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Remote Education - Information for Parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Currently, all pupils have returned to school and will access all lessons on site. Teachers already upload lesson resources at the end of every school day and parents can access these resources with their children via MS Teams.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Work for all classes is set on MS Teams, regardless of any students self-isolating. This always takes the form of:
- A lesson presentation
- An Assignment to complete and return to the teacher
It may also include video and audio explanations from the teacher or other online learning platforms to support the students to complete the assignment.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
Our Curriculum for all students is purposefully designed to be broad, balanced and rigorous. The ambitious and challenging skills, knowledge and understanding we choose to deliver to our students is carefully selected and sequenced. Therefore, to alter significantly this finely prepared Curriculum for remote learning we feel would be disadvantaging our students even further.
We therefore aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. In all our all subjects, pupils are learning as they would at school. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, our creative subjects such as Music, Drama, Art, DT, PE and ICT all need specific resources that are not always readily available at home. Therefore, they have developed new and innovative ways to continue to engage the students and help them to develop the subject specific skills needed to make progress.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Students in Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) will follow their normal daily timetable of subjects. Practical subjects such as PE, Drama and Music will make adjustments to their delivery in order to support pupils who are unlikely to have access to specialist equipment at home.
Key Stage 3 average daily hours: 5 Hours
Key Stage 3 average weekly hours: 25
Students in Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) will follow their normal daily timetable of subjects. These are exam groups and therefore we do not feel they can afford to miss any opportunity to have contact time with their teachers.
Key Stage 4 average daily hours: 5 Hours
Key Stage 4 average weekly hours: 25 Hours
Students in Key Stage 5 (Year 12-13) will follow their normal daily timetable of subjects. This varies for each individual student based on the combination of subjects they have chosen. For Key Stage 5 this will include both remote lessons as well as designated study time within the school day.
Key Stage 5 average daily hours: 6 Hours
Key Stage 5 average weekly hours: 30 Hours
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All our remote learning is set through Microsoft Teams. All students should know how to access this online platform. Some subjects will also use additional online learning platforms:
- Maths – Hegarty
- English – Bedrock Learning
All work is submitted to the teacher either vis MS Teams or through these other platforms. When the work is set it will be clearly explained how it should be submitted.
If you have any questions about accessing these online platforms please contact the class teacher directly using MS Teams. If you are unable to access MS Teams please contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- When first making contact with families regarding the non-completion of online learning or for welfare matters, our parents will be asked if students have access to a computer and the internet at their home. This is where the digital needs of the students should be discussed.
- We have some laptops and internet dongles or data cards available to loan to students who are self-isolating or absent with COVID-19.
- Where this is not possible, hard copies of work can be provided to students for collection from main reception. This should be coordinated with the student’s Head of House.
- Work completed on hard copy should be returned to the Academy every 2 weeks for staff to give feedback and support learning. This again will be arranged with the student’s Head of House. Most work will be assessed remotely and therefore pupils should continue to submit work via MS Teams
- During the first national lockdown we ran a successful on-site provision for a small number of students unable to access remote education. If students are forced to miss school due to another imposed lockdown then we offer the same provision to the children of critical workers, pupils who have an EHCP and other pupils who meet the criteria for vulnerable children.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live teaching – Online lessons delivered by the normal classroom teacher via MS Teams. Students can take a full and active part in the lesson remotely.
- Lesson resources – Lesson resources posted onto MS Teams, usually with recorded introductions from the teacher or other online learning platforms
- Assignments – All lessons, whether delivered as live lessons or through set resources will contain assignments for students to complete and submit to their teacher.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect all students to fully engage with remote learning and will support them to do so.
Timetables of lessons follow the students’ normal daily timetable, therefore setting routines to support students’ education at home should be simple. We appreciate that some parents will need support during these difficult times and encourage anyone to contact the Academy as soon as possible to tackle any student engagement issues.
There is more information about accessing remote learning on the ‘Remote Learning’ pages of the Academy Website.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Completion of all student work is tracked within school with teachers. Student attendance at lessons will be marked and reported using our normal systems. Where students are not attending or engaging:
- Contact from class teacher on MS Teams – Daily
- Contact from the coach– Weekly
- Contact from SLT – Weekly (where appropriate)
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Students’ work will be assessed by classroom teachers as it normally would within the Academy. Most work is submitted via MS Teams assignments which can be immediately accessed by teachers. All feedback will be provided through MS Teams directly to students. Whole class feedback is delivered every two weeks in line with the school policy.
Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- All work submitted is reviewed by the teacher to identify student misconceptions
- Many online tasks such as quizzes are automatically marked and students can see their mistakes immediately
- Whole class feedback takes place for each class based on an Assessment for Learning task
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
- All students with SEND will have a Personalised Learning Plan in place led by our SENCO and SEND support team. Remote lessons continue to be offered by our EAL, dyslexia, maths and literacy specialist Teaching Assistants
- EHCP and other SEND pupils are supported through engagement with the allocated TA in live lessons
- Some SEND students may be invited to attend our daily on-site provision where appropriate
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
We will set all students work through MS Teams with:
- Lesson resources – The lesson presentation and key content. This may include a videoed explanation
- MS Teams assignments – To be completed by the students
Some students may be invited to attend live lessons but this will be done on a lesson by lesson basis. Research and our own experience shows that when only a small number of students are isolating, the teacher can provide better one-on-one support through their own interactions with the students and through MS Teams assignments through a blended learning session.
Students self-isolating will always follow the planned Curriculum regardless of absence in Core subjects. As with whole groups, for some creative subjects this is not possible due to specialised equipment and resources. Each case will be looked at individually and appropriate work set by teachers to ensure students do not miss out on significant knowledge, skills and understanding being gained by their peers on-site.