St Nicolas CE Primary School in Brighton and Hove signed up to DB Primary just a few days before lockdown set in. Within days their pupils were up and running and the staff had started teaching remotely with DB Primary.
Like all schools St Nicolas CE Primary school were thrown into chaos with just a few days notice that they were closing.
The were looking for an age-appropriate, easy to use solution, which could be set-up quickly but also one that all children and staff could use regardless of technical ability.
We asked Head Teacher Andrew Richbell to summarise his exerience of switching to DB Primary to teach their pupils remotely.
During this incredibly challenging time, DB Primary has enabled our children to stay in touch with their classmates and teachers in a safe and secure way.
We have been able to set tasks, see the children’s work, provide feedback and embed explanatory videos and audio direct into the platform. We’ve even been able to run some clubs and keep assemblies going through the platform!
Children have helped make decisions using the forums and they’ve enjoyed playing (educational) games!
Having been forced to learn how to use a learning platform effectively over the lockdown (we’d never used one before), we’ve already discussed how useful it is going to be in our ‘recovery plan’ as we enlist parents help – and into the future to encourage home learning in it’s boldest sense.
We’ve also been putting together contingencies in case there is a local outbreak and schools have to be partially or completely closed again. We are now confident that we can very quickly and flexibly move from class teaching to a blend of class and home learning to full home learning using DB primary as the main tool to facilitate this.
DB Primary has been a vital tool for us during lockdown, is a key part of our recovery plan and will continue to be used long after things return to ’normal’.