Under the current COVID-19 National situation there are various different reasons why remote learning may be needed. Remote learning will take various forms – from tasks set for completion, to live lessons delivered online.
In the event of any partial or full school closures, regular contact will be made with home by tutors via email and telephone to check that all is well with our students, their families and their local community.
Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education, for full details click here.
Below are some guidance notes to follow should you have to self isolate.
Remote Learning Guidance for Authorised COVID-19 Absences
During a normal school day, you spend 300 minutes learning. We want you to continue learning as much as possible whilst at home, and teachers will be providing you with work. It is expected that you complete this work. To make the most out of your “School Time”, we recommend you follow the guidelines below:
- Get into a good routine and good habits
- Try to treat “School Time” as closely to the real thing as possible each day – this will take a lot of self-discipline
- Set targets for the day – plan to complete a certain amount of work
- Take breaks to rest. Spend breaks in a different part of your home, get up, move around, and get some fresh air.
- Prioritise work to be completed by its deadline; those with the earliest deadlines should be completed first.
- Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning and carry out your usual routine before school, including breakfast, shower and getting dressed.
- Do not be tempted to chat to your friends, or turn the games console / TV on first - what would you do on a normal school day?
- Think of our core values, take responsibility and persevere.
Create the right environment. Eat and drink well
Ideally, you need to dedicate a space at home that will be your learning environment. This will really help your mindset and switching between work and social. It needs to be an area that helps you work, away from distractions. As in School, studying at home burns energy. Ensure you consume a good diet to fuel your School Time:
- Eat a balanced diet, including fresh fruit and vegetables
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit junk food or empty calories (food that does not fill you up)
Accessing Work Set By Your Teachers
Work to be completed during your period of working from home may be passed to you in the following ways by your teachers:
- Emails to your school email account (Gmail)
- Show My Homework
- Google Classroom (login using your school email account details)
Please ensure that you can access, and are checking these apps regularly. If you do not have access, contact your Year Group Pastoral Manager, and seek support in accessing all available resources.
Videos available on the school website can help you with our additional online learning platforms. These can be found on the school home page, or by clicking the link to ‘Student Apps/Home learning’.
You should receive work for each lesson you would normally attend. Work allocated will follow the same scheme of learning as if you were in school. The KS3 (Y7-9) curriculum is underpinned by Knowledge Organisers. You should refer to these regularly, to help with revision and work. You already have a print copy or follow the link to the website.
Communication with your teachers and submitting work
Remain in contact with your teachers and email them regularly with updates about how you are progressing. Ask questions if you are stuck or do not understand. If you need more help, please email your Year Group Pastoral Manager.
Live Video Lessons
Some lessons may be available as ‘Live Video Lessons’. You will be able to join your timetabled lesson by logging into your Google Classroom and following the meet link on the ‘Stream’ section. By clicking this you will be able to join your normal lesson remotely using a webcam. You will be able to see the teacher and access the lesson including any resources that have been provided by your teacher. Please keep your microphone muted unless a teacher is talking to you. You can click the ‘hands up’ icon if you need to ask a question.
How to use Google Classroom
If you are having trouble with Google Classroom please view the videos below which may help you, if you are still having difficulty accessing or saving your work please contact your class teacher who will be able to help you:
To access Google Meet Live Video Lessons by using a computer or a mobile device please click on the link below for instructions :
Accessing Google Meet
If you are having trouble finding work set by your class teacher please watch the video below:
Below are a selection of additional online classrooms and resources that you may wish to explore and work independently on.
Oak National Academy - Online Classroom
The online classrooms provide lessons and resources for pupils in all years groups and provides additional learning to help support topics that you might have covered during this year. Each is an hour long lesson. Your teacher will not be able to comment on any of the work you do here as they will not be able to see it.
To access the Oak National Academy please click on the link below to view the online classroom schedule and choose your year group:
BBC Bitesize - Daily lessons
On this site you will find daily lessons for home learning in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
These additional daily lessons will cover a range of subjects to support what you may be learning this year. Your teacher will not be able to comment on the work you complete here as they cannot see it.
To access the BBC Bitesize daily lessons please click on the link below and choose your year group:
These online classroom sessions are to be used in addition to the work set by the school.
Managing Your Wellbeing
Below is a short video put together by Mr Hudson to help you manage your well being during this challenging time. Please take a few minutes to watch this video which contains some helpful hints and tips:
Top Tips for Wellbeing
You may also find the links below helpful as they contain extra information on how best to look after yourself:
BBC Radio 1 - Dr Radha's five mental health tips for lockdown
BBC Newsround - Coronavirus: How to support your wellbeing at the moment