Completing School Work
It is absolutely vital that all students access and engage with work set so that nobody falls behind with their learning. This is as true for remote learning as it is for learning which take place in school as the same high quality sequenced curriculum is followed in both instances. Please let us know if you have any difficulty in accessing remote learning by emailing subject teachers directly or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote learning guidance can be found in the following document: Remote Learning Guidance from March 2021. Further advice for students on how to use Microsoft Teams is available in the Remote Learning folder on StudentShare.
Any student who is unwell should complete work once they have recovered but in addition, please let us know if you are unwell as all absences from Teams lessons are followed up by contacting parents and carers.
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