Our aim is to ensure that students are able to continue their learning with as little disruption as possible. We are pleased to be able to offer students and families a range of support, depending on the circumstances.
From Monday 11th January, all students will access their full timetable through remote live lessons, planned and delivered by their teachers. Where activities are better suited to remote learning than live lessons, students will be set activities that they complete more flexibly.
We have well-established routines and systems in place to deliver and monitor remote learning, and detailed guidance can be found below.
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.
Our remote lessons are delivered through Microsoft Teams and are accessible on any device. Remote lessons will be around 50 minutes long and students are expected to attend. A register will be taken for each lesson.
To join a lesson, students should follow the instructions/link in their shared by their teachers in School Synergy. We have high expectations of students' conduct in remote lessons to ensure they gain the most benefit from them.
Teachers have continued to create and share short, pre-recorded video lessons providing clear instructions, explanations, demonstrations and examples. These videos will help students work through structured activities and understand key topics. They can be accessed at any time using Microsoft Stream with students able to pause, rewind and re-watch when needed. While these videos do not provide ‘live’ interaction with teachers, students can seek help by contacting their teachers via School Synergy.
Students without ICT or internet access
It is vital that all students have access to suitable devices for learning, but we fully appreciate the constraints that many families will face.Ideally, students will be able to use their own tablet or laptop so that they can fully engage in remote learning. If ICT or internet access presents any difficulties for you please contact the school urgently.
Other useful websites and resources
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.