keep the focus until the last exam👊🙏🙏

Motivational Verse for the week:
Hebrews 10:23-25
English Standard Version
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Photos from Cambridge International Education's post 21/05/2022

Education is a major importance in Southern Africa and the rest of Africa. The Cambridge examination board I should say has served us well!!

Timeline photos 06/05/2022

So True!

We should strive to be lifelong learners💡

06/05/2022

Very relatable analogy for the 14 to 18 year olds in life skills and PSHE lessons. Also gets them to think of College savings if they intend to get an American education which is now very expensive.
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