TWO Merthyr Tydfil primary schools’ prowess in introducing their pupils to online learning has earned them recognition across South Wales.
Gwaunfarren and Pantyscallog Primary Schools were invited by Central South Consortium – a joint education service for the five local authorities of Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan – to make a presentation on their experiences in ‘Remote and Blended Learning’webinars.
“We shared what we’ve learned about remote learning to date from the start of lockdown In March 2020 – unbelievably almost one year ago!” said Gwaunfarren Headteacher Louise Bibby.
“Our ICT lead, Miss Louise Evans, has worked so hard to develop digital learning within Gwaunfarren Primary, and has done so quickly and effectively!”
Pantyscallog Head Darren Thomas said the school’s presentation included details of how teachers managed to get pupils to engage, how their approach to distance learning evolved, and how they used challenges to motivate the children.
“One of the most exciting things we’ve done is introduce a wellbeing dog to school, Max the Cavapoo – which has proven to be a real success and had a positive impact on pupils transitioning back to school,” Mr Thomas added.
“Since the presentation, a number of schools have contacted us for support, including schools from neighbouring authorities. The presentation was prepared and delivered by myself, Mr Craig Lynch my Deputy and Mrs Hannah Trinder my Assistant Headteacher.”
Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Learning Cllr Lisa Mytton said:
“All our schools and pupils were thrown in at the deep end when lockdown began and they had to learn from scratch how to study from home.
“We’re delighted with the way that they’ve all responded and made a success of it, particularly so Gwaunfarren and Pantyscallog Primaries, hailed as examples of good practice across the region. We are very proud of their achievements.”