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Students and Parent Advice for Remote Learning

COVID-19: Remote Learning Guidance

Introduction from James Siddle, Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)

Our students and our staff have coped extremely well with the return to full time education following the lockdown over spring and summer. Our students have adapted superbly to new ways of working and embraced new technologies and remote learning platforms.

Unfortunately, coronavirus continues to affect our community and its local schools so students will be asked to self-isolate at times. This webpage has been developed to help parents, carers, teachers and students stay informed and ensure continuity of education so that children do not miss out on valuable learning time should they be asked to self-isolate.  

Our vision at South Bromsgrove is ‘to develop polite, well rounded and resilient young people who, through hard work and determination, make excellent progress’ and we will continue to do this if students are self-isolating. We will ensure that students are set meaningful learning tasks everyday in line with their usual timetables and our students' physical, emotional and mental wellbeing alongside character development will continue to be supported by our teachers.

This remote learning guidance explains how schoolwork will be set for students if your ‘bubble’ is asked to isolate at home or if the school is closed for a period of time.

This has been a new experience for all of us so we are adapting and improving our practice in light of feedback we receive about our remote learning provision

When will my child receive work from his/her teachers?

Your son/daughter will receive work within 24 hours from their class teachers. Teachers may initially set single pieces of work until more substantial work can be set the following day.

How will my child access their work if they are asked to self-isolate?

We have invested in Satchel so students will receive work through their Satchel account. There is a link to Satchel at the bottom of the homepage on the school’s website. Students should then select ‘Login with Office 365’. The username is the student’s e-mail. The e-mail is simply their admission year followed by the first 3 letters of their first name and then the first 3 letters of their surname. For example, if the student started in 2019 and is called John Smith, his e-mail would be 19johsmi@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

The password is the same as the one they use to login to the school network.

Parents and carers can also keep track of what homework has been set using the Satchel app on their mobile devices. This requires a PIN from school. Please e-mail learning@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk if you require a PIN.

What sort of work will my child receive?

Teachers will aim to set the same work as the rest of the students who are in the lessons so that those self-isolating do not fall behind. Teachers will continue to set work until the student returns to school.

To submit work, teachers may request an online submission where students submit completed work through Satchel. If the teacher has asked for a class submission, this means that students can hand in the work to their teachers when they return to school.

Teachers might direct students to existing systems and routines e.g. Moodle, SAM Learning, Seneca Learning and MyMaths. For the Sixth Form, the O drive on our network has been reorganised and is clearly set out with folders for every subject.

If students require more work to do please contact either the teacher or e-mail learning@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Furthermore, there is a section entitled ‘there’s always something to do’ on the homework page for each subject on the website.

https://www.southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk/page/?title=Homework&pid=132

Is there live learning?

Students will be able to follow their lessons from home and they will be able to hear the content of the lesson. Teachers will send out a link to a Microsoft Teams session to all students before the lesson and they will be sent any relevant resources. Our teachers have Bluetooth headsets so students will be able to hear the teacher’s explanations and instructions.   

What if the whole year group has to isolate and work from home?

If the whole year group has to work from home, lessons will be online for all learners. Students will receive an MS Teams link to the lesson from their class teacher. We envisage a typical lesson will follow this format.

0 to 10 minutes

Teachers send any resources to students in their class, including worksheets, PowerPoints and web links via Satchel. Teachers send students a link to the MS Teams session.

10 to 40 minutes

Live lesson will involve approximately 30 minutes content / teacher delivery.

40 to 50 minutes

Q & A with students and set any homework / further study.

50 minutes to 1 hour

Send any additional resources if required via Satchel.

Teachers and students have time to prepare for the next lesson.

What about my child’s wellbeing?

Our aim, as a school, has been to try to keep some semblance of routine and normality during these challenging times and to ensure that children are purposefully occupied when working from home.

It is vital that we all look after our own mental health during this period. It may be a particularly difficult time for children and young people. There is some helpful advice from Public Health England on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic, and here is the link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Furthermore, South has created a wellbeing pack entitled ‘Health and Wellbeing for Remote Learners’. In this booklet, students and their parents will find helpful and useful information to support students when self-isolating.

Here is the pack:

Health and Mental Wellbeing for Remote Learners

How do I know that my child is working safely online?

Safeguarding students' welfare is of utmost importance to us. To ensure students safety while online and logged into their school account, our Network manager is able to check for unsafe Internet usage on our school network.

Students will be spending a considerable amount of time on laptops and electronic devices whilst home schooling. Parents and carers need to know where they can get support to keep their children safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

How can I motivate my child?

Trying to establish some meaningful routines will be helpful in ensuring young people stay motivated but students should work at a pace that suits them and we don’t want our students to over exert themselves mentally. In these challenging times, we know that the students themselves and their parents are best placed to make decisions about how to work at home in the most successful way. This may be difficult as time goes on. However, having a school-like routine combined with some form of daily exercise will help your child to remain positive and have a strong focus throughout this difficult period.

You may wish to encourage your child to work collaboratively, online with their friends so that they can keep up as many peer interactions as they can.

What if I have difficulty with technology or don’t have any technology to access MS Teams sessions?

We may have some school laptops available to loan students for a short period if they do not have access to appropriate technology. Please e-mail learning@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk if you require technical support.

What if we need some support?

We are still offering support and can be contacted by e-mail.

Remote Learning

learning@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Free School Meals

Subject line – ‘Free school meals’ sbhs@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Key worker provision

Subject line – ‘Key Worker’

sbhs@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Safeguarding concern - Kristy Pascoe

pa@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Careers advice – Careers Adviser – Mrs Robinson

nr@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Positive Covid-19 Test / Medical queries

testresult@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

Other general enquiries

sbhs@southbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk

I hope you have found this webpage useful. All of the letters sent to parents and carers can be found in the ‘Letters Home’ section on the ‘For Parents’ webpage.

I would like to thank our students for their continued commitment to their own learning at this unprecedented time. I would also like to thank our parents and carers for supporting South Bromsgrove with all aspects of remote learning.