Working from home?
When the country went into 'lockdown' during the pandemic, the education system tried to keep going as far as possible. Gumley House was no different. In fact, from the very first period of isolation, we were in a great place to keep our students learning by offering every lesson - every day online. This allowed us to keep in touch with our students for their academic development whilst keeping a pastoral connection to ensure their needs were being met.
Learning remotely is not ideal by any means - but it can be very effective when students are prevented from being at school.
In the unlikely event that your child has been asked to remain at home and learn remotely, they will be required to access their lessons via Google Classroom. Your child's teachers will endeavour to deliver a full curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, subjects like Food Technology may be allocated across a whole morning (rather than weekly) so that 'deep learning' can occur.
Your child will follow their usual daily timetable unless otherwise instructed. In the event of staff being unable to teach we will endeavour to try and combine online classrooms. If this is not possible then independent learning will be set for your child.
Some examples of remote teaching approaches include:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
What if my child does not have digital or online access at home?
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. If this is the case, please contact the school office or email your child's Head of Year and we will ensure your daughter is able to access the learning. In many cases we can provide resources to assist (laptop, internet access, phone data, etc.) or we may invite your child into school to use the resources here. We ensure that no child is ever left out. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a concern.
There are further resources for your daughters online and remote experience, including Gumley's online revision portal featuring all the PiXL resources, past examination papers, etc via the Student Online Portal.
Your daughter/son may also be directed to other online resources to aid their learning. Many of these can be found below (all will open in a new window). Some of these resources require registration: Please be advised that although our teachers will endeavour to teach every lesson throughout a full school closure, conditions at the time may prevent some lessons from occurring. Similarly, some staff will occasionally accompany students who are required to be in school and may be unable to teach their normal lessons on these days.
Please read our full overview of our Remote Learning expectations
(Remote Learning Policy).