Al-Burhan Grammar School

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Covid-19 Information
 
 
School Re-opening March 2021
  • School will be re-opening in a staggered way from Tuesday 9th March 2021; this will take place over two weeks upto and including Thursday 18th March. During this time, pupils for whom we have received consent forms will have three initial Covid-19 swab tests in School. We strongly advise that parents give their consent for Covid-testing; this is an extra protective measure to reduce the risk of the virus being spread to other pupils and their families. 
  • Please refer to the newsletter Issue 2020-10 emailed out to all parents and pupils with the detailed schedule and check which days your daugter will have her test, which days she will have face to face teaching in School and which days she will have remote education from home. 
  • InshaAllah, from Friday 19th March, all classes will be in School for face to face teaching. 

Home testing

Following the initial three tests in School, pupils will be given home testing kits. They will self-swab twice a week (on Monday and Thursday). Results must be reported to NHS Test & Trace (instructions in the information booklet provided) and to the School (via the Moodle reporting form). 

This 2min30sec video is a quick example of how to take the lateral flow test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZhSPnnXyPo 

 
Remote Education
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
 
Remote education when the School or a bubble is required to remain at home
 
The first day or two
A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look differently from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. Your daughter's teachers may upload work to the Moodle course page for each subject, or she may start to have live lessons straight away. 
 
After the first few days
The curriculum:
  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in School wherever possible and appropriate. However, teaching remotely is not the same as face to face, and so the pace of teaching may be different. This is to ensure that while teaching moves forward, pupils feel comfortable with topics as they cover them.
  • Some subjects such as PE which are not possible to do remotely are not covered. However, PE lessons remain in the timetable so that pupils can do their physical activity and exercise during this time.
 
The timetable:
  • As a Secondary School we are expected to provide remote teaching for 5 hours each day. This will include both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently. 
  • The timetable outline may change, for example, in School, we have staggered lunches and breaks to help with social distancing. This may change with remote learning during a national school closure. 
  • All classes will have morning registration at 8.40am as form time is a valuable part of the School day and gets pupils ready for the day. 
 
How to access remote education?
  • All pupils have been given a School email address. 
  • Live lessons take place on Microsoft Teams. 
  • Moodle is the School's Virtual Learning Environment, where work e.g. independent work and recorded lessons are uploaded, as well as assignment links for homework submission. 
  • Other external resources may be used e.g. Kerboodle is the Science VLE, MyMaths
  • Help guides for common issues can be found on Moodle in the Site news section
  • If you do not have suitable online access at home, please get in touch with us. 
 
How will your daughter be taught remotely?
  • Each lesson will be scheduled on Teams and start with a register. 
  • The lesson may then take place in the following ways:
    • Full live lesson
    • Live introduction at the beginning and live plenary at the end, but the main part of the lesson may be a recorded lesson on Moodle. In some subjects e.g. GCSE Art, one lesson a week may be given over for pupils to continue their individual coursework with the teacher available if needed during the lesson. 
    • Occasionally there may a lesson with no live element e.g. in case of teacher illness or during parents consultations. 
 
What does the School expect in terms of engagement and what can you expect in terms of feedback?
  • We expect that pupils will attend all lessons on time, take part in the register at the beginning and engage as per the teacher's instructions for the lesson. 
  • If there is an absence e.g. appointments or illness, the School should be informed via email to admin, so that this can be passed on to teachers. 
  • We expect that parents monitor pupil's attendance and work during lesson, for example, ensuring that when they are on the computer they are in fact taking part in the lesson and completing School work. 
  • We monitor attendance daily. You may get an email from us if your daughter is absent or has been late to lessons. 
  • If teachers are concerned about a pupil's engagement or work, you may also get an email or phone call. 
  • We have also restarted our pastoral/welfare calls home to check in on pupils and families to see how they are getting on. During this call, academic work may be discussed if there is a concern, but this call is primarily to ask after pupil's wellbeing and see that they are getting on okay. 
  • Parents and pupils are also free to email admin with any concerns or queries. 
 
How will your daughter's work and progress be assessed?
  • Assessment takes many forms and teachers are always assessing pupil's work and engagament during lessons and from their homework. 
  • You will receive a remote learning report which comments on your daughter's work effort. 
 
 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils when Schools are open 

 

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. 
 
If your daughter is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 
  • Your daughter's teachers will use the same platforms as above (Moodle, Kerboodle) to upload work, and your daughter woudld submit work on Moodle/Kerboodle. 
  • If your daughter is asymptomatic and isolating because someone else in the household is unwell, or if your daughter has symptoms but is alhamdulillah well enough to attend, the teacher may schedule the lesson on Teams so that your daughter can join in with the lesson from home. 
 
Above all, we hope to ensure that during these unprecedent and difficult times, we can all work together to continue pupil's education so that they are not disadvantaged for the future, that a sense of normality is continued and that we can lok after pupil's wellbeing. We are all learning how to do remote learning together and we all want to support our pupils, so any feedback and suggestions from you are most welcome and appreciated. 
 

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