Updated January 14th, 2021

As we move temporarily to online learning, we want to keep you updated with our plan going forward and continuity of education for our students. Although we are in an unprecedented situation, our teaching provision will not be reduced and we aim to provide the same curriculum provision online as we do in face-to-face lessons.

Academic teaching will continue via a few online platforms including Microsoft Teams, ‘Showbie’, our paperless classroom, Zoom video conferencing, and Socrative until further notice. All students, teachers, and staff have been given all the required information to ensure the platforms are used correctly & efficiently.

Here is a brief summary of what each teaching/learning platform provides:

Microsoft Teams – Our main platform for lessons and communications with student is Microsoft Teams. MS Teams will enable us to streamline all aspectsof school provision through one, central online platform ensuring that expectations are clear for staff, parents and students. We will use MS Teams to share resources and, where necessary, direct students to other relevant platforms. Please click here for full guidance regarding Microsoft Teams. This guide explains how students can access Microsoft Teams and their remote learning assignments and is designed to support both students and parents/carers.

Showbie – 0ur paperless classroom allows students & teachers to stay connected with essential tools for all types of assignments and assessments, so gaps inknowledge, exam technique and weak subject areas can be worked on and improved with effective feedback & communication.

Zoom – Bring the classroom to your home! With the Zoom app students can have face-to-face lessons with their teacher (and other classmates if in a group lesson), so it feels virtually the same as if you were in a class together. Teachers can share screens with presentations which students can interact with, and there is One-click content sharing, real-time co-annotation, and digital whiteboarding. Lessons and classes can be recorded to allow students to learn at their own pace. Zoom has recently updated their security policy, please click here to find out more.

Socrative – This platform is an an efficient way to monitor and evaluate learning and delivers dynamic and engaging interactions for learners. It provides fun and effective formative assessments, and all the activities visualise students’ answers in real-time and provide detailed reports for afterwards. Teachers can start a quiz, do a quick question (perfect for note prep activities), or polling activity. With both assessments or quizzes, teachers can see in real-time what the students are thinking, have a discussion of the results, and see where areas need reviewing.

 

The Academic Term Ahead – January 4th to March 26th 2021

WEEK START DATE ACTION
Weeks 1 and 2 January 5th Return to lessons via Teams or Zoom. Use of Showbie to share class resources, assignments and comments with students. Use of Socrative for quizzes etc.
Week 3 January 18th Mock exam week 1 (for 2021 GCSE and A level exam students only)
Week 4 January 26th Normal lessons online
Week 5 February 1st Normal lessons online
Week 6 February 8th Normal lessons online
Week 7 February 15th Half term – no lessons
Week 8 February 22nd Online or in-person classes commence (depending on latest government regulations)
Week 9 March 1st Normal lessons
Week 10 March 8th Normal lessons
Week 11 March 15th Examination Week for UFP
Week 12 March 26th End of Term

EXAMS 2021

On the 4th January the Prime Minister announced that summer exams will not go ahead as normal and on 13th the Secretary of State for Education – Gavin Williamson – wrote to the Chief Regulator at Ofqual stating that it is his firm policy position that alternative arrangements are needed to award GCSE and A Level qualifications this summer. He has asked Ofqual to consult on alternatives which should involve the awarding of grades based on teacher assessments. This consultation period will run until around 27th January. Once the relevant bodies have let schools and examination boards know how GCSE and A Level qualifications will be assessed and grades awarded, we will give Bath Academy students and parents information regarding how this will be arranged.

Please note that students at Bath Academy are well-placed in this situation due to their weekly formative assessments, mock exam results, and further assessments that will take place during the rest of the year. Teaching staff will be providing their normal support for students’ achievements and progression throughout the academic year.

PRIVATE CANDIDATE EXAMS INFORMATION

More information will be provided as soon as possible, but in the meantime if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the college on 01225 334 577 or by email info@bathacademy.co.uk.

Public health information about the virus is updated daily here, but if you have any questions directly concerning any Bath Academy students, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01225 334 577 or info@bathacademy.co.uk.