Independent Learning

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Under the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, we will be using remote teaching to deliver lessons and independent learning whilst the school is closed.

The main platform we be using for this is Microsoft Office 365, which all students are already very familiar with. To enable the communication and sharing of resources between staff and students, we will be using Microsoft Teams for Education which is the online classroom facility of Microsoft Office 365.

All students have a username and password to access this through their Office 365 account. These details may be requested by parents/carers should they need a reminder.

Based on their current timetable, resources for each lesson will be provided online via their class ‘team’, which students will be able to access by logging into their account through the Office 365 portal as normal and clicking on the icon that says ‘Teams’.

Classwork will be set as assignments that will have a deadline by which they should complete the work. This will enable students to keep on top of their learning and also allow them to manage their time effectively.

A timetable of all tasks and activities set will also be provided to students as well as their parents/carers to allow them to monitor their child’s progress. The school will aid students and parents through this process.

Additionally, students and parents/carers should make use of the wide range of resources linked below – more are being added on a regular basis so we recommend bookmarking this page. The Government have also published a list of resources which can be found here: Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education.

For any further information, guidance or queries, parents/carers should contact the headteacher at info@excellencegirlsacademy.co.uk

Online Learning Platforms

The following online platforms provide a range of interactive learning resources that students may use to extend their learning at home. It is important that students use their provided username and passwords to access these services to ensure teachers are able to monitor their progress. Some platforms also allow parents to set up accounts too so they may also track student’s progress.

To go straight to the login page of each platform, please use the shortcuts at the top of this page.

Office 365
At Excellence Girls Academy, we use Microsoft’s Office 365 Education platform to enable all students to have access to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more, in both the classroom and at home, meaning any work they start in either locations can be continued wherever they are. The platform also enables safe and secure communication and sharing of resources between staff and students. Click to read Office 365: Guidance for parents and guardians. 

Seneca
Seneca provides free virtual learning for the majority of subjects and is designed to help students remember topics better whilst also being fun to use. Use this link to access our school’s page which includes all relevant courses for our students. Many teachers have set up classes so students should use their login details to access their class content.

Bedrock Learning
Bedrock Learning is an online platform which the school has subscribed to so all students can login, both at school and at home, and carry out individualised vocabulary learning. Parents can also set up an account to monitor their progress. Read more here

Dr Frost Maths
Dr Frost Maths is a free online learning platform for maths teaching and learning resources, videos and a bank of exam questions.

TT Rockstars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. 

NumBots
NumBots is a highly engaging platform for improving understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating. Students can access this by using their same login details as TT Rockstars.

Start Careers
As part of our careers provision, students from year 7 to 11 have access to Start – a comprehensive digital platform which includes structured and progressive modules that can be completed independently and cater for all students, helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time. Read more here

Additional resources

We encourage all students and parents/carers to make use of the following websites and apps to develop independent learning:

Safeguarding and online safety

Through remote learning, we aim to maximise the educational benefit and fulfil our obligation of providing access to quality online resources to children as part of their lifelong learning experience, whilst adopting a safe culture and minimising any associated risks.

All of the online learning platforms and resources listed on this page have been vetted and approved by the Safeguarding team to ensure their suitability.

Both staff and students have regular training on online safety and cyberbulling and are reminded that a ‘classroom standard’ of behaviour is expected from all participants during remote teaching. All staff and student activity on the online learning platforms and services that the school has subscribed to is monitored by the Headteacher and IT manager and both staff and students are aware that any inappropriate usage of these or any other website, will be dealt with as per our usual behaviour policy or staff disciplinary policy respectively.

All staff, students and parents/carers should follow the usual safeguarding procedures as outlined in our safeguarding policy – any safeguarding concerns should be forwarded to the DSL and Headteacher, Samia Haroon, or the Chair of Governors, Mohammed Ummar Azam, who is also the Lead Governor for Safeguarding. They can be contacted via the following contact details:

Safeguarding Team
T: 07434547050
E: safe@excellencegirlsacademy.co.uk

Click here for further safeguarding information and contacts.

Click here for further information and contacts related to online safety.

GDPR

We take steps to ensure that the online learning platforms and services listed on this page are GDPR compliant. Please refer to our privacy policies for more detail on how we handle and share data with external services.

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