Preparing for Virtual School
Although we were given very little notice, the Secondary Leadership and Teaching Team did meet prior to closure to formulate discussions and put things in place for possible closure. One of the things we were pleased we were able to do to support what became reality in terms of virtual schooling, was the extended form time that was added to student and teachers schedule early morning on Monday 9th March. During this extended registration period, we were able to check all students were able to access Edmodo subject pages to ensure they were well prepared for the possibility of closure. Prior to this, some subject teachers for the more practical subjects (e.g. Drama and PE) were able to set up Edmodo pages to ensure that all subjects could be taught in the event of school closure.
Our approach to Virtual School
As the closure was initially going to be for four days, we did not want to introduce anything new that the children (or parents) would not be used to. We took the decision to keep it simple and focus on tasks that supported the children learning in a way that mirrored their class timetables. Rather than bombard the children with countless worksheets we wanted the work to have a practical element. Unlike many other schools that are closed, we have been fortunate to have been able to communicate and learn from other Nord Anglia schools that have been closed for a considerable period of time. Some NAE schools in China and Vietnam, for example, have experienced parents complaining about the amount of screen time children have had, with teachers trying to do everything through websites or apps.