Covid-19 Update / Home Learning
Below you can find all COVID-19 communications and information to help with Home Learning.
Please see the Home Learning Letter To Parents dated 6th January 2021 here which includes information about:
- Clarifying our home learning processes including how the college will be communicating with you.
- Possible class and staff changes to your child's timetable from Monday 11th January
- How lessons will be taught, including conduct and expectations.
- The cancellation of GCSEs for Year 11 students.
5th January 2021 Update
With the announcement by the Government of a national lock down in England from 5th January 2021, for the foreseeable future all students in Years 7 - 11 will be taking part in online learning from home via Google Meet. College remains open for children of critical workers and vulnerable students. (Students will need to bring in a packed lunch). If you are a critical worker and would like your child(ren) to attend college, please complete the following google form here
Students in Years 7 – 11 will follow their full timetable, including tutor time where registers will be taken. Lessons will be live on Google Meet, with codes posted in Google Classroom. Please ensure the usual protocols are followed, e.g. sensible clothing and in a communal area of the household where possible. For full guidance please see below. Students will be given time to complete tasks within the lesson as normal and teachers will be available the whole lesson so students can ask questions as they would if they were in class.
Should you not have access to IT, please contact your child’s Progress Leader, who will help to coordinate the learning packs and support:
Year 7: firstname.lastname@example.org (Assistant Principal)
Year 10: email@example.com
If your child would normally have either Mrs Haywood or Mrs Butler then work will be provided in Google Classroom, but the teaching will not be live. Work will be overseen by Mr Griffiths (Maths) and Miss Mark (Languages). Every student will receive a new timetable on Monday 11th January 2021. The new timetables will detail any staff changes and will be available in Tasc.
If your child is in receipt of free school meals, a voucher will be emailed to you weekly for the duration of the school closure.
We shall up date you with regards to the previously planned Lateral Flow Testing when we have more information.
We will continue to update you with any information as we receive it.
Should you have any questions or would like further clarification, please get in touch in initially through Progress Leaders or by using the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
The following expectations are in place for all virtual Google Meet lessons:
• The student timetable will run as normal with current timings;
• Virtual teaching will take place as whole class groups: there will be no one-to-one sessions;
• Teachers will be mindful of the needs of all the students and be flexible in their teaching style;
• Teaching Assistants will continue to support students as directed by the SENDCO.
• All students will be expected to attend, on time, with a register taken;
• Attendance will be carefully monitored and our attendance policy followed;
• Tutor time will follow the usual year group timetable, as directed by the Year Group Progress Leader.
• There will be 30 minutes of interactive teaching at the start of each lesson, after which students will complete tasks set by the teacher, via Google Classroom or subject specific app;
• After the initial interactive section, the Google Meet session will continue for the duration of the timetabled lesson. Students will complete the tasks set, with both staff and students muted. During this time, students may ask for support from the teacher through the chat function, which may in turn lead to a verbal discussion;
• Students will still be set homework as usual;
• Staff and students will wear appropriate clothing, as should anyone else present in the household;
• Computers and/or mobile devices should be used in an appropriate location with, where possible, a neutral background;
• All students must enter the Google Meet lesson with their camera and microphone switched off: settings should only be changed following teacher instructions;
• The language used throughout will meet the usual College expectations: professional and appropriate;
• Teachers and students will communicate with each other during the Google Meet lesson: should another member of the household wish to communicate with a member of staff, they should do so by following the usual home-school communication channels;
• Teachers will continue to follow the school’s reward policy by awarding house points for meeting our core values;
• Students will be expected to follow our behaviour policy. Failing to address any poor behaviour choices after a friendly warning and C1, the student may be removed from the session by the teacher. This would be akin to receiving a C2. Behaviour incidents will be reported to the Progress Leader;
• Significant disruption, rudeness, or inappropriate conduct will result in the student being removed immediately from the session. The matter will be reported to and followed up by a member of the senior leadership team;
• Any student or member of staff alarmed or concerned by any online session (either for content, breach of this policy, or other worry) should immediately contact the Vice Principal;
• All virtual teaching using Google Meet will be recorded by the teacher leading the lesson, to ensure the safety of all students and staff;
• All recordings of these live sessions are protected under GDPR and stored on appropriate UK servers. They exist only for safeguarding purposes and not for further broadcast or transmission if students are included in the video recording. For example, a recorded session of a teacher demonstrating an example where no students are included would be acceptable for later use;
• Christ’s College manages the overall permissions and settings in G suite, and will disable certain features for the adequate safeguarding of students.
Current Government and Surrey County Council local guidance/updates regarding COVID-19 can be found below:
Government (England) here
Surrey County Council here
Government (England) Guidance For Full Opening: Schools here