While partial school closures continue, GDST schools continue to offer pupils a programme of Guided Home Learning, supplemented by the opportunity to return to school for at least some days in the remainder of the summer term. For most year groups, face-to-face opportunities promise to add value to, rather than replace, a model of guided home learning put in place to ensure the maintenance of educational momentum throughout the period of lockdown.
Guided – because teachers have been there to support students every step of the way.
Teachers have continued teaching, as far as possible. This means our students have been able, for the most part, to learn their usual subjects with familiar teachers, in the interests of their social and mental wellbeing as much as for academic progress. Continued teaching from those who know their students well has provided stability and structure.
What we’ve been able to offer is neither remote nor distant. Nor does it mean that girls spend all day, every day, in front of a screen. It has involved a mixture of teacher-led lessons, independent research and study, creative experiments, physical and sporting challenges, and pastoral support, as well as online assemblies, choirs and other community activities.
Schools have even found ways to keep extra-curricular clubs and societies going, with music, debating and dance all on the menu.
There continues to be a wide range of collaborative cross-Trust events and resources to which all GDST pupils have access, including Inspiring Changemakers, the Junior Techathon, and Limitless Learning programmes for Years 11 and Years 13.
Feedback from many parents has been positive:
Careful thought has gone into shaping the summer programme to ensure that the education we offer is valuable and sustainable for students and staff. We are confident that girls can maintain their academic momentum through these enhanced programmes.