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Guidance for students who are self-isolating

Small numbers of students self-isolating due to Covid 19:

  • Work will be set by the classroom teacher/subject leader and uploaded onto Edulink (or Teams for 6th form) on either the same day of the lesson or the following day, to be completed by the date indicated.  The work set will be clearly labelled 'class work'. On the first day of your absence - if work cannot be set immediately - please click  here to get information about what work you should be doing.
  • Work set will follow the pre-planned curriculum sequence. The only alternative is where work may not be appropriate and alternative work will be set.
  • If students experience any difficulty with the work set, questions can be emailed to the class teacher during school hours (8.30am - 3.30pm). Alternatively, students can email and put 'FAO [subject teacher's name]' in the subject bar (e.g. FAO Mr Jones).
  • If students do not engage with the work, Year Managers will contact home.
  • Work set may take a variety of forms that students are familiar with eg. PowerPoints with instructions, worksheets etc
  • Class teachers will specify where/how work should be submitted.

Whole year group (bubbles) self-isolating or local/national lockdown

  • Lessons will follow the usual timetable with 40 mins of work for each lesson, recorded in Edulink (or Teams for 6th form) with the expectation that all students will engage in the work set. This work will follow the pre-planned curriculum sequence. The only alternative is where work may not be appropriate. In this case, alternative work will be set.
  • Various methods may be used for lessons including the following: Microsoft Teams( eg. live lessons, collecting assignments, sharing resources, providing feedback), video and Youtube links, online platforms (eg Hegarty, Educake), Powerpoint with clear instructions, narrated PowerPoints uploaded to streams, low-stakes quizzes on Microsoft Forms
  • Each subject will have a timetable of live/interactive lessons e.g. Narrated PowerPoint presentations or video lessons which can also include teacher talking to camera or screen recording of various resources. Live streamed lessons which will be recorded and uploaded to Microsoft Stream to ensure that all students can see them at a later date if they can't access them live.
  • Year Managers will monitor student engagement with the work and will contact home when necessary.
  • Feedback will be provided to students every 3-4 hours of teaching. It is expected that students are interacting with teachers every one of those hours, effectively receiving formative feedback through questioning and quizzing, for example.
  • There will be a range of mechanisms for feedback in each subject ranging from:
  1. Live lessons – by using questioning and response in live lessons (via Teams, for example), students receive not only instant feedback but also positive interaction with staff.
  2. Use of the assignment module in Teams where assignments can be set and then grades and comments can be given back to students after they submit
  3. Quick positive responses (e.g. via email) that acknowledge a student’s efforts and quality of work including use of the ‘like’ button on Outlook365 at the lowest level.
  4. Quizzes (e.g. via Moodle or Forms) – these provide instant feedback and do not need to be marked or followed up.
  5. Use of online platforms (e.g. Hegarty or Educake) – these provide feedback to students and teachers. Staff are required to supplement this type of feedback from the software with more personalised feedback to ensure students feel connected and motivated.
  6. Email – this is cumbersome but sometimes essential when responding to questions and drafts.
  7. Chats and forums (e.g. via Teams) – helps minimise email traffic and can be quick and interactive. Also encourages greater community feel.

More information relating to COVID-19 can be found  here.