Headteacher's Blog 3Posted on 30/04/2020
I am encouraged by the feedback from parents, students and teachers regarding how our Home Learning is developing. I have seen some fantastic examples of content, tasks, two- way feedback, discussion and video input from staff. Please rest assured that we are continually honing our Home Learning approach, as we spend more time investing in the functionally of Microsoft Teams and our staff become increasingly confident with the possibilities that Home Learning through Teams can bring. The starting point for students each day should be the ‘assignments’ tab within Teams.
To keep you updated:
1. The steel work is currently being constructed on site for the Refectory extension which will be ready for the new academic year. I am posting regular updates on Twitter (@mrdbrowning).
2. My thanks to Ms Lloyd and Mrs Minnis for all they have done to create visors for the NHS using the College’s 3D printers and laser cutters. More can be read about their endeavours here - https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/norfolk-teachers-make-ppe-for-childrens-hospital-staff-1-6628836
3. I have been understandably receiving lots of questions about fees. We have continued to work very closely with the Department for Education on this issue and I hope to be able to give you an update soon.
4. We do not intend to be issuing any Progress Reviews (PRs) during the period of school closure as we understand that every student is doing their best in challenging circumstances as Home Learning poses a number of challenges to everyone.
5. A reminder that a whole host of support documents and links can be found on our Coronavirus support page - https://www.wymondhamcollege.org/1586/coronavirus-support.
And finally, it seems although this ‘new normal’ has been with us for a very long time, the reality is that most students have missed three weeks of normal schooling so far. I am often asked “How will the students catch up?”. It is important to remind ourselves that they do not have anyone to catch up with as every young person in the country is in a similar situation educationally. We are already beginning to look at our curriculum for the new academic year to ensure that we do all we can to ensure that our young people make the excellent levels of progress that you would expect.
A reminder that the content in this letter is also shared via my blog on the College website and in my latest video on our YouTube channel.
With best wishes
Mr Dan Browning