Learning Online (MS Teams)

One of the positives, to have emerged from lockdown, is that Heathfield is now a Microsoft TEAMs school.

All pupils will have access to Microsoft 365 (office.com). Pupils will benefit from a school email, access to teams and 1TB of data storage on ‘Onedrive’. It will also mean that we can quickly and efficiently move online, in the event of any future school, local or national lockdown.

TEAMS operates alongside class charts. Class charts is designed as a reminder for pupils and parents; essentially, a homework diary. TEAMS allows pupils to contact their teachers and each other, it also allows teachers to post resources and videos to support our pupils.

We have chosen teams because it offers:

  • a safe online environment to work in
  • swift and effective communication
  • access to Microsoft apps to access resources and complete / submit your work

We are always looking to improve. Please contact: wlowndes@heathfieldcommunityschool.co.uk if you have any queries or comments.

Our commitment to parents

(explained in depth in remote learning strategy document and DFE template for parents)

  • Pupils follow timetable e.g. lesson posted on the day
  • Lessons can be accessed outside these times (e.g. recorded and posted). 
  • Work will be acknowledged within 3 working days
  • Paper copies can be provided if online access is impossible
  • We will contact parents if work is not completed. Any assessed piece / every 3 non assessed 
  • Online curriculum will mirror in school, as far as possible (avoid extended projects)
  • Pupils are expected to work for 4-5 hours per day
  • Structure & content of lessons is up to departments but expect quizzing, links to prior knowledge, opportunities to practise (e.g. principles of teaching) – NOT just worksheets.
  • Feedback – school policy= every 5 lessons. 
Our expectations from our learners
  • Students will adhere to our Learner's agreement, as outlined in the "Distance Learning: Learners' Agreement" found on our Policy page.

If you would like to read about the ideas and research behind our approach: please see the links to further reading, at the bottom of this page.

How can parents help & how can parents find help?

Education is always a partnership between schools and parents and the current pandemic serves to highlight the importance of communication, collaboration and coordination.

Teachers are available through TEAMS, EPRAISE and email. We will be in touch regularly by phone. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help, we appreciate that home schooling can be challenging. 

We are delighted to have been able to support some of our families with the loan of laptops. We have a very limited supply but will try our best to help. Get in touch if you need to.

Data can be an issue, especially when several parents and children are using broadband simultaneously. Your provider may be able to help, or even your games console.



  1. Plug a keyboard into the Xbox USB slot.
  2. Go to my games and apps.
  3. Find Microsoft Edge and select.
  4. Type in: portal.office.com
  5. Use your school email and password as you would in school.
  6. You can then access your work through Teams.
  7. To move around you use the Xbox control or plug in a mouse.



  1. Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it).
  2. Press the PlayStation logo on the controller.
  3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications.
  4. Go into applications and you will find the internet browser.
  5. Type in: portal.office.com into the browser and log in as you would in school.
  6. You can then access your work through Teams.

A member of SLT will be online weekly, on Wednesdays at 11am. This remote education clinic is about responding to queries, comments and concerns. It will be conducted on zoom, the link is at the top of the page. 

If you have any urgent issues, please get in touch. Our staff list (with contact details) is here: https://www.heathfieldcommunityschool.com/about-us/staff-list

If you are unsure who to contact, please email the main office, who will direct your query: office@heathfieldcommunityschool.co.uk 

How to attach work to assignments

Teams - The basics

Student Teams


Microsoft Windows

Preferably use Microsoft Edge but Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will also work.

Internet Explorer 11 should work on Windows 7.

Please note that Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft anymore.

Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox work on Windows 10.

After logon to the Office 365 Portal, select teams from left side.

When it opens select, Use the web app instead , as highlighted in yellow below

Don’t select Get the Windows App

Further reading
Gov.uk - What's working well in remote education
Recorded vs Live Lessons - Blog
Remote Learning Blog
EEF Digital Report
Online Learning
Recorded vs Live Lessons
Model for Learning Process
Pearson Global Learners Survey
Free Mobile Data



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