Students will be able to join live streams of their lessons via Google Classroom. If a teacher is unwell or there are technical difficulties, then work will be set via the online Show My Homework platform.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic we have fully implemented Government guidance in order to support the wellbeing of our community whilst also maintaining a curriculum which motivates our able pupils. We will continue to do this as we implement the most recent guidance and are grateful for the support we receive from parents in so doing.
Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak (GOV.UK link)
Yes. We deliver the same stimulating and demanding curriculum remotely as we do in school, excepting practical elements. Where practical elements form part of a qualification (GCSE, AS or A level) then each department will ensure that boys are able to catch up without detriment to their progress.
All students will follow their normal timetable and normal curriculum except where significant practical elements (e.g. cookery) make this undesirable from a Health & Safety perspective.
He will continue to use Google Classroom and Show My Homework. He is also advised to check his school email account regularly.
In these circumstances, parents should contact their son’s Head of Year without delay who will arrange for access to be provided.
Please ensure that your son is ready for the school day. The School’s Code of Conduct applies whether your son is at school or learning remotely and all of our usual expectations (including punctuality) apply. You should ask him to check that he has logged into Google Classroom and checked his camera / microphone at least 10 minutes prior to the school day starting.
Your son must work at home in the same way as he would at school – without the use of electronic devices or other distractions and in an environment which is conducive to high levels of concentration.
If your son is ill and not able to attend his live lessons, then you must call the school before 08:00 as usual.
We will monitor your son’s attendance at (and punctuality to) online lessons as we would do if he were in school. If we have concerns, we will contact you in the normal way. Teachers will use a range of tools to check engagement within the lessons themselves where all students are being taught at home, and pupils will receive carefully targeted and effective praise and encouragement as necessary.
Within lessons, knowledge and understanding is checked to anticipate where intervention may be necessary. Students will complete similar assessed tasks (and be provided with the same feedback) as they would if they were in school. Staff may ask students to submit work online, or to hand it in on their return. Teachers will pay particular attention to the kinds of tasks and activities that enable students to embed key concepts in their long-term memory.
The SENCO, Mr Gore, will continue to support boys who are learning remotely and will liaise with their teachers as necessary. You should not hesitate to get in touch if you need our help or you are concerned about your son’s progress.
The description above also covers students who are required to isolate as a result of Public Health England guidance. Where the majority of boys are present in the classroom however, they will be the primary audience for the teacher. This means that if your son is uncertain of something, he should use the agreed mechanisms to ask appropriate questions (e.g. SMHW) as the teacher will not be able to address him directly during the lesson itself.
To protect the integrity of certain assessed tasks, boys isolating will often be asked to complete formal assessed work slightly later than their peers.
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