For Parents

Having your children working from home, when you are working from home can present a number of issues and challenges.

The following advice is meant as a set of simple guides to help you create the structure your child’s needs for learning.

Steps for Parents
1. Establish consistent routines and expectations

As far as possible Aiglon will follow its normal timetable of lessons. This ensures that the work students receive is manageable and that the groups they learn in are familiar. We suggest that students maintain similar sleep routines to those they kept at Aiglon, so they are fresh and able to concentrate during their working day.

The work provided should balance activities, so that students can work both online and offline. Breaks are important and you should encourage your children to take the breaks they need.

2. Create a student workspace

Your child will need a reasonably quiet space to work with an internet capable device preferably a laptop or PC. This would preferably be in a communal area, though we are aware that this may not always be possible. If your child will use their own bedroom, they should be fully dressed and not in pyjamas when they access their learning resources.

It would also help your child to provide them with resources and materials, for example paper, pens, pencils etc, that they will need to complete their work.

3. Limit screen time

If you find that your child is spending far too long using their computer please contact their tutor who will talk with them about achieving a balance between working online and offline. Aiglon teachers have been asked to set a range of tasks, some of which can be completed without the need of a computer.

Equally, where possible if students are using their screens all day for school, try to encourage them to limit their use outside of school time.

4. Begin and end each day with a check-in

By engaging with your child at the beginning of a day, asking them what subjects they have ahead of them, what work they have outstanding and if they require any resources you will provide a much needed grounding to their routine and also encourage their engagement.

Many students can struggle with distance learning and having a lack of structure and by regularly checking in with them you can help to establish a framework for their learning.

5. Be aware of the challenges and stresses they face

Aiglon is an amazing place with a wonderful community and when on campus your child will interact with hundreds of adults and peers every day, looking at the beauty of the alps and be socially engaged.

Leaving that environment will present challenges and they may struggle to receive a consistent level of support virtually in comparison to the connections they are used to at the school. That said, you need to be careful not to over-worry them or transfer your own concerns onto them.

If you have concerns about their well being please contact their tutor or the senior leader responsible for their year group.

6. Be a good communicator

Tutors will be contacting you once a week and please engage with them. Rather than contacting your child’s teachers it is better to communicate through the tutor and allow them to collate and collect feedback to provide you with. You can, of course, contact the School Council at any time.

7. Encourage activity, healthy living and social activities

Worldwide, this is an unusual situation. As far as possible encourage your children to be active, do some form of fitness, drink lots of water and eat healthily. Chances to eat and socialise within the household, if appropriate, will help to raise their spirits. Aiglon sports, PE and expeditions staff will be providing ideas and videos to help them get active!

8. Be patient

We are confident that given the incredible environment of Aiglon there cannot be many schools in the world where remote learning will offer such a loss.

Every classroom at Aiglon provides a view that has inspired students for seventy years and it is our absolute priority to get the students back to our vibrant community. Remote learning cannot, and will not, be as good as being on the mountain.

However, please trust that we will do everything in our power to ensure the students are not disadvantaged by this terrible situation, our staff are committed to doing their utmost to maintain the high level of learning we normally provide and to create opportunities for our students to challenge themselves.

That said, please be patient and supportive. There will be technical issues, there will be obstacles but together we can ensure that our children continue to progress and remain members of the Aiglon community.

Our Commitment

1. The School Council will continue to lead to the school, create and implement the remote learning plan, monitor and intervene to encourage levels of student engagement, support students and staff, establish clear channels of communication by taking on roles supporting year groups and proactively deal with any student issues that may arise

2. Heads of Department will steer their departments through this challenge, rearrange student learning so that it is appropriate to being achieved from a distance, support teachers in designing engaging online sessions and recommend new methods of feedback and assessment

3. Teachers will create and design engaging online learning opportunities, differentiate learning appropriately, provide timely feedback, communicate frequently with students and provide a high level of learning for Aigon students.

4. Tutors will maintain regular contact with their tutees, contact their tutor group daily for a morning check in, arrange a weekly hangout with each tutee, be proactive in supporting student progress and send a weekly email to parents to update on their child’s progress.

5. House staff will continue to be the first port of call for issues related to student welfare, manage their team of tutors and receive regular updates on the students in their house, and arrange opportunities to continue house spirit and connection between students

6. College Counsellors will be arranging meetings with students, be on call for concerns related to higher education issues and be meeting with year 12 students to continue the application process

7. Learning support will communicate regularly with teachers related to how to adapt their lessons to support learning support students, continue their lessons with students, help teachers to design differentiated classes, and offer help to students to scaffold their learning.

8. EAL teachers will continue their sessions with the students and look to collaborate with teachers with how to modify and adapt their learning design to accomodate language learners.

9. The librarians will be making resources avaliable to students and teachers online and will also be supporting the teachers in designing online learning

10. The administration of the school continue to work remotely and are on hand for any concerns or issues you might have. It is business as usual.

Online Safety

Students come first in all that we do and so student welfare and safeguarding are always a central focus at Aiglon. In this new online learning environment, the ways in which our staff and students interact may be different, but we remain committed to providing a safe environment for each of our students.

What is the difference between an offline and online learning classroom environment?

Working together online means students and teachers are engaging in learning activities in a more informal setting, different from the usual professional classroom environment.

How have we encouraged teaching staff to maintain professional standards online?

Teachers use school-approved online learning platforms when working with their students.

Given the online format, teachers are reminded that they are entering a student’s personal sphere and so are expected to be aware of their dress, behaviour and their own location, maintaining professionalism at all times.

Teachers will never share inappropriate material or personal contact details with students.

How will teachers monitor students’ wellbeing in an online environment?

Our staff and team of tutors will be attentive to both verbal and non-verbal cues that a student may be unhappy, anxious or stressed.

Our teachers know their students well and are trained to pick up on unusual behaviour or concerns and report them to our safeguarding team.

How should an incident be reported in an online learning environment?

Our procedures remain the same as in an offline environment.

Request an immediate conversation with the School’s safeguarding lead if you believe a student may be at risk: Chris Chalcraft (DSL / Deputy Head).

We understand that in times like these, there is concern over how best to support the health, safety and wellbeing of the students. Please rest assured that our staff remain committed to prioritising and staying vigilant about safeguarding our students even while we adjust to this new online learning environment.

How Can We Help?

We are delighted that you are considering Aiglon College. We are always pleased to introduce prospective students and their families to life at the school, and we welcome all enquiries.

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