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Remote Learning / Virtual Learning Resource
New 'remote working' arrangements for students
Academy updates on school closures will now be published on a dedicated website: http://harrisadvice.org.uk.
New information updated - 13 January 2021
Online lessons will run on Microsoft Teams starting on Tuesday 5th January. Lessons will follow students normal timetable and reflect their usual break or lunch times. Students will be expected to attend tutor time starting at 8:30am. It is an expectation that all students attend online lessons.
Should your daughter be unable to attend lessons online please follow the normal academy procedure of reporting absence.
The Academy day will run as below:
Monday: 8:30am – 2:50pm for all students
Tuesday: 8:30am – 2:50pm for KS3. With KS4 & 5 finishing at 3:40pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 2:50pm for KS3. With KS4 & 5 finishing at 3:40pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 2:50pm for KS3. With KS4 & 5 finishing at 3:40pm
Friday: 8:30am – 2:50pm for all students
Break is 10:40am & Lunch 1:30pm – 2pm. This may change if the Teacher wishes to avoid splitting a double.
if you require a laptop for your daughter, please email email@example.com
Parents will be contacted regarding the arrangements of collecting IT equipment.
Year 7 & Year 8: Mr Haidar firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 & Year 10: Ms Shiyani email@example.com
Year 11: Mr Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 12 & 13: Ms Barling email@example.com
What should I do if I have to work from home?
You are expected to complete and submit for all tasks set by your teachers by the given deadlines. Your tasks will be set on Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. Your teacher will use these platforms to monitor your completion of the tasks and to provide feedback. You will be given deadlines, and you must meet them.
If your teacher is concerned that you may be falling behind, they will first contact you on Teams and check that you are ok, that you understand and make sure you have enough support to complete the work. This is exactly as they would do at school.
Just like at school, if your teacher is very concerned that you aren’t logging into Teams and completing work, despite them having communicated with you, they will contact your parent or carer and raise the concerns with them.
The best way for you to manage your workload at home is to follow your timetable closely. Your teachers will provide you with plenty of work to help you to do this.
How do I access my lessons if I am isolating at home?
If you are isolating at home because you have been in contact with somebody who has symptoms, please try not to worry. You will be able to access your normal lesson via Teams so that you do not miss out. Your teachers will make sure that you are given access to your normal lessons at the normal times so that you can access the lesson and also see your friends.
How can I get help from my teacher?
If you have attempted a task and you find you are unable to complete it because you need more guidance, you should first message your teacher on Teams and then by email if you don’t get a response – there is a risk that your message may not have reached your teacher if something has gone wrong.
You can always use the ‘chat’ function in Teams to seek support during lessons. You should never just ‘leave’ the work; you are responsible for managing your work and it must all be completed in full.
How should I communicate with my teacher?
This section has guidance about how to communicate with your teacher and other students about schoolwork, school matters or any worries or questions you may have.
You should send messages using Teams and/or email to your teachers to ask questions or for support.
All email communication should be made between the school hours on weekdays. Your teachers will not communicate with you outside of these times.
Your email communication and all messages on Teams should be formal.
Increasing data allowances on mobile devices
Are you using your mobile device to connect to the Internet and then running out of mobile data – please read the following to get help getting more data. The information below comes from the government website and can be found using this link:
This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.
Who can get help
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:
• do not have fixed broadband at home
• cannot afford additional data for their devices
• are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:
• Virgin Mobile
• Tesco Mobile
• Sky Mobile
Other providers may join the scheme at a later stage.
When help is available
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases when schools report a closure or have pupils self-isolating.
They can also make requests for children who cannot attend school face-to-face because:
• they’re clinically extremely vulnerable
• restrictions prevent them from going to school
How to request a mobile data increase
For each request, we need to know:
• the name of the account holder
• the number of the mobile device
• the mobile network of that device (for example Three)
There’s an online guide to help gather mobile information.
Once a network provider has processed a data increase, they’ll send a text message to the account holder. It’s also possible to check the status of requests through the online service.
You must email your request with the three pieces of information highlighted above to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How will I know when it is going to open again?
New information from the school about coronavirus, including details of possible school closures, can be found at http://harrisadvice.org.uk. This will always have the very latest information.
We will also update the school website and twitter, which we will update daily with any new information. Please check there each morning to see if there is anything new in our announcements page.
We will also email your parents/carers to keep them up to date. Any emails to parents/carers will be copied to the website so that you can see them there.
You won’t easily be able to call the school as there will not be lots of staff on duty. If there are any changes or any guidance published by exam boards for your examinations, we will let you know of this immediately.
How do I access the remote working systems?
Click the document below for guidance on how to log in and use Teams, SharePoint and other learning platforms.
Click the following link to access the Student Homepage.
DforE Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
The Department for Education has updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:
Here's what some of our parents have written in about remote learning
I’d like to start by saying a big thank you for all you’re doing to support the girls during these unprecedented times. You’re all very much appreciated! I know it’s not easy supporting a class and remote teaching, whilst also dealing with all the other issues the pandemic has thrown up from home schooling your own children, to the anxiety, to the pains of a dodgy internet connection and hearing “you’re on mute” in your sleep etc etc. The list is never ending. Obviously, this isn’t the introduction to secondary life that was expected for our daughter, but you are all helping to make it as stress free and enjoyable as it possibly can be - you’re all doing an amazing job. Thank you! Mrs N Nicholls, Year 7 Parent
Just a quick note to say a massive thank you to you and all your colleagues.The lessons you are conducting and the online resources are great. Our daughter is working very hard every day and we really appreciate all the efforts from everyone at school to enable her to continue learning. She is coping well with yet another lockdown and we are very grateful for the huge part school has played.
We hope you are all ok and managing the workload, Thanks again, Mrs K, Year 8 parent
Since Covid-19 set in last year, I cannot thank the school enough for the informative newsletters and updates that are sent to us as parents and the extreme care and nature in which they are written to elude from any worry for the safety of the students.
From the receptionist, to IT, the welfare staff and of course the high standard of education that is being provided throughout this whole thing by the teachers, thank you all! My daughter has flourished and not faltered in front of my eyes, it's wonderful to see. A very special mention and thanks to her form teacher, Mr Whittingham too. Please continue to do, all that you are doing, and we hope that you and your families keep safe. Your work is appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.
Our thanks again to you and all the staff at Harris Bromley. Miss C Tackie, Year 8 parent.
My husband and I just wanted to express our thanks for all your hard work regarding all these changes we are having to endure. We think you’ve dealt with everything efficiently and so professionally, as always. Connie has really enjoyed her first week of online learning. You’re all doing such an amazing job. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to each and every one of you.
Please stay well and safe. Mr & Mrs Pellett, Year 8 Parent
Really appreciate the efforts of school. The mirroring of the school day is particularly helpful as a parent working from home to understand when she should be online and not. Harris Bromley is very organised and the teachers have worked hard to maintain the caring ethos of the school. Ms Briggs, Year 8 Parent
We would like to express our thanks to everyone from teachers, support staff cleaners and every member of your team. In this difficult time we have been experiencing everyone at Harris Girls have been nothing more than supportive, caring and totally amazing. We can only guess how hard it is for you all to be there and arranging online lessons, keeping all students that have to attend school safe, and their spirits up. We hope you are all keeping safe, your families are safe and look forward to when we can see you all again. Please stay safe kindest regards. Mr & Mrs Walding, Year 10 Parents
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