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30/07/21

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30/07/21

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28/07/21

Another fantastic but slightly rainy day at Summer Camp draws to a close. We need to keep all fingers and toes crossed that the rain stays away on Friday 🤞😬 https://t.co/mWH3eJL2Ej

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27/07/21

Summer Camp 2021 for our incoming year 7 students in full swing! https://t.co/WMgrwGo3yb

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12/07/21

Our Creative Arts students are incredible! Art, Music, Drama, Food, DT...do watch our video...even the music is home grown Glyn student talent! https://t.co/zIssky8EmY https://t.co/vHZorfymsC

12/07/21

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12/07/21

Parents and Carers - if you did not receive the Glyn Newsletter on Friday 9 July, please check your junk! Please then move the email to your inbox, which will resolve the issue for future messages. Apologies - new parental messaging system gremlin!

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08/07/21

Open Evening postponed to Thursday 16 September 2021. We hope this new date will allow prospective families onto the school site, and we look forward to meeting you then! https://t.co/unlBiA4Dy7

02/07/21

Vacancy - are you an inspiring and experienced Careers Advisor looking for a position in an ‘Outstanding’ school? https://t.co/1pWEIld3Ed

02/07/21

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29/06/21

Joining Glyn School in September 2021? Please see our Transition Experience video! https://t.co/eeYSfosABR

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28/06/21

Wishing our Glyn School Wimbledon Ball Boys all the best as the Championships begin today https://t.co/D9IqPD316k

23/06/21

Reminder! Mufti Day Thursday 24 June - own clothes, voluntary £2 on the gate for Glyn PSA, remember your face covering...remind your friends!

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21/06/21

Library book returned 19 years late - 995 hours of detention? We hope he made it in The Rock Business! https://t.co/bSiAVVOXPI https://t.co/pGGIKI8iTE

15/06/21

With regret, Glyn School Open Evening for prospective Year 7 entry has been postponed until Thursday 16 September 2021. Further details on our website: https://t.co/8z3j0dapL7

11/06/21

Friday 11 June train disruptions/cancellations, including West Ewell and Epsom: https://t.co/gTY3K8q8LK

11/06/21

Good afternoon Due to significant problems with the signalling system near London Waterloo, train services running across the whole South Western Railway network may be cancelled, severely delayed or revised.

28/05/21

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter - so much good news! https://t.co/XVuFlZIFZV

Remote Education

Remote Learning - What to Expect

Whilst we are in this period of remote learning, we wanted to share with families the principles and expectations behind the remote curriculum which your child will be experiencing.


We have worked hard to ensure an outstanding remote learning provision during this lockdown.  It is important that our students feel supported, motivated and engaged during this period, so that we are able to identify and close any gaps rapidly.


Please either use these links to find a specific answer or browse for all answers. 

Last updated 19/01/21

Q: How long can I expect my child to spend on their school work each day?

Q: How will my child access their remote lessons?

Q: If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Q: We do not have access to printing at home.  Will this affect my child’s learning?

Q: What will my child’s remote lessons be like?

Q: What curriculum content will my child be taught during remote learning?

Q: What are the expectations of students’ engagement during live lessons?

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

Q: How will you assess and feedback on my child’s work and progress?

Q: Will all lessons have an associated Google Classroom assignment or something to hand in?

Q: How can Parents and Carers support remote learning at home?

Q: How should students be communicating with their teachers if there is an issue?

Q: Should I be able to access my child’s Google Classroom?

Q: What if my child has a cover lesson during remote learning?

Q: How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

 

Appendix 1 Data Allowance Scheme to Support Remote Learning

 

Q: How long can I expect my child to spend on their school work each day?

A: Students across all year groups will receive live lessons following their normal school timetable.  However, the timings of each lesson have been adjusted, as below.

 

8.30

Get equipment ready and device ready to log in

8.40

Log in to Form Time

9.00

Period 1 begins

9.50

Period 1 ends

10.00

Period 2 begins

10.50

Period 2 ends

10.50

Break time

11.20

Period 3 begins

12.10

Period 3 ends

12.20

Period 4 begins

13.10

Period 4 ends

13.10

Lunch Time

14.00

Period 5 begins

14.50

End of remote school day

We have taken the decision that students in Key Stages 3 and 4 should not complete additional homework at this time.  We will continue to review this aspect of our curriculum.

 

Q: How will my child access their remote lessons?

A: Students will use their Google Classrooms to access Google Meets with their teachers where live lessons will be taught.  Students will have access to resources on their Google Classrooms.  

Beyond the Google Suite, students may be asked to access their learning via a range of other online tools or digital platforms. These are either used through Google Chrome or as websites and do not require students to pay for access or an account. For example: Seneca Learning, The EverLearner Platform, Smart learning Suite, Mathswatch, Pear Deck, Jamboad, Spiral.ac, Quizizz, Quizlet, Whiteboard.fi, Answer Garden, Soundtrap, Kahoot, Loom, Digital Theatre Plus, Ezyeducation and Educake.

 

Q: If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

A: We have worked hard to ensure that all students have access to an appropriate learning device, such as a Chromebook, to enable them to access their remote learning.  Please see Appendix 1, which references our previous communications on how to access required data to support remote learning.

 

Q: We do not have access to printing at home.  Will this affect my child’s learning?

A: Teachers are aware of this and are not generally designing tasks which require printing. If printed or hard copy materials are essential, teachers have been organising for those to be posted or dropped home.  Students will be aware where this is the case.  

 

Q: What will my child’s remote lessons be like?

A: As a school, we are fortunate to have already adopted a clear approach, which uses technology as a tool to enhance the principles of great learning and teaching.  Therefore, lessons will be underpinned by these key features of learning, but in a way which has been adapted for remote teaching. 

 

This may include one or more of these activities:

  • Starting with a welcome and taking a register to reconnect. 

  • Students being asked to complete tasks or quizzes from memory.

  • Teachers explaining key ideas, language or modelling processes and examples. 

  • Independent student practice.

  • Teachers checking for student understanding to find and fix errors. 

  • Students receiving feedback and acting on it to put it into practice. 

 

We acknowledge the challenges that teachers and students face in remote lessons.  We are working to improve our colleagues’ practice, in particular focusing on these key aspects of remote lessons:

  • Methods to question all students to check their understanding.

  • Facilitating ways for students to share ideas in pairs or small groups in writing. 

  • Screen-free activities. 

Students should continue to check the Google Classroom To Do lists and Streams so they can see all relevant resources, questions or assignments posted there. 

 

Q: What curriculum content will my child be taught during remote learning? 

A: We teach the same Planned Curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. 

However, we have had to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example:

  • Maths - Year 9 topics have been reordered where specific equipment is required in school. 

  • English - some changes to texts in Year 7 and to text reading/annotation in Year 10. 

  • Science - for all year groups practicals, where possible, are recorded or watched as live demonstrations in lessons. For examination groups with required practicals, these have been moved, where possible, with a view to complete them on return to school. 

  • Practical PE and Games - students will be guided through a series of strength and conditioning sessions, concentrating on developing physical and mental wellbeing.  Some Games lessons are being used for 1:1 support for SEND students in school. 

  • Practical Music - use of Soundtrap online to explore rhythm, with a return to drumming practice when students are back in school. 

  • Practical Art - painting topics have been adapted to focus on colour and use of a range of media which students may have at home. A return to painting and pottery practice will take place when students are back in school. 

  • Practical Food Technology - all year groups will be completing theory work remotely and completing practical work when back in school. 

  • Media Studies - coursework for Year 11 and 13 is not possible to complete without the software available in school. They are focusing on key concepts and case studies remotely. 

  • Computing - Year 8 Programming Skills unit will vary the software, depending on availability from home. 

  • Drama - some scripts have been reordered to cover others remotely. 

  • Design Technology - Years 7 and 8 have shifted their focus to what DT is from home.  At Key Stage 4 and 5 there are some project changes so students can access these from home and have prioritised the teaching of DT theory at the start of remote learning. 

  • Social Sciences - Year 12 and 13 topic orders have been changed to suit remote teaching.

  • SEND interventions have been moved to earlier in the school day, with adaptations to face to face teaching in school.  

 

Q: What are the expectations of students’ engagement during live lessons?

A: Students will be expected to behave appropriately at all times.  Our Behaviour Policy remains the same during remote learning.  Where behaviour becomes an issue this will be dealt with quickly.  As a last resort, as in school, a student may be asked to leave the Google Meet lesson, if they are persistently disrupting the learning of others.  All Google Meet lessons are recorded and the footage will be stored securely.

Students will be asked to have their microphones off, unless they are answering or asking a question.  All students will be asked to have their cameras on at the start of the lesson to be welcomed by their teacher and to take the register. Thereafter, there is no expectation that students will have their cameras on, unless they feel comfortable to do so. There may however, be additional times when teachers instruct students to turn their cameras on because this forms part of a learning task. 

We expect all students to engage fully in every activity and to use the chat function, or to indicate with a ‘hand up’ if they want to ask a question of their teacher to help them.

Teachers may ask students to submit their work via Google Classroom. 

Students should use the Google Meet chat function for questions or in any other way as directed by their teacher.  This feature is not for students to communicate with each other and because Google Meets are recorded, teachers receive transcripts of all Google Meet chat threads, which are again stored securely. 

Students are expected to stay in the Google Meet for the entire lesson.  Teachers have access to a Google add-on which records the duration of a student’s attendance to a Google Meet lesson, including the times at which they arrive, leave and return. 

 

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

A: All Form times and lessons will have the register taken.  If there are concerns about attendance, whilst individual subject teachers may contact home, the pastoral teams are reviewing weekly attendance and will contact Parents and Carers with any concerns.  Please be reassured that we understand that there may be legitimate reasons for this and so these calls are designed to support you and to find solutions to support your child’s learning. 

If there is an issue with a student’s behaviour or engagement, they will not receive a behaviour point, but that teacher will communicate with Parents and Carers to address these concerns. 

All students will receive a phone call from school to check in with them.  For SEND or other students who require it, this will take place weekly.   For all other students, this will take place twice a half term. 

 

Q: How will you assess and feedback on my child’s work and progress?

A: Students will receive feedback weekly from their teachers.  The form this will take is defined by each subject’s remote learning feedback policy.  This may include:

  • Google Quiz results.

  • Individual verbal or written feedback.

  • Whole class feedback.

  • Live marking or sharing examples for students to use to improve their work. 

Whilst feedback is an important teacher tool and we value its impact on our students’ motivation, it is only effective when students act in response to it.  Therefore, the most important thing to look for is what students have understood and done with their feedback.  Additionally, we want teachers developing their planning and delivery of high quality live lessons.  Therefore, it is neither possible nor effective for every piece of work to be given feedback. 

Students will receive achievement points and praise postcards for their remote learning to acknowledge their efforts and engagement, which will also maintain their motivation. 

 

Q: Will all lessons have an associated Google Classroom assignment or something to hand in?

A: No, not necessarily.  Whilst many will, some student understanding will not be recorded in this way for some tasks or lessons.  Additionally, as lessons are remote and now 50 minutes, lessons may build over two or more individual lessons. Teachers will make this clear to their students.  Feedback will still take place weekly. 

 

Q: How can Parents and Carers support remote learning at home?

A: Whilst we understand that Parents and Carers will be in a wide range of situations at home with competing demands, you are able to provide a great deal of support for your child’s remote learning.  In many ways we rely on you to be our ‘eyes and ears’ at home.  As such, Parents and Carers can:

  • Familiarise themselves with these guides on Google Classroom and Google Meet which should allow you to support your child in troubleshooting initial issues. 

  • Ensure that students keep good routines and attend Form time and lessons on time. 

  • Become Google Guardians to support their child in managing assignments and deadlines. 

  • Encourage students to work in a quiet environment, with no other distractions, in particular devices, to ensure they can focus and think hard about the work. 

  • Encourage students to proofread their work before handing it in.

  • Communicate your concerns about your child’s remote learning as early as possible, by contacting their Form Tutor or Head of House.

 

Q: How should students be communicating with their teachers if there is an issue?

A: Students can either email their teachers (from their Glyn email account only) using the Staff Contacts List or they can submit private questions on the Google Classroom. Please encourage students to contact teachers as the first step to highlighting concerns or resolving issues.  If issues persist, please contact their Form Tutor or Head of House. 

 

Q: Should I be able to access my child’s Google Classroom?

A: No, Parents and Carers are unable to enter the Google Classrooms as these are tied to each class register and this would breach GDPR.  Parents and Carers can become the Guardian of their child’s Google Classroom so that they can receive weekly or daily updates of all assignments and deadlines.  Please follow these instructions if you wish to set this up. 

 

Q: What if my child has a cover lesson during remote learning?

A: Regrettably, teaching staff absence is inevitably higher than normal at this time.   If students have a cover lesson due to staff absence, in the majority of cases a Cover Supervisor will be assigned to their lesson.  This colleague will join the Google Meet and register the students and provide the materials for the lesson.  They will then instruct students to leave the Google Meet to work independently and to return at a set point to review and hand in their completed work. Therefore, it will not be a full 50 minute live lesson as it would with their usual teacher.  If the level of cover is such that a Cover Supervisor will not be available, the cover work will be set on Google Classroom and labelled as having no Cover Supervisor.  This will allow students to complete the work independently and know not to join a Google Meet.   

 

Q: How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

A: We will endeavour to replicate school support as much as possible remotely.  All teachers continue to plan and deliver lessons which take account of students' SEND needs (as outlined on their One Page Profiles) as far as is possible. 

We have created a range of guided support videos for our students which can be found here.  Additionally, Learning Support Assistants are assigned to support some remote lessons. 

Our small group Wave 2 and 3 interventions, in line with EHCPs, are still taking place through a mixture of face-to-face and virtual support. The students involved in these at present are aware of when and how these will take place. 

The SEND team makes weekly check in calls to students with an EHCP to get feedback and offer support with any issues.  We will continue to review our provision and the progress of our students and therefore anticipate that the number of students and type of support needed will likely evolve over time. 

 

Appendix 1

 

Data Allowance Scheme to Support Remote Learning

The Government has announced an extension to the technology scheme designed to support families in accessing remote learning.  The purpose is to ensure that families have an adequate internet connection and sufficient data allowance to access remote learning resources and lessons.  The scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks.

The scheme is available for families who:

  • Do not have fixed broadband at home.

  • Cannot afford additional data for their networks.

  • Are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education or have been advised not to attend school.

Families with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:

  • Three.

  • Smarty.

  • Virgin Mobile.

  • EE.

  • Tesco Mobile.

  • Sky Mobile.

  • O2.

If you think you could be eligible for the scheme, please submit your details through the following link: 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=A0fOQITwQUy0ICoaMUBRJ_ygk8CrzT1InnsRxHb4XdFUODdBNkpMS1FTRjlXQVBXVjM5RElJMERaNC4u