We know that students learn best when they are with expert teachers in their classroom. Many students have now missed a significant chunk of the academic year and we know that for some of them, this has had a negative impact on their progress.
However, this is not the case for the vast majority of students who can be certain that due to their hard work and diligent efforts to continue their learning at home, they continue to make excellent progress.
During the first national lockdown the level of engagement with online learning at Bede Academy was exceptional, with the vast majority of students engaging fully in this remote learning.
Online provision at Bede Academy is continuing to evolve, and whilst we began the first national lockdown with remote education we are working together with the whole community to create a more dynamic and interactive learning platform.
Whether at home during a national lockdown, or due to self-isolation, students have access to their full timetabled curriculum in the same way as they do when they are in the academy. All lessons are planned with online learning in mind and therefore if you are sent home to self-isolate you can begin your online learning as soon as you get home so that you don’t miss out.
Here are some of the important things you need to know about learning at home:
1. Your timetable is exactly the same!
You will not miss a single lesson if you keep up with your regular academy timetable. Log in to Google Classroom and go the class stream at the start of each lesson. Here your teacher will give you instructions about the lesson, including how it will be delivered (interactive class stream/recorded content/live broadcast), how long you need to spend on each task and what you are expected to upload at the end of the lesson.
From January 2021, an increasing number of lessons will be live broadcast using Google Meet. Your parent/carer must have completed the consent form for live lessons in advance to access a Google Meet.
Your timetable includes your tutor time which plays an important role in your personal development and general welfare. You will be expected to engage in tutor time whist you are at home. If your whole year group is at home, tutor time will take place at the usual time of 8:30am.
2. You are not on your own!
To support you with your online work we will keep your parents as well informed as we can about your engagement online (with regular engagement reports) and the work you are expected to complete (through Google Guardian updates). We will also contact you if it looks like you are not engaging with your learning to help you to get online and keep up.
If your child requires additional support to be able to access the Google Classroom (for example students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)) this will be provided by the Individualised Learning department. This supports includes online LSA support in remote lessons and, where necessary, access to on-site provision.
3. Everyone should have access to the curriculum and therefore to a device!
You must let us know if you are struggling to access your work online. With the support of the Department for Education, and the additional generosity of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, we have been able to provide well over 100 laptops already to students who need them. These are being distributed in order of need, beginning with those families without any device. We know that there are many more of you who are sharing with siblings or with parents working from home and it is our ambition to ensure every student has access to their own device.
4. Just ask for help if you need to!
The best way for you to request help is by contacting your tutor, or another teacher, via the Google Classroom.
Parents should not use the Google Classroom to contact teachers at the academy, and instead should email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to add to the list of additional resources below, so if you are having difficulty accessing you learning at home please check here.
Here are links to some additional resources which you might find helpful to support learning at home:
If you require any additional support, or have questions relating to the online classrooms please email the Academic Team