Update from Ms Williams

[This email was sent out to all parents and carers.]

During the current lockdown period I will email you each week to update you on news and developments. This will replace our usual weekly bulletin.

Laptops and Data

I would like to thank you all for your support and patience this week while we have been organising remote learning. By tomorrow [Friday 8 January] we will have distributed all laptops and data, if needed. If you still require a laptop, please check through your emails for the email with a link to an MS Form that we sent out on Tuesday morning. Once you have completed it, we will be in touch.

The major mobile phone service providers are giving out extra data for free. So far Vodaphone have provided 50 SIM cards for additional data. If you would like one, please contact us via the school office email (schooloffice@ridgeway.wirral.sch.uk) or use the contact form on the school website. We will then be in touch to organise collection.

Our Remote Learning Offer

Thank you for your support in helping your child engage with remote learning. This week more than 80% of students have accessed remote lessons. We will be contacting those students who are yet to get involved.

Morning Zoom registration. Registration this week has been with heads of bubble. Moving forward, from next week it will be twice weekly with form tutors. The days on which registration takes place will differ depending on which form your child is in. The Zoom link can be found on Class Charts. This approach will ensure that it is a meaningful experience for your child and an opportunity to ask questions and socialise with peers. It cannot take place daily, unfortunately, as form tutors are in school on a rota, supporting key worker and vulnerable children.

Lessons provided through Class Charts. For each timetabled lesson students should download the lesson resources and play the recorded lesson. We have chosen this method because we are aware that some families are sharing devices and it allows lessons to be played at any point in the day.

To support older students with questions and additional explanations, we are beginning online tutorials in maths, English and science from next week. These tutorials will be via Zoom; the teacher will use a whiteboard and visualiser to go through queries. A notification will appear in the Class Charts homework section with the date and time of each session. It will be helpful if students note down any questions they have before a particular session begins.

If you need any help with your Class Charts login, please email Mrs Warbrick at warbrickj@ridgeway.wirral.sch.uk

There is a prominent link on our website homepage to the Remote Learning page, which has links to all the main online learning platforms we use, such as HegartyMaths and Tassomai. I am delighted to hear that from Monday BBC Two will be showing several hours of curriculum-based programmes suitable for secondary-age children (as well as lots of programmes for primary-age children on the CBBC channel).

Free School Meals

Gavin Williamson announced yesterday that there will be a scheme to replace free school meals. During the national lockdown in spring 2020 this was an online voucher. We expect a similar system to be up and running by early next week. We will be in contact with all families to explain the process as soon as we find out how it will operate.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

It is very important that we all look after our mental health and wellbeing during the lockdown period. On the website we have added some links to information and advice, specially created for young people, that your child may find helpful. Click here for details.

If your child is struggling at home and wants to talk to a member of staff, they can get in touch with Ms Morgan at morganj@ridgeway.wirral.sch.uk or Mrs Hodgson at hodgsona@ridgeway.wirral.sch.uk

Stay safe.

Liz Williams
Acting Headteacher