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 if at all possible.

Academic teaching will continue via a few online platforms including ‘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 it is used correctly & efficiently.

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

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

2) 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.

3) 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 Summer Academic Term Ahead – April 14th to June 26th 2020

WEEK START DATE ACTION
Weeks 1 and 2 April 14th Return to lessons via Zoom or other video platform. Use of Showbie to share class resources, assignments and comments with students. Use of Socrative for quizzes etc.
Week 3 April 27th Mock exam week 1 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)
Week 4 May 4th (May 8th is a bank holiday) Normal lessons
Week 5 May 11th Mock exam week 2 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)
Week 6 May 18th Normal lessons
Week 7 May 25th Half term – no lessons – students prepare for mock exams
Week 8 June 1st Mock exam week 3 (for 2020 GCSE and A level exam students only)
Week 9 June 8th Catch up week for any students who have missed any scheduled mock exams – AS teaching continues
Week 10 June 15th Mock exam week for AS students
Week 11 June 22nd Feedback on AS mock exams
Week 12 June 26th End of Term

We are now taking applications for our University Foundation Programme with an online start in September, aiming to finish with us in Bath when travel restrictions are lifted. Click here for more details.

SAFEGUARDING ONLINE

Online teaching has the same principles as set out in the Bath Academy staff code of conduct. This policy includes acceptable use of technologies, staff pupil/student relationships and communication including the use of social media.

Support for Students Learning Online:

Children working offline can raise concerns online by reporting back to the school, or by contacting:

Childline for support.

UK Safer Internet Centre – to report and remove harmful online content.

CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection)- for advice on making a report about online abuse.

Parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. Schools will write to parents to stress the importance of securing online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.

Support for Parents and Carers:
London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Net-aware – for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC
Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online