Support for remote learning
Please read our FAQs document to help you support your child with their learning at home. We know that this can be challenging but, please be reassured that there is a wealth of support available.
The following support booklet for parents is particularly helpful in identifying common concerns that both students and parents have been experiencing since lockdown, with advice and suggestions to help.
The national online Oak Academy is an excellent source of online lessons for all year groups and subjects.
Since 29th April, BBC Bitesize have also been uploading daily lessons and have an app students can download:
Here are some other useful websites:
Some helpful advice for learning at home:
Ensure your child logs on to Google Classroom every day to check the work that has been set for them. Some work will be structured into lessons or tasks, some will be more project-based and open-ended. It is useful to have a variety and for students to plan their week ahead to cover all of the work.
- Your child should be able to work for 30-45 minutes at a time with breaks in between each session. They should also complete varied and regular exercise every day, whether indoors or outside, being careful to practise social distancing.
- Setup a daily timetable with your child so that they balance their learning across all subjects.
- It is important that your child has access to a space which is quiet and where they can concentrate. Students may want to use headphones to listen in during live lessons if they have other distracting activities taking place in the home. However, we advise against listening to music whilst doing any school work, as most evidence points to it having a negative effect on concentration and learning for all but some creative tasks.
- A buzzing or vibrating phone is most often a big distraction. Putting phones in a different room while students are working is best; keeping up with the demands of remote learning will require focus and resilience so keeping mobiles out of reach would replicate the conditions of a classroom setting.
- Encourage your child to try to think through problems or issues on their own as far as possible. However, please do encourage them to ask for help if they are stuck, and, if you can, allocate time to quiz them and for them to summarise their learning for the day.
- Ask questions that help your child find solutions e.g. ‘where could you find the information for that?’ or ‘are there some resources online that could help’ or perhaps ‘what would your teacher say / think?’.