Education Goes Online at Ardingly College
31 Mar 2020
Ardingly College has introduced Distance Education for all students from Pre-Prep to Sixth Form, in response to the government closure of schools.
For pupils facing the reality of a situation that radically alters their daily lives, as well as imposing unusual stresses and anxieties, the familiarity of school life and routine is undeniably important to their wellbeing. We are therefore endeavouring to maintain normal school life not only in the classroom, but in terms of our wider pastoral and co-curricular offering.
Utilising Microsoft Teams and the Microsoft Surfaces introduced this year as part of our Digital Strategy, lessons have been continuing as normal, during the course of this week, albeit on a ‘Remote’ platform. Teachers have been able to deliver content in interactive lessons, with students completing tasks and receiving feedback. Next term pupils in exam year groups will move to studying innovative Pre-University and Pre-Sixth Form courses to prepare for the new academic year, in the wake of the cancellation of the GCSE examinations.
The College is also working to ensure that the broader aspects of school life continues, with provision being made for ‘online’ tutor group meetings, games and the varied Enrichment Programme, which has been extended to include a range of ‘new’ online elective courses in a range of subjects not routinely offered in the curriculum including beginners Russian, History of Art and Anthropology.
The importance of the House structure and the social bonds and sense of community have been maintained with boarding houses holding daily meetings, organising social activities and even hosting an online concert.
As far as possible we are aiming to replicate the pattern, feel and familiarity of the school day, the social interaction and the learning processes to maintain the academic progress of our students, as well as their wellbeing during challenging circumstances.