We wanted to write to you to let you know about the steps we are taking to make sure our pupils and teachers are safe at this difficult time. Our thoughts go out to all of you who have been affected by this unprecedented event.
We cancelled all classroom lessons at our schools until we receive government guidance that it is safe to re-open. In their place we are introducing a remote and online education plan so pupils can continue their learning progression with as little interruption as possible.
Children will be taught according to a new online timetable which we will be updating daily. As with all changes to routine, and the support required for online learning, we may very well have some issues that we need to work on together to resolve. Please do bear with us while we make this transition.
We are preparing detailed instructions about how our online classes will work. This will include guidance on how to log into Zoom, the remote conferencing service, together with introduction sessions ahead of the actual classes, to make sure each pupil is successfully online, comfortable and ready to learn.
I should add an important point about our online classes. We have always emphasised the value of teaching in small groups and the importance of pupils being encouraged to discuss and solve problems together. We plan for this ethos to continue online with pupils being able to ask questions and interact with each other within the online classroom.
Following the end of our term this weekend, we will offer online courses and camps through Easter before starting the Summer Term online on 25 and 26 April.
We very much hope your child can continue to learn online, however if you are unable to join us for the last class or classes of the term we will of course provide a credit towards the future classes as long as you let us know in advance about your decision.
Thank you so much for your understanding, support and your kind messages, all of which we truly appreciate at this challenging time. We are excited about the move online and to remote learning and look forward to the challenge of bringing the fun and excitement of our classes to your child at home.
Founder and director of the London School of Mathematics and Programming