Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using the following technology platforms:
Synchronous platform which allows students and teachers to collaborate and coordinate in a simple, secure way with chat, video, voice, and healthcare tools all in one hub. Microsoft Teams is designed with IT in mind, providing management capabilities for collaboration, meetings, callings, and apps in one place with a simple user interface.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, resources and apps together in one place creating a vibrant learning environment.
How will it work?
Lessons will still run for students, with the teacher talking to them through the computer screen rather than at the front of the classroom. This face to face contact will allow the teacher to keep track of students and give students the chance to ask questions, keeping their lesson as similar as possible to learning in school.
Different subjects will sit in different channels and these will also become a place to go for any resources shared by the teacher, or recordings of classes to go over the information.
Pupils will still hand in homework through Microsoft Teams and teachers will offer high-quality feedback – these tools will allow some normality where schooling is concerned.
Why is it perfect for our families?
- Face to face contact – pupils and teachers still have face to face contact which is so important in making sure wellbeing, as well as academics are monitored. At a time where so much change is happening, our teachers want to be there to support pupils and face to face contact makes this easier to do.
- Virtual classroom – keeping a lesson routine is vital for our families’ wellbeing: structure will help pupils feel less overwhelmed with change and will also help parents know how to manage their time and energy.
- Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.
How do I access the resources?
You child will need to click here and sign in using their normal school log in details.
More information on using Teams and Office 365 for remote learning is available from Microsoft here.
Watch the introduction video here
Firefly is our Virtual Learning Environment platform used for setting aysnchronous work. As normal, teachers will set homework and tasks to be completed outside lessons on Firefly. Students will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer. Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it. Students should follow the instructions given by teachers on Firefly on how they should submit their work.
We hope that these arrangements will help to take some of the pressure off parents, as we encourage students to develop their independent learning and feel more connected with their teachers. Detailed instructions for each platform have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please email the school.
This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is a greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that students try to spend no longer than three hours on a device each day. Teaching staff will work together to ensure that the work set is balanced across a mixture of mediums. If you feel your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact their Tutor so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.
As normal, teachers will be taking attendance registers every lesson. We appreciate the support from parents in ensuring that students attend lessons during the period of online education. Of course, there will be legitimate reasons that a student may not attend, such as if they are unwell. In these instances, we kindly ask that you email the school in advance of the missed day or lesson.