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Supporting Learning
We recognise that getting the best out of every student is a joint effort between the Academy and home.  Many parents ask what they can do to help support their child’s learning. Below are a few suggestions of what you can do to help:
  • Check they are organised for school (Exercise books, correct equipment, full school uniform, PE kit, completed homework etc.)
  • Make sure they attend school regularly and are on time.
  • Set clear boundaries.
  • Ensure they have a suitable diet including breakfast, drinks etc…
  • Talk with your child about the value of hard work and the importance of education.
  • Find out what’s happening at the Academy.
  • Attend Parents’ Evenings and discuss your child’s progress with their teachers.
  • Ask to see reports and messages that come from school.
  • Encourage your child to think about their future.
  • Develop schedules and stable routines.
  • Allow them to take part in decision-making (and to learn that sometimes this means sacrificing fun now, for benefits later).
  • Check the homework timetable for your child.
  • If your child has several pieces of work due in on the same day (this should be recorded in their planner), suggest they space the work out rather than leave it all until the night before.
  • Plan a balanced life (study, fun, other pressures).
Parental Engagement - The Learning Gateway
SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) is an online system allowing you to access information about your child's attendance, behaviour, reports, data collection sheets and assessment.  Printed reports will no longer be provided.  SLG is accessible through a username and password issued by the Academy.
Should you experience any difficulties logging into the SLG or require passwords or any other help please email;  SLG@open-academy.org.uk  
Cashless Catering
The Open Academy uses a biometric finger reading system for use with its cashless catering system. We wish to make it clear that the OnRecord solution being used by the Academy does not store fingerprint images and is widely used in other schools/academies.
Money can be loaded onto the cashless system either by cheque (to the Open Academy Finance Office) or by loading money onto one of the two money loaders that we have in the main atrium at the Academy.
Cash is not paid when purchasing food. Instead, the student uses the finger reading system at the till. A photograph of the student appears at the till allowing the till operator to match the student to the photograph. A photograph of the student appears on the till operator’s screen and they are able to debit the cost of the food/drink from the Student’s account. If the student is entitled to a Free School Meal the cost will be debited from this first with any remaining cost being deducted from the student’s account.
The Open Academy has chosen this system for the following reasons:
· To eradicate any distinction between students receiving or not receiving free school meals
· To reduce bullying of students for monetary gain
· To allow parents/carers to monitor what their child is eating, if required.
If you would like further information regarding this please contact the Finance Office.
The Cluster
Our Academy is part of a cluster of 12 local schools with the shared ethos of providing an excellent standard of education from 2-19 by working together to:
  • Raise standards for all children
  • Improve transition arrangements as children move on in their education
  • Improve school attendance across all phases
  • Share expertise and resources across the cluster
  • Provide a widening range of activities and experiences
In 2017 we are focusing on:
  1. Developing and sustaining networks to support staff development
  2. Developing and sustaining networks to improve outcomes for all pupils
  3. Developing shared practices and approaches to close the gap between FSM and non-FSM pupils
  4. Developing and embedding systems to allocate and measure the impact of devolved SEND funding 
Cluster schools
Mile Cross Primary School
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