Online Learning - Information for Students
Academy updates on school closures will now be published on a dedicated website: http://harrisadvice.org.uk.
What should I do if I have to work from home?
For many of you, working from home, may be difficult. Please try not to worry and if you need anything at all, let us know. We have lots of links below for you to have a look at and your Form Tutor, Mentor, Teaching Assistant, Counsellor or Faculty Director are all on hand should you need help. Please do contact us, if you or your family need anything at all.
We know that you will understand how important it is that you complete the work that has been set and attend the ‘Live Lessons’ so that you do not miss out or fall behind. Your tasks will be set on Microsoft Teams and Show My Homework. Your teacher will use these to monitor your completion of the tasks and to provide feedback. You will be given deadlines, which you must try to meet and if you have any issues contact us and teachers will also be providing feedback to your parents/carers.
If your teacher is concerned that you are falling behind, they will contact you on Teams and check that you are ok, that you understand and make sure you have enough support to complete the work. Just like at school, if your teacher is concerned that you aren’t logging into Teams or completing work, they will contact your parent or carer and raise the concerns with them.
The best way for you to manage your workload at home is to follow your timetable closely. Your teachers will provide you with plenty of work to help you to do this.
Students in Year 7-13 will be taught lessons online, that match their normal ‘in school’ timetable. These lessons will be delivered at exactly the same time as lessons in school.
What do I do if I need help?
If you are struggling in anyway, there are guides at the bottom of the page that will help you, you can contact your teachers in the following way:
- Email them;
- Send a message on Teams;
- Use the ‘chat’ function in your lesson;
- Email your Faculty Director;
- Contact the Academy via the firstname.lastname@example.org email address;
How will I get support if I have Additional Needs?
If you normally have additional support in school, these will continue whilst you are working from home:
Teaching for Dyslexia, Literacy;
- Catch up in English and/or Maths’
- Contact with the Welfare Team/Mentors
How do I access the remote working systems?
Click the document below for guidance on how to log in and use Teams, Show My Homework and other learning platforms. There is also a 5-step guide to access online lessons below, 'Microsoft Teams - Student Instructions'.
How do I access my lessons if I am isolating at home?
If you are isolating at home because you have been in contact with somebody who has symptoms, please try not to worry. You will be able to access your normal lesson via Teams so that you do not miss out. Your teachers will make sure that you are given access to your normal lessons at the normal times so that you can access the lesson and also see your friends.
How to submit your work using Forms / Submitting work online
How will I know when the Academy is open for students and when I need to return?
New information from the school about coronavirus, including details of possible school closures, can be found at http://harrisadvice.org.uk. This will always have the very latest information.
We will also update the school website and twitter, which we will update daily with any new information. Please check there each morning to see if there is anything new in our announcements page.
We will also email your parents/carers to keep them up to date. Any emails to parents/carers will be copied to the website so that you can see them there.
You won’t easily be able to call the school as there will not be lots of staff on duty. If there are any changes or any guidance published by exam boards for your examinations, we will let you know of this immediately.
DforE Guidance for parents and carers: keeping children safe online
The Department for Education has updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:
Increasing data allowances on mobile devices
Are you using your mobile device to connect to the internet and then running out of mobile data – please read the following to get help getting more data. The information below comes from the government website and can be found using this link:
This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted.
Who can get help
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases for children and young people who:
- do not have fixed broadband at home
- cannot afford additional data for their devices
- are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education
Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:
- BT Mobile
- iD Mobile
- Sky Mobile
- Tesco Mobile
- Virgin Mobile
Other providers will join the scheme at a later stage.
When help is available
Schools, trusts and local authorities can request mobile data increases when schools report a closure or have pupils self-isolating.
They can also make requests for children who cannot attend school face-to-face because:
- they’re clinically extremely vulnerable
- restrictions prevent them from going to school
How to request a mobile data increase
For each request, we need to know:
- the name of the account holder
- the number of the mobile device
- the mobile network of that device (for example Three)
There’s an online guide to help gather mobile information.
Once a network provider has processed a data increase, they’ll send a text message to the account holder. It’s also possible to check the status of requests through the online service.
You must email your request with the three pieces of information highlighted above to email@example.com
Should you require any further help or assistance on this please contact the Academy via our main switchboard.