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Top tips for families

We have shared our top tips for families to help you to get started with remote learning.   

Getting Started - Top Ten Tips

  1. Establish a work station. Have a specified area for books and stationery so that your child can develop a ‘working mindset’.

  2. Talk to your child about creating a routine timetable for working and make a timetable together.  Split subjects into chunks.

  3. Build in breaks and rewards for working. 

  4. Limit ‘leisure-screen-time’ (computer games, mobile phone use) during the day but negotiate times for relaxation and screen time later.

  5. Mix online work with bookwork, reading and paper-based resources so that the learning medium is varied.  Too much screen work can be tiring.

  6. Have a regular time for getting up and dressed on ‘school days’ so that routine is maintained.

  7. Remind them that remote learning is not ‘holiday time’!

  8. Schedule ‘family time’ (‘home movie’ night, cooking, playing a board game etc.) so that you are also having fun together.

  9. Make sure your child is only communicating with staff and students through the school portals (Google Classroom, Google Hangouts) so that they are safe.

  10. Be patient and look after mental well-being.  Try to remain calm if an activity doesn’t go to plan.  Communicate with staff and ask questions.  We’re here to help and there are bound to be good days and bad days.