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 if 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.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of student’s being sent home?
As soon as the academy has had confirmation that absence is covid-related, we notify teaching staff. Staff will then share the planned resources for the lessons they teach. These resources may be powerpoints/video clips/copies of worksheets.
Your child can access the remote education materials via google classroom. Your child has access to a google classroom for all their classes.
Remote learning will be accessible at the start of the timetabled lesson.
If your child needs a paper pack, this may take 1-2 days to compile, as staff will need to create alternative learning resources.
On some occasions, students may also be able to use Microsoft Teams to join the teacher as the lesson is delivered.
Microsoft Teams is used in addition to google classroom when all students in a class are learning remotely.
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?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, your child may not be able to access the resources that are used in a practical subject and so the remote learning may be more theoretically based.
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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year
Five hours a day
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year
Five hours a day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All students have a google classroom for every class they have. They already use these for homework and should know how to access them.
In the event of a lockdown, lessons in core subjects will routinely use Microsoft Teams across key stage 3 and key stage 4. In other subjects, this will vary according to the nature of the subject and the curriculum being followed.
Laptops are made available to those in greatest need according to the resources available.
If we cannot make a laptop available or your child has certain medical needs, a paper pack will be made available which will enable an alternative approach to the delivery of the planned curriculum.
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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:
- We will issue or lend laptops or tablets to students as far as we are able. Email [email protected]
- We will issue or lend devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles) as far as we are able. Email [email protected]
- Paper packs will be issued to those students for whom remote learning is not suitable or who are waiting for electronic resources to be made available. We have records of current medical needs and will use these to issue packs.
- Students who cannot work remotely can complete work on paper and submit it to the academy as specified by the subject. Alternatively, they can take photos of their work and email teachers or keep until they return.
- Feedback will be in accordance with our usual academy policy and as live as possible.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons) using google classroom and Microsoft Teams
- recorded teaching
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books students have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
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 students to access learning during the timetabled school day from 8.35am-3pm taking breaks at the usual times. We keep registers of attendance and will contact the families of those for whom we have concerns.
- We will provide wellbeing check-ins as well.
- We will provide training materials to help you and your child engage with different programmes and software.
- Accessing high quality live lessons should ensure students receive the support they need from the academy though parents may wish to help if they are able to.
- Parents/Carers can best support us by encouraging their child and reinforcing the routines of a normal school day with their child for example ensuring they start and finish at scheduled times and do not spend too long/too little time on tasks. They can ask their child about their learning and show interest in looking at what has been achieved. They can also check that the assignments have been submitted each day in google classroom (and that these have been completed).
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- When a whole class is accessing learning remotely, a teacher will be in the remote classroom and will check attendance and engagement and contact you if there are concerns. During an individual’s period of self-isolation a check in will be made on a regular basis.
- If engagement is a concern we will contact you by email or telephone to establish barriers to learning and try to support. This may include remote mentoring or some additional help accessing work
- During a full lockdown, a place in the academy may be offered to support your child according to the resources available.
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. Our approach to feeding back on student work is as follows:
- Verbal feedback. This may take the form of whole class feedback modelling how to tackle a task and remote “green pen” exercises.
- Written feedback. This is mostly used for assessments
- Scores. These may be calculated using digital automation.
Feedback will be received in line with our academy policy, therefore every live lesson should have some form of feedback.
Additional support for students 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 those 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 students in the following ways:
- We will provide verbal explanations in live lessons and give clear instructions.
- We will break tasks down into smaller chunks and provide scaffolding.
- We will try to reshape explanations as far as we are able
- We will provide paper packs if a child cannot access digital learning
- We will offer a place to a child within the academy if in a lockdown situation and provide TA support
- We will work with you as an individual family to come up with bespoke solutions as necessary
Remote education for self-isolating students
Where individual students 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 students 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?
All students have a google classroom for every class they have. They already use these for homework and should know how to access them. Whilst the resources match those in class and the same expectation as above apply, teachers are less likely to provide live support. All students will still have:
- Five hours of learning
- Wellbeing checks
- Some form of feedback during the absence
- Paper packs as necessary
- Access to additional learning tools such as Seneca Learning and GCSEPod
Please click here to see our Remote Learning Policy