Virtual

SCHOOL

       Enabling us to Be Our Best

Message From Our Principal

Here at Highfield Leadership Academy, we remain committed to our mission of delivering educational excellence and character development whilst serving our communities during these challenging times.   

We have developed an online virtual school, to enable our young people to be their best and continue on their learning journey, even when they are not physically in our Academy.   

Pupils can access live lessons, revision, and support materials.  Our pastoral team will regularly upload key messages and assemblies. This will ensure that a consistent learning experience is available to allow our young people to be happy, safe and well. 

The launch of Highfield’s virtual school is a proactive step to keep us connected, and to ensure that all our students continue to shine.  

Covid Update, Jan 2021:

At Highfield we are committed to ensuring all our students have access to their full curriculum offer, including when students are studying remotely due to the recent lockdown. All students will continue to be taught based on their timetabled lessons by their class teacher, this means each student will receive at least 5 hours learning every day. This will be a blend of live teaching, recorded teaching and tasks set through online resources. 

Below is information aimed at ensuring all our students succeed when learning at home and also showing the support on offer to our students and families.

Expectations

At Highfield our intention is to ensure that our remote learning provision is as effective as possible for all our students. In our planning we have consulted the best available evidence on how pupils learn remotely. The key messages are that for learning to be effective, quality of teaching is the most important thing, including explanations which clearly build on student’s prior learning, also that progress is monitored with guidance and support given. With this in mind Highfield staff are committed to providing a blend of different learning activities for our students with quality of teaching being at the forefront of what we do.

Pupil Code of Conduct

Parent Code of Conduct

The Virtual School Day

Pupils should follow their usual timetable and access their lesson using their class team. All pupils have been added to these teams and the classes are visible when they login to Teams.

Pupils should login to their class team at the start of the lesson, using the times of the day below.

Included within the timetable are natural breaks, lunch and comfort breaks. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) advises that such breaks should be included within the timetable in accordance with computer safety. The HSE advises taking short breaks of five to 10 minutes every 50 to 60 minutes as opposed to longer but less frequent breaks. Further guidance is available on the HSE website.

Remote Learning Support

Learning at home can be trickier for your child than learning in school. As well as doing the usual school work, your child has try to stay motivated and be more independent in their learning. These are quite difficult skills to master, but can improve with practice. Independence in learning is a key skill that will benefit all students as they approach examinations, as they progress to college or university and as adults in everyday life. The guidance and tips here will help encourage your child to be proactive in thinking about their learning and in dealing with any issues or concerns themselves, before asking teachers or parents to address the issues. This will aid the development of your child’s independence.

Remote learning guide

Parent and Pupil FAQ for Teams

Parent and Pupil Teams guide

Click the following link to access video guides for pupils;

Star EdTech Student Secondary | Microsoft Stream (login required to your Office 365 account)

Additional Needs Support

Supporting SEND Pupils with Remote Learning. 

While pupils access Education through remote learning the Academy approaching to supporting SEND pupils is as follows: 

  • Quality First Teaching is still at the forefront of lessons. Teaching staff make reasonable adjustments to their teaching based on the information found in the Pupil Support Plans. We welcome any information and updates to Pupil Support Plans that parents feel would be beneficial during these unpreceded times. 
  • Teacher regularly capture pupils’ understanding and progress through a variety of Assessment for Learning techniques, including online platforms such as Microsoft Forms, Wooclap and Whiteboard.fi 
  • Teachers support pupils’ access to learning, through the effective use of scaffolding strategies including, Granular Success Criteria, WAGOLLs, key word banks and sentence starters. 
  • Remote learning provides all pupils including those with SEND the ability to develop independent working skills. Staff encourage and support pupils to become more independent in their learning. 
  • For pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) support from Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) can be accessed through Microsoft Teams. LSAs can join lessons and provide support through the chat function or by working with pupils in small groups via the ‘Breakout room’ function of MS Teams. 
  • Pupils who require additional equipment to access remote learning will be discussed by the SENDCO and SLT link for SEND to ensure the appropriate resources are in place. 
  • Pupils and carers will receive a fortnightly phone call to discuss any concerns around barriers to learning, these will then be communicated to the relevant members of staff. 
  • All Appleby Centre Pupils will continue to receive higher levels of staffing and the HLTA or LSA will continue to support pupils in lessons. 

 

Below are a number of ways that families of children with SEND needs can be supported with learning.

Lancashire SENDIAS has a range of Zoom meetings aimed at parents and carers. Click Here.

Click here for Ideas and support for Learners with ASD/Speech and Communication Needs.

Click here for Supporting Learners with Literacy Difficulties.

Click here for Ideas to help support structure and create independent learning for SEND Learners.

Click here for Helping support Leaners with Anxiety.

Click here for an Overview of supporting Learners with SEND during COVID 19.

Click here for help in Supporting Year 11 Learners after leaving Lathom.

Click here for Ideas on talking about learning with your child.

Click here for Helping to support routine for Home Learning.

Click here for Top Tips in supporting reading at home.

If you need any further help please email: info@highfield.staracademies.org 

or our SENDCo: lee.beniston@highfield.staracademies.org 

How School Can Support You

Our Family Support email address is monitored 7 days a week and is a way to contact us for any support that is needed. Email: info@highfield.staracdemies.org 

Find details about our weekly Learning Bus here.

Our Pastoral team are here to support our students. Their contact details are below.

Year 7 Miss A Houston        Email: anneke.houston@highfield.staracademies.org

Year 8 Mrs K Mallet             Email: katie.malllett@highfield.staracademies.org

Year 9 Mrs K Mallet             Email: katie.mallett@highfield.staracademies.org

Year 10 Mrs C Dove             Email: colette.dove@highfield.staracademies.org

Year 11 Mr J Kerr                 Email: john.kerr@highfield.staracademies.org

Have you joined our “Highfield Leadership Academy Community Group” Facebook Group? This is a place to publicly share what we and the community are doing to support each other.

Support available from Highfield

Laptop Access

Please contact your child’s Head of Year if you require access to a laptop.

Enhanced Data

We have access to a government scheme which temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks until July 2021. To apply for additional mobile data to support your child with home learning, please complete the short questionnaire in this link. https://tinyurl.com/y4pz8l5j

Wifi Codes

We are working with BT who are offering schools free Wi-Fi vouchers to enable students to access the internet at home. If you do not meet the criteria for “Enhanced Data” please email your child’s Head of Year to request a Wifi Hotspot code.

Food

We have setup a ‘food bank’ in school to support families who may need that extra bit of support during these difficult times. If you require support or would like to support our food bank please email: info@highfield.staracademies.org or telephone us on 01253 965750

We can also support with sanitary and hygiene products.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our students and their families are at the centre of everything we do here at Highfield. In this section you will find just some of the ways in which we offer support.

Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental health and wellbeing during the Covid19 pandemic, this can be especially tough when you are trying to learn as well as get through. This is a guide produced by the mental health charity Mind to help support you and your family. Please click here.

For more information and advice go to www.mind.org.uk 

Or read this information on supporting your Social, Emotional and Mental Health through this pandemic. Please click here.

Please find below the links to some local support networks, including CAMHS, CASHER, Kooth and Youtherapy;

CAMHS

Kooth

CASHER

Youtherapy

There is a Mental Health and Wellbeing session every Wednesday on Teams. Pupils have been informed in tutor time how to access this session. We have also planned lots of Mental Health and Wellbeing activities into the curriculum. Pupils can also access mindfulness booklets from the learning bus. If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health please contact your Head of Year, and we will ensure a support package is put into place.

For further advice and guidance please visit our pupil support section on the Safeguarding page.

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Extra Curricular

Reading Challenge  

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students please see your Year group Teams channels for your reading challenge and here  are some Top Tips to support reading at home.

Keeping our academy community connected

We are committed to keeping our academy community connected during these challenging times. Students and staff who are working from home can still access and contribute to our leadership and charity projects.  Leadership Team groups have been set up and details about our charity projects are regularly posted on our Year Group Team Channels. We also promote our work and share information via our Twitter channel which helps us to sustain our relationships, not only with our academy family but the wider community.