Seasiders' students celebrate online success

Published on 14/05/2020 by DTHACK

Like all B&FC campuses Seasiders Learning Centre (part of Blackpool and the Fylde College) has continued to provide vibrant community learning in English, maths, ESOL and ICT throughout lockdown, by delivering lessons online.

The initial move from the traditional classroom was a shock but after amazing team work by both staff and students (and their families) Seasiders now has 80% of students actively learning online. 

ICT student Ann Mitchell said: "I was worried I wouldn’t have the technology to get online but college gave me an Office 365 account for free which meant I had access to all of the Microsoft software."

Fellow student Shelley Browne added: "It was easier to get online than I thought it would be. I can use my smartphone or tablet.

"I prefer to use my smartphone for the online lessons as the Teams app is really easy to use. I then do my homework on my tablet”

Students have weekly live lessons on Microsoft Teams and send their work back to tutors for individual feedback. 

Other students have been sent work packs and textbooks with weekly phone calls to check their progress.

These calls have provided a lifeline for those who are isolated. 

"I was worried about not seeing my college friends but I can see them in our online lessons whilst still staying safe," said Shelley, who is studying English, Maths and ICT. 

Monika Piecuch, who is studying ESOL, explained: “It’s great that we’re still working towards our certificates even though we can’t go to class, and it’s keeping me busy!” 

Seasiders is continuing to enrol new students who need their English, ESOL, ICT and maths to progress in work and education.

For more information, email seasiderscourses@blackpool.ac.uk.