Welcome to the HLC Secondary Remote Learning page. Below are links to the software and systems that you use most frequently within school which are also accessible at home. Hovering over the links below will give you login instructions as well as a link to that resource.
As students and families are forced to self-isolate in these strange times, remote learning is a crucial element of our teaching at HLC. We want to ensure that we support all of our students to make the best possible progress in their learning, as well as provide them with the structure and direction that we all need in these challenging times.
We therefore have a tiered plan of delivering remote learning in order to respond to the different levels of isolation imposed by the local and national government.
Need help getting online?
To engage with our remote learning students need a fast and reliable internet connection. We understand that not all our families have home internet connections but do have mobile phones with data plans. The Department for Education is working with several UK mobile networks and have created a Get Help with Tech scheme to provide families with internet access specifically for remote learning during this current period.
The Get Help with Tech scheme aims to provide free internet access to those who need it in years 3 to 11. This means you can get a free increase to mobile data allowance. The following mobile networks are currently taking part in the scheme: EE, Three, Sky Mobile, SMARTY, Tesco Mobile or Virgin Mobile. Vodafone and O2.
To apply for this scheme please email school with the following information:
1. Account holder’s name for the device
2. Mobile phone number
3. Mobile network (must be one of those stated above)
4. If the mobile is pay monthly or pay as you go
Devices that can be used for Remote Learning
The Department for Education (DfE) is providing a range of support to schools through its Get help with Technology programme by supplying schools with a number of devices for remote learning for disadvantaged students. If you do not have access to a device in order for your child to work at home during this time, please contact the school (details at the bottom of this page) and we may be able to provide you with a device.
There are several different types of device that will allow you to work at home. Here are some of the devices that you can use for remote learning:
All the devices above can be used for remote learning. If possible, we recommend that a child works on a laptop or computer. Whatever the device, apps can be downloaded for Teams and Office 365 or you can access these through your web browser.
If you are struggling for a device, then another option that can be used is a gaming console, such as the Xbox or PlayStation. You can also connect a wired keyboard and mouse or compatible wireless keyboard and mouse. You will be able to launch the console’s web browser and navigate to Office.com or other websites as indicated by your teacher and perform most tasks.
Student Software & Resources
Introducing Microsoft Teams
1. While Teams works well in Google Chrome browsers, we recommend installing the App on both Laptop and mobile devices. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TEAMS
2. Logging into Teams - Open the app, or go to teams.microsoft.com and sign in using your school email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your password is the same as the one you log in with at school.
3. Teams - Your class teams can be found under the Teams area within the App.
Your teachers will communicate with you through teams and explain what assignments and work have been set. If you are not familiar with Teams click here for a TEAMS QUICK START GUIDE
Office 365 for Students
1. Go to login.microsoftonline.com
2. Enter your school email address. Your email is your account username followed by‘@lct.education’. For example, John Smith’s email would be ‘email@example.com’ (remember to include a number if you have one)
3. Once you’ve entered this email, you will quickly be redirected to the school’s login page. The email you entered will still be there, you just need to fill in the password field.
4. Your password is the same as the one you log in with at school.
After login you can access and save school work in your OneDrive and you can also install a full copy of Microsoft Office on you computer by clicking Install Office at the top right of the screen on your dashboard.
Getting started with Libby
The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks and magazines from your public library.
Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand. Heres how:
- Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android, iOS (Phone/iPad/iPod touch), or Windows 10 device.
- In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card. Your PIN is the last 4 digits of your postcode.
- Browse your library's collection and borrow a title.
- Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically when you're on Wi-Fi so you can read them when you're offline.
From your Shelf, you can:
- Tap Open Book, Open AudioBook or Open Magazine to start reading or listening.
- Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return.
If you can't get Libby on your device, you can try using the original OverDrive app.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is free for students to try and make life a little easier. At stories.audible.com, you will find hundreds of books completely free. No accounts or passwords are needed. Just click, stream and listen.
Titles are curated by age group with collections for primary school children to teenagers, and offer a screen-free alternative that may be a helpful way to break up the day for families with children at home.
There are selections in English, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
As a response to school closures, the National Literacy Trust has created a comprehensive web portal for parents. Over the next days, weeks and months we will be updating this as often as we can with new and useful content for parents.
Split up by age group below, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges.