Well, that wasn’t quite the start of 2021 we were expecting, was it?
Our staff have been working continuously over the past few days to try and ensure that there is a high-quality remote learning offer for all children from tomorrow. Clearly, we had not planned for the extent and duration of the school closure. We, like you, found out last night about the Government’s intention to effectively close schools until February half term (at the earliest).
Therefore, we are proposing a model of remote learning that will progressively increase in terms of content and delivery over the coming weeks. From tomorrow, there will be daily tasks set by the class teacher. These will be accompanied by a video of the class teacher explaining the work required for the day. This work will mirror the experience of the children in school to try and ensure as fair and equal an experience as is practically possible.
Tomorrow, there will be a whole school Zoom assembly (which you will receive a link for shortly) From Thursday, there will also be a daily ‘Zoom’ check-in for every year group. This a great, informal, moment for the children to see their peers and will often feature a story session and give the children a chance to ask any questions about the day’s learning. We would ask that you try to ensure that your child attends each one of these sessions as they form part of our safeguarding measures to ensure that every child has been seen regularly.
These videos and resources will be updated daily and can be accessed via the remote learning hubs on the main school website – www.edmundwaller.lewisham.sch.uk
Following last night’s announcement that all children – except those of key workers, or the most vulnerable members of our community – will be learning remotely for the rest of this half term, we are undertaking a full review of what and how we offer our learners when they are not on site. We will be writing to you over the coming days to explain how we intend to make changes to the remote learning. As you will understand, this takes considerable structural change. We are, however, committed to ensuring that the children of Edmund Waller receive the best possible education, whether they are attending school physically, or not.
As we strive to move the educational experience forwards, we ask that you engage with the learning (available from tomorrow morning) and we look forward to trialling innovation and change over this period of school closure.
Remember that the school office remains open and if you need any assistance at all, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help you.
Senior Leadership Team