TUTORS have been on their own rapid learning curve to adapt to running their training remotely.

York-based Aspire Accountancy School has been holding tuition sessions virtually so people studying AAT, CIMA, ACCA and short book-keeping courses can keep up with their courses.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, classes were delivered from the school’s centre at University of York’s Science Park.

Lessons, conducted via video link, are still interactive with students able to ask questions during the class.

Rowanne Frankland, who is one of the two directors, alongside Sarah Rhodes, said: "We wanted to help our students remain focused and keep on track with their studies. We are pleased we could adapt so quickly to allow this to happen and continue to support students during this difficult time.

"As tutors we have been on a rapid learning curve, adapting to the challenges of running our school remotely.

"It is great to try and maintain some normality in this surreal situation."

By embracing technology and adopting new ways of delivering training has meant courses can continue as planned, with flexible, remote and one-to-one support.

Tutors screen share with the class to work through topics using online interactive wipe boards, Excel or practice exam questions direct from awarding body websites.

"For anyone who has lost their job or for GCSE and A-level students who would like to support their predicated final grades with a recognised qualification, lockdown might be an opportunity to turn a difficult situation into a positive and potentially life-changing one," added Rowanne.

"Some students on furlough have seen it as an excellent way to use this time, developing new skills and working towards completing a qualification. Whilst it is not possible to pop by and see us in our office at the moment, we can still be contacted through our website to find out more about enhancing or starting a career in accounting."