Letter from Mrs Jackson – 20th April

Dear Parents

I trust that you are all keeping as safe as possible. Please be assured all our families are constantly in our thoughts. We are aware that the amount of home learning that we have asked students to undertake has been quite challenging for many of you. I am extremely grateful for the comments and concerns you have shared with us.

Some of the issues have included:

  • Sticking to usual timetable at home is unrealistic
  • Lessons have too much content – Taking much longer than 55 minutes
  • Not enough time for daily exercise
  • Some children doing no work as they are overwhelmed.
  • Demands on parents are unrealistic
  • Lack of IT at home – Sometimes only one computer for 3 children
  • Too much new content – that often requires pre-reading or research
  • Concerns about student and parent mental health and well being

So, it is our intention to simplify the home learning.

There will be an expectation that pupils do no more than 3 hours per day.

Students will have a loose structure from us – but there is no expectation to stick to their normal timetable.

Lessons will be planned to last 40 minutes (this allows for issues around downloading, printing etc).

There will be an expectation that after half term (if we are not back) Year 9 will prioritise core and option subjects.

Teachers will ask pupils to ‘submit’ some work when it is manageable and meaningful. No more than once a fortnight for English, maths and Science and no more than every 4 weeks for other subjects.

Teachers will continue to set work for Year 11 and 13 students until all the course content has been covered (this may be at slightly different times depending on the subject). The government is giving students the opportunity to sit exams in 2021, should they wish to do so. Therefore, it is important that they have had opportunity to access all the content.

We will be sending transition work for pupils in Year 11 transferring into 6th form in the next couple of weeks.

Pupils will do the following

Lessons per week

Key Stage 3

Year 7, 8 and 9

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Year 11 and Year 13
English 2 3

5 hours of work per subject – per week

Teachers will continue to set work until the course is completed.

Revision materials will be uploaded in the future for those wishing to take the exam in 2021

Maths 2 2
Science 2 3
RE 1 2
IT 1 every 2 weeks 2
History 1 2
Geography 1 2
PE / sport 1 2
ART 1every 2weeks 2
DT /Food 1 every 2 weeks 2
Languages 1 2
Music / PA 1 every 4 weeks 2
Health and social / child care 2
Sociology / Politics
Business 2

It is our intention that week 1 of this approach will be fully up and running by 27th April.

In the meantime try to do as much as you can this week, but pupils should not be doing more than 3 hours a day.

The amount of time is by no means a reflection of the value we give to any particular subject. However, we are aware that there are many online opportunities for children to engage in arts activities. Such as virtual visits to galleries, museums, concerts etc.

Wellbeing is paramount in all of this, for all of us!

Love and prayers to all our families

Emma Jackson

Head teacher

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