From the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic we at Parklands have been working hard to support our students, parents, carers, and staff through these unprecedented times - whilst acknowledging that individuals will be living through their own very different experiences.
Our intention is to move forward reflectively and we aim to be responsive to the new challenges that we all face in education in a remote or blended learning context. At the end of the first week of the spring term 2020, we took stock and reflected on the experiences we had at that point in connection with remote learning. It is safe to say that although these are challenging times, we have a common goal - to do our best to provide the best learning experience for our students. We are absolutely committed to providing the four to five hours of learning for our pupils each day and that will take a variety of forms:
Google Meet live lessons
Tutorial-style drop-ins (ideal for pupils to ask questions)
Downloadable worksheets and other appropriate remote learning activities.
We believe that this varied approach is engaging and appropriate. Where lessons are not live, teachers are available to support or answer questions during each child's timetabled slot in every subject. Teachers will not be available other than during that slot because they are teaching other groups.
We recognise the broad spectrum of resources and facilities for accessing remote learning that families and homes have, particularly with many parents and carers working from home. We appreciate that many of people are juggling work, homeschooling, childcare, and all the demands that lockdown places on us. The variety of approaches to remote learning noted previously are with these varied demands in mind.
The approach that we adopted at the start of the January 2021 lockdown was reviewed in the early stages and refined in response to feedback from teachers, students, parents, and carers.
We asked Curriculum Leaders to ensure that the work set for each lesson is appropriate for a one-hour lesson, or that when it is reviewed at the end of the hour the task is extended to the next timetabled lesson. We expect children to work for the duration of the timetabled hour then move on to their next lesson. We do not expect teachers to set work additional to what can realistically be completed in an hour lesson, so homework is not set.
As with the usual course of a day in school, not every remote lesson will result in a piece of assessed work or work which needs marking. We recognise some students will work in greater depth and challenge themselves but we urge them to stick to the parameters of their timetable because we need to ensure that they access the full range and balance of subjects. When our students are in school they experience a broad and balanced curriculum with all subjects developing a wide range of skills. During the closure, our teachers are still planning and providing for this. We ask parents and carers to ensure that their child accesses the learning from all subjects.
Here is a link to our Remote Learning Policy
Here is a link to Ofsted’s Short Guide to What Works Well in Remote Education