Home Learning during Coronavirus
Welcome to our page on home learning which is designed to support students whilst they are unable to be in College. Following preparation during the earlier part of the Lent Term, we have been operating a full timetable for students using Microsoft 365 Teams since the beginning of the lockdown in the UK due to Covid 19. In addition to supporting with home learning we have also signposted Pastoral and Wellbeing support, we remain fully committed to developing the whole child. Below are a variety of links to resources that will help ensure this important aspect of your child’s education continues during this unprecedented time. Furthermore, we have compiled resources for both Years 11 and 13 as they prepare for the next steps.
We are fully committed to providing the best possible remote education for our students. We will be reviewing our practises throughout the lockdown period. However, we would like to thank parents and students for all the positive feedback we have received. Some examples are given below:
"I just wanted to write a brief email to pass on my family's sincere thanks in the way that you and your staff have, and are, handling the whole Covid situation, in what are clearly very difficult times.To have switched from the classroom environment to home/web-based learning in such a seamless way, and in such a short space of time is truly amazing."
• Check your child/children can log on to Microsoft Teams and can access the work set.
• Ensure your child/children is available to complete the work at the time of their timetabled
lesson. Where this is not possible due to time zone difference etc., please establish a school day
routine in line with your own time zone.
• Advise your child/children that classroom teachers will aim to be available at the timetabled
lesson time for all Year 10 and 12 classes. Where possible, teachers will aim to be present
for lessons for other year groups although this will be limited. Lessons will be set and the
expectations made clear in all cases.
• Provide students with a quiet and suitable space to work, where possible, without distraction so
they are able to benefit from the lesson and continue to learn.
• Ensure your child/children are not present in public spaces during school hours, apart from
those which will benefit their learning and provide internet access if required, such as public
• Children should not be meeting up for social events in normal school hours.
All students will be able to contact their classroom teachers through Teams or via email if there is a need to do so. Each Head of Year has also created a Microsoft Team so they are able to disseminate information quickly and effectively.
Parents are able to contact their child’s Head of Year by email. The Year group email
(email@example.com and so on) will still be active and monitored regularly.
Please read through the expectations for students carefully, discuss these with your child/children and support the College in ensuring they meet these throughout this period.
• Students will follow their timetable lesson by lesson and will therefore complete College work
each day that the College would normally be open
• Students may be expected to submit completed work to their teacher – work would be
uploaded to Teams or submitted through email. Students will be given a deadline for submission of work and this deadline should be met
• Students must not use personal email addresses or social media accounts to keep in touch with staff– all students must use their hockerill.com email address
• Attendance will be monitored, and attendance issues will be addressed
• Students must wear suitable clothing, as should anyone else in the household
• Any computers used should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; and where
possible be against a neutral background
• The 'live' classes will be recorded by teachers and backed up so that if any issues were to arise,
the video can be reviewed
• Behaviour must be appropriate (in line with College rules). The same behaviour expectations as
at College will apply when being taught remotely
• As far as possible teachers will maintain College working hours. During these hours they will
read and respond to emails, plan resources and provide feedback as well as remotely teach
• Teachers should make every attempt to be contactable for the lesson times of Years 10 and 12. They will, as much as is possible, try to present live lessons for other year groups. When this
is not possible, lesson expectations will be made clear.
• Teacher will provide lesson resources and materials via Teams for all lessons
• Teachers will use Teams to communicate with students, allowing for individual students to raise
questions and the teacher to provide the whole class with answers and advice
• Teacher will set tasks/activities of appropriate length approximately 50/60mins
• Teacher will provide model answers and other opportunities for students to self-assess at home
will also be considered
• Feedback will be in line with the Assessment Policy. Work will be regularly checked.
• Where possible, teachers should provide a variety of tasks.
• Classroom Teachers are expected to regularly inform Curriculum Leaders of their progress
through SOW/Unit Plans
• Classroom teachers will inform Curriculum Leaders and Heads of Year, of issues with students'
engagement with remote learning, via email.
• Senior Leadership will monitor the quality of the online learning provision and address any
concerns around this.
We are extremely proud of how our Year 11 and 13 students have reacted to the news that they would not be sitting their external examinations this summer. We know how hard they worked to prepare. We are currently working closely with exam boards and the IB to ensure they receive the grades they deserve. When lockdown restrictions allow, we will plan a celebration of their achievements, in the meantime students can keep in touch via their Year Group Team.
We know that the knowledge and skills that students have developed studying the IB Diploma Programme will equip them well to be successful in whatever they chose to do next.
We have a range of resources available here to help students prepare for moving on to next steps, to access it CLICK HERE.
We very much look forward to seeing many of our Year 11 students back to embark on the IB Diploma Programme and wish those who are continuing their studies elsewhere the very best for the future. We have developed a range of resources to help all our students prepare them for the next step, they can be accessed HERE
At the current time it is more important than ever for staff, students and parents to look after their mental health. We continue to provide the very best pastoral care, this is facilitated through student’s Heads of Year and Form Tutors. We have put links to some resources here that might be useful. It is also very important with young people spending more time studying remotely that they remain safe online, so links for resources to help with that are below also.
• Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
• Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
• Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
• Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
• Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
• Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
• UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online service.
Suporting Teenage Mental Health
Pearson Education with some information on mindfulness
An ITV Mental Wellness initiative:
Advice on sleep and teeth!
A list of enrichment activities are given here. We are sure these will be of interest to both parents and students alike.
Extensive list of resources including virtual tours and online learning
Range of educational resources
Seneca learning – students can add the courses they are studying and keep track of their progress. Some teachers may already be using this with their class and there is the option to ‘join’ a class that a teacher has created. However, the student can revise independently without any teacher input. There is also a parent section where parents can then track their child’s progress.
Skill and communication courses for teenagers
ASDAN Free resources for Home Learning
As an education charity, we want to support educators, parents and guardians with home learning and educating as much as we can. Please provide your details below to download all of our free home learning and educating resources. The resources, ranging from pre-Entry to Level 2, have been taken from a range of ASDAN courses. They can be used in a home setting and challenges can be adapted to suit home learning, for example using video chat for group work to maintain and encourage interaction.
Use the link above to find out more about resources for:
- English and mathematics
- PSHE and citizenship
- Transition to secondary school
- Community, volunteering and culture
- Getting outside: gardening, sports and fitness
- Animal care
- Group work: planning and evaluating
- Learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
Beginning Monday 20 April, BBC Bitesize will publish daily online lessons for all ages. We'll also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer.
Collins - Free educational resources to support learning for ages 3-16.
Childnet Film Competition
What are we looking for?
We are looking for films or storyboards that tell us why you want an internet that allows people to feel free and safe online and how we can make this happen. Once again we’re on the look-out for films with a positive and clear message about the ways we can use of the internet.
There are 3 different categories this year:
Solo category – Young people make their own film, with minimal support from an adult.
Group category – Work with friends or family to make a film.
Storyboard category – Create a short storyboard and script for a film.
Learn sign language
Joe Wicks Body Coach
Oti Mabuse Dance classes
Myleene’s Music classes
Food Tech with Jamie Oliver
Subject specific resources
History Hit brings you the stories that shaped the world through live events, an award winning podcast network and our new online only history channel.
National Archives are being opened – just waiting for confirmation. https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Virtual Historical Association Branch - lectures
English teacher has posted a 25 minute English lesson every day with previous lesson available to watch on her facebook site. Resources for the lesson are downloaded. Colour coded for difficulty. Age range from KS1-KS3 (spellathon every week on Friday)
This youtube site has a 7 minute explanation of every country in the world. Aimed at KS3 and above it is very informative and quite addictive …. a letter of the alphabet every day of the holiday ?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p04k8lnk - Stacey Dooley on BBC Three
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002fch Africa with Ade Adepitan
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002tvs Race Across the World
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p07kt9mx/fashion-conscious Fashion Conscious
The Royal Society’s Young Geographer of the Year competition, run in partnership with Geographical Magazine, is for geography pupils aged nine to 18. It is awarded every year alongside the Rex Walford award which recognises the work of a trainee or new geography teacher. This year’s awards ask entrants to write a submission answering the question ‘How can geography help you?’ With the awards now open for entries, we asked four geographers at in differing careers how geography has helped them to date.
This site contains many activities for KS3 and KS4 on many topics covering a variety of skills.
This site contains many activities for KS3 and KS4 on many topics covering a variety of skills.
This site is particularly good for grammar as the exercises will be marked.
www.lyricstraining.com Lyrics Training is a website which uses embedded YouTube music videos of popular songs to provide language learners with a fun way to practice language skills.
Creative Art ideas
Creative ideas for students and staff over the Easter holidays. Take photos of your work and we can have a Teams Art Exhibition – Title your work and upload to Art is where the home is TEAM – Enjoy
Lots of information on drawing and creative projects!
Fantastic activities to do at home https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Community Art projects Antony Gormley who has come up with a “people’s paper chain” idea. The piece of paper will have a drawing of a person on it which can be folded and cut into a paper chain. Mark Wallinger hopes people everywhere will draw their own hand and put it in their window as a kind of nationwide wave.
Theatre at home
National theatre at home
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals at home
Award winning shows now online
Maths with Carol Vorderman (ages up to 12)
Video competition – Unsung Science Heroes
Who has history forgotten? Whose story has been left out of the textbooks? Whose work gets overlooked? Whose story do you want to share?
UPDATE: The 2020 competition is now open to individuals as well as teams of two or three and anyone aged 16-18 anywhere in the world. We want you to make a short video celebrating a scientist who deserves wider recognition. There are no restrictions on who you can choose to celebrate – they can be alive or dead and from anywhere you want. Show us who inspires you in the world of science and help us to learn more about them.
English Language Learning
The Young Enterprise Teacher Toolkit is designed to give you access to a range of Young Enterprise and Young Money resources suitable for use with children and young people as part of their home-learning. There are some resources suitable for all ages, and others specifically for primary or secondary and post-16.
The aim of the lessons plans is to teach children all about how technology is evolving and advancing in different areas of work. We want to broaden children’s knowledge of technology careers and the types of people who work in them. This is important knowledge for your child as the world of work is changing rapidly due to technology advancements. We want children to be aware of the kind of roles and careers which will be available to them when they leave school. We want to show them how their current hobbies and passions could lead them into a career in technology.
NB This will be added to and expanded over the next few days
A huge variety of careers resources are available online to help students with careers exploration. We have included a variety on these below. This page will be added to regularly. Students will also be provided with careers information via their Year Group Team. Students from Year 8 to Year 12 also have access to Unifrog and should make use of this excellent resource.
Individual Advice and Guidance
General Careers Exploration
Unifrog is the complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3, KS4 and KS5 regardless of their interests or academic ability. Students have access to this platform and can use this for career exploration.
Pathway CTM Open For All Students
During these exceptional times, Pathway CTM have decided to open our free digital pre-programme to all students (aged 15+) in the UK.Our digital programme includes daily webinars, virtual employer events, access to our workshops covering everything from How To Create a CV, to our LinkedIn Masterclass. Students will be able to attend these live events via phone, tablet or laptop, and will also receive a link to listen to the recording as and when they want. Further, students will get access to all current Apprenticeship, Sponsored Degree, Work Experience and Internship placement opportunities through our employer network. Pathway CTM are on-hand to provide coaching support via email and calls for all our students where needed. https://pathwayctm.com/webinar-and-virtual-event-sign-up/
Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP)
HOP is powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and supports students to make informed decisions on career path options including Further Education, Higher Education, professional qualifications, work experience and job opportunities.
For a list of Virtual Open Days, please see:
There is an extensive range of resources for students and parents on their new Resource Hub. These include videos of talks.
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
We are currently working on online pre-recorded presentations, as well as live Q and A sessions for students.
You can also find FAQs by following this link: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/116000/undergraduate/802/coronavirus-information_for_applicants_and_offer_holders
To ensure that you receive our communications over the coming weeks, if you haven’t already done so, please complete the following https://leeds.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/eecontactform
Modern Languages Event – 6 May with Bristol University
The session is aimed at Year 12 students who are studying any language at A Level and offers participants the chance to virtually meet current language undergraduates, learn about the Year Abroad and life as a Bristol Student, and discover the world of career opportunities with a language degree.
Speakers for Schools is proud to announce the launch of the Speakers for Schools Virtual Work Experience (VWEX) programme. To address the need for high quality work experience, in communities which often have a disconnect between the aspirations of young people, and the presence of outstanding employers.
VWEX’ing will expand our current on-site work experience programme to level the playing field for all. Our VWEX programme is the first of its kind in the UK and enables employers to solve key problems in their business while delivering meaningful and structured work experience to more young people wherever they reside.