Show My Homework – Year 7

Show My Homework – Year 7

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to provide you with some further information regarding the school’s homework system and how your son/daughter will access their homework next half term. If you already have a son/daughter at the school you will already be aware of some of this information. I have also included some of the information from my previous letter for reference.

Homework is an important aspect of your child’s education and helps to reinforce and extend learning from lessons. Homework provides valuable opportunities for students to consolidate their understanding of work from the school day. It also provides further opportunities for them to develop lifelong learning skills to support them in further study and in their careers. To ensure that these benefits are available for all the school has identified the recording and organisation of homework as priorities to focus on with students. Students in years 8 to 11 all currently use Show My Homework (SMHW) to manage their homework and teachers set all homework using it.  After half term students in year 7 will also be using SMHW and all homework will be set using it.

SMHW is an online package that allows homework to be set and accessed directly by students on their mobile phones, tablets or through the SMHW website. SMHW is the UK’s most effective package for setting and monitoring homework and hundreds of schools across the country are using it with successful results. As a school we recognise the difficulties experienced by parents/carers in supporting their child’s homework as students may not always record homework as instructed or in a clear manner. SMHW ensures that students are always provided with clear homework instructions and guidance as homework details/requirements/ resources etc can be made available to students directly from the teacher. The calendar facility provided by SMHW also allows students to manage their deadlines effectively by using the reminder and date facilities available.  As parents/carers you will also have access to your child’s homework calendar so that you can support them in managing their homework.  SMHW has further additional features and as the school develops its use of the SMHW package information on these features will be provided (for further details and information on SMHW please visit showmyhomework.co.uk). We do also recognise that not all students have smart phones or access to the internet at home so we also provide a student diary that can be used instead or in conjunction with SMHW. The school also provides computer and internet access before school, at lunchtimes and after school.

A link to SMHW (and set up instructions) is available in the parents and pupils area on the school website and after half term the homework timetable on SMHW for Year 7 will be populated with homework from your child’s subjects. To access your child’s homework calendar you need to use the access details provided below to log on to the SMHW website (tottington.showmyhomework.co.uk or link on school website). When you have access you will be able to set up alerts and set up a link to your smart phone if you so wish. You can also visit the Apple Store or Google Play to do this. The school will also be providing support for parents/carers in the form of familiarisation sessions. The sessions will help parents/carers log in to SMHW and outline the main features of the package. If you would like to attend one of these sessions please contact the school and arrangements can be made to suit you. Students will also receive instructions and support in setting up their SMHW page and any links to their smart phone.

The school would like to thank you in advance for your support with our homework system.

Regards

Mr A. Rashud (Assistant Headteacher)

Weblink: www.tottington.showmyhomework.co.uk

KS4 Post-16 Information

KS4 Post-16 Information

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing at the start of this academic year to provide you with some information regarding the school’s careers provision and the support and guidance that will be available to your son/daughter in Year 11.

As part of the school’s provision students have access to careers advice and support through the school’s partnership with the Connexions service. Students receive an individual interview from a Connexions advisor where they will have the opportunity to discuss and plan for further study and careers. In most cases students will receive this interview during Key Stage 4, however in particular circumstances this interview may take place lower down the school if it is beneficial for the student. In individual cases further interviews are required and all students are also provided with opportunities to request earlier/additional interviews.  The school also works collaboratively with the Connexions service to provide valuable focussed careers sessions on topics ranging from apprenticeship awareness to student finance.

Students are also involved in a designated Careers Week every year (from Year 8) as they move up through the school. The focus of the week is specific to each year group and is appropriate to their age e.g. ‘College Application’s week for Y11. Information is also provided to students through Immersion days, external visits, assemblies, form notices, careers posters and the VLE. Within this particular aspect of the school’s careers provision students have access to ‘Cascaid’ This is an online career package that allows students to explore further and higher education, career options and subject requirements. This supports students in making informed decisions at every stage of their progression through school. Access to Cascaid is also available to students at home and instructions are provided on the school VLE along with further careers information, such as links to useful websites and contacts like the National Careers Service. Students also have access to a personal Careers Record. In this record students keep notes and useful information together as they progress through the school.

Further careers support and guidance is provided through the Careers, Well-Being and Life Issues (CWL) programme that forms part of the school curriculum. Throughout both key stages students explore a variety of topics with designated elements of the programme being focussed specifically on careers. This focus is through the content that these topics cover, such as writing a CV and through the development of valuable, transferrable careers skills. Immersion Day activities also support this programme as do College visits and guest speakers.

As parents/carers you can support your son/daughter by using the VLE links and resources to help them explore further education and careers at home. Taking your son/daughter to College open days at Key Stage 4 is also valuable as is using the National Careers Service to investigate options and gather useful information. As further support a post 16 options booklet is also provided with this letter. The booklet contains information on pathways, entry requirements, deadlines and application tips. A Year 11 Post 16 support session for students and parents has also been organised for 26th September (6:00 – 7:00pm). Staff and a Connexions advisor will be available to answer questions and offer support with post 16 applications. The session will be a drop in session so please arrive at a time that is convenient for you. Attendance at the session is not a requirement . In addition support is also available throughout the academic year by contacting the school (phone, email, visit).

Please note that the drop in session will be the same time as the Y10 GCSE evening. The Y10 GCSE evening will be in the Hall and the Y11 Post 16 drop in session will be in Room 19.

Please can you indicate whether you would like to attend the drop in session by completing the reply slip below and returning it via you son/daughter to the Main Office at school.

Kind Regards

Mr A. Rashud

Post 16 Evening Booklet
Show My Homework – Year 7

Year 7 Show My Homework

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to provide you with some information regarding the school’s homework system and how your son/daughter will access their homework next half term. If you already have a son/daughter at the school you will already be aware of some of this information.

Homework is an important aspect of your child’s education and helps to reinforce and extend learning from lessons. Homework provides valuable opportunities for students to consolidate their understanding of work from the school day. It also provides further opportunities for them to develop lifelong learning skills to support them in further study and in their careers. To ensure that these benefits are available for all the school has identified the recording and organisation of homework as priorities to focus on with students. Students in years 8 to 11 all currently use Show My Homework (SMHW) to manage their homework and teachers set all homework using it. To allow your son/daughter to settle in to school life during this first half term they will not start using SMHW until after half term. For this first half term Year 7 students will just be using their student diary.

SMHW is an online package that allows homework to be set and accessed directly by students on their mobile phones, tablets or through the SMHW website. SMHW is the UK’s most effective package for setting and monitoring homework and hundreds of schools across the country are using it with successful results. As a school we recognise the difficulties experienced by parents/carers in supporting their child’s homework as students may not always record homework as instructed or in a clear manner. SMHW ensures that students are always provided with clear homework instructions and guidance as homework details/requirements/ resources etc can be made available to students directly from the teacher. The calendar facility provided by SMHW also allows students to manage their deadlines effectively by using the reminder and date facilities available. As parents/carers you will also have access to your child’s homework calendar so that you can support them in managing their homework. SMHW has further additional features and as the school develops its use of the SMHW package information on these features will be provided (for further details and information on SMHW please visit showmyhomework.co.uk). We do also recognise that not all students have smart phones or access to the internet at home so we also provide a student diary that can be used instead or in conjunction with SMHW. The school also provides computer and internet access before school, at lunchtimes and after school.

A link to SMHW (and set up instructions) is available on the school website and all Year 7students will receive training on how to use SMHW. At the moment you do not need to do anything, a further letter containing access details and instructions will be provided before half term. After half term the homework timetable on SMHW for Year 7 will be populated with homework from your child’s subjects. When you have access you will be able to set up alerts and set up a link to your smart phone if you so wish (you can also visit the Apple Store or Google Play to do this).

The school will also be providing support for parents/carers in the form of familiarisation sessions. The sessions will help parents/carers log in to SMHW and outline the main features of the package. If you would like to attend one of these sessions please contact the school and arrangements can be made to suit you. Details of these sessions will be provided in the letter before half term. Students will also receive instructions and support in setting up their SMHW page and any links to their smart phone.
The school would like to thank you in advance for your support with our homework system.

Regards

Mr A. Rashud

Parental Year 7 letter 2017
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