Burnley pupils share homeschooling successes amid COVID-19 quarantine

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College pupil Amber Quadri said the fact teachers are on hand to help quickly has made learning from home a strong experience.
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The Year 10, who was also recently elected for her second term to represent Burnley and Pendle in the Lancashire Youth Council, has found that she has had instant feedback from her teachers despite them sometimes being miles apart.

“To be honest, I have enjoyed being at home. I think that it's great our teachers are helping us in every way possible, it's like we are still in the lessons. If I need them, they reply really quickly. I thought it would be stressful working from home but it’s actually been smooth and I have got a lot of work done. I am making good progress. I have a routine although it’s a bit different to my school routine as I tend to start my work earlier and finish around 2-30pm. I can also do some of my work in my pyjamas!"

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She added: "I am quite good at science and English so I have enjoyed doing those subjects and, like I said, if you get stuck on anything you can message through Show My Homework and the teachers get back to you within a few minutes. I also do the Joe Wicks exercise class every day for 30 minutes and I like that. I do miss my teachers but they are still available and I Facetime my friends so we do all still keep in touch. I am excited to go back to school when it does happen.”

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Meanwhile, Aaliyah Lawrence, who also attends Blessed Trinity says that while she is missing her friends, she has already got into a routine of doing her schoolwork at home.

Aaliyah, who is in Year 7, is the daughter of Blessed Trinity assistant headteacher, Jo McCue and Miss McCue,. She has a six-year-old younger brother, Archie, who attends Whittlefield Primary School.

"It is a struggle with the laptop at times, but we have got a routine now," said Miss McCue.

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Aaliyah said: "It does actually feel quite normal. I get up at my normal time, get dressed but obviously not in my uniform and stick to school hours. I go onto Show My Homework which tells me what to do for the day and I just get on with it. I enjoy the PE too where we do 20 minutes of exercise a day - and with the weather being good it's nice to be outside. I have breaks and lunch-time at the time I would at school and then it's back on my computer. I am missing my friends, but we are in touch and so far, it's working well."