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:
- 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