Sixth form digital week
The week after half term will be a ‘digital week’ for all sixth form students. This means that all sixth form lessons - including supervised study - will be conducted with the students accessing lessons online from home. Students have been informed of this in tutor time and via the sixth form bulletin.
From Tuesday 3 November to Friday 6 November, students in Year 12 and Year 13 will not be allowed on site and are expected to work from home. However, there are three exceptions to this:
- Students entered for external level two examinations in English and maths should come to school to sit the examinations
- Students entered for external university entrance examinations should come to school to sit the examination
- Students following the Year 13 BTEC IT course should attend school on Thursday 5 November from 8:35am to 10:45am. This is due to them needing software which is only available on school computers.
If students cannot return home after their examination or IT lesson due to a transport issue, they can remain in the sixth form centre and access their lessons remotely using personal devices or school computers.
We have decided to do this to give students and staff a ‘planned practice’ should there be a requirement for home learning this year. We feel it provides a valuable opportunity for students to raise their confidence using online platforms in a more controlled environment.
The digital week will also provide an opportunity for student voice and feedback on the process, enable us to refine our practice, and be part of ensuring high quality blended learning provision.
Through a student voice survey, we think we are confident that all students now have access to a laptop or PC at home during digital week. If this is not the case, please contact me and I will investigate support we can offer.
Students will be following their normal timetable. To access lessons, students should log on to their Microsoft TEAMS accounts and click on the calendared lessons. They should turn their cameras and microphones off. If they have questions, they can ask in the chat function. For supervised study lessons, students should join the lesson and complete independent work while remaining on the call. Miss O’Brien will be on hand to answer any questions they might have.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Darren Carter, Assistant Principal
Our first parents' evenings take place after half term for Year 12, 13 and 11 students and their parents/carers. Under the current guidance we are minimising the number of people on the school site and so our normal evening will not be able to operate as we would like. We have spent time this term setting up the systems for booking and joining live Microsoft Teams meetings with teachers.
- Year 12 and 13 parents' evening - Thursday 5 November
- Year 11 parents' evening - Thursday 12 November
All of the full details of the parents' evening process will be sent to parents and carers on Tuesday 3 November, along with some short video clips explaining how to use the system and answering some of the more frequently answered questions that parents may have.
One of the biggest impacts of moving to an online system will be the pressure on the length of the meeting. We appreciate that 5 minute appointments in person can sometimes feel tight and this will be exacerbated by an online format. To counteract this pressure, all appointments will follow the same structure of a quick introduction followed by sharing two or three key areas of strength and two or three targets or areas of focus. The more generic information that is sometimes shared at parents' evenings will be pre-recorded videos and sent out in advance of the evening, all followed up by a parent/carer survey which will provide the opportunity for further discussion if necessary.
Chris Bateman, Assistant Principal
Catering provision for Term 2
After half term, each year group from Year 7 to Year 11 will have the option to purchase hot food and snacks at break and lunch time on one specified day of the week.
The table below sets out the day of the week each year group will be offered this option.
For those families who have been ordering grab bags, this provision will continue. Please continue to order the grab bag for your child in the normal way using this link: Lunch Order Form Term 2. Your child will collect their food in the normal way from within their pod. Sandwiches will also be offered alongside the hot food options but will not be made to order on that day. Therefore, there will be no conflict with your order, using this form, and what your child collects on the specified hot food day.
Year 12 and 13 will have the option to order food in advance and it will be delivered to the Sixth Form Study Centre. More information for these two years groups will be shared with directly with the students.
Please ensure your child’s Wisepay account has sufficient funds on it.
We will review the success of this offer after the first two weeks and if we can increase the provision for hot food and snacks in a safe manner in line with the school’s risk assessment, we will.
Alan Sewell, Catering Manager
Tassomai revision app
We are really excited to announce the launch of Tassomai for use by our Year 11 students on their way to their examinations in 2021. Tassomai is an online learning and revision platform that uses quizzing to test and teach.
Researchers into revision and learning techniques found the best way to study and get knowledge to stick is to work for concentrated short bursts, regularly test yourself, and to frequently switch between topics. The Tassomai app does by using an algorithm to decide out which quizzes should be taken as part of the Daily Goal for each subject and a ‘Combined Daily Goal’, which shows the total number of questions a student needs to answer correctly across all subjects. The Daily Goal could be anywhere between 15 and 40 questions per subject and all correct answers gain points. If a student is struggling with a specific topic, the algorithm will bring up more questions from that topic until their points improve. There is also a YouTube channel that features summary videos of science topics to support further.
The Manor School teaching team can use data collected by the app to get a better idea of how to target revision on the lead up to the examinations and improve the chances of our students getting the grade they deserve.
Signing up to the app is really easy and we ask that all of our Year 11 students do this before returning on Tuesday 3 November.
- Visit app.tassomai.com/signup
- Enter the school’s unique code - this will be included in the latest Year 11 monthly update letter to parents/carers
- Enter their details
- Choose correct classes from the drop-down menu. They can find their class codes on their timetable.
And that’s it! Once set up, students can download the app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store if they prefer to use a phone or tablet. You will hear more about Tassomai once everyone has started using it, including the opportunity to win prizes!
If you need more information about Tassomai or have problems getting set up, please email email@example.com.
Glenn Turner, Director of Learning (Science)
Student safety and dark nights
This Saturday night we will be setting the clocks back an hour and summer time ends. Road traffic collisions increase by 20% in the fortnight after the time change. Sadly, some of those collisions will involve child pedestrians and cyclists. Children under 16 are one of the most vulnerable groups of road users.
The latest available government statistics (2015) show that 58% of children who die or are seriously injured in a road collision are involved in incidents between 3 and 7pm. From this Sunday, much of those will happen in darkness.
Whilst younger children are at risk, the data shows that 11-15 year-olds are actually at more at risk from accidents that kill or result in serious injury.
The resources below will help remind children, especially teenagers, about road safety and safe cycling.