Remote Learning at Elstree

Remote Learning at Elstree got off to a flying start last week when pupils returned for the Lent Term.

Guides to Remote Learning and a set of Q&As were sent to parents before term started, the IT system was upgraded and staff received more training.

How is Elstree’s Remote Learning Programme even better?

Having received valuable feedback from Elstree Parents during the first lockdown, Elstree’s Remote Learning Programme has been adapted and developed.

  • It boasts an even more engaging and enriching timetable from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Prep School focuses more on the core ‘examined’ subjects
  • Teaching time has increased
  • More subject specialist teaching to individual classes
  • Music, Art, Drama, DT, PE, ICT and PSHE are part of the weekly timetable

You can find out more about  the Pre-Prep Remote Learning Programme here.

What is covered in Remote Learning for Elstree Prep? 

A Prep School day consists of four hours of live ‘Core Curriculum’ subjects – three in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each lesson is an hour long and will include some independent work.

Whereas in the Summer Term, Music, Art, Drama, DT, PE, ICT and PSHE were optional, this term there included in the timetable as subject specialist live lessons Monday to Friday.

Form Tutors host a live session with pupils every morning at 8.30am and sign off the day with a one-on-one.  Assistant Form Tutors are on hand to support with pastoral care.

Between 12.30 and 2pm, time has been allocated for non-screen activities. These include exercise and individual lessons e.g. LDD, Music and LAMDA. Pupils are actively encouraged to spend as much time outside as they can.

Years 7 and 8 will have one hour of independent ‘catch up’ time every week with an allocated member of staff.  Time for Senior School interview practice has also been set aside.

The week concludes with Headmaster’s Assembly/Prayers on Friday afternoon, and weekends are now free for downtime.

Work/life balance

The Remote Learning Programme is being monitored to ensure that the right balance of work and enrichment is in place. Taking breaks from screens and pastoral care are of equal importance. Weekends are now free for downtime, to spend with the family, and to recharge the batteries for the week ahead.

Enrichment and rewards

Optional additional enrichment slots are also available and include lectures from Senior School Staff, General Knowledge Quizzes, House Challenges and a pupil-led ‘8-for-8’ podcast (more on that coming soon!).

The Elstree Reward System – Stars, Distinctions and Commendations – also continues.

 What Parents had to say about Elstree’s Remote Learning

“I think the Remote Learning Programme has been excellent and we are so impressed with Teams and how you are all teaching. A big well done from the wilds of Wiltshire!”

“It must have been a Herculean task turning everything around in such a short space of time, so we just wanted to say thank you.  I’ve just had my first glance at Teams and I must say it is very impressive.”

“Just a short note to thank you and your amazing team for all the time and effort you have spent getting everything ready for online school tomorrow and for the collection of books yesterday.”

“I will keep it short and sweet, but just a quick one liner to say thank you for the remote learning program you and your team have put together – very impressed and hugely appreciated.”