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Profile: Emma Grisewood, Publishing Manager at EtonX

Profile: Emma Grisewood, Publishing Manager at EtonX

With the closure of schools through United Kingdom disrupting the normal pattern of education, Eton has offered all state schools access to its online platform, EtonX, and its range of courses for secondary school pupils. The Press Office interviewed EtonX’s publishing manager Emma Grisewood, to learn more about the courses EtonX offers, and their contribution to the national effort during the COVID-19 crisis.

What is EtonX and what is its purpose?

EtonX is a wholly-owned trading subsidiary of Eton College which was established in 2015. Our remit is to develop technology and courses to advance learning and teaching especially in the area of soft skills. The EtonX Future Skills Programme is a series of short online courses which equip young people with the skills they need to enhance their academic performance and to succeed at university entrance and in the workplace. Courses cover a range of topics such as creative problem solving, critical thinking, resilience and verbal communication.

Our courses are delivered on EtonX’s cutting-edge learning platform and as well as highly engaging and interactive self-study materials, they feature live online classes with EtonX tutors. These give pupils a unique opportunity to learn from and interact with peers in other locations. Staff and boys at Eton have contributed to the conceptualisation, development and testing of all EtonX courses. 

EtonX operates as a for-profit business overseas and in the UK as an extension of Eton’s Outreach programme.

How has EtonX adapted its role due to the COVD-19 crisis?

School closures have meant that we have had to respond quickly to support schools with their urgent remote learning needs. Our courses are usually delivered over seven weeks with one class every week. However, we are now offering six of our courses as intensive, two-week courses for pupils who are missing the daily interaction of school life and who want to use this time as productively as possible.

In addition to this, Eton boys have returned to online school after the Easter break and EtonX courses are an integral part of Eton Virtual, ensuring they continue to interact and develop vital skills during the school’s closure.

What support is EtonX offering for pupils whose A-Levels and GCSEs have been cancelled?

EtonX has already been working with some of Eton’s outreach partners, in particular, with the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) in Stratford, London where sixth-formers complete EtonX self-study courses as part of their co-curricular diploma programme. Now, during this unsettling time for Year 11 and Year 13 pupils, we are very pleased to be offering state schools one of our self-study courses for free to all those pupils in the UK whose exams have been cancelled. We hope to help these pupils continue to develop their academic, communication and leadership skills in preparation for sixth form or university. We are also offering additional resources and guidance for their teachers.

How can schools access EtonX courses?

If a UK state school would like to access free self-study courses, teachers and school leaders can apply by submitting this form, or by sending their full name, title, school name and city to EtonX will then be in touch shortly with further information.

For independent schools or schools outside the UK, please get in touch with the EtonX team at for more information on purchasing courses.

Interview conducted by Thomas Hilditch KS

DATE POSTED: 23 April 2020
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