The SEK Educational System is based on the exploration of concepts, research and the development of competencies that encourage critical thought and creativity. SEK students learn strategies that will permit them, throughout their lives, to be autonomous, self-assured and able to learn independently.Based on our innovative SEK Intelligent Classroom model, and the learning principles of the IB and NEASC, we have designed a Future Learning Model that offers personalized learning pathways for each student that foster collaboration, autonomy and the construction of meaning, and makes then future-ready for the third millennium

The SEK Future Learning Model includes an integrated learning and teaching sequence that brings together key elements such as: clear pedagogical objectives, innovative teaching methods, new dimensions for the roles of teachers and students, motivating tasks and diversified and authentic assessment.

The model also includes digitalization of learning when appropriate, and the central role of professional learning of the teaching staff. Likewise, it specifies the technology that our classrooms require to effectively deploy our unique learning sequence. Enriched learning processes take place in specially designed physical or digital environments depending on the pedagogical purpose they serve.

The central ideas of this model are:

  • Making learning more personalised
  • Nurturing student agency and self-directed learning
  • Using assessment to best support learning
  • Valuing diversity in learning approaches, environments and spaces
  • Nurturing global citizenship
  • Leveraging technology to support learning
  • Supporting staff self-directed professional learning.

 

We distilled the Future Learning Model into eight key dimensions that impact on learning. They are:

  1. Goals:

We have an overarching central idea:

  • We focus on student and staff learning.

and two guiding goals:

  • A SEK education is not just what happens in class, but an entire holistic learning experience.
  • Learning and teaching should always be framed by a sense of purpose.

 

  1. Sequence

The Sequence is the backbone of the learning and teaching model. It enables a holistic view of learning, and links with the IB and NEASC accreditation.

 

  1. Evaluation (Evidence for Learning)

Evaluation is a key element of the learning and teaching process. Our process of evaluation uses our innovative Evidence for Learning protocols.

Our goals for evaluation are:

  • To identify where students are in their learning.
  • To identify and adapt learning and teaching methods and expectations.
  • To make decisions about next steps for learning and teaching.
  • To provide accessible information to parents and others.

 

  1. Agency, co-creation and self-directed learning

We will nurture student agency to enable self-directed, independent learning pathways for students.

 

  1. Learning Technology

Learning Technology is a key to supporting self-directed, autonomous learning, and enables a holistic approach to learning.

 

  1. Professional learning and collaborative planning

Staff self-directed learning will be enabled through collaborative professional inquiries and co-created and shared micro-innovations.

 

  1. Global Citizenship and Social Innovation

We will allow diversity of values, beliefs, and cultures to flourish. We will make this visible through our global citizenship and social innovation programme.

 

  1. Quality

We will nurture a culture of quality through a diverse range of internal and external processes of quality assurance.

SEK Profile

The SEK Profile, developed in collaboration with student representatives from all SEK schools, describes the competencies (characteristics, traits, skills and attitudes) that we want all members of the SEK community to practice, develop and evince. It also takes into account their learning and development in all academic areas, both curricular and extracurricular.

We embrace diversity and believe that all students have unique talents that, through diverse experiences, can be discovered and nurtured. The SEK Profile celebrates the aspects of our students learning experiences that highlight their individuality and ability to face the world with confidence and resilience.

SEK profile competencies

Communication

Communicate clearly, precisely and respectfully, in their mother tongue and at least in one other language. Connect with and understand others, across language and cultural barriers. Engage an audience and speak in public on topics of personal interest or passions.

Wellbeing and health

Foster the skills that support the well-being and physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual health of oneself and of others.

Critical thinking, inquiry, entrepreneurship and focus on solutions

Critically approach authentic problems, through project-based activities and design thinking processes. Use creative, practical and inquiry-based approaches to find innovative solutions as entrepreneurs.

Global citizenship, social innovation and community action

Inquire and address local, global and intercultural issues, to appreciate and understand others’ perspectives and points of view. Participate, through social innovation, in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and act in favour of collective well-being and sustainable development.

Leadership, adventure and expedition experience

Willing to leave comfort zone, face unknown challenges, understand the consequences and implications of decisions, and take on greater responsibilities. Engage with the natural world, and show effective leadership of people and manage resources.

World of work

Engage in work of authentic value and develop a range of skills in a professional setting.

Digital competence and citizenship

Develop skills to respond to the digitization of society, its opportunities and its ethical implications. Use technology responsibly to interact with society. Positively connect and empathize with others and build relationships through digital skills and tools.

Arts and cultural commitment

intellectually, emotionally and culturally through a sustained commitment to artistic and cultural experiences. Enjoy activities that promote creative exploration, communication, and cultural understanding.

Personal achievement

Set high-performance goals on your interests or passions. Plan, act, reflect and adapt in the pursuit of those goals.

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Information Academic Year 2020-21

Our online learning model

Our primary goal is to ensure a seamless and quality learning process during this new school year, offering a teaching and learning model according to the academic, social and emotional needs of each student.

We will start the new academic year ensuring our students are able to return to school, providing guidelines and the public health situation allow it. We keep our updated health and safety protocols in place, you can view them here, as well as on your MySEK Notice Board.

At SEK Education Group we are constantly up-to-date with the official guidelines and instructions from the public authorities on which our schools depend. Therefore, we have set the most convenient guidelines for all our students’ learning.

If there is a case of COVID-19 at one of our schools, the health and educational authorities will be informed to determine the best way to proceed and the measures to be taken in order to protect the safety of our entire community. However, in whatever circumstances the school is prepared to ensure, immediately, the continuity of the academic process remotely.

The SEK educational model is based on the following principles:

Our main objective is to ensure the continuity of each student’s learning process, as well as their balanced social and emotional development.

The current situation is also an opportunity to continue developing the principles that characterise our educational model:

  • Promoting self-led learning and students taking responsibility for their own learning process, encouraging students to take initiative and develop at their own pace.
  • Offering an increasingly personalised learning experience
  • Cultivating peer learning
  • Supporting the development of students’ self-control skills
  • Strengthening competency learning
  • Establishing a healthy balance between screen time (synchronous learning) and independent activities (asynchronous learning).

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Pedagogical principles of the online learning experience

Many families have asked us why we manage the online learning experience in a certain way and, also, about online behaviour of students.

Allow us to share with you some online teaching and behavioural principles:

  • For us it is important that online lessons are not a simple transfer from face-to-face to the virtual teaching. Which is why, we try to compensate the synchronous connection times with asynchronous personal work time, and we try to liven up our online interventions by making them more enjoyable and motivating.
  • We invite all students to take part in the synchronous lessons to foster a sense of belonging and community. Students often drop out of online learning because of a feeling of loneliness and lack of support. We do not want that to happen, which is why we emphasise participation in online working groups.
  • Furthermore, learning is not only an individual exercise but a social practice. If our children already work with other classmates in face-to-face lessons, in the digital field they should continue to do so, making use of the tools we have made available to them. In the same way, we assign periods of study, reflection, and individual creation, to develop the personal talent of each of our students, also in the digital field.
  • We ensure the data, content and communication exchanges of your children is kept absolutely private because the environment in which they work is restricted. No one from outside the SEK Community, or who has not been explicitly invited to participate, can take part in lessons, streaming sessions or video conferences.
  • The SEK Group expects its entire community to adhere to a code of conduct. The online school space, just as the physical one, has a code of conduct.
  • The physical and emotional health of your children is very important in the online environment. For this reason, SEK, through its Counselling Departments, strives to provide personalised pastoral care and attention.

Student-led initiatives

One of the essential elements of the Future Learning Model (FLM) is the agency, co-creation and self-led learning of students, so that they can jointly develop and create their own learning pathways.

The tasks carried out at SEK Schools implicitly carry real learning experiences in which students solve real-world problems and include issues related to global citizenship and social innovation.

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MySEK Virtual Learning Ecosystem

Teacher training

Our strategic lines include creating spaces for Professional Learning and Collaborative Planning (AP&PC), to improve learning and teaching, through commitment and professional belonging, and the development of teachers’ skills and capacities. The ongoing and continuous training of our teachers is one of the keys to the success of the SEK Educational System.

The use of technology, for the personalisation and enrichment of our educational model, is also one of its pillars. Therefore, our teachers are perfectly prepared to work with platforms and applications such as Microsoft Office 365, MySEK, our blogosphere, ManageBac, BlinkLearning, Symbaloo or Smart Learning Suite, among many others. This was a decisive factor in adapting 100% of the face-to-face lessons to online distance learning in an agile and efficient way last year.

Professional inquiry

As learners, teachers carry out Professional Inquiries, a self-directed and collaborative research and action process, through which they explore a significant problem or issue in context.

Teachers determine what aspects they want to work on, or problems they need to solve, and they ask about their students’ learning and educational practices. Through these inquiries, they seek an answer or solution to the question they are exploring, which results in micro-innovation.

The Professional Inquiries of SEK teachers should explore how to implement the elements of the SEK Future Learning Model over the different stages and education programmes and take into account the different learning modalities or scenarios (online, face-to-face, distance, hybrid).

Learning evidence

You will be able to consult a small sample of the academic activity in this section

SEK-El Castillo PYP Exhibition

 

Story Exhibition

 

Assembly

 

Technical drawing in Baccalaureate. SEK-Catalunya

 

Virtual Debate Class

 

Virtual Mathematics Class

 

Virtual Piano Class

Virtual Chemistry Class

 

Virtual Muscle Stretching Musculares

Testimonials from families and teachers