Virtual Learning Environment

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a web-based system that allows teachers to share resources with their students and set tasks for those students to complete. The range of innovative and interactive tasks that can be set through the VLE provide exciting ways to enhance and extend students' learning while providing many useful features such as being able to download extra copies of worksheets, submit work electronically and keep up with work being missed during absences from school.

We have now opened the system up to parents and carers with added functionality that will help make it even easier to keep up-to-date with students' progress, achievements, behaviour and attendance. With the use of the VLE to report to parents, we are hoping to achieve the following objectives:

  • Better communication to keep you more up-to-date with the progress of your child
  • Help you develop a better understanding of your child's curriculum by providing access to course overviews, programmes of study and example resources
  • Improve the effectiveness of homework by allowing you to see what tasks your child has been set so that additional help and guidance can be provided at home

All parents are given log on details either by letter or in person at events such as our laptop launch evening. We do not give out details over the phone or via email to help maintain the security and confidentiality of information regarding our students.

Although the username and password are the first step in unlocking the power of this system, you may also need some help and guidance to make sure you can get the most out of what is available. To this end, we have put together a 'Quick Start Guide' that will help you access the most commonly used features.

Also look out for further support at school events, such as parents' evenings, to learn how to take full advantage of the full range of tools the system has to offer. If you require further support then contact Mr Slater at cslater@byrchall.wigan.sch.uk for assistance.