Home Learning – UAE Parents’ Survival Guide

Letter to parents and carers – 19 May 2020

Eligible for Free School Meals? The government has recently announced that they are providing additional funding for the Easter holidays. You will be receiving emails via our supermarket voucher provider, Wonde, which will cover the Easter holiday period at £15 per week, backdated to the start of the holidays. We will soon be switching over to the government’s own voucher provider, Edenred, who will then continue to provide supermarket vouchers to the value of £15 per week. All voucher codes are emailed directly to you, so please make sure we have the right email address for you. Let us know of any difficulties. The vouchers will support you to buy the food you need.

This website is really useful to help you’re your £15 go further: https://biteback2030.com/real-story/making-your-ps15-free-school-meal-voucher-go-further-home 

Here is a map of food distribution centres in Southwark: https://sfaa.communitymaps.org.uk/project/sfaa-food-map/contribution/39122?center=51.5018:-0.0945:15&tab=1

We have also put together a list of simple and easy meals you can cook at home which can be found here.

Latest advice from Department of Education

Safeguarding and Welfare during school closure

This guide has been written in response to concerns about the amount of work being provided during the school closure

  • Teachers are continuing to set work. They are learning new techniques and finding new ways to set engaging lessons, such as recording their voices and sometimes filming themselves as they deliver a lesson. If your child is struggling with the work then please encourage them to contact the teacher through google classrooms. Teachers are responding to questions and comments
  • We realise that for some students it is going to be difficult to complete all of the work that is set. Try to build a routine where they spend a few hours every day doing the online work set through google classrooms. If it is just not possible to complete all of the work set, or if it is too difficult, then let the teacher know. Many of you have enough to worry about during these challenging times and you, and your child, should not feel additional stress because they have not completed the school work that has been set.
  • The students should be looking at their notifications to see what work has been set for them. It is likely that they will not be set work for every lesson on their timetable. You might find it helpful if you also receive the weekly work notifications by email; please email nick.moore@uaesouthbank.org.uk if you’d like to receive these. There are also a number of different ways for students to keep on top of work and deadlines; please watch the student training videos (made by students!) which Mr. Moore has emailed out.
  • You must build this work around a wide variety of other activities which may include physical exercise, reading, creativity, cooking, gardening (even if you have no garden, you could start a window box), or simply relaxing and chatting with each other as a family or close friends (online).  Please try and make the most of the opportunities the school closure is offering – we will be uploading lots of ideas onto the school website over the coming days and weeks.
  • Where possible, encourage your children to read, research and watch the type of programmes you may not usually watch like documentaries or recommended links from teachers in the school.
  • Working with your child to create a realistic timetable will help provide structure to day and encourage them to engage with the work set.  An example is provided at the end of this guide. 
  • Please try not to worry too much or argue about this.  The most important thing is that you find a way to live harmoniously together in close confines during this period.  It won’t be the end of the world if you don’t get all the work done.

If you have any issues at all, please email one of the following contacts:

Issues with IT/logging on/Chromebooks: ITsupport@uaesouthbank.org.uk
Safeguarding and welfare issues: contact@uaesouthbank.org.uk
SEN issues: sen@uaesouthbank.org.uk

All other issues should be sent to the SLT link for the appropriate Year group who will then direct it to the appropriate person within the school:

Year 7: Mrs Dalton hannah.dalton@uaesouthbank.org.uk

Year 8: Mr Philipsz jason.philipsz@uaesouthbank.org.uk

Year 9: Mrs Moses annette.moses@uaesouthbank.org.uk

Year 10: Mr Lewis meirion.lewis@uaesouthbank.org.uk

Year 11: Mr Moore nick.moore@uaesouthbank.org.uk

6th Form: Mr Young peter.young@uaesouthbank.org

Example Timetable

09:00 – 09:30Exercise with Joe Wicks
09:45 – 11:00School Work
11:00 – 11:15Break
11:15 – 12:15School Work
12:15 – 12:45Drop everything and read
12:45 – 13:45Lunch
13:45 – 15:00School work/hobbies/activities etc