Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects to further suit remote education.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly five hours each day in line with the students’ in school timetable.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Your child needs to login to TEAMS where all the work for that day will be signposted per their school timetable. They will receive five pieces of work: one for each period of the day.
Your child may be signposted to other platforms from TEAMS including Hegarty Maths, Google Classroom, Tassomai etc. as deemed necessary by the subject teacher.
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:
The DFE have provided us with a moderate amount of laptops and a small amount of routers, pupils will be issued laptops/routers on a priority basis as follows:
How many pupils vs devices in the home
If providing a laptop is not deemed appropriate/available, pupils will be provided with workpacks. These pupils will have weekly contact with a keyworker assigned to them to ‘check in’ and monitor engagement.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
We adopt an asynchronistic approach to remote education with a combination of live streamed lessons alongside more traditional resources. All students will receive at least one live streamed lesson a week per subject. If they are taught that lesson once a week they will have live lessons bi-weekly.
The live lessons may take the following formats: traditional taught lessons, seminars, small group sessions, feedback sessions and one to one monitoring sessions.
The traditional resources will be high quality resources of various forms: prerecorded lessons, PowerPoints, worksheets, the use of online platforms such as Hegarty Maths, Tassomai, Linguascope and MyOn.
All resources will provide clear instruction, explanation and modelling to enable all students to access this work remotely.
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?
All students are expected to attend all live-streamed lessons. Prior permission for non-attendance needs to be sought. All students are expected to complete all work set and submit it to their teachers by the deadline set. Method of submission will be signposted on TEAMS.
All work will be set according to the student’s ability and therefore should be accessed independently. The support that parents/carers should provide is ensuring that the students try and adhere to the routines and timings of the school day. At 8:30 they should log on and check the work for the day and note whether this is independent work or a live streamed lesson and ensure they are ready for the prompt start of the live lessons.
At 8:40 (per the timings of the school day) the students may have form time or an assembly.
Parents/carers should also ensure that students are having a break during the allocated break time and lunch during lunch time.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Daily, staff are monitoring work being submitted and update a whole school centralised spreadsheet.
In the first instance of non-engagement (either non-attendance at a live streamed lesson or non-submission of work) the student’s classroom teacher will make contact to both the student and parent/carer. If non-engagement continues, this will be escalated to the Head of Department. If it still continues, it will be escalated to the Head of Year and then to the Senior Leadership Team.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.
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 students, 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 SEND students are assigned a keyworker from the Learning Support department who provide weekly check ins. Timetables can be broken down into smaller manageable chunks and task boards are emailed home if a student uses this in school.
We provide TA support in live lessons when this is provided in school and we also provide smaller intervention live lessons to support learning if the teacher feels this is needed.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Work would be posted online on TEAMS as detailed above. However, there will be no facility to host live lessons.
A member of staff will be assigned to the students who are self-isolating and will make a weekly phone call to check in, facilitate and monitor engagement.