Sir Graham Balfour School

A member of the Sir Graham Balfour Multi-Academy Trust

Hints and Tips

Top Tips for Remote Working

  1. Watch Mr. Mason’s video about how to access remote learning guides.  It has been emailed to your child.
  2. Access the Remote Learning Guides on the school website (Link - Remote Learning - Sir Graham Balfour School).  There are fortnightly plans for each subject your child studies.  They include lesson objectives, tasks, where to find resources, what work needs handing in.
  3. Teach your child how to organise their email in-box (see below).
  4. When your child receives resources get them to save them into their area on Office 365 – making sure they have separate folders to drop resources into.
  5. Try to get your child to follow their timetable – any work not completed can be done for ‘homework’.
  6. If your child is unsure about something email the teacher directly, or go onto Microsoft Teams during the lesson to ask for help.
  7. Try to create a quiet space in your house for your child to do their work in, with as few distractions as possible.
  8. If your child falls behind with their work, sit down with them to make a list of what they need to do to catch up.  Tick them off as they achieve each part for a real sense of accomplishment.
  9. Read through the What if… boxes as these can answer any questions you may have



My wifi has stopped working for a short while/I do not have enough data 


Let their teachers know that work may not be forthcoming for a while.  For students who are running out of data the school can apply for extra data using the students’ name, mobile number and the name of the network.   Please contact


My wifi has broken and I will not be able to get it sorted for weeks 


Let their teachers know that work may not be forthcoming for a while.  We have received data sticks which provide internet access contact who can arrange delivery. 


My exercise book is full

Please feel free to contact school or email and we will post one out to you

I don’t have a printer or my printer ink has run out 


Tell the students they don’t need to print worksheets off.  They can answer the questions in their exercise book but remember to write headings to indicate which worksheet it is. 


I am feeling low and cannot seem to get going with my work 


This is quite common, have a look through the self-help websites to get some good ideas to suggest to your son/daughter, discuss the ideas together.  If you become increasingly concerned please contact your doctor as well as 


I feel poorly and cannot do my school work  


Send a quick email to their teachers to say that work may not be completed over the next day or two.  Remind them to catch up on work when they are feeling better. 


How to manage your child’s email inbox. 

  • Make separate folders in your ‘inbox’ on the left-hand side of your email screen for all of your subjects.
  • Do the same in your Office 365 area, have separate folders for your subjects and in your subject folders make topic folders.
  • Make separate email folders for the ‘Student Bulletin’, ‘Mrs Beck’s emails’, ‘Other important stuff’.
  • As emails arrive ‘move’ the emails into the subject/relevant folders.
  • If there are documents attached to the email save them into your subject folders in Office 365.  
  • Follow your timetable when you are completing your work.  So, if you have English period 1 on Monday go to your English folder open the oldest email and follow the instructions.
  • When you have completed the work delete the email.
  • If you are struggling to remember what work you have completed keep a ‘work log’ writing down what work you do lesson by lesson 

Tips on how to motivate your child to do schoolwork:

  • If they are struggling to get going; encourage them to do something small and generate a flow: Sometimes they simply need to get started by doing smaller things such as cleaning their computer, etc.  When they do these smaller tasks, they’ll feel more vigilant and better prepared to do the next big thing.  So, if they really don’t feel like doing anything begin with something small and create a flow of work and motivation.
  • Help them manage their workload and to break their work up: Break work up into chunks and using small breaks as rewards for getting through each chunk.
  • Empower them to feel in control; by helping with their timetable, ensuring they have a quiet work space, organising of their email inbox and folders for resources and completed work.
  • Take a vested interest by gaining a good insight into what they should be doing and the expectations on them using the online information for parents (Link - Remote Learning - Sir Graham Balfour School).  Show that you have a good knowledge of where they should be at with their work and offer support.
  • Reward effort rather than outcome: The message you want to send is that you respect hard work regardless of the outcome. Praising children for following through when things get difficult, for making a sustained effort, for trying things they’re not sure they can do successfully.
  • Help them see the big picture: For young people in Y10 to 13 who have developed an understanding of delayed gratification, sometimes simple reminders of their long-term goals can help push them. It can help remind many students who think they already have a place at college or in employment; to understand that they could lose their acceptance if their grades drop too much, or they might not be prepared for their college/ university courses.
  • Let them make mistakes: No one can get top marks on every test or perfect scores on every assignment. Whilst young people need encouragement and recognising that it is healthy to push them to try their best, mistakes and set backs are natural.  Young people can, and do, learn from them.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers: Another one of the most important things you can do for your child is to work with their teacher. The teacher might have additional insight about how to motivate your child, or what he/she might be struggling with. You can also share strategies and have a united approach to supporting them.  
  • Don’t compare them with others: When you compare your child and what they have accomplished with others, it can really harm their motivation.  Try not to compare them or encourage them to compare themselves with others, everyone is different and we all have different strengths. They should try to focus on their own results and how they can improve them.


Sir Graham Balfour School
North Avenue
ST16 1NR

For Sat Nav directions:

ST16 1NJ


01785 223490