When will my child need to learn from home?
If your child is having to isolate at home, we will ensure that work is sent home via Seesaw. This will link with the work that your child would have been doing in college. We would ask that you communicate with the class teacher and upload completed work with comments, so that we can adjust the work accordingly.
If your child is ill with symptoms and is unable to complete any work because they are not well, please make the class team aware.
Where possible, we will set up TEAMS meetings with you at home so that your child can access some group or whole class learning that is going on in the classroom. In this way, they can still have some live contact with the class team and their classmates.
If there is a Pod closure or a local lockdown we will provide a weekly activities that replicate what the learners would have been doing, if they were at college. This Home learning will be adjusted with fewer lessons but a greater emphasis on qualifications and wellbeing. The class teacher will provide work for the different subjects and our well- being team will offer activities to support your child’s mental health and well- being.
If 50% of a group are isolating, class teams will revert to Home learning for all. This will mean that pupils who remain in college will follow the same work set for those at home. This will enable the class teams to prioritise the pupil’s progress in the identified areas ensuring that the learning is sustainable moving forwards.
What are the key objectives?
It is important that the pupils complete the work set to ensure they keep on track to complete the qualifications. Catch up sessions have been timetabled when college is open but it is vital that no more time is lost away from learning.
Key stage 4
The key goal during this period will be to maintain engagement in learning, with approaches that are appropriate the students. Priority will be given to the Progress 5 (Maths, English, Computing, Science and Humanities) to ensure students are making the correct progress to achieve qualifications to prepare them for the next stage of learning. In addition to supporting academic progress, wellbeing activities will be sent home to promote positive mental health.
Key stage 5
The key goal during this period will be to maintain engagement in learning, with approaches that are appropriate the students. Priority will be given to the Progress 3 (Maths, English and Workskills) to ensure students are making the correct progress to achieve qualifications to prepare them for the next stage of learning. In addition to supporting academic progress, wellbeing activities will be sent home to promote positive mental health.
5GW and 5GG
The priority will be to maintain the use of communication skills, life skills, Maths and English at home with your young person. Teachers will supply resources to help explain some of the changes to your young person's routine along with ideas to support their wellbeing. If possible a structured daily schedule will support students to be ready to return to the college routine.
We have been advised by the examining boards to continue to prepare for assessments as normal and we will keep you updated with any changes. We will continue to follow guidance and please be assured that we will do all we can to ensure the pupils are receiving the support they need to help them through this challenging time and prepare them for the next stage of their life.
Our aim to is to keep learning on track as much as possible and to support you in keeping a routine and focus at home as much as you can.
Each day we would like your child to:
- Complete appropriately set activities in English, Maths and other curriculum subject areas.
- Upload work on Seesaw so that we can engage with their learning and plan their next learning steps.
- Join in with TEAMS meetings where possible to do so.
The following strategies are available to provide additional support:
- Phone call/ email to the home to discuss what the issues might be.
- Agreed strategies to try to re-engage with the learning.
- Social sessions – TEAMS meetings.
Please be aware that your email address may be visible during Teams meetings. If you do not wish to share this information please contact the class team.
What support will the school provide?
- Weekly home learning activities and lessons to help keep your child on track with their learning.
- Regular contact with teachers through Seesaw, TEAMS and Teacher drop in sessions.
- Regular feedback will be given via Seesaw so your child knows how they are doing.
What can I do to help my child?
Create a positive environment for your child to learn at home, for example:
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life.
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
- Create and stick to a routine, as this is what your child is familiar with at school. For example, eat breakfast at the same time each morning and make sure they are dressed before starting the ‘school’ day.
- Stick a timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day.
- Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day to keep your child active.
- Promote the skills for life and learning Perseverance, Respect, Adaptability, Communication, Teamwork, Independence, Creativity and (Enterprise).
If a teacher is isolating at home
If a teacher is having to isolate they will also endeavour to link up from home and teach some group/ class sessions. This will however depend on whether they are well enough or if they have dependents they need to look after. If teachers are off and unable to work, cover will be provided from the Pod structure to ensure all pupils are able to continue their learning.