GGSK College

(Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College)

Case Study

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Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa (GGSK) College is a small independent school based in Chigwell, Essex, that provides an 'outstanding quality of education' (Ofsted) to around 360 pupils.

Why did GGSK College choose LiteracyPlanet?

GGSK College’s use of digital resources is increasing. Subscriptions to online platforms is something that head teacher Mr Toor believes will provide the most current and child-friendly learning environment.

The school selected LiteracyPlanet for its fun and interactive approach to learning, and its suitability for pupils across the school.

Being a highly academic school, children are required to complete Literacy homework tasks daily. LiteracyPlanet allows teachers to set challenging tasks that provide instant feedback for both pupils and their parents.

Instant feedback, along with other features like automatic marking and being able to lock learning levels based on a pupil’s ability, have reduced teachers’ workloads by more than half. This allows them more time to plan their lessons.

How the school uses LiteracyPlanet

LiteracyPlanet is used across the whole school, particularly in Primary. The main use is for homework activities, but many teachers are including it more and more in their daily Literacy teaching.

According to Head of Primary and Year 6 teacher, Susan Atwal, the programme is having an extremely positive impact: “Pupil Literacy outcomes have not only improved, children’s love for Literacy has been built, especially in the lower attaining pupils and our reluctant readers and writers."

”LiteracyPlanet has changed the way my learners see Literacy as a whole. They are making links and connections in classwork topics that were a struggle to grasp for some pupils,” Mrs Atwal said.

Children enjoy the the high level of animation and exciting content. They love competing to try and climb the leaderboard, personalising their avatars and being able to interact with each other in the programme.

They also appreciate being able to see their marks straight away and complete activities in a faster, more fun way than spending hours completing worksheets.

Amelie’s Story

From the age of 3, Amelie has suffered from severe eczema that flares up when she feels under pressure or stressed. It posed a problem for her teachers, who found it dicult to encourage her to complete more work than she felt comfortable with. This led to her falling behind her peers academically.

In particular, she found it dicult to write her ideas down due to poor spelling and grammar skills.

In Year 2, her teacher started her on LiteracyPlanet for classwork and homework, to encourage her love for Literacy learning and remove the fear she associated with it.

Through LiteracyPlanet Amelie was able to catch up on the Literacy learning she missed. Her spelling improved because she was able to make the phonological connections she missed during Foundation and Year 1.

Today, Amelie is no longer a reluctant writer and the quality of her writing continues to improve. Her mother uses LiteracyPlanet to encourage Amelie’s reading through a ‘fun interactive approach’ and her reading skills continue to improve.

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Location:

Chigwell, Essex

Year levels:

Foundation to Sixth Form

Type:

Co-educational independent

LiteracyPlanet usage:

P-6

Key uses:

All literacy skill areas, homework, differentiation

Why LiteracyPlanet?

Comprehensive content and flexibility for differentiation

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Pupil Literacy outcomes have not only improved, children’s love for Literacy has been built, especially in the lower attaining pupils and our reluctant readers and writers. LiteracyPlanet has changed the way my learners see Literacy as a whole.

Susan Atwal, Head of Primary

I have pupils pleading for me to set LiteracyPlanet as a homework task.

Mrs Sylwia, Teacher

I love LiteracyPlanet. It’s so much fun! Much more fun than boring worksheets.

Amelie, Year 2