Remote learning arrangements for start of Spring Term (January 2022)
In order to enable large-scale testing to be completed as quickly as possible, there will be a staggered start to the new term in January. Remote learning will be provided for students when not involved in testing. To ensure students stay on top of their curriculum, all work should be completed. Students who are attending school for testing do not need to complete the work for that period.
Activities will be shared with students in School Synergy. To view activities, students should select their lessons from their timetable view, or through Classwork.
Please contact the school if ICT access presents any difficulties in completing remote learning.
School Synergy will be central system for communication during the school closure. Teachers will share links to live lessons and learning activities directly with students, allowing them to personalise activities for their classes, monitor engagement and provide feedback where possible and appropriate. Students and teachers will be able to communicate directly using School Synergy, and files can be shared and uploaded by students to allow feedback to take place. School Synergy can be accessed on any device.
To log into the Synergy Student Portal, students should choose go to the School Synergy website and choose ‘Log in with Office 365’ , then enter their school network login details (the same username and password they would use to log into a computer in school). Parents can also log in to view the activities set for their children through the School Synergy Parent Portal.
There are a number of learning resources used in school that can be accessed from home.
Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize Daily are excellent new resources providing free, interactive curriculum-linked lessons for all year groups.
Free printable resources
Twinkl - This site provides a wide range of excellent learning resources for children of all ages. There is also an excellent Home Learning Hub containing a daily update of activities. Highly recommended.
The UK Government has also identified a range of online learning resources covering a variety of subjects across the different Key Stages. These resources should not replace those that are already in place for our students in the Remote Learning section of the website. They should simply serve as additional support if needed.
StarLine is an schools-led initiative to provide support for parents and carers who have concerns or queries about educating their children at home. It aims to help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.