Blended Learning at Dunclug College

Supporting your child

At Dunclug College we are committed to blended learning recognising the importance of work in school and at home, of work at desks and indeed work online. The ability of your child to function and flourish in a digital world will be crucial to their future success and we appreciate that it also offers opportunities not afforded by solely face to face traditional teaching approaches. Our staff are committed to providing your child with a blended learning experience combining written work and activities in class with digital learning in school and at home. We appreciate the importance of partnership between us and you as parents and we want you to draw alongside us in the provision of your child’s education.

SIMS Parent App



SIMS Parent App allows you access to an individualised electronic dashboard of timetable, announcements, reports and more, all directly sent to your phone. It is important that the school has an active email address for you and that you download the app and sign up.


Contact the school office to recieve an invite.


SIMSParentApp Info for Parents 2023.pdf
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Access to all school online C2k activities is possible through My-School. This is possible using your child's username and password which ensures safe access to your child's email accountMicrosoft 365Google Drive and Classroom as well as their school folders.


See Guidance for details.

Guidance - Accessing My School.pdf
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In school your child will make use of the Microsoft suite of office tools including Word, Powerpoint and Excel.


Microsoft Office 365 is available to all pupils FREE of charge whilst they are at school. Open the guidance below and follow the instructions to avail of this offer.

Guidance - Office 365.pdf
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EN082 - Downloading Microsoft Office for[...]
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Google Classroom

Your child is enrolled in a Google Classroom for all of their timetabled classes. Access to Google Classroom is possible through multiple browsers and across multiple devices including PC, mobile phone, laptop, tablet or even games consoles such as Xbox. Through this virtual learning environment your child should be able to complete tasks, see work completed in class, link to online resources uploaded by his/her teacher, access video presentations of his/her teacher and much more. There is a facility in Google Classroom for a parent/carer to be added allowing you access to what your child sees and allowing you to maintain a watching brief on their work in school.


Teachers can be contacted through Google Classroom but this method of communication should never be used in an emergency or for communications not directly linked to work in class.


Google Classroom Codes?

Q: I can’t get access to the Google Classroom.

Ans: Please check your email account – when your class teacher posted the invite you will have received an email.  Check your email inbox


Should you have a query, Registration Teachers & the School Office Staff have a copy of google classroom codes.


Guidance - Google Classroom.pdf
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At Dunclug College we are committed to developing the whole child which includes behaving appropriately in different situations, including the online environment. Staff will always model high level of netiquette which students are expected to reciprocate, including the following:


  • Good manners - say “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving assistance.
  • Use correct salutations - pupils are addressed by name and staff by name or using Sir or Miss.
  • In discussion forums ensure conversation is polite and respectful language is used even if disagreeing with another person.
  • For live video conferencing sessions pupils must follow the guidance (see left)
  • Avoid slang, emojis and unsuitable abbreviations such as text speak in online written communications.
  • Punctuation, spelling and grammar should be accurate even in short communications. This will be modelled by the teacher and expected from the pupils.
Guidance - Netiquette.pdf
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Changing Your Password at Home.pdf
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Remote Learning Daily Planner (If remote learning required)

Daily Debrief

Whilst this guidance material focuses on the digital the power of talk and discussion in your child’s development and learning cannot be overemphasised. Talking to your child in the evening about what he/she did in lessons that day, discussing what he/she learned, checking his/her planner, checking work on Google classroom is up to date and helping him/her pack for the following day all contribute significantly to progress.


Purchase of Devices

Whilst access through a smartphone is often sufficient the use of a laptop or tablet may facilitate completion of some types of task. Access to school computers after school is permissible should a pupil wish to avail of the opportunity.





Useful online safety advice from the PSNI


Click here for access to Scamwise NI, which provides current advice on scams in Northern Ireland.



These links below are to relevant documents.

CyberAware_Brochure_v3_ONLINE READ.pdf
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Scamwise NI - The Little Book of Big Sca[...]
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