COVID 19 and Learning at John Leggott
Here is information on how we have adapted during the current circumstances.
- Our current timetable model provides learners with online delivery following our normal timetable. Learners receive 4.5 hours of live on-line lessons, per single course, per week. Teachers are also supporting learners outside of lessons through our well-embedded digital learning platform – see below.
- Teachers are very confident using the digital technologies and have had extensive, ongoing training to do this. They are ably using a wide range of digital technologies to support teaching, learning, assessment and progress. All lessons are recorded so learners can access them for consolidation and revision, at any point.
- Learning Platform - Our learning platform is through Google Enterprise Education Suite which provides Google Classrooms to manage each course, Google Meet for the live lessons and many other apps which aid learning - for example, Jamboard allows learners to submit answers to a digital whiteboard through typing or photographing their written work.
- Expectations of students online - In on-line lessons, learners are expected to have cameras on and be visible so they can interact with their teacher and class. Their microphones should be on mute, but they should unmute when asked. They should be working in an appropriate quiet environment and, where possible, should use the Google Meet facility to cloak domestic backgrounds – or have blank backgrounds.
- Students will be included in all class activities, including discussions, as routine. When requested by the teacher, learners are expected to submit work and assessments promptly through Google Classroom or other digital platforms. Please read here for our full guide on student expectations and remote learning.
- Specialist learning - Where courses require specialist equipment or activity, teachers are closely following DfE and awarding body advice.
- Assessments and submitting work - Learners may be asked to do assessments online within a specified completion and submission window. This is to mimic face to face exam style assessment and we would ask that learners work under similar conditions at home to do these assessments. Learners will often receive feedback online through the Google Classrooms. Learners will often be asked to submit work through their Google classrooms.
- Access for all - If students do not have a device or internet connectivity to access on-line lessons, the college can help to provide this for them. They should contact their academic advocate in the first instance. We recommend an internet connected laptop/tablet and internet connected phone to maximise productivity in on-line lessons. Students find that a phone for the facial camera (with the Google Meet App installed) plus a laptop for the presentations, group work, research and activities, works best.
- Where learners have special educational needs, we have implemented more regular on-line check-ins and amended support plans significantly to maximise assistance to these learners in the Covid context.
- How can I help as a parent? Ensure your child has an undisturbed and appropriate work space, with the necessary resources to access live lessons – you can get help with this if needed via your child’s Progress Tutor. You can check who your son/daughter PT is via our portal, Cedar, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may wish to discuss the learning routines and study habits your child uses with them, to help them plan, organise and work effectively independently. Asking about their academic feedback and targets in courses is also useful. The most successful students have clear sight of these and work proactively to improve. If your child is finding aspects difficult, you should encourage them to contact their teacher who will be able to help and support in a variety of ways. Progress Tutors can also help with academic progress by liaising with curriculum staff.
- Attendance - Attendance Registers are taken for on-line lessons in exactly the same way as for face to face and we check attendance reports daily. If your child cannot attend an online lesson, due to illness for example, they should report and authorise the absence in the usual way – the easiest is to e-mail email@example.com or phone the college on 01724 282998. Teachers will check any unauthorised absence by contacting students and academic advocates will follow up to check and support with students and parents where there is no clear reason for absences.
Please click here for the latest DfE guidance for Parents/Carers.
- To access the IT Services Dashboard, please click here.
- All students use the same login for Office 365 and Google Classroom.
- Remember – student eMail is in Office 365 and not Google.
- When using mobile apps for things like Google Classroom or Google Meet students MUST be logged in with their college Google account and NOT a personal account.
- If students have borrowed a college laptop they need to first logon to the laptop with a generic account which has been provided.
- Once logged onto the laptop they can access the Internet and connect to college services via the dashboard mentioned above (itservices.leggott.ac.uk).
John Leggott College will receive 16-19 tuition funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, Maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted.
The college will use the fund to pay for small group tuition to allow for:
- Additional teaching time
- Employment of additional learning support staff
- Additional pastoral staff time to support recovery
We will support students who meet the national criteria:
- Not achieved a grade 4 or 5 in English and/or maths
- Have a grade 4 or above in English and/or maths, are from economically disadvantaged background and would need catch up support
Updated September 2021
- employ extra staffing in Maths to work with students either individually or in small groups;
- employ extra staffing in English to work with students either individually or in small groups;
- purchase additional resources to support learners who have yet to achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths.