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Britannica Digital eases the load

Last updated:
23rd January 2020

New LaunchPacks offer ready-made lesson plans.

There was a buzz around the Britannica Digital stand at the opening day of Bett this year as the knowledge-rich organisation revealed its new LaunchPacks to the education world.

The LaunchPacks feature lesson plans developed with the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust and Sir Mark Grundy.

“It’s very exciting,” said Jonathan Sullivan, head of sales EMEA. “We’ve looked at the changes to the Ofsted framework and the challenges teachers face, particularly when it comes to curriculum planning and availability of resources.”

As Jonathan explained, the lessons plans are initially focused on social studies and geography for KS4.

“These are complete lesson plans teachers can use and it’s all about trying to create more digitally literate students and make things easier for the teacher.”

Part of the process of creating the LaunchPacks was looking at how teachers spend their time, the additional work they have to do when it comes to curriculum creation.

“We wanted to use the wealth of information we have as an organisation and put that in a format that’s useable for teachers in a classroom,” said Jonathan. “There might be new teachers or teachers who are not teaching their specialised subject and we can provide them with the resources and teaching tools so they can get ahead and engage with their class.”

Recognising that experienced teachers may have ready-made content they want to use, the lesson plans are editable and can be customised. Britannica plans to build on the subjects covered and create more lesson plans in the coming months.