On the 6th January 2021, Years 7-9 will begin remote learning. A small number of families will have had individual contact if their child is to attend school from Wednesday 6th January.
Pupil Guide to Live Lessons
We monitor pupils’ use of the learning platforms and completion of activities. Learning Coaches will contact parents weekly to:
- Check on the wellbeing of pupils and families.
- Recognise the efforts of pupils who are completely up to date at the end of the week.
- Let you know if any lessons have been missed or work has not been completed by the deadlines.
- Google Classroom Parental Emails are available. Please see the Google Classroom Parent Guide at the end of this page.
Pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans will be invited into school as much as possible during Remote Learning from the 6th January.
We recognise that pupils respond in different ways to this new working arrangement. Many take to it very smoothly. However, those who find independent work difficult will find this challenging and need more support.
Our Learning Mentors and Counsellors will continue supporting pupils during Remote Learning. Learning Coaches and Heads of Year will also support pupils through Google Classroom.
We have high expectations, but are also realistic about the challenges this situation will present. Our tips and FAQs are designed to help all families during these trying times. The FAQs include additional ways to contact the school should the need arise. You will find these at the bottom of this page.
Many pupils have already borrowed Chromebooks from the school. We have a limited number of ChromeBooks that will be available If your child does not have access to a device to participate in the live lessons and we will prioritise those families with no device available. Please contact your child’s Year Lead to coordinate any loan.
Tips for Parents and Pupils
Establish routines and expectations: start times, breaks and lunch at school are at clear times. Maintaining this routine can help maintain a positive work ethic. Avoid spending the day in your pyjamas!
Identify a clear physical space in which to work: this will make it easier to focus on your learning, without other distractions.
Talk about the plan for the day, and the lessons ahead: spending extended time working at home is unfamiliar territory. Talking about how things are going can help pre-empt any problems.
Set times to be on and offline: There will be more screen time than normal whilst working at home. You may have to share devices with family members, and setting time limits in advance can help manage this successfully. Equally, spending time offline is important to maintain a sense of balance in the day.
Remember to exercise: Your wellbeing is enhanced by physical activity, so do make time for this. The PE team have planned some excellent activities. This can really help if you are feeling anxious, which is completely normal whilst you are working from home.
Talk about things on your mind: it is a big adjustment working from home every day, and having done it before does not necessarily make it easier. Talk about how things are going. The international and local situation is highly changeable. It is normal to feel uncertainty about this too. Be conscious of how much of the news you watch and talk about what you are watching. There are wellbeing activities in our virtual assemblies, set up on whole year group Google classrooms. Do devote enough time for this.
Read a book: Escape, relax, unwind. Look after yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is my child’s work?
All learning activities will be on Google Classroom or will be signposted from there. Pupils will be emailed the zoom links for the live lessons, so will need to check their school email account daily. These sessions are recorded and can be watched again later from the Google Classroom. There are parent and pupil guides to using Google Classroom below.
My child can’t login to Google Classroom. What should I do?
We tested Google classroom for all groups in last term, and live lessons ran for some classes who were isolating. Try setting your Internet browser to Google Chrome. This can give greater functionality.
If this continues to be an issue please contact your child’s Learning Coach.
Where should my child complete the learning activity?
This will vary for each subject and each task. Instructions will be in the lesson activities. If they are not sure, they should use their exercise book or complete the work in the same format in which the activity is set.
My child does not understand what to do. How can they get help?
Pupils can email the teacher who set the work from their school email account. Pupils are asked to ensure their messages are in full sentences and of the appropriate tone. Pupils can type questions in the chat feature during a live zoom lessons. Teachers will endeavour to respond to questions when they can. If your child can carry on with another aspect of their learning this will give the teacher time to respond to their query. If a teacher teaches three lessons in a day, some in person and some at a distance, with 28 pupils in each class, teachers could be interacting with 84 different pupils a day, each of whom may ask more than one question. This will mean responses are not immediate. Do ask your child to go back and see if they have had a response to their question if they are stuck.
How do I know my child has completed/handed in their work?
You can sign up for Google Parental Summaries which is a daily email notification which parents will receive notifying you of the following:
Missing work—Work not turned in. Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow. Class activities—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.
The Google Classroom Parent Guide is below. If you need assistance, please contact your child’s Learning Coach.
How do I get in contact with someone if I have a question?
If your enquiry is essential, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the first instance, please contact your pupils Learning Coach via email.
If it is an urgent enquiry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the school 020 8181 3180
I have a safeguarding issue that I would usually discuss with school. What can I do?
Our school website has the members of staff to contact for Safeguarding, wellbeing and Special Education Needs Support as well as additional useful resources. https://www.saracenshigh.org/Safeguarding/
My child usually sees the school counsellor. What happens now?
Counsellors will be continuing to make contact with pupils either via a telephone call or they will set up an online meeting. If your child usually sees the school counsellor please encourage them to continue to engage with sessions whilst at home.
More support can be found here: https://www.saracenshigh.org/Safeguarding/
My child has a learning mentor. Will they have any contact while school is closed?
There is a Google classroom for pupils who access our Learning Mentors. Please encourage them to make contact using the Google Classroom or email by emailing N.Gibbons@saracenshigh.org ot L.Osborne@saracenshigh.org
How will SEN support operate now?
All pupils will be expected to attend their online lessons P1, P2 and P5 each day. Work will also be set on Google Classroom.
We have a Google Classroom for set up for pupils who usually access additional literacy support.
Pupils who have EHCPs have been contacted and invited to attend school from Wednesday 6th January where a member of staff from the Grow and Thrive Team, as well as their subject teacher will be able to support them.
For more information you can contact our SENCO at M.Alexa@saracenshigh.org
My child is eligible for Free School Meals. Can you help?
We will follow government guidance on the provision of free school meals during periods of distance learning.
You can apply for free school meals here: https://www.saracenshigh.org/Parents/Free-School-Meals/
Please contact M.Constantinou@saracenshigh.org for any other queries related to free school meals.
Can my child come back to school to collect books while we are closed?
No. Schools have been closed to create distancing for everyone’s protection. If this changes, we will let you know. We may well be able to collect books and have them ready for you in a bag in reception. Please contact us if this would help you.
I am a key worker. Can my child come to school?
We want to support the critical key workers fighting Covid-19. We will open for key worker families as long as we possibly can. Please complete the Google Form you were emailed on 22nd December 2020 to access this provision from Wednesday 6th January 2021.
I've read about the national Oak Academy, and all the content on BBC Bitesize. Are you using these lessons?
These are great resources, and are available here: https://www.thenational.academy/ and https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize . These resources are especially useful when your child is at home but their peer group is at school.
When will you reopen to all pupils?
We have to take advice from the Public Health authorities. We will communicate all information about reopening as outlined at the start of this plan. Thank you for your continuing support.