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Students and Parent Advice for Remote Learning

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

Whilst the school remains closed, our students’ learning is obviously going to be disrupted. In order to limit this disruption during this challenging time, learning continuity will be maintained through remote learning. This webpage has been set up 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.  

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 during school closure. 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.

How will my child access their work?

We have made efficient use of our student email system to ensure continuity of teaching for all students while the school is closed. Our approach has been shaped by a consideration of teachers’ technical expertise and use of a robust system. Teachers will email their classes each day by 10am and the email will contain instructions for activities which will take approximately the same amount of time as those they would have completed in the lesson.

What sort of work will my child receive?

Teachers will focus on consolidation of prior content, rather than introducing lots of new content, especially difficult concepts which may require teachers’ explanations. Lots of new content might lead to misconceptions or gaps where some students have understood it and others haven’t.  We understand that students need to move on though the curriculum and make progress so we have asked our teachers to cover easier ‘new’ topics, leaving tougher topics until we 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 would like more work to do, there is a section entitled ‘there’s always something to do’ on the homework page for each subject on the website.

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 at home. The intention isn’t to cause any stress to students or their parents, but to continue to educate them remotely.

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 well-being and here is the link:

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.

Will my child receive feedback on their work and how can they communicate with their teachers?

It is unrealistic for all students to receive individual feedback from teachers on every piece of work they complete. Teachers are likely to ask to see certain important pieces of work. Many students are already in e-mail contact with their teachers.

From early May, we will be using a more interactive approach where students are supported by teachers using video technology. We are using Microsoft Teams and students will receive one interactive Feedback / Q & A session per fortnight with their class teacher. This will be in addition to the work that are teachers are setting and sending each day via e-mail. Teachers will inform students when the session will take place and it will be at a time when they would usually have had that subject.

What if we need some support?

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

Distance Learning

Free School Meals

Subject line – ‘Free school meals’

Key worker provision

Subject line – ‘Key Worker’

Safeguarding concern - Kristy Pascoe

Careers advice – Careers Adviser – Mrs Robinson

Centre assessed grades

Other general enquiries

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 remote schooling.

Look after yourselves and each other.