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We joined hybrid students in a mix of online and in-person classes and found both lively and personalised. On-screen, a year 8 geography lesson on flooding was kept dynamic with visuals and quick-fire questions, along with lots of encouraging comments like, ‘Good detective work there, Amelia…’ Around half had their cameras on – school encourages it, but there are exceptions for some individuals (eg due to anxiety). Either way, they can still communicate using audio and chat box (whole class or student-to-teacher), and some collaborative work happens in breakout rooms. In-person, an English class saw GCSE students debating the question, What’s the problem with power in Macbeth? We noticed that even the most timid had a stab at answering...

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Since 2017, David Bradbury, who is head of both the day and hybrid school, and was previously deputy head of academics at South Hampstead High School GDST. We mistook his office for reception (we arrived at breaktime, when the entrance hall was packed with students chatting) but he didn’t seem to mind – testament to his easy-going demeanour. Knows the students well – day and hybrid – and teaches GCSE physics to the latter, having studied the subject at undergraduate and master’s level at Keele University, where he also did his PGCE. Also turns his hand to teaching other sciences and maths at times. A Yorkshireman, he started his career at Chase Terrace Academy in Staffordshire, followed by three years at Bangkok Patana School, a British international school in Thailand, before returning to Staffordshire...

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