On return from lockdown (January to March 2021) students learning in each of their subjects has been assessed. This has taken place in different ways, depending on factors like the subject and the year group. The approach has been carefully considered so that teachers have been able to assess students learning and plan future lessons effectively. Student’s well-being has been a priority in this return to the academy.
As well as provision through lessons, the academy catch-up programme has been comprehensive. We provide a range of strategies and programmes to address the needs of individual students. Many students have participated and continue to participate in additional tuition in English, Maths and Science. Students in Y7 and Y8 are enrolled in supportive literacy and literacy programmes including Direct Instruction and Lexia. Such students are screened to ensure that catch up and intervention meets thier needs and thier progress is closely tracked and monitored.
Since students return to the academy (March 2021) and student isolations have been due to confirmed Covid cases or contacts of cases. In such instances students have been accessing lessons by following the same system as during the lockdown (see sections above and the academy website https://www.salfordcity-academy.org/covid-19/home-learning/remote-learning-isolation). Students are able to sign in to lessons remotely and complete work set by teachers. This allows them to continue with the curriculum in all of their subjects.
If your child is in good health but cannot attend school due to Covid-19, we expect them to continue with their learning from Day 1. This means that your child will attend online lessons and produce work on the very first day of their absence.
Yes – all subjects have made arrangements so that absent pupils can continue learning at home. Your child will learn the same things at home as they would if they were in school. Where possible, they will be taught by the same teacher.
We expect your child to stick to a good routine, in line with the usual school day (4 x 70 minute periods). We have provided guidance to pupils on how to manage their time at home, including taking breaks and exercise. Homework will continue to be set on top of classwork.
We deliver our remote education through Microsoft Teams. Please go to https://www.salfordcity-academy.org/parents/coronavirus-information/home-learning of our website for step-by-step instructions on how to log-in, access lessons, complete work and submit work. You will also find guidance on how to stay safe and contribute to lessons appropriately online.
Where possible, pupils will be able to follow their usual lessons which will be available online in real time through Microsoft Teams. Where this is not possible, we will set pre-recorded lessons for pupils to watch as videos. There are some variations by year group and subject, and our approach will also depend on whether individual pupils are isolating or if a whole class or year group is studying from home. https://www.salfordcity-academy.org/parents/coronavirus-information/home-learning of our website provides detailed instructions.
Our top priority since March has been supporting pupils in getting online at home so that they can work productively. If you have concerns that your child is still unable to study online at home please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate how challenging it can be to keep on top of your child’s remote education. We don’t expect you to act in the role of teacher – there is strong evidence that the most powerful thing a parent/ carer can do for their child is show an active interest in their schoolwork. We therefore ask you to:
Whether pupils are studying at home or at school, our expectations for attendance and completion of work are the same. We will continue to follow our behaviour policy and will inform you if we have concerns about your child. We will also seek opportunities to praise and reward your child.
Assessment and feedback play a key role in learning, and we’ve supported our teachers in providing effective feedback remotely. In most subjects, pupils will still do the quizzes, tests and assessments that they would take in school. We will continue to assess work and report to parents in line with our assessment policy.
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
Where small numbers of pupils self-isolate, they will still be provided with the work that pupils in school are undertaking. This will be through a combination of the following:
Pupils should also still complete homework activities as they will be undertaking work on the same topics as pupils in school https://www.salfordcity-academy.org/parents/coronavirus-information/home-learning of our website provides detailed instructions for a range of scenarios.
Thank you for your support at this challenging time. We are immensely proud of the response of our school community to these unique circumstances.
Salford City Academy
Principal: Ms Melanie Haselden
Telephone: 0161 789 5359
Fax: 0161 789 2209
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