Secondary

Despite the fact that the school gates are closed, we are deeply committed at BSB to prioritising the continued educational provision for your child across all Key Stages. We are maintaining regular contact with educational advice hubs and centres to observe best practice in continuing to provide what we believe are the best methods to continue to deliver learning and keep up to date with our curriculum.

During the online learning programme, students were set activities and exercises which aimed to practise and consolidate taught material and that students’ learning would be assessed and monitored. This would inform teachers’ subsequent planning or highlight the need for a student who may need support or extension. There would be the opportunity for students and teachers to communicate on an individual or group basis.

General Principles and Expectations

  • Online learning: materials were posted to Google Classroom and ShowMyHomework as the main resource areas. This was the primary method of operation; however staff could choose to send resources or tasks via email.
  • Communication: staff was in contact primarily via Google Classroom. However, staff could choose email or a videoconferencing app such as Google Hangouts or Google Meet.
  • Submission of work: the teacher for each subject outlined how work could to be submitted which was typically be via Google Classroom or email. This was likely to have been an Office or Google document or equally a photo or scan of the student’s work.
  • Staff could also have been in contact with parents in the event that work was not being submitted on time or if there are concerns. This could have been done via email or telephone contact.
  • Key Stage 4 and 5 students still received guidance and feedback on coursework and academic preparation for external examinations. This may still be essential work to enable the examination boards to generate grades in the absence of external examinations for GCSE and A Levels in the summer.
  • All lessons or parts of lessons had an element delivered via videoconferencing, pre-recorded presentations or interactive Google Meets across KS3 and KS4. KS5 continued to have a programme of videoconferencing based on arrangement and need, which could include a whole class Meet or a tutorial style videoconference to reinforce a learning point or provide guidance and feedback on a piece of work.

Academic Work:

  • Was set according to the timetabled lesson. This was set out in the table below.
  • Should have taken the same time or equivalent to the expectation from a normal lesson and homework
  • Should have been submitted by students before the following lesson or as specified on the assignment.
  • Was marked according to the school marking policy (some work will be graded where appropriate, some pieces of work will be checked and some pieces of work will have corrections). Verbal feedback may also be offered.
  • Was returned to the student either by the following lesson or during the timetable cycle.
  • For a new topic was launched with support materials which could have included a downloadable presentation, a Google Meet or a pre-recorded lesson introduction.

General Advice and Expectations set during the online learning programme:

  • Observe the rules and expectations of all BSB policies, but with particular regard to the Acceptable Use Policy at all times while engaging with Google Classroom and other online resources.
  • Take breaks between tasks and at lunch time.
  • Try to get some physical activity each day. Workouts are posted by the PE Department on a daily basis.
  • Teachers will be available to respond to students’ questions throughout the school day, between 8:30 - 15:00.
  • Work will be assigned every day that is appropriately challenging for each student.
  • Classwork submitted will be returned with feedback and targets for future development where appropriate.
  • Form Tutors will offer live ‘Meet’ sessions, as appropriate, in order to maintain and nurture pastoral relationships with students, as well as to answer any questions and give feedback. There will be a pastoral Meet on a Monday at 14.00.
  • We will be open to feedback provided by parents and students on their experience of online learning and which will be shared and reviewed by the Secondary Leadership Team.
  • PE staff will post an exercise activity every day for students

Guidance for Parents

Having a child or children learning at home online can be immensely challenging. Please try to maintain a sense of routine and follow these guidelines. Please do get in touch via the Office if there is anything you would want to discuss or if you feel you need extra support in any way.

Parents were expected to:

  • Ensure that your child starts their working day at 8.30. Work will be posted according to the timetable and your child should follow this. However, if you are located outside of Romania, aim to establish routines that fit the family’s ways of working in order to accomplish tasks set.
  • Have a copy of your child’s timetable on display at home.
  • Ensure that your child has a calm and quiet designated space where they can be supervised and work productively.
  • Check Show My Homework and ask your child to show you their Google Classroom account daily.
  • Share any exciting news or children’s accomplishments with teachers or equally if there is a change in your circumstances
  • Encourage children to make an effort to complete all compulsory tasks assigned and inform teachers of any obstacles to this, or if work may need to be handed in late.
  • Use office@britishschool.ro to request virtual meetings with teaching staff, ask questions and offer feedback on the Online Learning Programme.
  • Contact Mr Jason Porter, Head of Secondary, through office@britishschool.ro with any concerns, questions or feedback.

Guidance for Students

Students were expected to:

  • Check their timetable for the day to check the subjects for the day.
  • Use their timetable for the day to check off the tasks which are posted.
  • Check the Google Calendar or Classwork and Stream for any scheduled Google Meet sessions. We advise students to download and use the Google Calendar app on the Chromebook or iPad to help organise tasks.
  • Engage with compulsory tasks daily and make an effort to complete as many optional tasks as is feasibly possible.
  • Hand in classwork through the Classwork section of Google Classroom so that these can be marked and returned.
  • Be punctual to all relevant Google Meet sessions scheduled.
  • Ask teachers for help when needed via the Google Classroom in the first instance.
  • Check in with their Form Tutor during the sessions hosted on Mondays at 14.00.

Subject Area

Lessons per two-week cycle

Key Stage 3

English

7

Maths

6

Science

6

History

Year 7: 3

Years 8&9: 2

Geography

3

World Religions

Year 7: 3

Years 8&9: 2

Computer Science

2

Drama

2

Music

Year 7: 3

Years 8&9: 2

MFL

Year 7: 3

Years 8&9 - first language: 3, second language: 4

Art

2

DT

2

Key Stage 4

Maths

6

English

6

Options subjects

5

Key Stage 5

Options subjects

Year 12: 8

Year 13: 9

We thank you for your cooperation and support as we continue to work in the best educational interests of your child.

We are mindful that it is a challenging time for all of us at the moment and we would want to reassure you that as families and students, we extend our support also to you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or the Secondary team if you would like to discuss anything or if you require extra support yourselves.