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19/05/24

📚✏️ Even on a Saturday, over 120 of our dedicated students showed up to hit the books! We're incredibly proud of their hard work and determination. Keep shining! 💪👏 pic.twitter.com/RyXBLgI13d

04/05/24

Year 11 aced their maths walking talking mock with Mr Sadiq this Saturday! 🧠💯 They tackled high-mark questions, got expert feedback, and leveled up their exam skills. 📚✨ Couldn't be prouder of this hardworking crew - they're ready to crush the GCSE! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/R1gSRW145B

29/04/24

Year 10 students rocked their Rise workshop today with ! 🌟 They completed challenges to work collaboratively, develop problem-solving and teamwork skills, and gain work experience. 💼🧠💡 pic.twitter.com/jIM5I55z2b

26/04/24

Fasten your seatbelts 🛂 Year 11, we're about to take off! 🛫 Hoping for a smooth flight ✈️ and successful departure! 🛬 pic.twitter.com/b5MFjEkJ3V

26/04/24

🏆 Year 9 boys football team 🥅 through to Harris Cup semi-final! 🔥 Determined to retain trophy after thrilling 6-5 win! 🙌 Player of the match Chetam scores winner! 🏃‍♂️ Great team effort and resilience! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/WD3KisjVwn

26/04/24

Saddle up for an unforgettable day at the British Racing School! 🏇 took us on a thrilling journey, revealing the secrets of horse care and the paths to becoming a champion jockey. 🏆 Hooves thundering, hearts racing - an experience we'll never forget! 🐎 pic.twitter.com/5x6w3aj6De

27/03/24

🌟 Our amazing pupils showcased incredible 'Character (to)day' diving into a variety of topics & activities! 🚀 Year 7s showed immense Courageous Advocacy, delving into Bee habitats and acing the Big School litter pick! 🐝🗑️ pic.twitter.com/zt2ebNR4ea

27/03/24

Ahoy there! ⚓️ The Year 9 crew from HGA set sail today for the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. 🌊 Anchors aweigh for a character-filled adventure on the high seas! ⛵️🌟 pic.twitter.com/yTfUrlmJjh

26/03/24

🏐🎉 Incredible news! Our year 8 netball team has smashed their way to the Harris Cup semi-finals! 🌟👏 Big shoutout to our amazing players, especially the year 7 stars shining bright! 🌟✨ Let's cheer them on as they face ! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/E4mK2T0cAT

20/03/24

🚀 Kicking off Creative Careers 2024! 🎨 Students are diving into a world of possibilities, exploring diverse pathways in the creative industry. 📸#CreativeCareers2024 pic.twitter.com/otVpl4Ua0K

20/03/24

We are officially 8th best school in London for Indoor Athletics!This week, our primary team took part in the SHA finals. The team, who represented competed against the 11 other best boroughs in London. Huge congrats to our students and pic.twitter.com/3SK9s4WLpc

19/03/24

🌟 Thrilled to share moments from the Speak Out Regional Final! 🎤 Megan Farr and May Mbabazi shone brightly, representing Harris Garrard Academy with their powerful voices. A celebration of young talent and the magic of expression. ✨ pic.twitter.com/yI8GICW9uF

15/03/24

Off to the we go, with Year 8 in tow, to witness love's timeless tale in a contemporary glow. Thanks to ’s generous sponsorship, Shakespeare's words will leap and dip. 🎭💔 pic.twitter.com/ezNpvHdema

08/03/24

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07/03/24

📚✨ The halls of HGA have transformed into a literary wonderland as our secondary staff channel their inner bookworms, dressing up as their favorite book characters! From the whimsical to the wicked, can you guess the characters? 📸🎭 pic.twitter.com/y8azMifcNq

06/03/24

The yr5/6 Netball final took place between today.Both teams have done exceptionally well to reach the final & were undefeated in their league so we knew we were in for a close game

05/03/24

The yr5/6 Netball final took place between today.Both teams have done exceptionally well to reach the final & were undefeated in their league so we knew we were in for a close game

01/03/24

Just wrapped up another fantastic week at HGA, proving that even when the skies open up, we find our pot of gold in the learning of our students. 🌈 https://t.co/jKjPQHPkQ2

01/03/24

HGA Sixth Formers' visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was a powerful reminder of history's darkest chapters. Their solemn reflections will echo in our hearts and history classes. pic.twitter.com/k1CaBME2Ns

29/02/24

Excited to kick off day 1 of the Y12 Biology Residential! 🌿 Stay tuned for updates, insights, and all the fascinating discoveries we'll make together! pic.twitter.com/6nqWUWrZBE

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Remote Education (Secondary) - Information for Parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page. If you need any support accessing remote learning please email remotelearning@harrisgarrard.org.uk. Thank you.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

In most cases, students can immediately access their normal timetable remotely. However, if for any reason they are unable to - for instance, if they do not have immediate access to IT - printed work can be provided and all students have their termly knowledge organiser, which includes homework tasks and all of the vital knowledge for every subject, each term, which can be revised from and there is checklist on page 3.


Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in practical subjects such as PE, or Food Technology, where students might be required to watch videos and take notes, as opposed to physically take part themselves.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

KS4

KS5

5-6 hrs

3-4 hrs

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year

KS3

5hrs


Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

For live lessons, we use Microsoft Teams and some subjects also use this for setting homework and assignments. We also save all our lessons on Student SharePoint, so students can access them if they need to revisit anything, or if they missed the live content.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We have surveyed all students and have some understanding of which students might need to borrow a laptop. We will therefore try to utilise this information in order to provide a laptop on day one of isolation. 
  • Parents also receive a text message with the Remote Learning Lead’s email address which they can email if they need access to a laptop. In this case, a laptop is usually provided the next day.
  • If students are unable to access the internet, then paper-based resources can be sent home for the duration of the isolation period.
  • If students do not have online access, they can submit their work on paper when they return to school, or it can be posted to the school for the attention of their behavior for learning lead.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • saved resources on Student SharePoint
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Students are expected to engage with their lessons according to their usual timetable

Students are expected to follow their usual timetable and parents can support this by ensuring they have access to their child’s timetable and are clear on what lessons they should receive each day.

Parents can see tutorials on how to access remote learning on our Virtual Learning Resources page.


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Engagement with live lessons is monitored daily through our own, bespoke tool that provides student by student engagement percentages.

  • When a student does not engage, they will receive a phone call from their form tutor but might also be called by their class teacher.
  • If the concern is about quality of work, rather than engagement, students will be called by their class teacher.
  • Failure to engage over a number of days will result in a home visit from our Safer Schools Officer.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Immediate feedback can be given to students orally through questioning, as they would in a normal lesson, or a student might write in the chat function during the lesson which can then be commented on.
  • We also use Microsoft Forms to provide students with surveys that can give instant feedback about whether they have learned and can recall new material.
  • Students can submit work via email, or MS Teams, particularly in KS4 and KS5.
  • Any work that is done in a book, or on paper, will also fall into the usual cycle of whole class feedback.
  • All students in Years 7-10 sat a remote assessment made up of 25 knowledge-based questions and a 15-mark extended answer, which formed the basis of their March report. 
  • Feedback was also given to parents on their child's attendance to remote lessons with details of the student's engagement, commitment, optimism and resourcefulness. 
  • Each child was also given two development actions per subject. 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • We can clearly track engagement of students with SEND and targeted calls home are made when engagement is not high.
  • We ensure that students with SEND are carefully talked though how to engage with live lessons.
  • We have an innovation Leader who is currently working with staff on how to best adapt their online teaching for students with SEND.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Students who are self-isolating will be able to access the lesson being taught to their peers in school. They will be able to see any PowerPoint slides being presented, hear the teacher and be able to engage in the lesson themselves by being unmuted by the teacher and being able to ask/answer questions.

In practice, this is not always 'foolproof', but teachers will endeavour to make the learning experience as "normal" as possible for the self-isolating student. All resources are available on the student SharePoint area and students are encouraged to contact their teacher for additional instruction.


If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Students can access their live lessons in the same way, joining the rest of their class remotely. They can ask questions and be questioned and submit their work by mail or though MS Teams.

Teachers strive to teach both those in their class and students isolating at home, however, there might sometimes be a delay in students being admitted to the lesson as staff settle their class and take the register.