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Code of Behaviour

Classroom Code of Conduct

Classrooms, laboratories, technology areas and sports facilities are your place of work. In any workplace there needs to be clearly defined codes of practice and expectations to enable everyone to work in a safe and pleasant environment. It would therefore be helpful if everyone followed the same codes of practice:

1. At the start of the lesson

  • Arrive punctually and wait sensibly.
  • Enter the classroom quietly on the signal of the teacher.
  • Take out books, pens and equipment and put bags away.
  • Remain quiet while the register is being taken.
  • Expect teachers to enforce the rules, which apply to uniform and jewellery.

2. During the lesson

  • Listen when the teacher is giving out information or instructions.
  • Raise your hand to ask or answer questions.
  • Work sensibly with those around you. Annoying or distracting others is detrimental to you and other students.
  • Students who are late with no just cause should expect to be detained for explanation and to make up the work missed.
  • All food and drink should be consumed outside the classroom.
  • Mobile phones, any other portable devices, MP3 players, gaming machines, magazines, or other distractions are not allowed and will be confiscated.
  • Obtain staff permission if it is necessary to leave the room.
  • Homework must be recorded in your Pupil Journal.

3. At the end of the lesson

  • Wait for the teacher to tell you to pack away.
  • When told to do so, stand and put chairs under or on the desks as instructed.
  • Leave the room as you would wish to find it. Place any litter in the bin.
  • Wait quietly until your teacher dismisses you.

4. Please remember...

Teachers are in the position of parents/guardians while you are in school and in that respect:

  • Requests from teachers should be carried out immediately without argument.
  • There is no excuse for rudeness, disrespect or insolence towards any member of the school staff.

Good habits will lessen the need for teacher instruction and will promote a more enjoyable working atmosphere.

 

Curriculum

The Pathways Curriculum

At Belfairs Academy students follow a personalised pathways curriculum. This curriculum matches their skills, abilities and individual needs. The principle behind this is to provide a curriculum diet that stretches and challenges at all levels and allows students to make progress at all times.

There are four pathways: Purple, Red, Blue and Green.

Each subject has their own boundaries for the four pathways and lessons are designed to match the learning needs within them. A student can be in different pathways for different subjects, for example, a red pathway for English and History and a blue for Science. Students will also be able to move within the pathways depending on their progress. Progress within the pathways will be reviewed each half term and opportunities for movement will be identified.

The curriculum is divided as follows:

You will find further detail about each subject, who teaches at each key stage, and the contents of the curriculum. We believe in developing the whole child, and consequently you will find both academic and enrichment information in the following pages.

Should you require further information please contact the Subject Leader for that subject, whose details you will find in the above sections.


 

E-Safety for Parents

Tablet safety tips for parents and children

Tablet use is on the rise for children, here are five ways you can ensure they use them safely:

http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/parents-tips-for-children-to-use-android-and-ipad-tablets-safely-11364047772243

This article is from BT.com

Passwords, phones and privacy settings: how to protect yourself online

Stay safer on the internet with these tips on shoring up your digital security:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/19/how-to-protect-yourself-online-passwords-phones-privacy-settings

This article is from the Guardian

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Homework

Research over a number of years in this country and other countries has shown that homework can make an important contribution to students' progress in school.

Years 7 and 8

Homework for Years 7 and 8 students will be set weekly for core subjects and fortnightly for all other subjects. Practical subjects may set practical or written work.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Homework for Years 9, 10 and 11 students will be set weekly for all subjects. At peak times there may be additional homework set.

*Science - Triple Science teachers will set three times per week: 1 for each of the Sciences.

Years 12 and 13

Subjects are expected to set one substantive piece of homework per week, in addition to reading, note-taking, preparation for lessons etc.

It is recommended that Post 16 students should complete 2 hours of independent study per subject per week, in addition to any homework and private study work set by their subject teachers.

Definition of Homework

This is defined as 'any work or activities which students are asked to do outside lesson time'.

Purpose of Homework

  • To encourage students to develop the skills, confidence and motivation needed to study effectively on their own - to promote self-discipline and independent learning.
  • To consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding developed at school.
  • To prepare for future class work.
  • To develop skills in using libraries and other learning resources.
  • To extend school learning - for example through research and extension work, coursework, additional reading, use of resources' only available outside school.
  • To provide feedback to the students and teacher of the student's knowledge, skills and understanding of work tackled in school.
  • To manage particular external demands, such as KS4 coursework.
  • To provide opportunities for developing the home-school partnership.

Co-ordination and Planning of Homework Arrangements

  • Certain subjects in the curriculum take a different approach to the setting of homework depending on the requirements of the subject/topic. Subject teachers may use an extended project or allocate an extended time period to complete the homework.
  • This approach allows for flexibility in the curriculum, subjects and topics within subjects can be addressed differently. The flexible approach, the use of extended projects and extended time allocation allows the student to work in more depth and detail. It gives the student the appropriate time to complete work and allows them the opportunity to work at their own pace but to a set deadline. The student is able to have choice in which subject to work on each evening.
  • Those who default will be given a sanction in accordance with the subject area's policy. If a detention is set notice will be given to parents in accordance with school policy. For regular defaulters, parents will be informed and a joint strategy implemented to improve performance.

How You Can Support Your Child with Homework

Parents/Carers can assist by:

  • Providing a table, chair and a quiet place to work.
  • Negotiating with your child when homework is to be done as their free time is important too.
  • Checking the time spent on individual tasks.
  • Ensuring that outside clubs do not hamper your child's quality of work and put them under undue pressure.
  • Checking presentation and content of all homework being returned to the Academy.
  • Signing your child's journal each week.
  • Providing the Academy with information concerning any problems via the student journal or by contacting the Academy directly.
  • Responding positively when your child ask for help by giving plenty of praise and encouragement.
  • Ensuring they are supplied with healthy food and drinks.

Helping Your Child with Homework Checklist

  • Do you set a regular time every day for your child to complete homework?
  • Does your child have the books, pencils and other equipment required to complete their homework?
  • Does your child have a quiet place to study with lots of light?

Monitor all Homework

  • Do you know what your child's homework assignments are?
  • Do you know how long they should take?
  • Do you check and sign your child's journal?
  • Do you see that homework tasks are started and completed?
  • Do you read the teacher's comments on marked homework?
  • Do you check 'Show my Homework'.

Frequently Asked Questions About Homework for Parents/Carers

We have received questions and queries from parents/carers concerning a variety of aspects regarding homework. We have summarised these below in what we hope will be a helpful guide which will enable you to further support your child.

'What is my role in homework?'

  • Encouragement is a major role. Ensure that your child manages and copes with the workload. Sit with them. Talk to them about their tasks. If your child verbalises their learning they are more likely to retain the knowledge.

'I am busy and do not have the time to help. What can I do?'

  • It is not essential that you sit with them and work alongside them, but showing an interest is imperative. Ask them what tasks they are undertaking tonight and sound enthusiastic!'

'I do not know enough about a specific topic to help my child. How can I help?'

  • Children thrive on rewards and encouragement. Maybe look at some information together. Help them collect information. Supporting your child is an excellent way of helping them.

'It is noisy and there is no space at home'

  • The Academy has several homework clubs which run from early in the morning until 4.30pm. There are also opportunities at lunchtime to complete homework.

'How much homework should my child be doing?'

  • The current homework timetable is on our website.

'My child does not tell me about homework. What can I do?'

  • Look in their journal and on 'Show my Homework'. Ask your child's form tutor. Ask them open questions about today's learning at school.

'My child spends more time than necessary on their homework'.

  • Children work at different speeds. However, if they are spending inordinate amounts of time on tasks make a note in their journal or simply write - 'X has spent 30 minutes on this task'.

Students who may have difficulty in working at home will be encouraged to make full use of the study facilities provided by the Learning Resource Centre and other study areas. There is a Homework Club in the Learning Resource Centre after school on Monday and Thursday, with staff available to support students.

 


Literacy at Belfairs

Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn. They will need literacy to feed their imaginations so they can create the world of the future. In a complex and sometimes even dangerous world, their ability to read can be crucial.

As your child moves to and develops within Secondary school they will need to develop a range of literacy skills. Here at Belfairs Academy we like to encourage our students to be independent learners and to use every opportunity as a way of improving their basic literacy skills.

Our current literacy initiatives include:

1. Tutor time reading and writing activities.

2. Reading challenges

3. Reading event to promote a passion for reading - July "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader"

4. Student librarians promote a passion for reading.

5. LRC (Reading clubs and support groups available)

6. Levelled reading list available.

7. Reading opportunities in English lessons

8. Cross curricular lesson opportunities with use of the literacy box in each room

9. Parent support booklets for reading and writing

10. Literacy targets set across the curriculum

11. Targeted reading interventions

12. Literacy ambassadors promote a passion for reading.

13. Word of the week

14. The Phoenix (our Academy Magazine)

15. Literacy marketplace events

16. Technology used to support literacy development

17. Comprehension Clarence - The Literacy Mascot

18. Regular author visits for whole year groups and targeted groups

19. Literacy challenges and competitions

20. Dyslexia lunchtime support group


 

Lost Property

Lost property is kept in Reception.  Any named items that come to lost property are returned to the student directly.  Any unnamed uniform items and equipment are kept in Reception for half a term after which they are donated to charity.

If a student loses any item of uniform or equipment they should visit Reception during break or lunchtime to retrieve it as soon as possible.  If the lost item is PE or Dance kit, they should go to the relevant department first, and then Reception if they have still not found it.

We ask parents to ensure that all uniform and equipment is clearly named so that any lost items can be returned to students directly. 

 

Merchandise

 

Pathways Choices

We look forward to welcoming you to the Pathways Options Evening on Wednesday 1st February when the Pathways Options process will be explained to you

Here is the Pathways letter that was sent home to students and our pathways prospectus:

You can view our Pathways prospectus below.

 

Parent Pay

What does ParentPay do?

  • enables you to pay for school meals and other options e.g. paying for school trips
  • offers a highly secure payment site
  • gives you a history of all the payments you have made
  • allows the merging of accounts if you have more than one child at school
  • shows you all items available for payment relevant to each of your children
  • emails a receipt of your payment to the email address you register

How does ParentPay help you?

  • gives you the freedom to make payments to school whenever and wherever you like
  • stops you having to write cheques or search for cash to send to school
  • gives you peace of mind that your payment has been made safely and securely
  • helps with budgeting; payments are immediate, there is no waiting for cheques to clear
  • payments for many of the larger trips can be made by instalments up to the due date
  • ParentPay is quick and easy to use

How does ParentPay help our school?

  • reduces the administrative time spent on banking procedures
  • keeps accurate records of payments made to every service for every student
  • payments do not bounce
  • reduces paper ‘waste’
  • allows for easy and quick refunds to be made back to the payment card
  • improves communication between the school and parents concerning payments
  • offers a more efficient payment collection process, reducing the amount of money held on school premises

How do I get started?

Upon induction at Belfairs Academy we will send you an activation letter to enable you to setup your ParentPay account.  The activation letter will contain a personal activation username and password to enable you to login to ParentPay.  During the activation process you will be guided through changing your username and password to something more memorable; you can also merge your accounts if you have more than one child at Belfairs Academy.

ParentPay website

More information

More information can be found on the ParentPay website, alternatively email enquiries@belfairs.southend.sch.uk

 

Parent View

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school