The GDST approach to guided home learning

While lockdown continues, and we move further into summer term, GDST schools are offering pupils a programme of Guided Home Learning.

Guided – because teachers are there to support students every step of the way.

We are determined to maintain educational momentum by ensuring that teachers continue teaching, as far as possible. This means our students are able, for the most part, to learn their usual subjects with familiar teachers, in the interests of their social and mental wellbeing. Continued teaching from those who know their students well provides stability and structure.

What we’re offering is neither remote nor distant. Nor does it mean that girls spend all day, every day, in front of a screen. It involves 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 are even finding ways to keep some extra-curricular clubs and societies going, with choirs, debating and dance all on the menu.

There is also a wide range of collaborative cross-Trust events and resources that all GDST pupils have access to, including Inspiring Changemakers, a 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.