Contingency Planning Update

Bucks UTC / Contingency Planning Update

+ - What work should students complete?

We have released, and sent out, a learning plan for Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students to guide their work at home. Students will be expected to complete three sets of work per day, during the hours of 09:00 and 15:00 (when staff will be available).

Learning plans for all year groups can be accessed below:

Year 10 Learning Plan Year 11 Learning Plan Year 12 Building Learning Plan
Year 12 Computing Learning Plan Year 13 Computing Learning Plan Year 13 Building Learning Plan

Students should access work through Microsoft Teams. This is a service that allows for online communication between peers and students and teachers. Each subject has been allocated a specific ‘team’, and within this, students can send questions that may be answered by other students or by a teacher.

Click the Files tab to view and download assignments, revision material and other resources that teachers have published for children to use within allocated sessions or for their own study.

Computing students’ assignment briefs and resources are available on Microsoft OneNote, which they know how to use. Any student can also upload their work here so it be can seen and marked by their teacher.

STRUGGLING TO LEARN FROM HOME? READ OUR ONLINE GUIDE

+ - How will learning take place at home?

Children who are not those of ‘key workers’ will be set work to complete during the week when at home. Using Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, students will be able to communicate with teachers who are online and access resources for each subject within their specific Team group.

We have broken each day into 3 rather the usual 5 or 6 lessons to enable the working from home to be more manageable for both students and parents. During the allocated time slots for each subject teachers will be available online to answer questions that students may have.

Teachers will:

  • Be on hand via the cloud in the lesson slots to help you understand lesson content and to
    support students
  • Provide individual feedback on work that submitted via OneNote or via emailed to them

+ - Contacting the UTC

During our closure, the main switchboard telephone number will not be in use. Instead, please either text or email us:

Text: 07553 317476 or 07899 691362

Email: reception@buckinghamshireutc.co.uk

If your child needs their computer password reset, please see below. 

+ - Children of Key Workers

If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. However, if a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. We are doing all we can to remain open for those students with an EHCP, are classed as vulnerable or are children of key workers.

The UTC will be open and staff will attend to support children who are unable to stay at home. Further advice

Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.

Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults

+ - Online Access

If your child cannot access their Office 365 account, their password for UTC computer and Office access may have expired. For password reset send a text to 07553 317476 or 07899 691362 and await further advice.

If you do not have internet, computer or printer access, you will have been given paper resources and extended advice if you responded to emails sent by Reception during the week. Please get in touch using the details above if you have not received a reply.

Key online links:

Office 365 Portal: students can access all Office apps here, including Outlook, OneDrive and OneNote.

Microsoft Teams: online classes and communications with teachers, access to subject resources and files

OneNote: save and uploading work, computing student resource access

Our priority remains to support staff, students and parents to take sensible and proportionate steps to support health and wellbeing. We will continue to provide the latest advice for staff and students about self-isolation in line with Public Health England guidelines. Current advice from the Department for Education is that shutting schools should only be considered when absolutely necessary. We continue to monitor the developing situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the advice being given to schools by the Government and Public Health.

There are a number of students and staff that have taken the decision to self-isolate which puts added pressure on those staff that remain in the UTC. The stay at home guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance