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Eton offers free online courses

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ETON College is offering free self-study courses to teenagers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The world-famous private school said its headmaster, Simon Henderson, wrote to the heads of secondary schools offering access to its online learning platform, EtonX.

The college, which counts Prime Minister Boris Johnson among its former pupils, is also offering free accommodation to key workers.

The EtonX courses will initially be for Year 11 and Year 13 students, those who were due to take their GCSEs and A-levels, or equivalent qualifications to help "as they consider their next steps", Eton said.

Exams have been cancelled this year, and schools shut as part of attempts to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Eton said: "At a time when schools across the UK are closed and adapting to digital learning, it is more important than ever that all in education work in partnership for the benefit of young people.

"EtonX self-study courses are specifically designed to be delivered 100 per cent online and include a full range of engaging learning materials, with a personal action plan and end of course assessment for each learner.

"The courses are being made available to all UK state secondary schools, free of charge, for use where individual schools feel that EtonX can complement the great work that their staff are already doing, in challenging circumstances."

Meanwhile, another fee-paying school, The Perse School, Cambridge, has developed a new, free, online maths programme for 11 to 16-year-olds in partnership with former maths teacher and coding entrepreneur Rob Percival.

Students watch short films of a virtual maths teacher explaining a topic and working examples and then can choose problems to solve.

As they solve the problem, the tutor offers assistance and guidance.

Pupils can change the personality of the tutor and choose the level of difficulty of the questions.

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