Home Learning using Teams

Dear Parent/Carer,

Unfortunately, all schools in England will be shutting for the vast majority of students from Monday. To continue educating our students whilst they are at home, The Purbeck School have moved to an online platform called Microsoft Teams. If you don’t have internet access then please can you let the school know as soon as possible and we will look for an alternative solution.

By 9am every morning, classroom teachers will upload lessons with any required resources, in line with your child’s current timetable. We advise that your child works through each lesson as they would on a normal school day. Our Purbeck School Reading programme and Hegarty Maths should still remain the staple diet of everyday. In year 7-9, our summer term Knowledge Organisers are now available on Teams and should be extensively used.

Teams does have an interactive facility called Posts. If your child has any questions or needs support with their subject tasks, then they can post a question. Alternatively, your child can email their teacher directly. Every child must be professional when working online and the website should be 100% academically focused.

To support you as a parent with this new tool, we have created some help guides. These can be accessed here: www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/information/it-help. This week, every child has had a demonstration of Teams by their tutor. We have asked every child to login to Teams and familiarise themselves with the online platform. However, if they are struggling to access the website then please do contact us immediately at office@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk.

At this moment, we don’t know how long schools will remain closed. This is clearly unchartered territory, and we have not attempted to use the online system in such a way before. It is vitally important that, with your support and direction, your child follows our Home Learning Plan on Teams in order to maintain their education and to structure each day for them at home.

Stay safe and thank you all for your continued support and commitment to keeping our community safe during this very challenging time.

Kind regards,

Adam Darley
Head teacher
The Purbeck School

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