Now more than ever, education needs focus, momentum and continuity to ensure that pupils not only survive the effects of lockdown, but thrive. During the last lockdown, King’s Worcester delivered more 10,000 remote lessons, 20 virtual assemblies, 30 virtual music concerts and two virtual art exhibitions for its Senior and Sixth Form pupils. The school is now leading the way in delivering a hybrid model of learning ensuring that educational continuity is at the heart of the King’s education.
During 2020, a year of change and uncertainty the education sector has had to rapidly overhaul the way it operates and although at times it has been challenging, teachers are excellent at innovating and adapting to change. Many teachers at King’s Worcester became digital champions, and the latest technology has been implemented across the foundation of schools to ensure that learning can be continued online at the switch of a button.
While King’s Worcester reopened in September 2020 and welcomed all pupils back to school it had to ensure that it could respond rapidly to changing guidance. Like many other schools, pupils and teachers had to self-isolate.
Katie Beever, Deputy Head Academic, said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure that no child misses a day of their education. Whilst the majority of pupils are learning in the classroom with their peers, thanks to the blended service the school is offering, teachers are able to offer remote learning for those who can’t be there in person. In addition to this we have a raft of King’s Alumni who have also been recruited to supervise the classroom to enable teachers to be beamed into lessons from home and our digital infrastructure is set up and ready to switch over seamlessly to online teaching in the event that a group of pupils is advised to stay home.”
During 2020, schools had to act as a consistent support for pupils and their families, providing comfort and reassurance when needed, as well as delivering the same high levels of education and pastoral care.
During the remote learning periods, The King’s Foundation has carefully monitored every year group and were thrilled to discover that pupils maintained a high standard of work, with many even ahead of where they were expected to be.
Although the future remains unclear with new safety regulations being implemented daily, the one thing that will remain constant is the adaptability and commitment of care The King’s Foundation provides for all pupils to ensure they continue to be inspired, energised, and truly unstoppable.