Fusion used by Belmont School in Surrey
Founded in 1880, Belmont School is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 16 years. They offer day education for all children and optional weekly boarding or flexible boarding arrangements for children from 7 years old. Their belief in ‘Achievement through Happiness’ lies at the heart of the school and children of all ages and abilities thrive in this dynamic and caring environment.
Use of Fusion
“At Belmont we use Fusion VLE in a range of situations. In the lower year groups of the Prep School the platform is used to get children used to the concept of “flipped learning”, understanding the principles of independent research, using learning spaces, creating documents and using resources. The children also get used to accessing simple homework tasks on Fusion VLE before more concentrated use in the upper years. In the upper years of the Prep School and in the Senior School the children are making use of Fusion VLE to a much greater extent and with greater independence. Learning Spaces have been extensively populated by subject departments, allowing the children to focus on homework and class-based tasks. Every homework task is now solely made available in the Homework and Tasks areas.
This has made staff use of the platform even greater. Children are now submitting work both through Fusion VLE and by hand. Staff are becoming increasingly adept at setting work that is easily accessible both in school and at home. Since Belmont began using Fusion VLE in 2014 staff have increasingly seen the benefits of the platform. Focused learning goals and tasks are easily set and pupils have a direct link to the most relevant materials, both for research and producing their work, in the form of file areas, learning spaces and task lists.
Staff are also realising the benefits of the storage capacity that Fusion VLE provides, as a means of remote access to their work. The school has also made use of the School Advertiser facility to publish school newsletters and other useful information. Many staff make use of blogs within their lessons and as a summary activity for homework.
The children are benefiting from a much greater use of IT and becoming more adept at using a range of technologies. The children enjoy that they can personalise their Fusion VLE experience. They have also benefited from the ability to participate in Blogs and safely send messages within the Fusion VLE environment. This has greatly enhanced the children’s understanding of the importance of e-safety and how to safe at all times online.
The My Learning team has been fantastic at providing support and training for the school. We have been integrating our MIS with Fusion VLE, which has been a project for both Double First and My Learning, but the fruits of the labour of the development department of My Learning is certainly now paying off.
Development of the platform is ongoing and as a school we have been impressed that our ideas are considered and used where appropriate”.
John Stevens, Belmont School