virtual academy supports schools to achieve more with less

Launches November 2016

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Scalable and reliable

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Key features


Anywhere/any device

Chat stream for interactive Q+A

All live sessions recorded for anytime catch up

Up to x10 LIVE lessons per week

100+ LIVE webinars

Our schedule of online webinars offers schools hundreds of hours of our support for less than the cost of one day's in-person training. 

Innovative learning

We speak about a digital revolution because digital has changed everything: the way we work, socialise and live our lives. We deliver LIVE LESSONS for students and teachers to learn together.

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Videos designed for you

Our video content is focused on education use and there are no adverts. Ever. All Virtual Academy members can request dedicated training videos to respond to your needs.

We created the Virtual Academy to solve problems facing Scottish schools and education

Most educators we speak to are desperate for extended training on digital learning apps, tools and devices. But there’s a huge problem with cover staff. And paying for face to face training is just too expensive. Going online was a no-brainer.

Webinar training

Our webinar schedule offers a varied programme of digital learning and teaching CPD to suit all schools. With up to 10 webinars per week, schools will have access to 100’s of hours of our training in the course of their year’s membership of the Virtual Academy.

Integrated chats allow for collaboration and all webinars are recorded for anytime viewing. And all for less than the cost of a day’s in-person CPD.

Develop a digital culture

We have worked with some schools who would spend £20,000+ per year on photocopying. We think that is just bonkers! Digital solutions are available right now that could slash those costs and transform the quality of the learning resources.

Save money on paper resources

Our support will enable schools to put digital solutions in place that will give pupils 24/7 access to learning resources that are much more powerful and engaging than anything that could be printed or photocopied.

Digital skills audits help us to deliver training that’s required right now and meets your needs.

Our staff digital skills audits offer confidential feedback and self-evaluation aligned to the GTCS professional standards and Scottish Government’s Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy. Included in all packages and as a basic audit or detailed skills review and analysis report.

Get to grips with Glow

Microsoft’s Office 365 is available to all schools in Scotland through Glow. Having undergone serious development in recent months with an increasing focus on education, it now offers a very powerful range of tools and bespoke education solutions to rival any other provider.

Get going with Google

Google Apps for Education and Google Chrome offers a powerful suite of digital apps and tools that works brilliantly on any device. Easy to administer and easy to maintain, they offer a solution that is increasingly being imitated by competitors.

LIVE lessons

Our weekly live lessons programme covers a range of topics for students and teachers alike. It can be difficult to navigate this digital world and our Virtual Academy gurus are here to help.

We offer regular LIVE lessons on topics like these:

  • digital literacy challenges
  • digital ninjas digital leader schemes
  • digital citizenship and online safety
  • coding and games dev for Technologies Es and Os
  • digital creativity
  • animations
  • digital film-making and green screen ideas
  • Glow
  • study skills
  • podcasting

Innovative solutions for BGE and IDL

We offer engaging and creative digital support and innovative ideas that could see your school develop BGE and IDL approaches that are truly 21st century.

Member discounts on crowd-funded in-person events

All Virtual Academy member schools will also receive exclusive discounts for our in-person events and annual camp/conference. Tablet Academy works with member schools to host in-person training workshops that we run as crowd-funded events, keeping costs down for everyone.

The Virtual Academy Camp and Conference

Held annually in May, our Virtual Academy Camp and Conference will offer members the chance to meet up for workshops, presentations and industry partners exhibiting their digital learning and teaching products at exclusive discounted rates.

Simple pricing packages

*Campus plans available for larger institutions. Just ask.

Small

GBP 200/year
  • Small= up to 20 staff
  • x1 year’s access to our Virtual Academy for all of your staff: LIVE class lessons and staff CPD webinars delivered live and recorded. 
  • x1 basic staff digital confidence audit/self-evaluation with management report (aligned to GTCS professional standards and Scot Gov Digital Strategy)
  • x4 training videos developed for your identified needs to give you bespoke support on an ongoing basis. (Request specific help and we make it into a video to share with your staff)
  • NB all video content developed for individual schools will made available to other members of the Virtual Academy. This enables a crowd-sourced approach that meets the needs of our member schools.
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Medium

GBP 350/year
  • Medium= up to 50 staff
  • x1 year’s access to our Virtual Academy for all of your staff: LIVE class lessons and staff CPD webinars delivered live and recorded 
  • x1 basic staff digital confidence audit/self-evaluation with management report (aligned to GTCS professional standards and Scot Gov Digital Strategy)
  • x2 dedicated Q+A sessions with one of our Virtual Academy digital gurus
  • x6 training videos developed for your identified needs to give you bespoke support on an ongoing basis. (Request specific help and we make it into a video to share with your staff)
  • NB all video content developed for individual schools will made available to other members of the Virtual Academy. This enables a crowd-sourced approach that meets the needs of our member schools.

Large

GBP 500/year
  • Large= up to 70 staff
  • x1 year’s access to our Virtual Academy for all of your staff: LIVE class lessons and staff CPD webinars delivered live and recorded for on-demand help
  • x1 detailed staff digital confidence audit/self-evaluation with management report (aligned to GTCS professional standards and Scot Gov Digital Strategy)
  • x2 dedicated Q+A sessions with one of our Virtual Academy digital gurus
  • x8 training videos developed for your identified needs to give you bespoke support on an ongoing basis. (Request specific help and we make it into a video to share with your staff)
  • NB all video content developed for individual schools will made available to other members of the Virtual Academy. This enables a crowd-sourced approach that meets the needs of our member schools.
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Sign-up to Virtual Academy before October 15th 2016 and save 20% with our early-bird subscriptions

NB: our subscriptions are pretty low cost anyway so we will never repeat this launch offer