Principal’s Letter to Parents – 5th February 2021
A PDF version of this letter can be found here.
I do hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. This term has certainly brought us a number of challenges once again, although I have been incredibly impressed with the determination shown by the vast majority of our students with regards to their remote learning during these difficult times.
Thank you very much for all of the positive feedback that I have received regarding our virtual Parent Consultation Days last week. I am delighted that so many of you found them to be an easy, effective and informative way to communicate with teachers.
Screen Free Activity Days
On Thursday and Friday next week, students will be given the opportunity to experience activities away from their computers. There will be a variety of sessions on offer which students can participate in, including photography, film, baking, reading, exercise and art. I appreciate that remote learning requires students to spend many hours in front of a computer screen, and so it is hoped that these days will be an appropriate and enjoyable way for them to end this term. Please can you ask your son/daughter to check their college Google Classrooms to sign up to the different activities at the start of next week.
As you know, we are continually reviewing and updating the remote learning provision on offer to our students. In line with the available research, we have found the most effective way for our students to learn and engage with their work is through pre-recorded content. This allows students to access their work easily, whilst being able to view the content on more than one occasion should they wish. Whilst some of this material may be recorded by Homewood teachers, other recorded content is provided by a range of trusted providers including Oak National Academy and The Greenshaw Learning Trust. If students are unsure of the content of any of their lessons, it must be remembered that their teachers are available via the Google Classroom should they have any questions.
Please remember that our Remote Learning offer can be found on our website: Remote Education Provision
If teachers feel that the opportunity for live content is appropriate, this will be made available. Students will need to agree to read and adhere to the following Code of Conduct for them to take part in these sessions. This information will be emailed to students in advance of their lesson but is included below for your reference.
Student Code of Conduct for Live Lessons
In order for me to take part in live lessons, I agree to the following:
- Be on time for the lesson but not more than 5 minutes prior to the designated start time
- Join the meeting with the link sent to me in my Google Classroom
- Be dressed appropriately for learning, e.g. smart casual daywear
- Remain attentive during sessions
- Have my microphone switched off unless my teacher asks me to switch it on. Contact can be made with my teacher via the ‘chat’
- Ensure my background is neutral or uses a Google background. Personal information and/or unsuitable personal items will not be visible
- Ideally keep my camera on so that the teacher can see me, unless my teacher asks me to switch it off
- Interact patiently and respectfully with my teachers and peers
- Be seated at a desk or table
- Not record (audio or video) or take photos of my peers or teachers
- Leave the lesson as soon as my teacher indicates to do so
- Ensure that my behaviour and language is appropriate at all times. I understand that my teacher will remove me from the lesson straight away if there is an issue with my behaviour. I understand that appropriate sanctions will be given as necessary
- Not share any school content on social media platforms
As we approach the final week of term, I thank you all very much for your continued support and co-operation. I will contact you again at the end of next week. In the meantime, do continue to take good care.
J K Single