Tomorrow, we begin the final half term of this academic year – and, for most, this will mean continuing to access their learning from home through the work emailed to them by their teachers each week.
I am very proud of the way students have adapted to this new and very different way of learning and of the quality of work they have been producing. I know their teachers are working very hard to make sure lessons are as good as they can be. I would also like to thank you, as parents, for the support you have been giving your children and for the feedback you have provided, which helps us to continually improve what we do.
The government have emphasised the importance of children continuing to learn at home during this difficult time. We have tried to ensure that our students get the best deal possible, through regular input from a subject specialist teacher, through work planned to suit a variety of abilities and needs, and through regular assessments (approximately every 6-8 lessons) that mean students are getting feedback on the progress they’re making.
Attached is a copy of the suggested timetable we sent out after Easter, with the aim of helping your children to structure their day. This also provided them with advice about how to organise their time, both from a learning and a well-being point of view. This timetable will continue as the new half term begins.
Your children will also continue to receive their learning activities from their individual subject teachers, sent once a week via email. Grouping the learning activities together cuts down the number of emails students were receiving each day and has certainly seemed to help them cope with the amount of information and instructions they are receiving. Subject teachers remain available for further questions and support if needed.
Also attached is an updated version of our Frequently Asked Questions – these aim to help you and your children in the first instance with any technical or learning issues. Please do read these before contacting the college for support, as it may save you time in trying to resolve problems.
Remember that your child can use any internet connected device to access their e-mails and any attached videos and documents that class teachers have provided; mobile phone, tablet, smart TV, even XBox and Playstation can all be used in this way. If your child prefers, they are welcome to work on paper and submit photos of their work to be e-mailed to their teachers. Instructions of how to do this are in the Frequently Asked Questions.
Thank you, once again, for your continued support and for all the positive messages you’ve sent; they are greatly appreciated. Should you have any further questions, please continue to contact the school via firstname.lastname@example.org.