Supporting Your Child
During the current school closure we appreciate how difficult it will be for students to maintain regular and consistent distance learning. Every household will face their own unique challenges and barriers to distance learning, whether it’s a lack of devices, quiet study spaces, younger siblings running around or illness (hopefully not!). The key is to relax, encourage your child or children as much as possible and don’t worry if you have a bad school day, it will happen!
You can find answers to some FAQs following our first week of learning under the ‘Latest News’ tab.
Below we have provided some advice and guidance to support your child, both with their distance learning but also their own health and wellbeing:
Our expectation is that students will complete the following amount of school work every school day:
Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9 - 3 hours of school work each school day.
Year 10 & Year 11 - 4 hours of school work each school day.
Remember this method of independent study is far more intensive than working in a class with group work, questions and answers, teacher led instructions and practical tasks. Relax and encourage your child to complete the school work that is being set, but don’t insist that every piece of work must be completed or that it must be done on the day it is set. Reading has a huge impact on all subject areas, so encourage your child or children to read as much as possible. It is important that school work is balanced with practical activities, spending time with family, getting outside and relaxing.
Teachers will set the appropriate amount of work that relates to the number of lessons you would have each week. For example, if you are timetabled Maths for 3 lessons this week, you will be set 3 lessons worth of work. That doesn’t necessarily equate to 3 full hours, so your child may be telling the truth if they’ve completed the lesson work in less time!
Google Classroom is a great online learning platform and teachers are available each school day to interact with students. Whether it is just checking in to see if everything is OK or a specific subject question, encourage your child or children to communicate with teachers. We really miss seeing your children every day and it is lovely to hear they are coping with the lockdown OK.
We do ask that students only communicate with teachers during normal working hours, between 9am and 4pm. It is also important to bear in mind that teachers are also in the same situation, often sharing devices with their family members or managing illness/self isolation with their own families. Teachers are keen to support students, but only expect replies to emails/comments during the working day.
It is also important that students only communicate with teachers using Google Classroom or their school email address, NOT their personal email address (for safeguarding reasons).
Teachers will add a behaviour comment to Go 4 Schools if students are not engaging and completing work set on Google Classroom. Parents will be able to see this and will continue to receive a weekly report on a Friday. This is not designed as a sanction for students, but instead as a flag to ensure parents are aware this is the case. It will also be used by our pastoral staff in case we are concerned about students who are not engaging at all, which may prompt a telephone call to check if everything is OK.
Year 11 Students
You will be aware that the Government have announced plans on how they will be awarding GCSE grades to Year 11 students this summer. We are working behind the scenes to ensure that we meet Ofqual’s requirements. Parents of Year 11 students will have received a letter from Mr Woodcock, which can be found in the ‘latest news’ section.
Year 9 Students
Parents of Year 9 students will receive confirmation of your child’s KS4 choices by the end of April. It is then advisable for Year 9 students to concentrate on the subjects they will be taking in Year 10 and so it would be acceptable for students to opt out of completing work for subjects they are not taking next year. However, students are welcome to continue working with their teachers if they enjoy the subject and choose to complete the work.
Useful Email Addresses
Please remember the following email addresses can be used by you or your child should you have any concerns
Online safety concerns - firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety or welfare concerns - email@example.com
EBHS Community Classroom
Please encourage your child/children to join the EBHS Community classroom where teachers are posting regular wellbeing activities and generally enabling the school community to keep in touch. You can complete your own mindfulness journal or listen to the first two Harry Potter books as read by Mr Mallard, as well as other extra-curricular activities shared by teachers.
The code to join the EBHS Community Classroom is zkqhvkv
4 Key messages for Parents and Carers
- Use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about their use of the internet. With children and parents spending more time at home, now is a great time to continue to chat with your child about how they are using online technology and what it means to them. Their use of apps and games may have changed since the outbreak, so now is a good time to check in!
- Explore Thinkuknow resources using the #OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs. Every fortnight Thinkuknow will release a new set of activity packs to share with children between the ages of 3 and 16. Use these to help you keep up a positive, supportive conversation about safety online in your home.
- Tell your children to report anything that worries them. It’s important that children and young people always know where to go if they come across something that worries them or makes them feel uncomfortable online. Remind them regularly that you’re there to help.
- Use parental controls. Setting parental controls can be a quick and effective tool to help protect your children online, and should be installed on all devices that children use.
Useful web-links or external advice