Tips for Supporting the Pupils at Home
Tips for Supporting the Pupils at Home
The ‘routine’ or timetable
Under the 'Timetables' heading, you will find the timetables for each of the classes in school. It may well be possible that individual families may have some difficulty sticking rigidly to this timetable. To help with this all lessons will be recorded and accessed via each subjects’ Google Classroom page. However, if you require further support and advice please contact your child’s form tutor or a specific teacher as required. Across the country parents are reporting the stressful challenges of keeping up with work being sent from school. Our sincere aim is to provide what you need and what you are able to support, and no more. Inevitably, this will take time to assess from all parties' points of view. At no point will the School demand XYZ is done by a deadline or by a set timetable. This is simply neither practical nor possible for all. The situation for each and every family will be different. All staff realise that the key will be flexibility of provision, whilst at the same time providing enough structure and support to give a potential form to something that is inevitably amorphous and chimera-like.
Distance Learning Overviews
Copies of the long-term overview of proposed topics, can be found under the 'Distance Learning Overviews' heading. These will give you a useful big picture, and will provide a skeleton of topics and provision. What they are not, is a checklist of things to get done. They are simply a tool to help you make informed decisions.
The Google Environment
In general, the majority of learning will be organised via the Google environment and, in particular, Google Classroom. We would strongly advise taking time to familiarise yourselves with this platform, as it will undoubtedly ease the myriad of technical glitches that we will all experience over the coming weeks. Google themselves have launched a dedicated site to supporting all users: HERE
The Cothill Trust have also amassed a library of knowledge and ‘how to’ guides. These can be found on the Trust intranet: HERE
On Mondays in the Prep school, we will begin the week with a whole school assembly, which will start at 8:30am. On Wednesdays and Fridays there will be an extended tutor time when all Form Tutors will be available for their forms via a live Google Meet session. Tutors will use this time to ameliorate any issues the pupils may be having or simply use the time for them to interact in a meaningful way with their fellow tutees.
On a Tuesday and a Thursday, registration will be taken at the start of the academic lesson as published. These lessons will begin at 8:20am.
Form Tutors and teachers will naturally try to respond to questions and requests as quickly as possible. Email will be the quickest way to initially contact each Form Tutor. After this initial contact, face to face video meetings or phone calls may well be used.
Pre-Prep children will join their class for registration either at 8.45am Year 1 and 2 or 9.00am Reception. Individual Tutor time will take place at 2.00pm each day. Assembly will take place on Fridays at 2.30pm in the Assembly classroom.
‘Live’ Lessons and Direct Teacher Support
Each lesson within the timetable will be supported by live face-to-face support. This may well take the form of a highly didactic pedagogical approach, or it may take the form of a more passive supervised work session. However, it is our hope that wherever possible, all pupils attend each planned lesson via Google Classroom.
The main application used for this purpose will be Google Meet, the link for which can be found on the front page of each subject Google Classroom. This will allow pupils to dial in via the internet and join a group session. These sessions will take place in that subject’s normal timetabled slot. If for whatever reason a pupil cannot make one of these lessons, they may well find that this session has been recorded and placed onto their Google Classroom. However, if this is not the case, please let the teacher know and they will strive to find an alternative session where possible. Our sincere aim is to give personal support wherever possible. The nature of these live lessons will be constantly considered, based on the age of the audience, the effectiveness of the delivery and the engagement of the pupils.
Conduct and Behaviour
We will continue to have high expectations of our pupils’ behaviour, and this is no different when they are online. The Google platform (or any distance learning tool) must be used in accordance with pre-existing expectations. As we are all exposed to a greater range of digital platforms, the potential for misuse increases. It is vital that all resources that are produced within the School’s Google platform (indeed, any digital platform) remain within the appropriate realms. Globally, schools are beginning to report the misuse of digital materials, especially recorded lessons and the images of other pupils and staff. Any misuse or redistribution of digital materials, in any way, from any party, will be viewed extremely seriously.