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Posted On: 28 Jan 2021

Updates on our response to covid 19

Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is closely monitoring the national and local situation and is following official guidance from Public Health England and the Government. We are also liaising closely with our colleagues in Local Authorities.

Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form Remote Learning Programme Jan 2021

Our online remote learning programme was updated at the start of the Spring term and commenced on Tuesday 5th January. The programme continues with the paper based work packs that were utilised during the first period of school closure. However, this time there has been a greater focus on linking the work to the Post 16 Recovery Curriculum. Additionally, this offer is being augmented with 2 live virtual lessons each day and a mechanism for weekly work collection to enable work to be marked and feedback provided in future online sessions with further work set and sent out based on prior learning. Students who have struggled to access this online learning platform due to their SEN have been and continue to be guided through their work with 1:1 telephone calls and/or email communication.
For our Complex Needs students, the class teachers have developed, in liaison with SLT and parents, a more bespoke version of what is described above for the individual students. However it still includes paper/activity based resources followed up with 1:1 face time sessions with their teaching team.
A register is in place to monitor student engagement in Remote Learning. This is monitored on a daily basis by a member of SLT.
Feedback from both parents and students has been positive so far. All of our students have engaged in one element of the offer, with the vast majority engaging with the live virtual lessons.
In conclusion, the updated version of Remote Learning offer has far greater structure;
• it mirrors the Covid Recovery Curriculum that was mapped out from September 2020
• it mirrors the on-site timetable that we have run since September 2020
• there is a well-defined mechanism for delivering work, completing work daily, collecting work, marking work and providing feedback and further guidance
It has been very gratifying to see all curriculum areas fully on board in setting up this Remote Learning programme. Analysis of student work carried out at home and periodic SLT invites into remote online lessons will enable us to identify any curriculum areas that may require further support. Examples of best practice is also shared during weekly staff meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child expect from immediate home learning when sent home during the pandemic?

For individual cases, your child’s tutor will initially direct you to home learning ideas on the school website and this will then be followed up with a delivery of a paper-based home learning pack and resources.

For more widespread home learning, paper-based home learning packs will be supplemented with on-line lessons delivered by their teacher.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We aim to provide learning that matches our curriculum long term plans but to make learning more personalised we may have to adapt the work for maximum impact and engagement.

How long can I expect work to be set by school to take my child each day?

All children are different and need different learning experiences. Work will be set for each subject for the period of home learning. Depending on the learning needs of the student, this could be between 2 – 4 hours per day.

For more widespread home learning, online lessons will take place each day at 10am and 1pm.

How will my child access online home learning?

The Academy will provide devices and internet access to support your child in accessing online resources, should you require this.

Students have been provided with their own email address and advice on how to access the daily online learning platform.

How will my child be taught at home?

The work done at home mirrors the work completed in the classroom.

For individual cases, your child’s tutor will initially direct you to home learning ideas on the school website and this will then be followed up with a delivery of a paper-based home learning pack and resources.

For more widespread home learning, paper-based home learning packs will be supplemented with on-line lessons delivered by their teacher. Work packs are delivered each Friday ready to be used in daily online lessons the following week, each day at 10am and 1pm. Completed work is also collected each Friday, so that it can be marked and feedback provided the following week in the online sessions.

 

What are your expectation for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Our message is simple, please only use whatever helps your day. We will be here on your child’s return to make sure progress continues through a catch up programme.

Of course encourage your child to engage and participate in the remote learning platform, but not at the expense of increasing levels of anxiety within the home.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We take a daily register of participation in the remote learning programme and we will contact you if your child is regularly missing from the daily sessions. Marking of completed work will also alert us to the level of engagement so that appropriate interventions can be made if required.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

For individual cases, please send any completed work back to us for marking and feedback.

For more widespread home learning, work will be collected each Friday so that it can be marked and feedback provided the following week in the online sessions.

 

How will you work with me to help my child who requires additional support from a range of agencies?

Our professionals continue to work in school.

Our SALT, Kate Reader is available for phone or virtual meetings to discuss how communication can be supported at home.

Our EP, Denise is available for phone or virtual meetings to discuss any concerns regarding behaviour, engagement and specific learning needs.

We can support with specific OT advice when required.

Our physiotherapy team, Harriett and Sharon are in school each Monday and Wednesday. They can offer support to families if required. 

Our Parent Support advisor, Angela can support with any issues you may be experiencing as a family and signpost to specialist agencies.

Our specialist SEND nurse, Debby is on call to support you with any concerns around your child’s health (non-COVID related).

If you any questions specific to your child or family circumstance, we are here to help. Please contact us directly so we can get this right for you.

National Lockdown Stay at Home Guidance - please see up to date guidance issues

04.01.21  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home 

Discussions will continue with parents and carers with regard to attendance requirements for children of key workers and those identified as socially vulnerable, and more information will be uploaded when it is received.

GOV.UK ADVICE PAGE - Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS WEBSITE - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Letters from the Trust's CEO

Link to CEO's updates on the Coronavirus sent to all our parents, carers, staff, governors and trustees on 18 March 2020 and letters to parents and carers on 15 May 2020 and  9 July 2020 

Trust academies

Each of the Trust's academies has its own web page dedicated to information and guidance related to the Coronavirus, and details on how the academies will be fully opening on Wednesday 2 September 2020, as follows:

Contact
Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form
Sheraton Building
Ketton Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 8BU

Email: enquiries@horizonstrust.org.uk
Tel: 01642 664140

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Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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