Dear Parents &  Carers

We hope this finds you well. We are starting to explore more options for online learning and as of 11th May we will be publishing a calendar of more ‘virtual’ sessions from staff. These will be sessions that staff have been recording for students to offer them a more personal experience. They may include explaining the tasks set on Show My Homework (SMHW), going through key concepts, showing a demonstration of an experiment, providing some feedback on common misconceptions or simply a message of support and to say ‘hello’. Some subjects have been offering these already and we are looking to introduce more over the coming weeks.

Although these are not interactive sessions, we hope that they will provide a little extra support to students and also help students to understand activities and key areas that they may be finding a little more challenging. We also feel a really important part of this is hearing a familiar voice and we hope this is reassuring for many.

We will continue to review our provision. This is an evolving situation and we hope you will bear with us while we work things through. Each subject will be releasing at least one virtual session for each year group, each week. This will be led by a subject specialist, but might not always be your child’s teacher.

A few more details:

  • The date and time of the session will follow our suggested timetable.
  • At the start of the week we will send out the timetable as a prompt, and the virtual sessions being offered will be highlighted in red.
  • The students will receive notifications about the sessions on SMHW, and it will appear as an ‘event’ in their area.
  • When they click on the event, there will be a link to the session or an attachment with audio. Any links will remain live, so they can actually be viewed at an alternate time (in case you have clashes with other children, or they wish to view them again).
  • The sessions will vary in length according to the nature of the subject, and the nature of the content being delivered. They may not last the whole 50 minutes.
  • Work will continue to be released for KS3 on a Monday, KS4 on a Tuesday and KS5 on a Wednesday. The students are then advised to check this work as usual and then engage with the virtual sessions throughout the week to support their learning.

If your child is accessing SMHW through the public calendar or a parental log-in, then these notifications will not show. We encourage all students to be using their own log-in, as this will give them a much more personal experience of the platform and they will be able to receive the notifications. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for support with SMHW log-ins.

Kind regards

Thomasina Lee

Assistant Headteacher