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Can my child still be educated during a school closure?

Can my child still be educated during a school closure?

We have put measures in place to enable us to still deliver education to pupils whilst they are at home. Teachers are able to deliver lessons virtually through Microsoft Teams video calls and assign work in Teams, with the activities and resources being accessed through the class OneNote. The resources in OneNote link to the online activities through programmes such as Purple Mash, Accelerated Maths and Literacy Planet, to name a few. Where activities are completed on paper children should have their exercise books and pens from school. Lessons delivered during this period of closure can be accessed either live, or later via a recording, as we recognise that siblings may find it difficult to access live lessons at the same time. We have designed a good mixture of input and individual work to fill each school day. Our expectation is that children will engage with the school work from home. We will still register those who log into the lessons from home, support them virtually in achieving the work and will mark and feedback to children on the work that they have submitted through Microsoft Teams assignments.

What if I don’t have a suitable device at home?

What if I don’t have a suitable device at home?

We have confirmed that our insurers are happy for pupils to borrow a school device to enable them to access online lessons. This is possible for children in the older KS2 year groups but we would rather not have to manage the loan of equipment where your children can access their work from your home devices. Please be aware that any damage to the device carries an excess of £250, so children will need to be extremely careful and keep the device safe. You will need to sign for the device and commit to pay this excess if the device is broken whilst in your care.

How will I know when lessons are being broadcast?

How will I know when lessons are being broadcast?

A calendar invite will be sent out by your child’s teacher inviting them to join the lesson. This will go to their school email. We will also send you the link for them to join the lesson. A follow up link to this will be added to the OneNote pages to facilitate access to a recording later.

How can I support my child in getting online?

How can I support my child in getting online?

As schools are now closed we will be providing remote training and support sessions that will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.These are designed to support parents with the use of IT systems such as Office365, Microsoft Teams and OneNote. If you attend one of these sessions please ensure that your child has their usernames and passwords for Office365 and the various online learning resources that we use. Do let us know if you do not have the password information sheets which we provided you when they started school, for your child to access the home learning activities. You can also refer to our IT Helpguides, which are available at HTML or as PDF for download.

What if I have little or no broadband at home?

What if I have little or no broadband at home?

We understand that this can be an issue for some people, particularly in more rural areas sometimes. Pupils will be able to access the lessons via a 4G signal on a phone if that is possible in your area and with your phone contract.