Praise for Westhill Academy's “outstanding commitment to home learning”
Aberdeenshire Council’s education leaders are keen to offer thanks to staff as well as families as many more success stories emerge highlighting ongoing commitment to home learning.
Westhill Academy and parents and carers as well as young people have responded particularly positively to recent surveys.
A total of 98% of parents and carers agreed school communications regarding home learning have been helpful, 79% agreed the amount of work allocated to their child had been about right (with an even split among the rest highlighting this was too much or too little) and 99% said they had regular contact with at least some of their teachers and regular feedback too.
Parents comments highlighted how impressed they are with how well staff and pupils are adjusting, with many notes of thanks to staff and in particular the great response of guidance teams and support staff when needed.
Responses of young people appear to mirror parents’ feedback, with only 7% highlighting difficulties with following instructions online and all indicating a variety of different ways teachers were keeping in contact, including live lessons, Q&A sessions, drop-in chats, video messages, audio voiceovers, Microsoft Teams and emails.
Again, many used the opportunity to offer thanks for “a really good job at teaching” with some highlighting how much they are enjoying a more flexible timetable while others indicated how much they were missing friends and teachers.
Head Teacher Alison Reid said: “Feedback from young people as well as parents and carers is very important to us. We know there is no one-size-fits-all and we are doing our absolute best to engage our school community in a variety of learning activities, offer tailored support and make the best of the challenges we face together.
"I am so proud of the additional skills my staff and pupils have acquired – absolutely brilliant, folks!”
Education and Children’s Services Committee Chair, Cllr Gillian Owen said: “We know it’s not an easy time for anyone at the moment but it is heartening to see and hear about so many examples of best practice appearing on schools’ social media channels as well as through direct discussion."