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A Year 10 Student's Experiences of the COVID-19 Changes

We are interested to find out how COVID-19 has impacted the young people we work with. We have asked students a series of questions to gain an insight into their experiences so far. 

Today, we have spoken to a Year 10 student who is studying their GCSEs at the moment.

How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted on your current studies?

It has impacted the way in which we are taught our classes as the majority of learning is done through videos and worksheets as opposed to the usual interactive lessons.

What do you think the impact of this lockdown will be on your next year in education? (e.g. from September)

I believe it will be harder to keep up with school work as I’m now used to learning in a less formal, untimed way. I also believe it will be difficult as there will be a lot of catching up to do.

How have you been supported so far by your school/college? Is there anything they have done which you have found particularly helpful?

We mostly use videos recommended by the teacher to learn then worksheets set by the teacher.

How do you think you could be best supported moving forward? Is there anything that you would find particularly helpful?

I think online classes (zoom etc) would help me the most as they are interactive and I can discuss the learning with my teacher and other students.

In an ideal situation, what would be the best way that schools/colleges/government could support students moving forward?

To try and make the exams have easier questions for parts of the course we've had to learn at home or to lower grade boundaries.

How do you feel that the lack of student interaction caused by the lockdown (e.g. meeting up at breaks, afterschool, etc.) has impacted you? Is there anything you are doing about this such as Facetime, Skype, phone calls and is this helping?

It has not greatly impacted me as I talk to my friends daily through FaceTime so we can chat or play games together online.

How are you finding learning online? Has it been easy to adapt to?

I am finding it quite difficult as there are more distractions at home than in a classroom so I find it harder to concentrate.

Are you structuring your day like a school day (e.g. learning 9am-3pm) or are you learning at your own pace with flexible hours?

I’m learning at my own pace with flexible hours as it's easier for me.

Have you come across any barriers to home learning and how have you overcome these?

Not particularly as our school already used an app to give out our home work so we are used to learning that.

What do you do in your spare time during lockdown?

I play computer games and sometimes read but I mostly spend my time on my phone talking to my friends or on social media.

How do you separate work and free time?

I don't particularly, however if I know that I have a deadline I’ll probably do it before free time.

Has the pandemic changed your plans for your future education?

No I don't think so I haven't really thought of it as I've been more focused on my GCSE’s.

Has the pandemic changed your career plans?

I’m not sure what I want to do yet so it hasn't.

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