“Learning is something that we all need to be good at because our future’s unpredictable… we are all going to need to adapt throughout our lives.” These words are taken from Alex Beard’s introduction to the brilliant documentary ‘The Learning Revolution’. And how they resonate. Children and adults have had to adapt in every sphere of their lives since the outbreak of Covid-19 and The Royal pupils’ ability to adapt has been impressive and will undoubtedly help them to be future ready.
We are all working together to deliver a remote learning programme which as far as possible, emulates the usual timetable. However, there will be some flexibility; pupils may have family commitments and we will have some staff juggling small children with their day of teaching. The flexibility will come in the form in which pupils can access their lessons. There will be work set, lessons pre-recorded that can be accessed at any time and lessons will also be delivered live as we know how important it is seeing teachers and interacting with peers.
Excellent pastoral care is at the heart of The Royal School and this is particularly important now; we may be physically distanced but we will remain connected more than ever. Looking after our pupils’ well-being is a primary concern and underpins all we do. We are acutely aware that our pupils, like many adults, will find this a difficult period ahead and so in addition to our comprehensive pastoral care plan for pupils we will also be running weekly drop-in clinics for parents.
A final thought
The situation is one that is constantly changing but we will continue to adapt and respond to changes. Thanks, as always, to parents for your support and understanding and please do keep in close touch.
Stay safe and take care.
Mrs. Pippa Smithson
Head of The Royal School