How Can Academy21 Help?
At Academy21 we recognise these challenges and provide a learning environment in which anxious learners are in absolute control of how they communicate in class both with their online teachers and their peers. They can message their responses privately to their Academy21 teacher and are gently encouraged over time to share their responses to the wider class. Our learning is delivered in smaller groups than in mainstream and we celebrate the smallest of steps anxious learners take to engage with their learning through positive reinforcement and weekly progress certificates that recognise how hard their journey is.
Every lesson we teach follows the same structure providing a consistent approach and minimising patterns of change which can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and introduce further barriers to learning. We utilise the technology of our classroom to provide opportunities for small group and independent working. Every Friday pupils can attend additional one-to-one or small group tutorial sessions. Our timetable is designed to ensure that young people work within the same peer group and crucially with the same teacher every day, enabling our staff to build trust and recognise and respond consistently to individual behaviour.