Completing School Work
It is absolutely vital that all students access and engage with the work set so that when schools do return to normal, nobody has fallen behind with their learning. Work should be kept in an organised electronic or hard copy folder, in date and subject order. This will be needed when we return to school. If you are unwell, once you recover, please continue to complete work in date order, including the work set during the time you were unwell.
Please could everyone complete the questionnaire which is sent out each fortnight and it is important to us that you answer each week. Use your usual school login and password.
Remember that you can access all work through the webdrive portal and Studentshare / Emergency Closure via the school website.
We understand that not everyone has the same learning environment at home. Please do your best to complete work and let us know if you are having difficulty.
Useful Links & Information
Online safety: remember the tips you have learned – they still count! https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Key Online Educational Resources: The government has brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education
The BBC has expanded its Bitesize provision and from Monday 20th April 2020 will include online lessons for all ages. This can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize. New provision and advice for parents is also given through BBC Teach at https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach
There are free activity packs for parents/carers and students on the Think U Know site at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
Children’s newspaper https://schools.firstnews.co.uk/remote-learning-resources/ free whilst schools are closed
For older students look at Gresham college at: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools have all sorts of lectures. This is particularly useful for Year 11,12 and 13 but has an interesting range of ideas for anyone to dip in to.
Futurelearn is a BRILLIANT site with short on-line courses. They are written by the world’s best universities and are completely free. Choose one related to a subject of interest or go for the ‘Preparing for University’ course provided by UEA. You will need to register for an account. Here is the link: https://www.futurelearn.com/
The Sutton Trust are starting an Instagram series to inspire, inform and motivate young people as they practice social distancing. Every Friday, a guest will share their story and give tips on self-care, productivity, applying to university, and more! Follow them on Instagram at @sutton_trust
The Brilliant Club have launched a series of free online resources, available free of charge. The resources include masterclasses on a range of academic topics, study skills sessions and workbooks for independent learning. Here is the link: https://thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-pupils/info-for-pupils/
Unifrog will continue to be an excellent resource if you are still contemplating your Post-18 future. If you can’t log-in, just click the ‘reset password’ link. Most of you will have used your school email address to register, but if that doesn’t work try your personal email. Here’s the link: https://www.unifrog.org/sign-in
Big Little Tent Festival – ideas to get into the festival spirit
Our Dyslexia girls have been trialling a free touch typing programme – this is a great life skills for all: https://www.typingclub.com/
The British Dyslexia Association is running regular free webinars about supporting Dyslexic pupils at home during this time. It looks like these will be a regular Weds eve feature. https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/news/make-the-most-of-being-at-home-with-our-elearning
Two of our students, Mathilda and Grace, are members of the Birmingham City Council SEND Youth Forum which advises on city-wide SEND provision. In this capacity they have both produced guidelines on working at home to support other SEND pupils across the city. These can be found here.
Access to Education provide support for pupils with physical needs, learning needs and autism. They now have a support page for parents during the Covid -19 outbreak. There is advice on supporting children and activities designed to complement and enrich the work already being provided by school. There are also useful strategies to help parents and carers to support their children with reading, writing and maths:
There is a big Dyslexia Show planned to take place in Birmingham in September this year. In the current circumstances I would doubt it going ahead in full in its planned form at that time, but there are lots of interesting speakers booked to take part. I would anticipate if necessary that these may move online. It is worth having a look at the site and registering an interest if you would like to be kept updated: https://dyslexiashow.co.uk/
Parents who work in the NHS can get free access to a great touch-typing program for their children– ‘Touch type, read and spell’ for 6 months at the following link. The overall program is built specifically for pupils with dyslexia, but the touch-typing element would be good for any pupil wanting to learn:
Birmingham Sensory Support Service – support while children, young people and their families are at home.
Physical Difficulties Support Service (PDSS) – Help and advice for parents of children with a physical difficulty.
Communication and Autism Team (CAT) – Covid-19 & Advice for Parent/Carers