Home Learning Support Information

March 23, 2020


19th March 2020


Dear Parents/Carers

Following on from the letter sent out on Wednesday please can we share with you the expectations, and support available, for your child during these challenging times. Can we begin by assuring you that we have robust plans in place so that your son/daughter can continue to learn during this closure period but, as we are sure that you can appreciate, the situation and advice is changing fast and we ask you to bear with us if we need to make adjustments to the way we work.
If you have informed us that you would like to uptake the onsite provision we will have written to you separately with these arrangements. We appreciate that the eligibility criteria have only just been published and so we have extended the deadline to register your interest in this service from 9am until 8pm on 20th March. The link for this is: https://lionheart.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/keyworker

Please be aware that we only have a limited capacity to offer this provision so bear in mind that this service is exclusively for those who have occupations that are directly involved in the fight against covid-19 and have no other alternative childcare. The provision will be provided at The Cedars Academy for those schools in the North of Leicester and Beauchamp College for those schools in the South of Leicester and it will be your responsibility to transport your child to and from the provision. If you have not registered and received confirmation of a place you will not be able to send your child to the provision for safeguarding reasons.

From Monday we will be providing education through our on-line platforms and the expectation, which has been shared with your son/daughter, is that pupils should log onto Class Charts every week day during term time to check the work set by their teachers. Most of this work will require on-line access, if this poses an issue please can you let us know as soon as possible so that we can send home a paper version once a week. Training has been provided to all pupils who were in school on Thursday. The resources shared have been sent to their email accounts so that those absent can also access the information.

We expect all Key Stage 3 pupils to do a minimum of three hours work per day (Monday – Friday, term time only) and Key Stage 4 and above to do a minimum of four hours per day. If pupils have a question linked to the work set teachers will be on-line daily to answer queries through our virtual learning environment. Attached is a timetable for when this support is available.

  • Please can we reassure you that we do not expect you to teach your children during this time but there are many ways you can encourage your son/daughter to learn outside of school and whilst confined to home. These include:

  • BBC Bitesize resources on-line
  • Dedicated educational resources on the BBC red button
  • Regular reading and use of audio books. At the start of the year the English Department shared a key reading list that is a good starting point
  • National Geographic Channel and any documentaries by David Attenborough


We appreciate that this is a time that can cause increased anxiety for young people and there are many ways to help alleviate this:

  • Providing your child with a space and routine to their days including regular times to complete their work
    Limited access to social media, particularly during the night and when completing their home learning
  • Making sure that they eat as healthily as possible, drink water regularly and have quality sleep

Attached is a list of helpful advice lines should you feel that you or your child require further advice and support. If you have a safeguarding concern please email DSL@thecedarsacademy.org.uk which will be checked daily and further support given.
As the situation is changing so quickly please check your e-mails, school website and social media for up to date information. We will write again before Easter in more detail with future plans but if you have an urgent enquiry in the meantime please can you email urgentsecondaryenquiry@lionhearttrust.org.uk
Please can we thank you again for your continued patience and ask you to bear with us as we put these arrangements for home learning in place.

Kind regards,

Kath Kelly - CEO - Lionheart Academies Trust


Laura Sanchez - Executive Principal - The Cedars Academy