Further to the announcement below, and the recent announcement with regards to school closures across the UK, I am writing to you with an update on the ongoing situation.
As of Monday 23rd March, we will switch to online tutoring for all students. For students in Year 11 and Year 13, we will proceed on the basis that exams will take place at some point in the future to ensure students are prepared regardless.
As mentioned in the email below, we will conduct our lessons at the usual time. Emails will be sent in advance of each lesson containing a link which students can click on to access the live lesson. We would recommend students join the lesson 15 minutes early the first time, to allow the Zoom Video Conferencing software to install on their computer. We will also be able to iron out any technical issues.
Please ensure students are suitably equipped to undertake online lessons. They will require a microphone in order for us to communicate – this will already be present on most laptops and tablets. A camera is recommended. They should have paper and their pencil case as they would usually do in a lesson. We will continue to tutor in the same manner – explaining topics and practicing exam style questions as we have been doing in recent months. Homework and notes will be emailed to students.
We will ensure that that there is no negative impact on their education and they continue to receive the high quality support you are accustomed to from Step2Success.
In the coming weeks, we will be posting additional material for students to make use of while they are off school. This work can be done in their own time – mark schemes will be provided and students are of course encouraged to contact us with any queries or difficulties they have.
Given the amount of time off, we will also be offering every group an additional complimentary hour of tutoring every week. This will be focused on specific areas of concern or questions they are struggling with. Further details will be provided by email over the weekend. You will also have the opportunity to book additional time should you wish to.
During this period, it is vital that we have up to date contact details for yourselves and for all students, particularly as invitations to the online classes will be sent by email. Please can you respond to this email to provide any alternative/additional email addresses that we should use to contact you.
This is clearly an unprecedented time for us all. It is our commitment to you that we will be available throughout this difficult period to provide any support you require. We are fortunate that we have the technology available to provide a high quality service remotely which we hope will reassure you that students continue to progress and are prepared for future examinations.
Therefore, as it stands, lessons this week will continue as normal. Our tutors will be available at our centres to discuss further should you wish to. Alternatively, please feel free to contact us using the form below.