Remote Learning

Welcome to our Remote Learning Resources page where you will find links and information to support your child with their learning if they are required to self-isolate.   

During this new way of learning, we appreciate that there are a number of new terms that you will come across when supporting your child with their learning at home. We hope that these definitions will help with this.

We are committed to ensuring that our students have the highest quality education both in school and during a period of home learning. We appreciate that any period of self-isolation for students will be a disappointment, and we wish all students a full and speedy recovery.   

If students are well enough to do so, they can continue to access all of their learning on Google Classroom through their Chromebook device. All tasks and materials will be set by their teachers here.  Students should follow their normal academy timetable while at home, and should be encouraged to take regular breaks away from their Chromebook screens. All students have been emailed a new copy of their timetable at the start of this module via Google Mail. 

Google Guardians will be able to give parents/carers daily or weekly summaries of the assignments that have been set and submitted by their child. 

We will also ensure that all of the sessions from students’ Values lessons can also be found on Google Classroom, which will support their ongoing pastoral development. 

Students can use the Google Suite, whether on Google Classroom or Google Mail, to ask their teachers questions and ask for additional support. 

They should be encouraged to continue reading widely, using their access to MyON, a digital library of over 10,000 fiction and non-fiction books. 

We appreciate your support in ensuring that learning can continue whilst your child is self-isolating, and look forward to welcoming them back to the Academy shortly.

How can I support my child at home when learning remotely?

Our At Home Learning Guide includes lots of helpful guidance and support to families.

All parents/carers can be added as Google Guardians, so that you can receive either daily or weekly updates on assignments, and your child’s progress at completing these. Please contact admin@thehalleyacademy.org.uk for any questions regarding this.

All families were emailed a copy of their child’s timetable at the start of each module. 

We have also introduced Knowledge Organisers for all subjects and all year groups. These are powerful learning tools to help students recall and revise the key facts and information about a topic. Fitting nicely onto one A4 page, a Knowledge Organiser helps students chunk information into accessible and familiar patterns. All students have access to these via Google Classroom. Please take a look at our Knowledge Organiser Guide to see how you can use these at home to help support your child’s learning remotely.

How can I make sure that my child remains safe online?

In order to support and promote safe learning at home, the academy has become a member of the National Online Safety platform.  Please ensure you take the time to register and complete the Online Safety for Parents of Children Aged 11 -14 or Aged 14 – 18.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) has also designed ThinkUKnow Activity packs for parents and carers to use at home with their children, to support online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home. These activities will be updated every two weeks and can be found via this link Think U Know Activity Packs.

parentINFO is a collaboration between Parent Zone and CEOP.  This service provides support and guidance for parents and carers on digital family life.

How will students receive feedback on their learning?

Students receive feedback frequently on their remote learning through a variety of different forms, best suited to the task and subject in question.

  • Google Slides is used to deliver whole-class feedback through instructional videos and audio clips from our teachers.
  • Google Forms is used to give instant feedback to regular quizzing which takes place to develop students’ long term memory.
  • Individual feedback is given through Google Classroom, whether in written or audio form, when students submit their assignments.

Contact

If you are experiencing device login issues, please email your child’s Small School Team.

If your child is currently in receipt of Free School Meals, please also contact your child’s Small School Team to arrange for a Free School Meal voucher to be sent to you electronically.

If you have questions on how best to help your child learn remotely, please email home.learning@thehalleyacademy.org.uk

Safeguarding

The safeguarding and wellbeing of our students remains a top priority at The Halley Academy.  If you have a safeguarding concern then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our safeguarding team. 

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Cronin, Head of Easley School, (Email)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Mr Russell, Head of Franklin School, (Email)
  • Mr Stevens, Head of Turing School, (Email)
  • Mr Harrison, Head of Hawking School, (Email)
  • Mrs Wilson, SENDCO and Director of Inclusion, (Email)

We will endeavour to respond as soon as possible, although please note that the email addresses are not monitored all of the time.  

If your concern is an emergency and there is a risk of harm to self or others then please contact the police immediately. 

Useful Links for Parents/Carers 

Some useful links for student support and promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing in the current crisis: