Year 11 Remote Learning

On this page you will find remote learning guides for parents, carers and students to support students working from home.  We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of all the subjects being studied by our year 11 students, a link to the topics that they will be covering each term and the online platforms that will be used as part of our remote education provision.  A copy of recent curriculum related home-school communications, as emailed to parents/carers, is also available.

Remote Education Provision

25th January 2021

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents, carers and students about learning remotely if local or national restrictions require entire cohorts or bubbles to remain at home.

How can students access remote education?

Each day, students will be able access all class work remotely in Google Classroom. Students follow their normal timetable and log into Google Classroom at the beginning of each lesson.  Teachers will generate and share links for accessing live lessons with students/classes in Google Classroom.

At Weatherhead High School, we use the following online platforms:
● Google Classroom (Google Suites)
● The Oak National Academy
● HegartyMaths
● The EverLearner
● SAM Learning
● PiXL
● Kerboodle
● LanguageNut
● Seneca Learning
● BBC Bitesize
These are our main platforms but this list is not exhaustive. Further information on our online platforms can be accessed by clicking here.

What type of work will be set?

Teachers will set the same topic and work linked to what is being delivered in school. Video clips from websites such as The National Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize may also be used to support students with their learning. For some subjects, students will be signposted to other online platforms, such as: HegartyMaths, The EverLearner and Languagenut. 

How will work be assessed?

Tasks completed by students will be assessed in a number of ways:
● Some work will be completed directly in Google Classroom and teachers will be able to see and produce feedback on this work online.
● Teachers may ask students to upload files or photos to Google Classroom, and it will be marked and returned to students.
● Work completed through online platforms such as HegartyMaths and The EverLearner will be automatically assessed and teachers may also provide individual or whole class feedback on this work.
● Assessments and tests are set in Google Classroom following the School’s Assessment Calendar.
Given the nature of the tasks, the type of feedback teachers can provide may not take the same format as marking an exercise book. Teachers are encouraged to ensure, when they set assessed work, that it is designed in such a way that meaningful feedback may be provided.

Subjects, Curriculum and Learning Platforms

Art & Design

Approximately 3 hours per week

Business Studies

Approximately 3 hours per week

Childcare

Approximately 3 hours per week

Computer Science

Approximately 3 hours per week

Dance

Approximately 3 hours per week

Design Technology

Approximately 3 hours per week

Drama

Approximately 3 hours per week

Food

Approximately 3 hours per week

Geography

Approximately 3 hours per week

Health and Social Care

Approximately 3 hours per week

History

Approximately 3 hours per week

ICT

Approximately 3 hours per week

Mathematics

Approximately 5 hours per week

Media

Approximately 3 hours per week

Music

Approximately 3 hours per week

PE

Approximately 3 hours per week

RE

Approximately 3 hours per week

Science 

Approximately 2 hours per week on each Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Sociology

Approximately 3 hours per week

Textiles

Approximately 3 hours per week

Home-School Communication

Monday 1st February 2021 - Remote Learning Update

Dear Parent/Carer, 

I hope you and your family remain safe and well. 

I hope you found the virtual Parents’ Evening informative. I know the teachers of Year 11 are pleased with students’ hard work and high levels of engagement in their remote learning. Please be assured that the school is continuing to monitor student engagement with remote learning and we will contact you if there are any concerns and offer support to our students.

Also, this week, students are invited to join a live form period with their Form Tutor. This is taking place on Wednesday 3rd February at 9.50. Information regarding how students should join the lesson will be posted in Google Classroom.

In relation to the awarding of GCSE and BTEC qualifications and exams this year, the Ofqual consultation closed at the end of last week and pleased be reassured that we will update you about examinations and grading as soon as we know what the procedure is. In the meantime, students should continue to engage fully in all aspects of remote learning.

If you have any questions regarding remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact me at following email: 

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

My thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher – Curriculum

Friday 15th January 2021 - GCSE Mock Examination Results and Progress Grades

Dear Parent/Carer,

Next week Y11 students will receive their GCSE mock examination results and progress grades through the post.

I would like to commend Year 11 students for their engagement in remote learning and live lessons since the new lockdown was introduced at the beginning of this month. I appreciate that this is a worrying and unsettling time for both students and parents/carers. Please be reassured that the school is committed to providing the best remote learning to enable students to complete their KS4 courses. 

Summer examinations: 

You will be aware that last week, the Prime Minister announced that GCSE examinations would not take place this summer. Schools are still waiting for confirmation from Ofqual regarding the system for awarding grades. We will inform you when the information has been shared with schools. It is important that all students continue to engage with remote learning everyday by attending live lessons, completing work set by their teachers and uploading work into Google Classroom or completing work on online platforms like Hegarty Maths. Teachers will continue to assess the progress being made by students by marking completed work and assessments and by assessing progress in live lessons, where appropriate. We will ensure that students are not penalised by changes made by the Government to the exam system.

Information about progress grades:

The progress grades given are a reflection of the teachers’ ongoing assessment and knowledge of individual students. They are an indication of the grades teachers feel students are capable of achieving in their subject with continued hard work and high levels of engagement. These grades are not necessarily the grades students will achieve on results day in August and they will not necessarily be the grades awarded to students if a system of Centre Assessed Grades (like last summer’s system) is introduced by the Government.  As previously mentioned, it is imperative that students continue to work hard and engage with their learning.

Please be assured that the school is monitoring students’ engagement with their remote learning and we will contact you if there are any concerns and offer support to our students

You will be able to discuss progress, the mock examination results and engagement with remote learning this term at the virtual Parents’ Evening on Thursday 21st January. If you need any support with making appointments or have any questions regarding the mock examination results or progress, please contact me at the email address below:

curriculum@weatherheadhigh.co.uk

My thanks for your continued support. 

Mrs Rogers

Deputy Headteacher