At St. Mary’s, we never stop learning. We kept connected during lockdown and our teachers and pupils worked together brilliantly to ensure learning continued. We were innovative. We were positive. We kept learning.
We are delighted to be back in school and fortunately, the majority of our pupils have been able to attend lessons in person. Despite our extensive safety protocols, like all schools we have to deal with the reality that some of our pupils have to isolate due to COVID-19.
Where we differ from most schools is that the remote learning support we are able to offer when pupils are learning from home is excellent.
All St. Mary’s pupils, whether in school or at home, have full access to learning thanks to our ‘blended learning’ model which means:
- Isolating pupils are able to join classroom lessons remotely using Microsoft Teams: teachers, pupils and classmates have direct contact via a screen in the classroom. Pupils isolating at home experience the same live lesson as those physically in the classroom.
- Isolating pupils maintain their school routine: this supports their academic progress as well as their mental wellbeing.
- Lesson content and learning resources are put on Microsoft Teams for pupils to access at any time.
- Teachers set assignments and provide feedback via the Microsoft Teams assignments function.
- Pupils submit homework via the Microsoft Teams assignments function and can also communicate with their teachers using the Microsoft Teams chat function.
- Phone calls, emails and one-to-one Teams meetings are provided as required.
Our ‘blended learning’ model makes the most of the innovations and new communication methods we introduced during lockdown and ensures all of our pupils, whether in school or at home, feel supported and able to continue their learning.
We are determined to continue to provide the best possible education and care for our pupils despite the challenges that COVID-19 has presented. We will continue to evaluate and adapt our ‘blended learning’ provision to ensure that all of our pupils keep connected and keep learning.
We are proud of the way our pupils have adapted to our ‘blended learning’ approach during this first half term back in school and we know that they will continue to make us proud as the academic year continues.