While learners may have to physically be away from the school building, we are fortunately still in a position to provide a positive learning experience through our online homework portal, SatchelOne and use of Google Classroom. These platforms give teachers the ability to set and collect assignments and then to give students feedback on their work. There is also a comment function which allows students to ask questions of their teachers and which form tutors can use to keep in touch with learners in a pastoral capacity.
Individual students isolating
If a student needs to self-isolate at any point, a parent needs to contact the school to inform us that this is the reason for absence. This will result in the student being placed on the blended learning list which is updated daily.
Once a student is on this list, their class teacher will set work for them that is either exactly the same as the work covered in the lesson they miss, or an adapted version of the lesson which enables students to practise the skills developed in the lesson but in a way that is accessible from home.
Work will be set via SatchelOne as a classwork task. Where possible, work will be set as close to the usual lesson time for that student’s subject. This may not be possible in all cases as the teacher will also be teaching their usual, full timetable in school, as well as providing work for isolating learners on top of this. Work will be set by the end of the school day at the latest.
Please inform the school when your child is due to return so that they can be removed from the blended learning list – this will prevent them from being set work in addition to receiving it in class.
When you notify us of your child’s isolation, you will be asked if they are well enough to be set work. If they are not at the time but their condition improves and they would then like work, please notify the school office and we will add them to the work list.
Learners in years 7-9 will receive a booklet based work pack to complete during their isolation period. This enables them to practise key skills across their subject areas and to work at a pace which suits them, balancing potential illness with ensuring that they keep as up-to-date as possible. You will receive a booklet via Parentmail once you notify us of your child needing to isolate. You can request a paper version to be posted home if you prefer.
At Denbigh High School, we have a bank of 25 netbooks to loan to students who do not have a laptop/ desktop computer at school. While the SatchelOne app can easily be accessed via a phone, much of the work KS4/5 learners will be required to do will need them to use word processing software e.g. Microsoft Word or Google Docs. These programmes are difficult to use on a mobile phone due to the screen size and lack of keyboard.
We have been compiling a list of learners who may need to borrow a netbook at any time – if you think that you/your child should be on this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org