School Closure Contingency Plans
At Blatchington Mill our primary aim is the safety and well being of our staff and students. In addition to this we recognise the need for continuity, routine and predictability for parents / carers and young people. With this in mind we take all steps possible to keep school open, but have robust contingency plans should school ever need to close.
We would ask all parents and carers to take the time to familiarise themselves with the information below so that our whole community can support our students and ensure minimal disruption to their learning if we should be forced to close for any reason.
Guidance for Parents - How will we ensure teaching and learning continues as effectively as possible during the school closure?
- Our aim is to keep our core purpose of teaching and learning continuing as effectively as possible
- We will expect students to complete all work set - they will receive achievement points as usual for excellent work and effort and they will be set behaviour points for non-completion of work - we will then notify you about these so that you can ensure the work is completed
- To keep expectations clear that all work set must be completed we will not set any additional homework
- Students will need to have access to a Chromebook/laptop/PC and internet access (please contact us using the office email address as soon as possible if you require support with this - we have the capacity to provide this for families who do not have a computer or internet connection)
- Students will be permitted to borrow up to 4 books from the school library, and will be asked to take their exercise and subject books home to use as well
- All work will be set by the class teacher through the SIMs app so that both students and parents can see it - at 8.30am each morning the work for that day will be visible so that students can plan their day
- Most work will require students to use Google Classroom
- Google Classroom allows students to ask questions about the work if they need to and receive feedback from their teachers
- We will follow a new central timetable that sets out 4 tasks a day for all students (2 x approximately 1 hour and 2 x approximately 30 min) - please click here to view the School Closure Work Timetable
- The time allocation for each subject is almost exactly the same proportion of time students would have spent on the subject in school but recognises that they may find working at home to be a different experience to the routine of school. To support this, they will receive two extended (1 hour) tasks a day, as well as two shorter tasks.
- Students in Years 7-9 will be expected to complete a minimum of 30 minutes reading a day (students will be able to take up to 4 books out from the RIC before any closure)
- Students in Year 10 will be expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour self-directed revision a day (all students have logins to GCSE Pod)
- Students in Year 11 will be expected to complete a minimum of 2 hours self-directed revision a day (all students have logins to GCSE Pod)
For the first two weeks of closure practical subjects will set mostly theory work (if the closure goes beyond two weeks we will review this and look at setting practical tasks)
For students with additional needs a member of our SEN team will be allocated as a link to provide remote support to enable students to access the work and liaise with teachers
- Check the SIMs app at 8:30am every day to view their allocated work
- Submit their work each day, this will be usually be through Google Classroom
- Students can complete work in exercise books/on paper but will need to take clear photos of it and upload them to Google Classroom
Teachers will give feedback to students through Google Classroom and use achievement points to reward and praise work as normal
Links to systems used
The following links are to the systems that would be used to set work during a contingency closure of school. Parents and carers are asked to familiarise themselves with these systems and let school know if they cannot access them.
SIMS Student allows students to see the homework tasks set for them by their Teacher. Access is given in a similar way to the SIMS Parent application and students are sent an invitation to sign up using their school G-mail account.
If a student hasn't received the invitation or it has expired they should contact Network Services to request a new one.
During the registration process, students should choose to register/log in with Google and then use their school Google account (see Google G Suite section below for more details).
Once the student has registered, they can access SIMS Student on any device with a web browser or they can download the SIMS Student app for use with Apple or Android devices.
The SIMS Parent gives you access to the work set for your children. Full details on the registration process for SIMS Parent is available on the Capita SIMS Parent Registration Page.
Once you have registered your account you can access SIMS Parent via an Internet Browser on your computer (www.sims-parent.co.uk) or by downloading the SIMS Parent App from the Apple or Google Store on your smart device.
Detailed help on using SIMS Parent is available from the Capita SIMS Parent Help Page.
Google Classroom will be used to share resources and to hand in work. Teachers will also share feedback on work via this. To access Google Classroom click on the link above. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form firstname.lastname@example.org and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.
Homework Resources for Students
Homework set for students may refer to the Homework Resources Google Drive. This is accessed here. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form email@example.com and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.
Students will receive their marks and feedback via email. Students use GMail for their school email. If prompted to log in to Google, students should use their school email address, which takes the form firstname.lastname@example.org and the password they use to log in to Chromebooks or computers in school.
As we are increasingly relying on technology to keep us all connected in the present climate, it is important that parents are aware of the apps and programs that their children are using. The document below provides a range of links for you to explore so that you can learn more about the latest internet safety developments.