Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

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 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 pupils cannot be online. Please provide us with feedback as we value your comments.

Now that we are moving to the Online Teaching and Learning phase, there will be a greater degree of pupil-teacher interaction. We will be doing this using a variety of tools. We have learnt that specific teaching, when online, needs to be in an organized manner and in short sections, interspersed with pupils undertaking activities and then feeding back. Our programme blends a mix of online and offline content and experiences, including:

Synchronous online teaching with 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 pupils. This could be for a specific aspect of academic work, e.g. an English teacher working with 4-5 pupils. 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. Individual teachers may also wish to connect with pupils 1:1.

Asynchronous teaching

This is when a teacher pre-prepares teaching input, often by a short video and uploads for pupils 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 pupils to complete. These usually follow some teaching input. These tasks may reinforce previous learning or apply new learning.

Any given lesson may well have a mixture of these and may also have sections of time away from the screen.

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