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Distance Learning

We are confident that our Distance Learning Plan will allow us to fulfil our school vision of
‘Achieving Individual Excellence in a Caring Community’, even during a period of partial or full closure.
We hope that the information on this page will provide all the help and information parents need to understand more about how we will communicate, expectations of the learning experience and how families can support their children.

Communication with parents

1) Message on this page of the school website regarding which groups are studying at home and which groups are at school

2) Email message from InTouch to all parents

distance learning - latest update

All students in Year 10 have to self isolate from Thursday 15th to Thursday 22nd October.
They return for a normal school day on Friday 23rd October (last day before half-term).
We will provide work through remote learning.


Government Guidance  

The Government has issued guidance about the different tiers of opening that schools may experience in the coming months:

The full guidance is here: 

At Haydon School this means:

Tier 1:
Control measures as outlined on our September Starts update are in place: 
We will take immediate advice from Public Health authorities if a case of Covid-19 is confirmed in school. It may lead to the requirement for students to wear masks at school. It may also involve some or all students in a year group being asked to isolate at home. If a whole year group is required to isolate, learning will continue for them in accordance with the ‘Expectations of Distance Learning’

Tier 2:
This can involve a rota system, likely to be a year group having 2 weeks in school and 2 weeks at home. Unless cases in a particular year group mean they should isolate first, the year groups will begin Distance Learning in this order: 9, 8, 7, 10, 11. Children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.

Tier 3:
If a ‘local lockdown’ is announced, some year groups will begin Distance Learning. Government guidelines will be announced to identify which year groups will remain in school. Children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.

Tier 4:
Only children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.

the role of technology 

We recognise technology has a key role to play in distance learning, but understand that not everyone has access to the Internet or their own laptop or tablet all the time. As a result, there are ‘paper only’ resources which are available to appropriate students. These can be collected or delivered as required. We distributed the laptops made available to us by the Government during summer 2020, as well as our own laptops for students in need. If you believe you may be eligible for a laptop, please let us know and we will try to help, though we may not be able to do this in every case.

Expectations of Distance Learning  (Whole year groups)

Where possible, students are asked to follow the time and sequence of their usual timetable at home and access their lessons live through Google Meet and the resources through Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom. Following the usual timetable provides a structure to the day for students, and helps to ensure an even amount of time is dedicated to each subject as it would be if students were present at school. All live lessons will be recorded by teachers and be made accessible to students through Satchel (Show My Homework). However, it is very important that they attend these sessions as they will benefit from live interaction with their teachers, where they will be able to ask questions using the messaging function. Attendance will be recorded.

Feedback on student work during Distance Learning will be by a combination of comments on Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom, individual and whole class feedback. Teachers cannot comment on every piece of work that is submitted, and will identify key pieces of assessment just as they do when students are in school. Students should check back on Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom to see their teachers comments. Their teachers will be teaching lessons to other year groups in school, so responses will not be immediate.

Expectations of Distance Learning
(for individuals or small groups of students self isolating) 

Expectations of Distance Learning for individuals or small groups of students self isolating

Resources for each year group in lower school (7-11), for students self-isolating, is available here:

Year 7    

Year 8    

Year 9    

Year 10    

Year 11


Please ask your son/daughter to regularly check Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom for other tasks set by the teacher.

Students are expected to spend the equivalent time for each subject that they would at school e.g. If they have 1 hour per week of RS, they would spend 1 hour per week on the resources above. 

In addition, these resources are especially useful when your child is at home, but their peer group is at school. Oak National Academy, and BBC Bitesize

School - Monitoring Progress - Contacting home 

We monitor students’ use of the learning platforms and completion of activities. We contact parents at the end of each week to:

Recognise the efforts of students who are completely up to date at the end of the week. We will send an automatic email to parents so you can share this success with your child.

We will let you know that work has not been completed by the deadlines set in 3 or more subjects. This will be an automatic email alerting parents that their child is falling behind, so parents can support their child by looking at tasks (see the next section) that have been set and what has not been completed. We think this is better than receiving an alert for every piece of work as this would be very hard to track.

Parents - Monitoring Progress

To monitor your child/ren’s progress, we strongly recommend that you download the free Satchel (Show My Homework) app for your phone/tablet. If you have forgotten your details use the information here to help you. If your child has forgotten their password use the information here to help you. Satchel (Show my Homework) allows parents to access the homework their child/ren have been set and also the feedback from teachers.

sen support

Students with Education, Health and Care Plans will be invited into school as much as possible during Distance Learning. This enables us to help students access the learning activities. Activities will be differentiated by teachers and teaching assistants and appropriate support provided.

Click here to view a worksheet to support home learning routines 

Our SEND Page also has a range of resources and advice - Click Here

Pastoral support

We recognise that students respond in different ways to this new working arrangement. Many take to it very smoothly. However, those who find independent work difficult will find this challenging and need more support.

Our Learning mentors and counsellors will continue supporting students during Distance Learning. Form Tutors and Heads of Year will support students through live Google Meets form sessions and phone calls.

Tips for Parents and Students 

Establish routines and expectations: start times, breaks and lunch at school are at clear times. Maintaining this routine can help maintain a positive work ethic. Avoid spending the day in your pyjamas!

Identify a clear physical space in which to work: this will make it easier to focus on your learning, without other distractions.

Talk about the plan for the day, and the lessons ahead: spending extended time working at home is unfamiliar territory. Talking about how things are going can help pre-empt any problems.

Set times to be on and offline: There will be more screen time than normal whilst working at home. You may have to share devices with family members, and setting time limits in advance can help manage this successfully. Equally, spending time offline is important to maintain a sense of balance in the day.

Remember to exercise: Your wellbeing is enhanced by physical activity, so do make time for this. This can really help if you are feeling anxious, which is completely normal whilst you are working from home.

Talk about things on your mind: it will be a big adjustment working from home every day, and having done it before does not necessarily make it easier. Talk about how things are going. The international and local situation is highly changeable. It is normal to feel uncertainty about this too. Be conscious of how much of the news you watch and talk about what you are watching. 

Read a book: Escape, relax, unwind. Look after yourself.


Please discuss e-safety with your child/ren before they return to the Distance Learning programme.  These NSPCC resources will help you do this.

school contacts 

Here is a list of the school contacts you may need if you have any problems during distance learning.

Staff email contact lists

Login issues with Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google - (TBA)