At Tormead, we prepare our girls for the future by ensuring they are adept at using a wide range of the latest technologies. The school has been using tablet technology as part of our everyday teaching and learning since 2016, enabling our girls to become skilled, 21st century digital learners.
From Year 5 onwards, each girl uses her own iPad in the classroom, providing filtered internet access, data sharing and collaborative learning tools. With the advent of the pandemic and the subsequent increased demand for digital ‘know-how’, Tormead girls were well-equipped to adapt to the challenge.
“The live component to the teaching has given them motivation and independence. We have appreciated the nudge teachers have been giving girls to not print everything and to not ask parents for help. Overall the Tormead spirit has been replicated online, at a time when it’s truly needed.”Mark & Rachel Rowland, daughters in Year 3 and Year 5
Tormead swung into action during periods of pandemic-related school closure. Whether it was a live lesson via video link, an assembly, form time, a Maths quiz, Zumba PE lesson, Art Club or a one-to-one chat with a Form Teacher, the interactive element helped to keep Tormead’s community together.
“I’m really impressed with the way Tormead has implemented online learning. My daughters are always busy during lesson times, with plenty of opportunity to engage with their peers as well as the teacher during the lessons. I feel very reassured about the level of attention and focus the girls get within the lesson, and I think the use of cameras to engage and monitor the children has been a good addition. All the teachers seem to have embraced the technology and adapted to it well.”Keiron & Charlotte Scrutton, daughters in Year 9 and Year 11
While maintaining high-quality academic and pastoral provision, the school’s remote working procedures adapted to fit the girls’ learning needs. As confident users of blended learning practices, including digital collaboration, creativity and productivity tools, both staff and pupils were able to use the apps necessary to stay in touch, deliver teaching, learning and ongoing assessment. Drawing upon a combination of live video lessons and interactive education workflow apps, girls attended both academic lessons and pastoral sessions with interest, engaging with their learning as if they were in school.
The very many smiles on the girls’ faces were evidence of the resilience and positive spirit as they embraced during periods of online learning!