This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Where students are sent home from school, they will either be directed to the self-isolation work identified on the school website or they will receive a work pack with materials for English, Maths and Science. Students will be expected to work through this work independently whilst remote teaching is organised.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects should the curriculum not be appropriate for online learning.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day in Key Stages 3 and 4:

Students will receive five forty-five minute lessons each day. In addition to this, we expect students to spend a further 10 minutes at the start of the day preparing for their learning (checking Teams and their school emails). The online teaching hours will be supplemented by independent learning tasks.

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All live lessons will be delivered using Teams and all students can log into Teams using their academy login information (used to access emails). Teams can be accessed either through the website or using the Teams App which can be downloaded to most devices. We expect students to access their emails every day and additional work may be set using Satchel One (SMHW). Students may be asked to use subject-specific sites by their teachers which include ActiveLearn, BBC bitesize, Doddle, Quizlet, Hegarty Maths, Office 365, Scratch, Seneca and YouTube.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

All lessons can be accessed from a laptop, mobile or tablet and our approach is that all students will have this live access.

Where students have no device, we are able to lend laptops to students. In order to make a request, please email office@westbourne.attrust.org.uk.

Where internet access is an issue, we are able to issue dongles and sim cards with limitless mobile data to support students getting online. Students and their parents or carers can also apply for additional data. Details can be found on our website News page here: https://www.westbourne.attrust.org.uk/increase-mobile-data-allowances/

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Each day, students will receive five live lessons of 45 minutes on MS Teams which will be scheduled in line with student’s timetables. Teachers will deliver live content for at least half of the weekly online learning schedule. For the rest of the lesson time, there is the option to:

  • Direct the students to work independently. Where this is the case, the teacher will remain on Teams to deal with any issues during the course of the lesson.
  • Use other online lesson resources such as Oak Academy lessons in order to supplement teacher instruction.
  • Use subject specific websites or tools such as Hegarty Maths.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Pupils are expected to attend all live lessons. We recommend that students spend 10 minutes preparing for their day by accessing Teams and checking emails at 8.40. We recommend that students maintain their routines of getting up and getting dressed, that they find a place they can work from and that they take appropriate breaks as identified.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

All teachers will complete registers for each lesson to check attendance across the academy. In the weekly pastoral phone calls that are made to all students, this information will be shared with parents and carers.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

As students will be taught live, there will be opportunities for verbal feedback to be given. In addition to this, each department has established how they will give feedback. Students will be required to submit work in accordance with their teacher’s instructions. Assessments will be conducted following the same timeline as set out in department’s assessment calendars and fed back in a timely manner.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

All students with an EHC plan and all vulnerable students will be invited to access their learning from within the academy and we will encourage them to take up this offer. In this way, we will be able to offer support to students and to encourage their participation in live lessons.

Where students do not attend, students with an EHC plan are called on a daily basis. Vulnerable students will be called either daily or weekly.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where students are self-isolating as individuals, they will be directed to a document which provides the work they will be expected to complete. This work will have been put together by their class teachers and is independent work that students can complete. The work is created each half term and is aligned to the curriculum of each subject. Where a bubble or year group is self-isolating, live lessons will be provided.

“Reading gives us somewhere to go when we have to stay where we are”

The quote above from American writer, Mason Cooley, sums up just how valuable reading is to your child while the academy remains closed.  At this time, you are inevitably having to change how you organise your day, and you may find it useful to set aside a daily ‘chunk’ of time for your child to read as the importance of reading has never been a more relevant message to reiterate than today.

The following article offers some great tips as to how you can encourage your children to continue reading when they are not in school, including making reading a regular part of your family routine:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2018/5-simple-steps-to-keep-your-kids-reading-over-summer.html

What this could look like?

Set an expectation that 30 minutes a day should be ‘reading time’. This could be broken into smaller chunks and could also involve wider reading around a school subject.

Consider using this time yourself to be seen reading, even it is a work-related text!

For some students, reading aloud to you will prove invaluable with aiding their fluency.

Many students may enjoy reading with you – you could take turns reading a paragraph each or reading the lines at the same time together.

Have a ‘family’ book that is read each day for a short period, with each member of the family taking turns to read out a page, or so. This can prove a very bonding experience. Take turns in who chooses the book.

Screen time, or additional screen time can be earnt by setting up a system of reading ‘credits’.

Finally, keep it light and work hard to keep it positive. Not all children enjoy reading, but it is something we should all be practising more often. Try not to be distracted from the task in hand by any objections!

Why should your child read?

Reading with speed, fluency and understanding is one of the most important ways we can help our children communicate and navigate their world. Being a skilled and regular reader supports success in all subjects – not just English.

Evidence has shown time and again that children who read daily not only achieve greater GCSE results and go on to earn more money in adulthood than non-readers, but they also enjoy better mental health. Reading just before going to sleep also switches off the brain and aids better quality sleep.

 

 

All students in Years 7 to 9 are still being set regular reading home learning that they can submit from home via Accelerated Reader.  Mrs Turner-Smith is continuing to email students to remind them when this is due and be available to answer any questions they may have or issues they may be experiencing, including not knowing log in details for Accelerated Reader.

We are aware, however, once students have read and quizzed on the books they currently have on loan from the academy, they will not have a chance to change them for new ones.  To address this, while the school is closed, we are allowing all students to read and quiz on any books they have at home, regardless of whether they have read them before or whether the books are outside of their reading range.

Logging into Accelerated Reader from home, weekdays between 9.00am – 5.00pm:

  • Go to the school website https://www.westbourne.attrust.org.uk
  • Select ‘Students’
  • Then scroll down and select ‘Useful Links’
  • Then select ‘other linked ‘Other linked websites and resources for students’
  • Then select ‘Accelerated Reader’

Students can then log in using their normal details.  If for any reason they cannot access this via the school website, they can do so through the following link: https://ukhosted5.renlearn.co.uk/2589695

Why not get your child to read to their younger siblings and then they take the quiz together?

They can choose to re-read their favourite books from primary school or read books that they never got around to reading.  To check if books at home can be quizzed on, students can look them up at https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/

We fully appreciate that some students may have a limited number of quizzable books at home.  If this is the case, please encourage your children to read anything they can access from home, for example, newspapers, magazines and online articles.

As a reminder of our academy approach to ‘all things literacy’, please follow the following link: https://www.westbourne.attrust.org.uk/Literacy/ which can also be located under the ‘About’ tab on the academy website homepage. The following YouTube video is also well worth a watch as it explains the many health and wellbeing benefits of regular reading:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=pRTWFqhEDeo&feature=emb_title

Finally, and in addition to the above, as an alternative way of relaxing, chidren may enjoy listening to a story instead. Audible have made a large number of audiobooks available for children on their website. There is no sign up process and it is completely free to access from a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or mobile device.

The link to explore the range of stories on offer and start listening now is https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Until 31 August 2020, students have free access to 7000 online books via myON.  This is the link to the website https://www.myon.co.uk/

Students needs to click on ‘myon Login’ and then answer 3 questions – the answers are the same for everyone at Westbourne.

The name of your school: Westbourne Academy

Your Username: westbourne695student

Your Password: read

 

Please make reading part of your child’s daily routine, it has so many associated benefits.  In fact, why not treat yourself to some ‘me time’ and make reading part of your own daily routine too.

Should you have any questions about reading or literacy, please feel free to email either:

Mr A Smith –  Assistant Principal

andy.smith@westbourne.attrust.org.uk

or

Mrs L Turner-Smith – Library Manager

lisa.turner-smith@westbourne.attrust.org.uk

To view the advice and tips document for Year 11 to help prepare themselves for their chosen post-16 pathway, click on the text below.  The document gives a range of online tools, online resources and references to reading materials for the majority of post-16 courses available at Suffolk One, Suffolk New College and local 6th form colleges.

For students

The Sharp System – This is an in school support system for students who are worried about themselves, friends or family whilst we are off either due to the school closure or during the holidays.

Childline – A national counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. They deal with any issues which cause distress or concern.

Thinkuknow – Advice from the National Crime Agency on how to stay safe online is a good site for young people with lots of advice on what to post and what not to post and video clips showing what could happen when you post something you shouldn’t.

Acceptable Use of IT – This is a document that sets out the responsibilities of students when using IT equipment, to keep them safe online.

For parents

UK Safer Internet Centre – A site where you can report and remove harmful online content.

CEOP – An agency that exists to help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They help thousands of children and young people every year who have been in a similar situations.

Internet Matters – Tips & Advice. From age-specific online safety checklists to guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, you’ll find a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world..

Net Aware – Support for parents and careers from the NSPCC has some good advice around TIK TOK and how to link the account to your phone as a parent so you can control what they post and what messages they receive.

Parent Info – A collaboration between Parent Zone and CEOP that gives help and advice for families in a digital world from leading experts and organisations.

Thinkuknow – Part of CEOPs, this service helps young people 5 – 17 years to identify the risks they may face online and know where they can go for help.  To help parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools, they are releasing new activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that parents can do with their child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. Download your first pack here today!

Mental Health

https://youngminds.org.uk/ – Advice on maintaining positive mental health for parents and students.

Am I eligible for free school meals?

We have been made aware that there are a number of scam emails and websites in circulation, allowing parents to check their eligibility for FSM and eventually taking their bank details.  If you want to check if you are eligible to apply  please go on https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals which will ensure a safe route to the local Council website where they can find details of how to apply.

Or you can go to the FSM page of our website here:

To read the latest updates from the government about the coronavirus and how it is affecting the UK and schools please go to our academy NEWS page here: