Remote Learning

Elstree’s Remote Learning Programme is divided into two sections. One is for our Prep School and the other for Pre-Prep.  The programme is reviewed by our Academic and Pastoral Sub Committees every week. Parent and staff feedback is always welcome.

Elstree Prep Remote Learning Programme

Interactive live lessons

  • School day between 8.30am and 4.30pm
  • 4 hours of live core curriculum subjects per day (3 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon)
  • 1.5 hours off screen for independent learning and to avoid screen fatigue
  • Instant live feedback in lessons via Class Notebook
  • Subject specialist live lessons in Music, Art, Drama, DT, PE, Coding and PSHE every week
  • Assembly with Headmaster every Friday at 3.45pm
  • Live Guest Speaker Talks provided by Senior Schools like Eton and Wellington College

Accessible teaching support

  • Daily one-on-one with Form Tutors
  • Additional Art Clubs and scholarship preparation
  • Allocated Assistant tutors for pastoral care support
  • Parent support and guidance for Senior School decision making from Senior Master/External Relations
  • Senior School interview practice
  • IT Helpdesk
  • Optional individual lessons for LDD, Music and LAMDA arranged during lunchtimes

Inclusive collaborative learning

  • Use of Breakout Rooms in Microsoft Teams
  • Collaborative working spaces in lessons via Microsoft Class Notebook
  • Class social time with Form Tutors

Watch our Director of Teaching and Learning Mr Pilkington talking about Elstree’s Remote Learning Programme on video here:

Pre-Prep Remote Learning Programme

 Inspiring live lessons 

  • Suggested school day begins at 9.00am, except when assemblies are held (three times a week), when it starts at 8.30am
  • Mindful morning activities delivered once a week
  • Week finishes with a live celebration assembly
  • 2 x 15–20-minute live introductions with class teacher for core English and Maths lessons every morning
  • Children log off to complete work at own pace to avoid screen fatigue
  • Teachers remain online for support and feedback to individuals
  • All live lessons pre-recorded for families that require more flexibility
  • Recommended morning break between 10.00 – 10.30am
  • Recommended lunch break between 12.00 – 13.00
  • Cross-curricular Topic (Humanities and Science), RS and Art sessions taught each week.
  • 2 x Subject specialist lessons (Music, Drama, French and PE) taught by specialist teachers every afternoon

Real-time support

  • Live session with class teacher every morning
  • Class teachers available on-screen during English and Maths lessons when children complete their work
  • Dedicated pastoral care support team
  • IT Helpdesk available throughout the school day
  • One-on-one 15-minute video chat with Class Teacher every week
  • Parents invited to share children’s work with class teachers for instant feedback and for personal challenges 

Broad balanced and creative curriculum

  • In addition to English, Maths, Topic, RS and Art lessons, specialist teachers deliver 4 x PE, 2 x Music, 1 x Drama and 1 x French lessons every week
  • Virtual workshop for Year 2 with Windsor Castle
  • Visiting speakers
  • 2 x Live story times each week (one with the Head of Pre-Prep and the other with a surprise guest)
  • Remote celebration of World Book Day
  • Remote themed day for every year group
  • Community projects included in weekly planning when possible
  • Weekend activities sent to parents to ease the need for more screen time
  • ‘Show and Tell’ every Friday from 15.00-15.30 to complete the week

Get in touch

To find out more about Elstree’s Prep School Remote Learning Programme, email Head of Teaching and Learning Mr Pilkington  For Elstree Pre-Prep’s programme, email Head of Pre-Prep Miss Holifield

Alternatively, contact the Registrar Mrs Gauci if you’d like to arrange a visit.


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