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Principal of Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE), Jeff Smith, shares how QE has adapted quickly to ensure teaching and learning provision, continues to be of the highest standard.

 

Although there is no substitute for students learning in a physical classroom environment in ‘real time’, what we have offered at QE over periods of national lockdown and individual student absence has continued to ensure excellent progress and outcomes.

All students at QE receive a Microsoft Office subscription as part of their educational offering and it is through the use of Teams that they have continued to be closely supported any time they are away from the classroom. Teachers are all equipped with the technology and training to ensure the online provision is of a very high standard.

In periods of remote learning, all students access live lessons, available each day and following their usual weekly timetable. These lessons are recorded so that students in different time zones have full access at convenient times. This ensures that students maintain their study routines as well as delivering important subject content and key skills. Online assignments continue to be set, with these marked regularly to give helpful teacher feedback on areas for improvement.

Our excellent Pastoral Team run our THRIVE@QE programme which went online at the start of the first national lockdown and continued to provide students with group sessions such as “Positivity”, “Friendships” and “Yoga”, together with individual one to one online support seven days per week.  When learning in school we still run daily online group sessions together with full online support right through the day and evenings.

At QE, we know that the key to academic excellence is the consistency in quality of teaching; therefore, this will always be the focus for the Collegiate.  Through our academic, pastoral and enrichment programmes, we will continue to develop the personal qualities of our students, such as leadership, resilience, critical thinking and responsibility. As always, we prioritise the safeguarding, health and wellbeing of all our students and staff.  

 

To find out more about QE, click here.

 

All students at QE receive a Microsoft Office subscription as part of their educational offering and it is through the use of Teams that they have continued to be closely supported any time they are away from the classroom. Teachers are all equipped with the technology and training to ensure the online provision is of a very high standard.

In periods of remote learning, all students access live lessons, available each day and following their usual weekly timetable. These lessons are recorded so that students in different time zones have full access at convenient times. This ensures that students maintain their study routines as well as delivering important subject content and key skills. Online assignments continue to be set, with these marked regularly to give helpful teacher feedback on areas for improvement.



Our excellent Pastoral Team run our THRIVE@QE programme which went online at the start of the first national lockdown and continued to provide students with group sessions such as “Positivity”, “Friendships” and “Yoga”, together with individual one to one online support seven days per week.  When learning in school we still run daily online group sessions together with full online support right through the day and evenings.

At QE, we know that the key to academic excellence is the consistency in quality of teaching; therefore, this will always be the focus for the Collegiate.  Through our academic, pastoral and enrichment programmes, we will continue to develop the personal qualities of our students, such as leadership, resilience, critical thinking and responsibility. As always, we prioritise the safeguarding, health and wellbeing of all our students and staff.  

 

To find out more about QE, click here.

 

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