Fire-break lockdown – Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 provision

21st October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Fire-break lockdown – Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 provision

During the national fire-break the school will be supporting your child’s learning in a number of ways outlined below.

Your child should follow their current timetable during the lockdown. This will help provide structure and focus throughout the day. To help support their learning each class teacher has created a class Team in Microsoft Teams, which can be used for ‘live chat’ during the lesson. Our expectation is for pupils to login to the Team at the start of their normal timetabled lesson and receive direction from their teacher. Teachers will provide a weekly overview of work to be completed, where appropriate. This will be updated on our school website using the following link: https://pontcomp.co.uk/pupil-area/ and selecting the relevant year group.

Class teachers will be creating pre-recorded lessons and uploading support materials for use during the lockdown. Should your child have difficulty with any of the work, they will be able to use the ‘live chat’ facility within Microsoft Teams to discuss the issue with their teacher. Some teachers might host live video lessons. To help facilitate this, we would kindly ask you to complete the consent form to help us provide the best possible learning experience: Click here for the form. Please note if you have already signed this agreement during the Year 11 self-isolation period, you will not be required to give consent again.

If your child has opted to study a vocational course that is provided by our partner colleges, they will be able to access resources in a number of ways. Learning for Engineering and Childcare can be accessed through ‘Study Zone’ on our school website where the work will be uploaded by college tutors. Pupils studying Hair and Beauty, Construction and Agriculture have been set up on ‘Google Classroom’ and college tutors have already met with your child to enrol them onto the course. All pupils in Year 10 and 11 have been using Google Classroom in school during this half term. Please check that your child has their log in details to be able to access Google Classroom from home. If they are unsure of their log in details please ask them to inform the ICT network technicians before Thursday.

Please keep checking the school website and Twitter for our regular news updates. During the time before half-term I would ask you to ensure your child knows the relevant login details for both StudyZone and the HWB platform. If they are unsure, please ask them to visit the IT Network technicians’ office in the school. Pupils should have written down their login details in their planners.

We wish to thank you for your patience and continued support during this unprecedented time.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. D Lewis
Curriculum Coordinator