Satchel One for Distance Learning, Full & Partial Closures Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

We know that school can seem unpredictable at the moment - with the need to cater to in-class and remote students, as well as contingency planning for the possibility of further closures. The recent enhancements made to Satchel One help to tackle some of the new stressors schools are experiencing and make it a learning platform that can support you in whatever learning environment schools find themselves in.

How does Satchel One support all stakeholders during distance learning, full and partial closures?

Teachers can

Set classwork online
Attach resources for distance learning
Provide feedback remotely
Monitor student engagement
Communicate with students about work
Praise students remotely 
Attach video links to lessons
Take attendance remotely
Create socially distanced seating plans
Track and trace where self-isolating pupils have been seated
Send whole-school announcements

Students can

green bullet tick Submit work online
green bullet tick Message teachers online about work 
green bullet tick Receive notifications when work is published
green bullet tick Get instant feedback on Quizzes & Spelling Tests
green bullet tick See their Timetable from home
green bullet tick View all grades online
green bullet tick Keep track of assignments via To-do List
green bullet tick Receive praise remotely
green bullet tick Access resources remotely

Parents can

green bullet tick View their child’s classwork
green bullet tick Access resources to support their child
green bullet tick Receive push notifications about school activities
green bullet tick View all their child’s grades online
green bullet tick Receive notifications about their child’s behaviour

Our infrastructure

  • Our system is built to deal with increased traffic as necessary
  • Our infrastructure will automatically scale to support a larger than expected number of requests
  • This academic year we have maintained 99.98% uptime of our system and we will ensure we can maintain this level through this academic year regardless of increased usage by schools - see our status page
  • We regularly go through spikes of extremely high traffic during busy periods and are equipped to deal with this
  • Although this is an automated process, we also have monitoring systems in place to alert our engineering team

Recent releases for Distance Learning

  • Added a new task type, Classwork, perfect for assigning lesson work to remote learners
  • Increased the maximum file size for attachments to 100mb
  • New integrations with Quizlet & GCSEPod as well as Share to functionality with Teams and Classroom
  • Allowed teachers to add attachments to comments and return annotated work
  • Improved Timetables whereby teachers can attach video links to lessons, host staggered start times and view their agenda on the dashboard
  • Released Attendance Pro for identifying unauthorised absences and taking in-class and remote learners’ attendance
  • Improved homework Insights to easily allow teachers to send a message to students who have not viewed a task

Supporting in-class and remote learners 

Schools are having to navigate the new challenge of supporting students and staff during periods of self-isolation. This means some teachers may be having to work from home and schools may be having to continue teaching classes and year groups made up of in-class and remote learners. Satchel one can help to support teachers and learners during this period:
  • All assignments can be made visible online and students can submit work online with Show My Homework

  • Teachers can attach video links to lessons via the Timetable for remote learners to access

  • Teachers can record Attendance remotely and take registers for in-class and remote learners
  • Use the Seating report to track which pupils self-isolating students have been in close proximity with
  • Continue to implement school policy by rewarding all pupils with praise via Behaviour
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To help schools deliver distance learning during school closures, we created a Distance Learning Bundle. This includes the Show My Homework, Timetables, Behaviour, Content apps and the School Branding premium feature.


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