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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

This page provides some information to support students' working remotely.


During an ad hoc absence from school due to self-isolation students in Years 7 to 9, should access remote work for their different subjects from the subject pages available on this webpage. They should complete the activities listed for the school week(s) they are absent from school. Students in Years 10-13 should access work on Microsoft Teams, from their Office 365 account.

During a Tier 2-4 school closure our main source of remote learning is through Class Charts for Y7-11 and through Microsoft Teams for Y12-13. If students are unable to access these they should contact the school office. 


Remote working during national lockdown

 

Request for on-site provision for vulnerable students and/or children of critical workers - please complete this  form. Government guidance indicates that parents and carers keep their children at home if they can. The list of critical workers can be found  here.

 

Monday 11th January to February half-term:

Vulnerable students and children of critical workers may work in school. 

All students will receive a mix of live 'real-time' and 'on-demand' lessons via Class Charts and Microsoft Teams (via Office 365). Students' mentors will also be hosting Mentor Period sessions with their mentor groups and Heads of Achievement will also be facilitating some sessions as well as delivering year group assemblies. Students can email their teachers questions about the work set during 'on demand' lessons.

There is a guide for how students access their real-time lessons below as well as Acceptable Use Policy for remote working.

Remote working will be set daily, following the school timetable and the usual school day timings for real-time lessons. If students are unsure about their real-time lessons timetable, they should email their class teacher(s).


There is also a wide range of online learning tools to support remote learning, including the following:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/secondary/zkqp47h
www.drfrostmaths.com
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen - free access to audiobooks whilst schools are closed
https://www.rigb.org/christmas-lectures - Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/outreach/journalclub - Review of physics journal articles for school students
https://melscience.com/GB-en/academy/ - Online science experiments and lessons

Oak National Academy (a virtual academy funded by the DfE) has a wide range of resources for the full curriculum: www.thenational.academy.

Students in Years 10 and 11 also have access to:

https://www.kerboodle.com/
https://www.gcsepod.com
https://mrbruff.com
https://www.senecalearning.com

There are curriculum maps available on our school website (https://www.highdown.reading.sch.uk/page/?title=Curriculum+%26amp%3B+Subjects&pid=104) which indicate which subjects/topics are being taught each term.


If you have any safeguarding concerns, students should email our Safeguarding Team via their Office 365 (school) email on safeguarding@highdown.reading.sch.uk or from any other email account on dso@highdown.reading.sch.uk. Parents/carers can email our Safeguarding Team on dso@highdown.reading.sch.uk. Please also be aware of the Childline number: 0800 1111. You can also contact Reading Children's Single Point of Access on 0118 937 3641 (includes out of hours contact details). If a child is in immediate danger, please call 999.