Between March – June 2020 and from January 2021, our teachers have come together at Halcyon to plan remote subject units, review their approach to integrating digital tools, and record full student attendance for their online lessons.
Our remote learning platform has been described by parents as a “proactive approach” that was “very well planned, communicated and executed“. We are uniquely well-equipped to pioneer a Remote Learning environment. Our Digital Learning Leader Jon Neale is recognised as an influential leader in the world of Education Technology (EdTech), and our teaching team is dedicated to sharing innovative means of digitally amplifying learning. Uniquely equipped to select the most effective digital tools and integrate them into learning, our teachers’ online lessons engaged our students in a way that “let our students know that we were there for them”, in the words of Jon Neale.
Throughout Remote Learning periods at Halcyon, we have offered the very best online learning platform in London. Our ethos – digital, forward-thinking, student-centred, research-led, and investing in high-quality staff – has uniquely prepared us to transition to remote learning in response to changing national circumstances. We have provided children with the reassurance of normal day-to-day routines: purposeful, structured learning, supported by excellent virtual wellbeing programmes. It is our school’s responsibility to ensure our children continue to receive an outstanding education, and that our learning community delivers the services and support that all our parents and students deserve.
We provide an unmatched digital learning programme. Our students are learning new skills every day, and showing themselves to be model IB learners; adaptable, curious, responsible, reflective, kind, open-minded and exceptionally diligent.
For me, Remote Learning at Halcyon has shown ‘Innovation, Collaboration and Community’ in practice. Together, we have even found a way for my Grade 6 English class to deliver their Shakespeare performances online!Lindsey Fairweather, IB MYP and DP English Teacher
Our Wellbeing team has used education technology to ensure that students felt empowered to connect with the school community even outside of lesson times. Our Staff Wellbeing Project Leader, Celeste Gardner, created a Flipgrid for students and staff alike to record their home workouts. Student Wellbeing Support, Toby Cann, and Student Wellbeing Leader, Nito Harvey, used Thinglink to create an interactive virtual map of the school’s classrooms to encourage students at lunch to speak to their teachers and ask for help if they need support to transition to a remote environment.
As our Remote Learning community flourished, we communicated with our parents on a daily basis to share updates, stories, and resources. We understand that students, staff and parents all need access to a structured source of support at this time. As our team innovates to create an ever-improving online learning environment, we aim to communicate any changes as clearly and transparently as possible through our daily bulletin and school app.