As you may know, we’ve been working hard to improve our remote learning offer order to support individual pupils, bubbles or year groups in case they are not able to attend lessons. Our priority is to provide a seamless transition between learning in school and at home to cause as little disruption as possible.
At William Ellis School our remote learning offer is delivered through Microsoft Teams. This software means that all students and families will have access to Microsoft products from home, using this world class software throughout their secondary education. One of the benefits of Microsoft Office 365 is that the tools can be used on all devices - computers, tablets and phones - anywhere with a Wi-Fi or data connection. We would like you to support your son to use these tools productively for his learning. This is currently how we are using Teams:
- All homework is now set on Microsoft Teams.
- If there is whole/partial year group closure all class work will be transferred on to Microsoft Teams.
- Bespoke resources will also be provided for individual pupils that are self-isolating.
- Live teaching will be delivered on Microsoft Teams where possible
Please find a video which explains how you and your child can use teams in an efficient way by following this link.
It is clear that parental involvement is key to students developing strong study habits and in helping them to develop a good awareness of online safety. Students’ use of Office 365 is still covered by our guidance on e-safety – please see the webpage Parents > Keeping your child safe
If your son does not have digital access at home please email Mr Germanos: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are being asked to do online, including the sites they will asked to access. There is no online one-to-one interaction between school staff and students. There will be a weekly telephone catch-up from a member of staff the student knows.
Advice for students
If you have concerns about your safety or wellbeing when working online is essential that you let your parents/carers and the school know as soon as possible. Please contact your tutor using your school email account straight away.
Advice for young people is also available from:
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
Advice for parents and carers
Parents and carers may choose to supplement the school’s online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. We emphasise the importance of securing online support from reputable organisations that provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Most people thrive on having regular routines. Usually, many of the daily routines we follow are established by school or work. With the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing many of our normal routines have gone.
Routines are reassuring and provide structure. It is important that we develop new routines to help our productivity and to support our mental wellbeing.
This link takes you to some helpful suggestions and ideas for daily routines during the coronavirus outbreak.
Now you may be thinking…
“YES! The time has come!”
“What time do you say?”
“School has closed!”
For you, at the moment, it might be like a holiday but really what we need to realise is that this is not a holiday. Covid-19 has struck and the numbers are going up.
Now, there are many things that you can do. Obviously, there is school work that can be done, which has been set out by your teachers. Now, coming from myself, it is important that you follow a structure on how your day will play out. For example, wake up at a certain time and do you your first hour of work. Then, maybe try to do something physical as we still need exercise. Relaxation is a key part too so make sure you have a break. This won’t be as bad a time as you will think. You can learn quite a lot about yourself and the things around you. Such as, you may notice something different out of your window than you’d see normally. Perhaps something that’s not as interesting as you’d think may become interesting, for example the plant on your kitchen counter. You might start enjoying watering and caring for it. There are things that you can do to entertain yourself rather than always looking at the negatives, or at your screen.
Now, this virus is not a joke and you do need to make sure that you follow the guidance that the government has set out which at this moment is that:
- Make sure you’re two metres apart
- Make sure to stay sanitary, for example by washing your hands
- Make sure you are not socialising with other people as the virus may not be deadly to us as a young generation, but it could be for others, such as the weaker or the older
This is going to be a spiral of problems and a spiral of hope. No one really knows what is happening at the moment but if you follow the simple rules above, we, as a school and as a nation, can beat Covid-19.
Thank you to Conor in Year 8