As we approach the end of module 1, I am writing to thank you for all of your support in our return to full education since September and your support and that of your children in their co-operation following our measures to remain ‘Covid secure’. It has been a pleasure to have all staff and students back with us and I have admiration for all our community who have accepted to our new ways of working and learning.
Throughout this module we have successful transitioned to a new academy day with different timing, year group bubbles whilst ensuring a full curriculum has been provided for all. Pastoral and academic audits have taken place to ensure we are able to provide support and ensure academic progression and catch up can continue.
We are fortunate to have experienced any large scale disruption to education for year groups due to Covid cases. All parents and students have been exceptional in communicating any worries and suspicious symptoms and continuing this dialogue is so important as we move into the winter months.
In anticipation of the possible need in the future to self isolate a ‘bubble’ or any form of future disruption to on site learning we are continuing to push forward with our blended learning approach and preparation for remote learning.
The rollout of Chromebooks to Year 11 has taken place, with every Year 11 student now having access to a device that they can use in the academy and at home. We still have the intention of being able to bring this provision to Year 10 and Year 7 in Module 2, and we are progressing with bringing this ambition to reality. The majority of Year 8, 9 and Post 16 students have devices already and again we are filling in any gaps in provision as we can. More details to follow for each year groups after the break. Students will be expected to bring their chromebook into school each day, fully charged and will be responsible for their device. We encourage students to consider an appropriate bag to bring their device to school in, that will keep their device safe. They will be using their Chromebook in lessons when directed to support their learning, access software used in lessons and complete digital classwork tasks.
In addition to the provision of hardware, we have a comprehensive plan for blended learning and support for learning and progress
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have ‘Knowledge Organisers’ each module which help provide students with the main content that they need to learn. The Knowledge Organiser is used as an ‘anchor’ for all learning that takes place in the module, can support students with revision, home learning tasks, website and helpful digital learning links, making cross curricular links between subjects and acts as a multi use tool for our Middle Years Programme.
This module Homework Club will be available to Year 7, 8 and 9 students who need additional support with their home learning. This will run on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3-3.30pm and from 2-2.30pm on Wednesdays.
As you will already be aware, Google Classroom is an important part of our blended teaching and learning approach and your child will have a Google Classroom for every subject they do as well as one for their tutor group and one for their year group bubble. In the next few weeks you will receive a letter which will include a copy of year childs’ timetable with the Google Classroom codes for each subject which will appear beneath the class name. Please can I ask you to make sure that your child has joined every Google Classroom for each of their subjects. In addition to that, the Leigh Learning Online website also has all the codes on along with instructions from subjects and additional online resources for learning and wellbeing. Parents can also receive weekly summary emails from their child’s google classroom emails, showing assignments due and work competed or missed. If you have not already received an email to invite you to a Google Classroom then this will come out to your inbox in the coming weeks.
Year 7, 11 and 13 parents have also had the opportunity of telephone appointments with tutor for year 7 and teachers for year 11 and 13. I thank parents once again for your co-operation in communicating in new ways as we work together to support all our children. A reminder too that for Year 11 and Year 13 students we have a schedule of intervention/revision session through the 2-week half term period, so please encourage your child to sign up and attend as we try to support students in these year groups in the approach to the formal examinations this summer.
As parents and carers, your role in supporting the learning of your child is pivotal. We would ask that you show a regular interest in their progress at school by talking to them about what they are doing in lessons and asking them to show you their work. It is important that students have a place at home where they can complete their home learning and revision that is as clear of distractions as possible. A Blended Learning Guide for Families has previously been published to be able to support you in supporting your child.