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An outline of the Home Learning measures in place at Bramcote College across Key Stages 3, 4, and 5, including what we are doing to support children and families, and what parents/carers can do at home to support children with their learning and wellbeing.

 Key Stage 3

  • All work set via Microsoft Teams
  • Students are taught in their tutor groups – all work is in this ‘Tutor Team’
  • Up to 5 hours work per day – spread across 4 lessons (75 minutes each)
  • Students follow their usual school timetable (no PE & no drama for most)
  • ‘Real Time’ Lessons
  • A blend of pre-recorded materials, educational videos, independent learning tasks, interactive platforms.
  • Teacher available online during all timetabled lessons.
  • Feedback on set tasks once per week (core) and once per fortnight (non-core).
  • Live tutor time each morning at 8:50am.
  • No separate homework tasks.

Key Stage 4

  • All work set via Microsoft Teams
  • Students are taught in their subject classes
  • Follow their usual school timetable (no PE or Study period)
  • Up to 5 hours work per day.
  • A blend of live lessons, educational videos, independent learning tasks, interactive platforms.
  • Teacher are available online during all timetabled lessons.
  • Feedback on set tasks once per week (core) and once per fortnight (options).
  • Additional ‘homework’ tasks as needed to meet course requirements.
  • Live tutor time each morning at 8:50am.

Key Stage 5

  • All work set via Microsoft Teams – this has been done for the past two years as BC6F students use Chromebooks and Teams for most of their lessons
  • Students are taught in their subject classes
  • Follow their usual school timetable
  • Work set in line with A level expectations (up to 5 hours of study per subject per week)
  • Fully live timetable with independent study tasks / reading / coursework.
  • Feedback on all assessed work.

'Live' vs other methods.

  • Balance of the needs of different students – for some live lessons are overwhelming, or they may have responsibilities at home that mean a live timetable won’t work for them.
  • Do all students have access to a personal device and good broadband? The school has lent out over 100 laptops and more are needed.
  • Screen fatigue – 5 hours of live lessons is very demanding for students
  • Lack of flexibility – some students can’t sign on live
  • Evidence suggests that ‘asynchronous’ teaching produces the same results as ‘Live’

Supporting you with Home Learning

  • Let us know if your child does not have access to a laptop / tablet or a good internet connection.
  • Let us know if your child does not know their passwords.
  • Guides to ‘Teams’ are on the website.
  • Contact Mary Kirby or Keyworker for any SEN concerns.

How to support your child

  • Allow your child to take breaks.
  • Plan their time.
  • Stop if they are overwhelmed and ask teachers for help.
  • Focus on ‘core’ subjects and subjects they enjoy if they can’t manage everything.
  • Spend time outside where possible.
  • It is OK not to complete everything!