We know that continuity in education in these uncertain times is vital, and at St Joseph’s we have robust plans in place to ensure that all children have access to high quality education whether pupils are at home or in the classroom.
These are very uncertain times, never have we been in a situation before where schools across the country have had to close, at short notice, for months. At St Joseph’s we responded to this quickly, producing a robust remote learning programme to ensure all of our children could continue their learning from home. This included a combination of set projects and homework, and daily online lessons via Microsoft Teams. When some classes returned for the second half of the summer term, children who weren’t able to come into school still had access to daily lessons.
These lessons included Maths, English and Cornerstones lessons for older year groups and Maths and Phonics for the younger year groups. This was supplemented by additional work set and marked by teachers and additional questions and queries being answered by class teachers directly. This worked exceptionally well with good feedback from both parents and pupils throughout the summer term.
We are hopeful that the school will be able to remain open from September 2020, however, having had such success with our online learning over the summer term, we are confident that we can respond to any local closures or class closures effectively.
At Joseph’s we are lucky to have very small class sizes, which has always been beneficial to our pupils as it has resulted in more tailored and individualised learning but it’s become particularly beneficial in recent months. Smaller classes makes it easier for us to follow the current Government guidance while still ensuring our pupils get the same high level of education they always have. It also means there’s been fewer changes to our normal class set up, which is reassuring to pupils returning after an uncertain time. In addition, online learning is easier to implement, with fewer pupils in each class session, making it easier for pupils to interact during online lessons. This means if we do need to move to online learning again, dependent on Government guidance, it would be much easier to do so.
We will continue to follow Government guidance and updates closely so that we are responding and adapting to the situation as it develops, with the safety of our children, and their well being at the centre of our decisions as a school.
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