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Please see updates - 15 January

5th January 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

I am sure you are aware of the announcement from the Prime Minister to close all schools until at least February half term for all students apart from those of Critical Workers or those deemed Vulnerable.

In order to ensure that we maximise any learning we are going to be changing the way we provide remote learning. Below is a summary of how we will conduct remote learning from Monday, 18th January. In the lead up to Years 10 and 11 moving to “live learning” through Microsoft Teams, Year 11 will start their lessons on Teams tomorrow (Wednesday, 6th January) with Year 10 following on Monday, 11th January. Year Teams will be in touch to check you are able to access this and provide any relevant technical support. Years 7, 8 and 9 will receive a workbook in the post via the Royal Mail, this will enable them to continue working from home until we can get full remote learning commenced from Monday, 18th January.

Marvell Remote Learning from Monday, 18th January

More detailed guidance of how, what and when will come out in due course; below is a summary of what will be happening from Monday, 18th January. We will also send specific guidance around remote learning, Microsoft Teams guidance and expectations to all families so they are able to access all elements of the provision. This information is also available on our website, please see below.

· Accessing Microsoft Teams Student Guidance: Accessing Microsoft Teams Student Guide

· Microsoft Teams Student Expectations: Microsoft Teams Student Expectations

Years 7 and 8

Students in Years 7 and 8 will access remote and guided learning via Microsoft Teams/Oak Academy for at least 4 hours per day. Students will be issued with a timetable which details the timing and nature of their lessons. Some lessons will be “live lessons” taught by their class teacher and some will be lessons where learning is directed towards a particular resource (The Oak Academy for example). Students will be required to attend Maths and English lessons every day, they will then have a choice in the other two lessons they attend, the fifth lesson will be available for them to access at a time of their choosing but only as a recording.

Years 9 and 10

Students in Years 9 and 10 will access remote learning via Microsoft Teams and some guided learning for at least four hours per day. Students will be issued with a timetable which details the timings and nature of their lessons. The majority of lessons available for Years 9 and 10 will be “live lessons” delivered by their class teacher, this will enable them to continue to progress with their GCSE courses as well as receiving feedback on their progress. For Years 9 and 10 English, Maths and Science lessons will all be compulsory, they will then be able to choose the fourth lesson with the fifth lesson being available via a recording for them to access at their convenience.

Year 11

Year 11 students are already familiar with “Live Learning” via Microsoft Teams and will continue with this from Wednesday, 6th January. Year 11 students will follow their full timetable online, helping support their learning as much as possible. All lessons are compulsory for Year 11 students.

I hope this provides you with some clarity over how we will be facilitating students’ learning this term. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to be in touch with your child’s Year Team. You will receive a phone call this week from pastoral staff to check in and to answer any questions you may have about the remote learning offer. Below are Year Team emails should you have an immediate enquiry.

Year 7, email: Y7PastoralTeam@themarvellcollege.com

Year 8, email: Y8PastoralTeam@themarvellcollege.com

Year 9, email: Y9PastoralTeam@themarvellcollege.com

Year 10, email: Y10PastoralTeam@themarvellcollege.com

Year 11, email: Y11PastoralTeam@themarvellcollege.com

Kind Regards.

Mr J Capper, Headteacher

SUPPORTING PARENTS OF STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL LEARING NEEDS

Dear Parents/Carers

This letter has been created in order to give you, as parents of students with additional learning needs, as much assistance and information as we can so that your child feels confident, supported and can access the online learning provided for the foreseeable future.

A member of the school staff will be contacting you regularly and if you have any queries or concerns this will be passed to myself in the first instance. If you would prefer to contact me directly my email address is: egay@themarvellcollege.com.

We will be constantly reviewing the provision for your child and while it is extremely challenging, due to the current national circumstances, we will do our upmost to discuss with you in partnership how best to meet the needs of each individual.

We have had a few questions raised about visual stress, coloured home learning booklets and other resources. All requirements for each student have been shared with teams so children receive the correct colour. If, on the occasion, this is not the required colour your child can use their overlay and the variation of colour not being black and white would reduce the stress for your child until we can support you further.

As teachers will be delivering to a large number of students online, I have confirmed the guidance nationally and they will be asked to ‘use cream or pastel colours on your slide or background’ Irlens Syndrome Foundation. We have asked all staff to use pale yellow or green to support consistency.

This may mean the PowerPoint/work is not presented in the preferred colour. In this case your child can use their overlay or follow the guidance below to change the settings on your device:

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You may also want to increase the size of the font on your screen as this will aid vision and reduce any blurring of letters.

Below is a guide for visual stress for parents if you think your child needs support with this:

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The following link is a useful document to share with your child if they are worried or nervous about having a Covid test:

Click here

Please see the link below for some additional resources that you can download for free to support with your child’s learning:

Click here

We understand that going into another national lockdown can be worrying and upsetting for all members of the family. The link below is a useful resource to signpost you to many different resources and guidance:

Click here

Finally, if there is anything else you would like to discuss please contact me via my email address: egay@themarvellcollege.com and I will respond directly and promptly. A copy of this letter will be uploaded onto the school website to help you access the links more easily.

Yours faithfully

Mrs E Gay

SENCo and Assistant Headteacher

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