At this most testing of times for millions of children and parents across the country, and the world, teachers at Cumnor House School remain wholeheartedly committed to delivering the best possible educational experience for your child. It isn’t feasible to directly replicate a classroom environment and as such it’s important to take a step back and plan for the most effective teaching methods in these new and challenging times.
Our aim is not simply to keep our pupils occupied but working as closely as possible with them, as if they were at school. Our aim is more ambitious. It’s the same aim we have when school is open.
‘For our children to aspire to be the best they can be. To help every child build on their strengths, to believe in themselves, to be distinctive and to challenge themselves with high expectations. To empower children to be leaders and provide an educational standard that ensures children are well prepared for their future.’
We know that nothing can replace being at school, and being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that, through our ‘Online Teaching and Learning Programme’, our children will continue to their love for learning.
Such unusual and unprecedented times can be extremely unsettling for our children. As well as prioritising learning and physical health whilst 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.
Using a very different set of tools available than usual, we will set about achieving our aims in ways that are different to normal. 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.
As is our strong tradition at Cumnor House we will not be embracing every new technology just because it’s there. Instead, we will utilise a variety of learning tools to allow our pupils to be their best selves; in some cases, pencil and paper or physical activity may be the most appropriate option.
The school has put robust platforms in place for the delivery of online learning, while some of these are already used daily at Cumnor House School, others are new. In every case, we strongly believe our pupils and staff will be well-equipped and supported to tackle the challenges ahead.
This document is a summary of provision put in place for Cumnor House pupils commencing Week 2 of the Summer Term. After reviewing feedback from pupils, parents and staff regarding the delivery of remote learning at Cumnor House, we are delighted to take measures that further enhance the learning and development of each pupil.
We have been careful to consider what will be best for our pupils, while also drawing on the experiences and learning from Cognita’s global network of schools in Asia and Europe. Depending on your child’s school phase, the provision may include online access to synchronous and asynchronous learning, course notes and materials, platforms for submission, marking and return of written work and access to video tutorials. All aspects of this new provision will be reviewed weekly through a quality assurance programme, moderated by Heads of Section, Miss Edwards and myself. These learnings will be feedback to the Remote Teaching and Learning team at Cognita weekly and further development of our programme will result.
The school will continue to deliver its usual high standards of education, albeit remotely, throughout this period, and our teachers will, of course, be continuing to work their normal hours, providing support, consultation and preparation for learning. If you have any queries that relate to specific lesson content, assessments or class-related matters over the time ahead, you should contact your child’s class teacher via email in the usual way.
Should you have a query relating to our wider Online Learning Programme, please contact the Head of relevant school section as per normal channels indicated in our ‘Communication Charter’.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at school who have worked extremely hard over the spring break to adapt and facilitate this new and unprecedented teaching and learning programme.
My gratitude also extends to all the families and children that I am aware are working very hard at home under challenging circumstance and we will continue to support wherever we can.
Stay, stay safe and stay positive.
Headmaster Cumnor House Boy’s and Nursery School