Remote Learning

Guidance for Students, Parents and Carers


Provision for Self-Isolating Students from September 2020

We remain committed to ensuring that all students have access to their curriculum and can access learning from home during the current health crisis.

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. We aim to ensure that should a student be absent from school, they can access the lessons for that particular day or week. All work will be set through School Synergy and students have been reminded of their Synergy passwords.

Remote Teaching

Teachers will share learning activities and resources directly with students, allowing them to personalise learning for their classes, monitor engagement and provide feedback where possible and appropriate. Students and teachers will be able to communicate directly using School Synergy. School Synergy can be accessed on any device. Parents can also log in to view the activities set for their children through the School Synergy Parent Portal.

Where possible, our provision for students will be include remote teaching and access to a range of live lessons or pre-recorded 'streamed' lessons created by their teachers.

Students should follow their normal school timetable and log on to synergy and complete the work/join the lesson at the timetabled time.

To join a lesson, students should follow the instructions/link shared by their teachers in School Synergy.

Students without ICT or internet access

Ideally, students should have access to their own computer or tablet device, but we fully appreciate the constraints that many families will face. Our learning activities are designed to be accessible using a wide range of devices (including smart phones if necessary) and while we cannot provide devices to every child, we will do our best to support you if your child does not have suitable ICT access. If you are concerned about this, please contact the school through your child's Head of Year.

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.

Twinkl 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.

SENECA provides free revision resources

GCSEPOD

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. Access the DfE guide to additional learning resources.

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.