Covid-19 Information

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Remote Learning

During the partial school closure in the run up to summer we provided blended learning that was centred on students working through physical work packs. The primary reason that we did move over to a digital platform for blended learning was that following an audit of every home it transpired that a very significant number of students did not have access to an appropriate device and / or did not have access to the internet. We also had a training need amongst staff, many of whom were unfamiliar with platforms that we would need to use. Whilst we received significant positive praise for the work set during this period, we recognised that there was more we could do to ensure that further disruption due to efforts to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus did not disadvantage any student. In the run up to summer we worked extensively with families and staff to ensure that we were fully prepared and in September 2020 have moved to a very different approach.

From September 2020 any students who are isolating from school as individuals or a group will utilise the Google Classroom virtual learning environment. Likewise, if there is another period of school closure we will immediately move over to Google Classroom as the primary mode of delivery for student learning. To ensure that we can do this we have:

  • Provided Google Classroom training for every student in the school and ensured that every student has their class list populated.
  • Provided Google Classroom training for every member of staff. We now have a significant number of colleagues who hold both the Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educator Award.
  • Purchased 150 Chromebooks to ensure that we can loan out at no cost machines to all families who do not have access to an appropriate device.
  • Purchased internet dongles and created an upload / download zone outside school for those students who do not have access to the internet at home.

In light of the above we anticipate that during any period of isolation or closure students can move over immediately and near seamlessly to Google Classroom, where they can continue to move forward with their learning journey. They will attend classes as normal, it is just that they will be virtual rather than physical. Teaching staff will use tasks and assignments set via the class work tab and may also use Google Meeting to provide real time lessons. Feedback will be provided throughout the time of the closure and staff will be available to support as they would normally be if in school.

We have produced guidance for students and for parents on how to use Google Classroom on a laptop or desktop computer and a video outlining the key steps, which can be found below:

Parent Guide to Using Google Classroom

Student Guide to Using Google Classroom

Video Guide to Using Google Classroom

We have also produced specific guidance on how to use Google Classroom a tablet or a phone, with another video outlining the key steps, which can be found below:

Student Guide to Using Google Classroom on a Tablet or a Phone

Video Guide to Using Google Classroom on a Tablet or a Phone

The Government have also asked all schools to upload a handy overview of the remote learning that every school is providing, so that key questions can be answered quickly. The document can be found below:

Remote Education Provision Information

A number of parents have asked for further guidance on how to confirm that work has been submitted. Below you will find a brief guide on how to check what has and has not been uploaded:

Confirming Assignments have been Submitted

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch with school and we can talk you through any aspect of Google Classroom and the tasks set.