I hope you are all safe and well despite the challenges and uncertainties of the current lockdown.
The following guidelines highlight what Online Teaching and Learning will look like at Long Close. I hope that the information in this booklet will go some way to explain how we can ensure that the continuation of education can occur. Although our school building is closed and whilst we will be operating rather differently for the foreseeable future, our learning continues and we are committed to delivering to the high standards that are expected of us, regardless of age.
Staff at Long Close have been working tirelessly to prepare for the transition to online learning and we have put in place a robust programme to ensure that teaching and learning continue as uninterrupted as far as possible. We know that nothing can replace actually being in school, and being taught and cared for in-person by the teachers our children know and appreciate, but we hope that, through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme, our children will continue to love learning and be challenged.
We are currently in such unusual and unprecedented times, which can be extremely unsettling for our children. We are determined to carry on with the pastoral dimension of our role and undertake never to lose our human warmth and good humour behind our computer screens. As well as prioritising their physical health as we remain at home, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing, keeping a sense of normality and daily routine, whilst providing opportunities for them to flourish.
The coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges, but we are sure that, by working together as a school community, our children will have structure, as well as the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities, maintaining a happy balance between academic work and play.
This is uncharted territory for us all and every day, currently, is a unique and intense learning experience; and by choosing opportunity rather than a threat, we can all find a way to thrive. We look forward to working with students and parents to hone our provision in the coming weeks and make online learning as enjoyable and stimulating as possible, building on students’ motivation and strong relationships with teachers.
Thank you very much for your ongoing support over the last few weeks as we have worked to adjust to the new reality which will see our pupils learning remotely.
I very much look forward to welcoming all pupils back to Long Close in the very near future. In the meantime, I wish you and your family continued good health in these challenging times. Please know that we are thinking of you all.
With warm wishes