We recognise that learning from home will not always be straightforward, with multiple family members sharing devices and space and parents needing to work and supervise children simultaneously. We therefore trust that the programme outlined below will help to overcome some of these challenges and allow for patterns to be established within each home, fitting in with work and family schedules.
Work will be set each day, but the Online Teaching and Learning Programme is flexible and we understand that there may be times that students cannot be online. We kindly ask that you inform the school if your child is unable to attend online so that teachers and pastoral leaders can ensure adaptation of lessons to ensure the continuity of your child’s learning. Further, please do email the school with feedback as we value your comments.
Our Online Teaching and Learning Programme is designed around the school’s existing curriculum. This is the curriculum that your child would be working to when in school. Of course, we need to make adaptations to take account of delivering via the online platform. Whilst the majority of our teaching will be done via Teams with the teachers leading the sessions it is worth noting that there will also be a mix of online and offline content and experiences as the term continues, including:
Synchronous online teaching with the whole class: This is when a teacher connects online with a class group. This could be for form time or a specific class. Teachers may arrange this for part of a lesson in order to minimise elongated periods of time on the screen.
Synchronous online teaching with a group: This is when a teacher connects online with a smaller group of students. This could be for a specific aspect of academic work, e.g. an English teacher working with 4-5 students. It could also be for a wellbeing check-in when a member of staff checks in with a group to discuss how things are going in this new way of working.
Synchronous one-to-one: There may be instances when 1:1 input is required. This could be, for example, for peripatetic music lessons etc. Individual teachers may also wish to connect with students 1:1.
Asynchronous teaching: This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads for students to view. This is an effective way of delivering short pieces of teaching content to support learning
Asynchronous learning tasks: This is when a teacher sets tasks and activities for students to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.
The senior school’s timetable is operating normally, but online. Students continue attending virtual classes following their normal timetable.
Lessons may be slightly shorter than normal to allow students to take breaks from their screens. Morning breaks and lunchtime are critical too. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.
Tutor Time, Games, the Arts, and Enrichment are part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day. Further Year group assemblies will still occur as per the weekly schedules to ensure that school-wide notices are still accessible to students.
A copy of your child’s timetable is available on Firefly. Please email the school if you or your child need support logging into the online site.
In order to comply with our company policy on safeguarding and attendance we shall continue to register pupils at form time in the morning, 8.25 am and afternoon, at 3.45 pm. It is important to note that form time is very valuable pastoral space, as this is the time when the class gathers together and pupils have the opportunity to check-in with their Form Teacher and for any concerns to be raised.
On the afternoons that pupils were due to have games lessons, they will register with the PE staff at the start of lesson 5 and then be free to pursue activities during the afternoon and will not need to attend form time at 3.45 pm.
If your child cannot attend online lessons for any reason we would be grateful if you would continue to follow the usual procedure by emailing email@example.com so that we can amend the registers accordingly and let their teachers know that they will not be in class.
We very much appreciate the support from parents in ensuring that students attend lessons during the period of online education.
Live lessons and catching up on missed lessons
For safeguarding purposes, one-to-one lessons will always be recorded. Also, as part of teachers’ continuing professional development, so larger group sessions may also be recorded. Individual teachers will direct students to recorded sessions if they believe it would be beneficial in catching up on missed work.
In light of the transition to online learning, we have updated our Privacy Notices, these are hosted on our school’s website.