Now that students across the country are being welcomed back into life in the classroom, a survey of over one hundred 11-18 year olds was recently conducted which reveals what pupils really thought of homeschooling, the support they got from teachers, and how students missed their school friends during the recent lockdown.
You would be forgiven for thinking that because students have been out of the classroom and behind a screen, the work they have been engaged in may not have been as stimulating as usual. However, the group surveyed were enthused by particularly pertinent topics; at a time when travel was firmly off the cards one student especially enjoyed completing an English travel writing assignment; and at a time when they felt it would have been easy to lose sight of their fitness goals, one student reported enjoying a Health and Fitness project in PE the most.
Results indicated that the remote provision given to the students surveyed ran very smoothly, with 90% reporting they found it easy to find and access the tasks for their lessons. 85% of students said the work set challenged them just the right amount, indicating that teachers pitched their work well. The same number of students felt they received all of the necessary support they needed during periods of remote learning.
The responding pupils often reported that they enjoyed the work they completed in pairs or groups most, such as group 'Cookalongs' in Food Technology and a 'Carbon Capturing' pairs project in Chemistry, since this helped them to maintain friendships, possibly preventing them from feeling isolated at a time when they couldn't physically be together.
The students surveyed were girls attending York independent school, Queen Margaret's, York. The girls continued their education from home during the national closure of schools via Queen Margaret's bespoke digital learning platform, QM Connect. This new digital learning platform enabled students to easily adapt to home learning, delivering an academically robust, enriching and fun learning platform for students.
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