COVID-19 – Information and Updates
Update – Wednesday 1st April 2020 (1:40 pm)
Please see the attached letter – FSM Update 01 April 2020
GCSE Guidance – Y11s
Please see the attached letter – GCSE guidance
Important Notice to Parents
Please see the attached letter – Working From Home
Please see the attached letter – Trip Update
Online Learning Update
To ensure our students can continue learning and making progress, we have prepared work for each year group up until the Easter Break. This can be found on Show My Homework. In light of the indefinite closure of schools, following government guidelines, we will continue to provide work for students on a weekly basis. We would suggest they follow the timetable below each day so that they continue to keep up their learning across all subject areas. This timetable will hopefully also provide them with some structure and ensure that they do not feel overwhelmed with work.
Year 7 & 8 students should spend approximately 1 hour on each slot on the timetable, making a total of 3 hours per day.
Year 9 and 10 students should spend at least 3 hours per day on work set.
Year 11 already have revision tasks set. It is important to emphasise that the academic year has not been cancelled so the Year 11 students should continue to study. In particular, it is vital that Year 11 students engage with subject specific learning that will prepare them for the subjects that they will be studying from September.
We do not expect parents to be the experts and all students are welcome to email their class teachers with questions. Any work that is not completed online can be completed on a Word document and emailed to the class teacher. Alternatively, students can write their work on paper and then send a photograph of the work. Going forward it will probably make more sense to type written work. If you don’t have the Microsoft Office package with Word etc at home, your child can download it via their school Office 365 account. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems with this.
Our staff are not on holiday and are ready, willing and available to support your child throughout the school closure. Please limit contact with staff to school opening hours if possible.
The following web link is intended to provide you with support and resources to help you learn about online safety at home with your child – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Parent Help sheet for Secondary Schools – Parents Helpsheet
Free school meals
See the attached letter regarding Free School Meals – FSM vouchers.
A message for all year 11s – A message to all of Year 11.
As per the closure letter, requests for access to Show My Homework should be sent to email@example.com.
All requests for other systems should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you request a password reset for Office365 via the website, the password will be initially reset to Password123. Please allow up to an hour for this to happen.
Coronavirus Support for Students and Families
Guide to helping children cope with stress: Helping Children Cope
Ann Freud Learning Network: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
Young Minds advice for Coronavirus: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
Newsround: News friendly for young people: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
Happiful: Free online mental health magazine: https://read.happiful.com/
Place2Be: How to answer questions from children? https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
MH England: Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak
Mindshift: Healthy Young Minds Anxiety Support App https://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/resource-centre/apps/mindshift/
Catch It: NHS Mood Tracker https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/catch-it/
Mood Path: Mood Journal https://mymoodpath.com/en/
Headspace: Mindfulness App https://www.headspace.com/
Breethe: Meditation App https://breethe.com/
Reflecty: Reflection App https://reflectly.app/
Calm: Meditation and Sleep App https://www.calm.com/
Whats Up?: Mental Health App https://apps.apple.com/us/app/whats-up-a-mental-health-app/id968251160
Kooth: Online Support for Young People https://www.kooth.com/
Shout for support in crisis Text ‘Shout’ to 85258
The Mix Essential Support for Under 25’s 0808 808 4994
Talk Zone Lancashire County Council Webchat https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/get-in-touch/ Text 07786 51 11 11 Phone 0800 51 11 11