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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Remote Learning

How will I receive work?  

If Edulink is working

Work will be set for you by your teachers, using the Homework function in Edulink. Parents will be able to monitor this in Edulink the same as with normal homework.

If there are problems with Edulink

We have been in discussions with Edulink and have been assured that they have measures in place to cope with an increase in demand should one arise. As a precaution, the following backup route for delivering work to students will be ready to put in place should it be needed. Moving to this backup route will be announced on the VLE or via email by the Headteacher, Deputy Head or Network Manager.

Should Edulink One not be available, then work will be set using Email, with files as normal provided by Foldr.

Emails will be sent to your school email accounts by teachers, making it clear who the work is intended for by clearly labelling the email with the subject and class(es) the work is intended for.

If you run out of work or want additional work

If you log on to GCSEPod, there is a wide variety of resources that you can use to work on independently. This is particularly true for revision materials.

What are the requirements to access the online learning?

The minimum requirements for accessing our systems remotely are low by design, and we are confident that the vast majority of our students will be able to meet these. As long as you have access to a web browser with internet access, you will be able to access all of our online lessons. This could be on a laptop, computer, smartphone or tablet.

Products and services we currently use, and the ways to access them 

Now would seem as good a chance as any to remind students of the products and services we have for remote working.

Email

Email can be used to stay in with your teachers if you have questions.

VLE

The VLE is the front door to a set of quick links that allow you to find all of the products and services we use. This is the place to check for links to products and services, and for announcements if there are problems with the school website.

Edulink

Edulink allows you to see the work that you have been set by your teachers by using the homework feature.

Foldr

Foldr allows you to access your school My Documents and Shared Areas from home using a mobile device or your web browser.

For more information: https://www.st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk/vle/files

GCSEPod

GCSEPod contains resources for lessons, as well as for exam board focused revision.

For more information, please visit https://www.st-benedicts.suffolk.sch.uk/vle/gcsepod

Tips for making sure you are ready to learn from home 

Reset your password

Passwords must be reset every 90 days. To make sure that your password does not time-out whilst you are working remotely, it is recommended that you reset your password so that the 90-day expiry can reset.

  • The quickest and easiest way to reset your password is to do so in school. Simply log on to a computer, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and click on Change Password.
  • If you can log on to your school email from home, there is a tick box on the logon page with a Change password after you log on option. This will enable you to choose a new password.
  • If you have forgotten your password or it is not working, then please contact the IT Department for assistance using the contact information at the end of this document.

Check you can access all of the products and services listed in this document

This will enable you to speak to the IT department about any of the issues you experience and resolve them now, so that they are not a problem should the need to rely on them arise.

Be aware your home internet might be slower

It is likely that when we are implementing remote teaching that we are not alone and that large numbers of people will be working or teaching from home at the same time. If this is the case, there is a chance that this will have an impact on the internet speeds we all experience at home, and this will then have a knock-on effect to the speed at which you connect to the school.

The school has a leased line and should not experience any slowing down of incoming connections, but your connection speed to the school via your ISP may well be less than you are used to.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't have Microsoft Office at home. How can I open the Office documents my teachers have sent me?

There are two very good free products available for both Windows and Mac:

 

I don't appear to be able to mark my work as completed?

Please make sure that you are logging into Edulink using your student account and not your parents' account as only students can submit work.

How can I get IT support? 

The process for obtaining IT support remains largely unchanged from normal procedure.