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Sheringham Sixth Form went into lockdown from 23 March 2020, with all classroom teaching suspended. We did not have any key worker children of Sixth Form age on site during the lockdown period. Classroom teaching resumed on 7 September.


Teaching time that was lost


We lost 14½ weeks or 67 days of teaching days; this amounts to an average of 72½ hours of teaching per subject.
Alternative provision for remote education delivered to students From 23 March all teaching was remotely delivered. We employed web based resources rather than video conferencing, due to our concerns for staff and student safeguarding as well as significant concerns about student access to technology. Work was set using the Show My Homework platform.

We monitored engagement with this remote learning six times between 23 March and 17 July. We additionally spoke to all Year 12 students at least twice in this period to ensure that they were coping academically as well as emotionally, intervening where necessary. Overall Year 12 engagement with work was 78%; of course for some individual students that engagement was less and for some greater.

From 15 June until 17 July we offered all Year 12 students 30 minute individual tutorials in each subject, devising a fortnightly timetable, and students were invited to attend. Of our sixty-seven Year 12 students, fifty-six agreed to attend tutorials (84% of students), and fifty-one attended (76% of those who signed up). Most students attended two sets of tutorials, where they reviewed work which had been completed, and set the next tasks. Some students were specifically invited for tutorials in the week 13 to 17 July because they had not engaged with lockdown work.

Disruption to the normal university application processes Our planned university progression programme was due to intensify in March/April, focussing on the range of course and institutions. We had arranged visits to FE institutions and the local HE Convention, and students would have attended university Open Day visits. Students were due to complete a week of Work Experience, as well as attending regular careers interviews with specialist staff.

In June we distributed electronic registration guidance as well as electronic guides on completing the UCAS application; this advice would usually be provided in face to face meetings.

The impact of lockdown on the information used to determine predicted grades Our planned assessment calendar was scheduled to have three internal assessment reports: at the end of March, May, and July. We were also scheduled to hold invigilated Year 12 mock examinations in every subject. This data, as well as regular class assessment work, would usually provide evidence for a predicted grade.

Although assessments and tests were remotely set in all subjects during lockdown, these were clearly not always conducted by students in controlled conditions.


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Posted on: 15th October 2020

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