Witton Park Academy

Supporting Student Learning in the wake of Covid 19.

We are delighted to welcome our students back after a long time away from school and we look forward to re-engaging them in some wonderful learning opportunities here at Witton Park.  We appreciate that many students and parents may have anxieties and concerns about how we are going to support our young people as they  settle back into school routines and most importantly “catch up” with the work they have missed.

 

The recovering student has a plethora of needs and as a school we have prepared tirelessly to address these educational and cognitive losses in order to ensure that all of our students can return to school  with confidence, optimism and with the barriers to their learning removed.

In accordance with the Guidance from the DfE, the following issues have been addressed to make sure that all of our students can get back on track with their education.
  1. Reverse the cost of missed education
  2. Address issues with cognition
  3. Close any gaps in academic development
  4. Pay specific needs to disadvantages/SEND/EAL students
  5. Reduce the negative health impact of being out of school
  6. Produce high quality education for students to thrive and progress
  7. Guarantee the resumption of  full range of curriculum subjects
  8. Engineer and design a curriculum so that it plugs gaps
  9. Provide immediate/high quality remote learning with a full curriculum offer
  10. Prioritisation of knowledge within units of work
As outlined briefly in the information to parents update (link), we have made some changes to the way the curriculum has been shaped, designed and will be delivered this academic year. Our intention remains to offer a full and rich curriculum to all and we are proud to share with you the plans we have made to meet the needs of your son or daughter as they return to school.

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Year 8 Support

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Year 9 Support

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Year 10 Support

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Year 11 Support

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FAQ’s:

Will there be extra lessons?

Unlike some schools who are extending the school day and offering additional lessons, at Witton Park we have taken a much more research driven approach that looks at the needs of a recovering student. Simply adding an extra lesson to the day does very little in terms of meeting the needs of a learner and instead, we have chosen to take a much more comprehensive and holistic approach as outlined above. For some year groups, those who are taking external exams at the end of the academic year Revision Central and Curriculum Clinics will be an action as usually in both the lead up to mock exams in March and then right up to the exams in May. 

Where can we access extra work for my child to complete at home?

All learning materials are published on Google classroom, there are also some extra materials called ‘THE SIX BADGES OF…’ that are released every half term as another way that we are supporting independent learning and catch-up.

What if my son or daughter is struggling to cope with the workload?

If you notice that your son or daughter is really struggling to cope with workload at home, or indicates that they are nor managing well – please refer them for an assessment via phone or email to school and provide some detail of your concerns. 

What if my son or daughter  is struggling to cope with school in general?

If you notice that your son or daughter is really struggling to cope with school in general, or indicates that they are nor managing well – please refer them for an assessment via phone or email to school and provide some detail of your concerns.

Will there be revision for exams and mocks?

Yes. Please see the link to information about Revision Central. 

When are the mock exams for y11?

Dates are:

What happens if school has to go into lockdown?

As outlined in the information above, if the school or year bubble is lockdown – students will move directly to online platforms. Lessons taught via Google meet and work posted on Google classroom or the learning portal.