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Please see below updates from the School
Students who are entitled to attend school from Monday 23rd March
There are two broad categories of students who can attend school from Monday if necessary:
- Students whose parents are keyworkers as defined in this publication https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
- Students with exceptional needs such as those supported by social care, those with child in need or child protection plans, looked after children, disabled children, those with EHCPs, and young carers.
Please note that the government’s expectations are very clear: students should attend school only if they are in one of these categories and there is no alternative for them but to be in school. The whole point of schools closing is to limit the spread of the virus, so we should be minimising students and staff who are coming to school. That said, we are wholly committed to supporting students in the categories above on the days they need to attend and will be staffing the school sufficiently to make that possible for as long as that is viable, or until an alternative local arrangement is made.
Parents/Carers have been sent an email on Friday 20th March with a response form to complete should they require their child to attend school from March 23rd March.
Continuation of Teaching of Learning
We remain committed to providing learning opportunities for our students aimed at reducing any disruption to learning. It is crucial that there is a continuation of learning so that any potential disadvantage is minimised. We ask that parents and students are patient with us as we begin to implement our strategy for continuation of learning.
Learning opportunities will be delivered in the following ways:
Key Stage 3 students (Years 7+8):
All learning activities will be set via Bromcom. These will be set through the ‘Homework’ function and will appear to students as homework, and similarly to parents using MCAS.
If you are unable to access Bromcom to view the work set, you can access the work here
Year 7: Access to Year 7 SharePoint
Year 8: Access to Year 8 SharePoint
These links should work on any device with an internet browser, as long as students are logged into their Office 365 accounts. Where possible, staff have also provided pdf documents which should be more easily viewed on some mobile and tablet devices
Please understand that it may take a day or two for all resources currently on Bromcom to be duplicated onto Office 365.
Activities will be a mixture of tasks and questions detailed in Bromcom. Some activities will be on attachments (usually in Word or PDF format).
Students MUST keep a record of activities they have completed. In most cases, they will have their exercise books with them. If this is not the case, they should either complete the work electronically using their Microsoft 365 login details to save work on their Microsoft Office account, or simply use file paper and store it ready to bring into school to include in their exercise books once we re-open.
The assessment cycles within schemes of learning will continue and teachers will send specific instructions via Bromcom on any work that needs to be submitted for assessment.
Some activities may involve students logging on to another website to use the resources provided.
Key Stage 5 students (Year 12):
As above, learning activities will be set via Bromcom. These will be set through the ‘Homework’ function and will appear to students as homework but are expected to be completed as lesson activities.
In addition, we may be able to use Microsoft Teams as a method of communication for sixth form students. All students have access to Teams on their student laptop device. As long as they have an internet connection at home, they will be able to access Teams to stay up to date with their learning. Some staff may look to deliver lesson through Teams using the video conferencing facilities available. This may require students being available at their usual lesson time. Individual teaching staff will confirm this with students.
Students MUST keep a record of activities they have completed. In most cases, they will have their notes files with them and can continue to add to these notes as usual. If this is not the case, they should either complete the work electronically using their Microsoft login details to save work to the cloud, or simply use file paper and store it ready to bring into school once we re-open.
Completed work can be emailed directly to the class teacher, but students should await further instruction on this from the class teacher directly.
What can you do to prepare for the coming weeks?
- Ensure your child knows their password and login details for:
- Microsoft 365
- Doddle Science
- Dr Frost Maths
- Accelerated Reader
- If your child has any difficulty with password/logins, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible to ask for the passwords to be re-set.
- Ensure students have access to learning resources via Bromcom. This will be the primary method for issuing learning activities and requires internet connection only, not a specific device.
- Wherever possible, ensure your child has access to an internet enabled device with the capacity to open Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF documents
- Try to create a distinct area in the house for learning. This should ideally be well lit, well ventilated and with a space to sit and work at a table/desk. The space should be located in a quiet area, away from TV/Gaming devices and other potential distraction
- You may wish to consider removing your child’s mobile device from them when they are learning, just as we do in school. Mobile phones/tablet devices are a potential source of distraction unless being used specifically to access learning resources
- Encourage your child to follow as normal a ‘school day’ routine as possible. They should aim to stick to their normal timetable. This would include learning sessions of 50 minutes as follows:
- Take a break
- Break for lunch
- 13:10-13:30 (Reading time)
- Encourage your child to regularly drink water. 2 litres a day is recommended and will help them to remain focused
- Avoid the temptation to alter the normal routines of bedtimes/mealtimes. Wherever possible, sticking as closely to the family routines as normal is likely to minimise disruption to learning
- Consider talking to your child about avoiding too much exposure to social media. Please encourage them only to get news form reliable, trustworthy sources. This should help to reduce anxiety.
The BBC has some useful advice on protecting your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799
For information about accessing My Child at School or Bromcom click here