On 4th January, the Prime Minister announced that all schools were closed to all pupils except the children of Key Workers or those considered vulnerable.
If your child falls into the vulnerable or Key Worker categories and you believe he should be attending school, please contact your son’s House Leader.
The majority of our pupils will be learning at home until further notice.
Resilience, Independence and Care
All members of our school community, (students, staff and families), need to work together to ensure that students are able to access work, complete work and stay safe – together we will ensure our boys will be the best they can be.
What is our home learning offer and how will your son be taught remotely?
We will provide all of our pupils with 5 hours of learning per day to match their school timetable.
Your son has a copy of his timetable – please ask to see this so you know which subjects he is doing each day. If you need a copy, please contact school.
- Lesson 1: 9.30-10.45 (includes a 15-minute break)
- Lesson 2: 10.45 – 11.45
- Lesson 3: 11.45 – 13.15 (includes a 30-minute lunch break)
- Lesson 4: 13.15 – 14.15
- Lesson 5: 14.15 – 15.15
This does not mean that your child is expected to sit at a computer or electronic device for 5 hours.
Lessons will be pre-recorded and posted on Microsoft Teams or will be delivered live via Microsoft Teams. A pre-recorded lesson will last for approximately 20 minutes, accompanied by 40 minutes of independent work; a live lesson will last for up to 30 minutes, accompanied by 30 minutes of independent work.
We will be following our curriculum sequence, as if pupils were in school. Click the links below to see the schedules:
Accessing Remote Education
We are using Microsoft Teams to support your son’s home learning - all of his lessons will be uploaded to this platform.
Microsoft Teams can be accessed via a smart phone, PlayStation, X-Box, Ipad, tablet, PC or laptop.
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Reading at home
We encourage your son to read each day! 30 minutes of independent reading will improve his vocabulary and develop his literacy. We use Accelerated Reader to track reading in Year 7, 8 and 9. Students can access their account here and complete quizzes on books they have read. Quizzes should be taken within 24 hours of finishing a book and will assess comprehension.
Every student also has access to MyOn, an online library paid for by the school. It can be accessed here.
If he needs help accessing any of the above, please email Miss Mayer, email@example.com
Your son can find additional support at BBC Bitesize, Mathswatch, Language Gym, Memrise, National Theatre, and Oak National Academy.
If your son does not have digital or online access at home, how will we be supporting him?
We have a waiting list for pupils without laptops and we will distribute them to our pupils as soon as we have them available.
Please contact your son’s House Leader if you are struggling to access work at home due to not having any form of electronic device. We will provide paper copies of the online learning materials where necessary. Your son can submit a photograph of handwritten work to his teachers for marking and feedback. If this is not possible, we can collect the work to be marked when we deliver the next set of work.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for pupils and families. Pupils should pace themselves with their home learning and take regular breaks from the computer. It’s important to get out and exercise once per day.
We know that IT can be frustrating and not always work well! We are here to help and support you and your son with home learning.
We do expect your son to engage with his lessons every day; however, we recognise that not all pupils can join a lesson live, as many families are sharing a device. All live lessons will be recorded and in most cases will be shared on MS Teams in the POST section. This allows your son to watch the lesson at any time and if they attended live, it allows them to watch the lesson again and consolidate their learning.
Please ensure your son logs in and completes his work on a daily basis.
Where we have concerns about your son’s engagement, we will contact you directly. We recognise that these are difficult times for all and we are here to support you and your son to make progress from home.
When your son is working online, this is an extension of working in the classroom. Our behaviour standards and expectations remain the same. All chat and comments made in MS Teams must remain polite, friendly and linked to work at all times as if the students were in a classroom. The school has added an updated section to its behaviour policy specifically around remote learning, which has been shared with all staff. Bi weekly rewards are still operating for pupils based on engagement and the school is tracking and challenging non-attendance
If your son is feeling overwhelmed during lockdown, or he is in more need of support, please access the House area of MS Teams where support can be found. Students can also liaise directly with their House Leader through this method as well. In addition, students can also email their House Leader directly for guidance and support should they need it.
Marking and feedback
Our teachers will be available online for the duration of the lesson they are timetabled to teach, should your son want to email / ask any questions on MS Teams. There may be an occasion when your son’s teacher is teaching the vulnerable / key worker pupils in school and is not available for your son’s online lesson time. On the rare occasion that this happens, the teacher will respond to pupils’ questions via MS Teams and email as soon as possible.
If your son emails questions, or asks a question on MS Teams outside of lesson time, our staff will respond within 24 hours.
- If your son is in KS4, (Y11 and Y10), he will receive feedback on work he completes at least once per week.
- If your son is in KS3, (Y7, Y8 and Y9), he will receive feedback on work he completes at least once per fortnight.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and our Teaching Assistants will work with parents and carers by making phone calls on a daily basis to offer support with online learning and providing support with differentiation where appropriate. The outcomes of these phone calls are recorded and reviewed each Friday by our SENCO and further support will be implemented as appropriate.
When we return to school, what will remote education look like for self-isolating pupils?
As you are aware, close contacts of a positive case have to self-isolate for 10 days. This may mean that your son has to isolate at home whilst the majority of his peers are in school. If this is the case, your son will be provided with the same lessons as his peers in school via MS Teams. Your son will be expected to log in live to the lesson, or watch a recording of the lesson when he has access to a device. This is referred to as blended learning.
If your son is sent home from school to isolate, we will always provide hard copies of English, Maths and Science work so your son can access core subject work immediately. Your son will have access to MS Teams work from the day after being sent home.
Resilience, Independence and Care
Many of our pupils have shown real resilience and independence with home learning thus far. Teachers and staff are rewarding pupils for their home learning efforts with house points via our Class Charts system.
We are here to support all of our families and pupils through this difficult time.
Information For Students
More information for students, including how to navigate around and use Microsoft Teams plus information about resources to help them learn and cope with lockdown can be found here.
Our Curriculum Deputy, Ms Carter, is in charge of our remote learning. If you have any queries, please contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org