Leading Learning during Coronavirus

 

 

Blended Learning.

There are four possible scenarios that we are planning for –

  1. A small number of absent students (self-isolating)
  2. A small number of absent staff (self-isolating)
  3. A group of students or staff being sent home (following contact with someone who has tested positive)
  4. A whole school closure

We are referring to scenarios 1, 2 and 3 as Blended Learning (where we have students at school, as well as at home).  In order to ensure Blended Learning is as effective as possible, students who are self-isolating will need to complete schoolwork in real time, i.e. follow their normal school timetable.  Students have been asked to contact their tutor if they will not be able to follow the timings of the school day, due to device access or other constraints.

Which platform(s) are we using?

We will continue to use our three established platforms, with slightly more emphasis on MS Teams -

  • EduLink One – This will be used to inform students of key lesson information and times.
  • MS Teams – Necessary resources will be uploaded to Teams before the lesson begins.  Work will be submitted and feedback provided through Teams.  Teams will also be used to communicate with teachers during lesson time, including the live streaming of whole lessons or lesson segments.
  • Email – This should be used for students to communicate with their teachers outside of their lesson time, but within the working day.

What form will learning take at home?

Staff will be using a mixture of independent work and live streaming of lessons.  If a lesson lends itself to independent work, teachers will provide students with clear instructions and all necessary resources (through Teams) in order for them to complete the work within the hour.  If the lesson is more interactive, staff will call students, through Teams, and live stream the lesson (or part of it).  All live lessons will be recorded for students to access at a later date.  Although we cannot completely mimic the classroom experience, this will allow the students to engage with the lesson whilst not physically being there. 

How will students know what work to expect that day?

If students are self-isolating, we are asking that they log on to EduLink at 8.30am (no earlier).  By this time teachers will have posted to let students know whether work is going to be set, or if they will be receiving a call.  Students can then check their Teams pages for further instructions and get themselves ready for period 1 to begin at 8.45am.  Please do bear in mind that teachers may need a bit of time to organise provision once the school has been informed of self-isolation cases.  If the students find that there isn’t work available for them on Teams when the lesson begins, they are to contact their teacher as per the instructions below.

What if the students need to contact their teacher?

If a student needs to contact their teachers about the work set, we are asking that they communicate with them through Teams, during the lesson time.  This can either be on the ‘Posts’ page or using the ‘Chat’ function.  We are encouraging students not to email teachers during lesson time, as teachers may not see this until the end of the day.  If a student needs to communicate with their teachers about other matters, they are, of course, welcome to email them outside of their lesson time.  Please bear in mind that staff may not be able to respond immediately, but will be in touch within 24 hours.

Feedback on work

As a school, we have recently updated our feedback policy.  The expectation is that students receive feedback once a fortnight, per subject.  This may be in the form of verbal feedback, peer-feedback or written feedback from the teacher.  This expectation remains the same whether students are at home or at school, so please do not expect all pieces of work to receive feedback.

 

Students will be having a virtual tutor session (w/b 28th September), outlining all of the information above.

Lucy Bush

Assistant Headteacher – Learning & Teaching

 

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News

20th August 2020

GCSE Results 2020

Today we are celebrating the hard work and achievements of our GCSE students here at Guildford County School – my sincere thanks go to the exams teams for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves. Whilst their studies and preparation for the exams were abruptly halted by the lockdown at the end of March and the cancellation of the GCSE exams for this summer, we want to celebrate their many achievements over the course of the 5 years that they have been with us.   Our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal GCSE exams but instead, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ (CAG) and a ranking for each student in each subject.  Over recent months, and continuing as we write this, there has been some debate and controversy in the media about the CAG process, but we must not allow this to distract us all from celebrating the hard work of our students over the last 5 years. Indeed, we cannot allow our students to be defined by this most unusual of times. These students did not get the chance to have their Prom, so it is important that they see today as the chance to move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve.  We are delighted that for so many of these students the next stage is here with us in the Sixth Form at Guildford County School – where we are still accepting applications from external students for a place on our courses from September 2020. Due to the way that results this year have been calculated, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures and so in keeping with this, Surrey schools and others more widely will not be publishing school level performance figures for this summer.   We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success.  Deserving of special mention are Ada Kirczenow, Emma Robertson, Ella Brooks, Bethany Muir and James Tidbury who have all achieved outstanding individual results.  We are also tremendously proud of Nicolas Gruter, Marina Warchus, Chloe Carmichael Parsons, Kit Kethero and Demi Kun who topped the value-added charts, achieving well above their individual target grades.   Steve Smith, Head of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and the opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have achieved.  The uncertainty over the grade allocation process has been unfair to our Year 11 and 13 students, but I am glad that the right decision has been made and that teacher judgements are now seen as the trusted means by which to allocate grades to students.  We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2020 for their many achievements and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support, love and best wishes.’ Read Full Article
13th August 2020

A Level Results 2020

Today we are celebrating the hard work and achievements of our students here at Guildford County School – my sincere thanks go to the Sixth Form and Exams teams for making sure that the morning ran so smoothly and also to the many other staff who attended to help with the distribution of results and to offer their congratulations and support to the students themselves.  Whilst their studies and preparation for the exams were abruptly halted by the lockdown at the end of March and the cancellation of the A Level exams for this summer, we want to celebrate their many achievements over the course of the 7 years that they have been with us.  Our students did not get a chance to show what they would have achieved in formal A Level exams but instead, there has been a complex process to allocate a ‘Centre Assessment Grade’ (CAG) and a ranking for each student in each subject.  Over recent months, and continuing as we write this, there has been some debate and controversy in the media about the CAG process, but we must not allow this to distract us all from celebrating the hard work of our students over a great number of years.  Indeed, we cannot allow our students to be defined by this most unusual of times.  These students did not get the chance to have the usual leavers' events, so it is important that they can move on to the next stage in their education with the sense of achievement and recognition that they all so rightly deserve. The A Level results this year have been allocated according to a standardisation model which uses the results of previous years, rather than being a reflection of the standards in the school in the academic year 2019-20.  As a result, the DfE are not compiling or publishing any school performance figures and so in keeping with this, Surrey schools and others more widely will not be publishing school level performance figures for this summer. We are, however, delighted to be able to share with you some individual stories of success.  Three County students, Bethan, Rebecca and Jamie have secured places at Oxford University. We are also tremendously proud of Cameron who has secured a place at the Royal Academy of Music and Ellie and Leah who are the first of their families to go to University. At the time of writing this, all of our students who have applied to University have secured places at prestigious Universities across the country including Russell Group Universities. Steve Smith, Head of Guildford County School, comments that, ‘today represents the end of one phase of each student's education and the opportunity to recognise and celebrate what they have achieved.  We are delighted to be able to congratulate the Class of 2020 for their many achievements and also to wish them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives with our full support and best wishes.’Read Full Article
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