New Flexible and Blended Educational Offer to Support Parents and Pupils
Now celebrating its 36th year in the City, The Brighton Waldorf School is building on this year’s exam successes, looking forward to the next academic year and implementing ground-breaking educational changes to its curriculum delivery.
The Brighton Waldorf School is introducing an exciting and innovative blended, flexible curriculum to support pupils’ continuous educational pathways and learning journeys which, at the same time, financially assists parents who find themselves living the ‘new normal’ in these still uncertain times.
The new ‘flexi’ schooling offer has been designed and initiated to support pupils’ continued learning journeys whilst they are facing and living with the restrictions created by the COVID pandemic.
Commenting on the new flexi schooling offer, School Director, Damian Mooncie said: “The flexi schooling offer is there to support all pupils and families impacted by the COVID pandemic. We envisage that the cultural and social offer to interact and work together will support young people’s well-being by gaining a sense of identity within our School community and give a release from the constraints of social isolation.
“We designed the new way of delivering our curriculum with two aims in mind. Firstly, to support local home schooling families by giving them access to our School’s educational, cultural and social provision that can be integrated with their elective home educational programme; and secondly for our existing and prospective parents, to give them the opportunity to economically decide upon the number of days per week their children can attend the School, where they can still meet with their friends, experience the joys of childhood, see their teachers and continue on their learning journeys.
“On the days pupils are not physically attending school, they will still receive their educational quota through their parent’s preferred home schooling programme and, from November, by accessing our Threshold Learning Suite.”
The new flexi schooling offer is an additional provision which demonstrates the School’s ethos of working collaboratively with parents to secure their child’s best interests. The offer supports parents with its availability, flexibility and affordability in these unprecedented times, giving them assistance and backing to be able to support and continue their children’s educational, cultural and academic provision through the current, extraordinary world-wide situation.
Damian added: “When physically attending the School, the majority of experiences the pupils will gain through the flexi offer will be cultural and artistic subjects such as art, drama, hand work, woodwork (design technology), sports and music.
“Through integrating art, design and creativity, pupils will learn how subjects relate to one another. For example, through clay modelling in the pottery art classes, the symmetry to physics is clearly demonstrated and when working on ceramics, the link to chemistry through firing in the kiln and the chemicals used to make the glazing is shown.”
The School has been busy over the summer making sure all facilities are ‘COVID Ready’ and that all UK Government guidelines are followed and adhered to. Damian continued: “The Brighton Waldorf School is a COVID safe environment and we have ensured all government guidelines have been put in place. Risk assessments and detailed planning have been done so that we can make sure the School is as safe as possible for our pupils, school staff and our wider community.
“All the teaching faculty want to reaffirm a culture of consciousness and we have plans in place to ensure a behavioural change to create a healthy school.”
But The Brighton Waldorf School is not stopping there. Damian continued: “In addition, we will be continuing to deliver our International Students Programme which is open to pupils world-wide and from all corners of the globe, to give them an unmatched and unparalleled opportunity to experience the diverse, inclusive and creative cultures in both Brighton and London.”
In closing Damian said: “During lockdown, we continued with our educational provision to support the children of key workers and vulnerable children and appreciate that some pupils may be nervous about coming back for a new term; but our staff are trained to identify and help any pupil who may be suffering from anxiety or return to school stresses.
“We are excited to welcome our pupils back into the School and are sure they will all enjoy the next steps on their learning and educational journeys.”
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