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COVID-19 - Remote Learning Provision 2020/21

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Remote education provision: 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.

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

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Teachers will put work on SharePoint and this can be accessed through the ‘Quick links’ on the school website. Please ask your child to log in using their username and password they would normally use.

If your child is having problems logging in please e-mail and the school will respond as quickly as possible.

In addition to Share Point teachers may also set work on INSIGHT with instructions about where to look in Share Point, or the resources needed to complete the learning.

Some departments have booklets available to use and these should be completed in conjunction with power points available on Share Point. The booklets can also be found on Share Point

Maths use ‘Maths Watch’ when pupils are isolating and a power point on Share Point gives instructions on how to access and use Maths Watch

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 for the majority of subjects but there will be some adaptations depending on the nature of the subject. Pupils need to identify the topics by checking the work they have completed or by checking INSIGHT

Some subjects (e.g. Science) may be taught at the same as pupils in school are being taught via Teams so the curriculum will be broadly in line with the curriculum they would be taught in school.

Maths will follow the same curriculum and will be taught through Microsoft Teams or Maths Watch

English will follow the same curriculum will be taught through Microsoft Teams and study booklets that can be found on Share Point by clicking on the Blended Learning icon

Science topics follow the same curriculum as in school and will be taught through Microsoft Teams. The topics are also on Share Point, the topics they need to follow are set out for them. Pupils will need to find the power points and work through the tasks.

History, Geography and Religious Studies will follow the same topics and be taught through Microsoft Teams and power points available on Share Point. In the case of History pupils can use their study booklets to complete the work.

MFL will be taught through Share Point and pupils will be expected to follow the tasks on the page

Art, Design and Technology tasks will be set based on the topic being studied by the pupils

Performing Arts subjects (Dance, Music and Drama) will set appropriate tasks based on the topics being studied

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 the following number of hours each day:

Year 7 - 10 Pupils

Pupils can expect the same number of hours as they would normally have in school and should follow their timetable.  

Pupils may also have additional homework set in accordance to the homework policy, Years 7 and 8 have homework set once a term for all subjects. This will be set on INSIGHT.

Years 9 and 10 can expect additional independent home learning to be set. This will be set on INSIGHT.

Year 11 Pupils

Pupils can expect the same number of hours as they would normally have in school and follow their timetable. They should also carry out additional revision in accordance with their revision planner.

Work will also be set on online learning platforms such as GCSE Pod, Tassomai (Science) etc

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

The school uses a number of online remote learning platforms that are listed below. Guides on how to access these can be found on the school web site.

If your child is having problems logging in please e-mail and the school will respond as quickly as possible.

  • Sharepoint
  • Insight
  • Email
  • MathsWatch
  • GCSE Pod
  • Tassomai
  • Dynamic Learning
  • EPraise
  • Office 365
  • Teams

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 school has a number of devices that it can lend to pupils to access remote learning. These include laptops, iPads and other tablets. The school continues to identify pupils who may benefit from these devices and is allocating them.

If your child does not have a device to work from at home, you should contact your child’s RSL, or House Leader and make a request for one. Once your request has been processed, you will be contacted and asked to collect the device from the school’s reception.

In the event that there is no internet at home, please follow the procedure above and a request an internet dongle.

In some cases, written work can be left/collected at Reception. However, in line with Covid-19 protocols, this is not desirable. However, if this is necessary, please contact the relevant class teacher, or your child’s tutor.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Microsoft Teams will be used when it is appropriate to teach whole groups who are isolating. In addition some subjects may be able to teach pupils isolating using Teams at the same time as pupils in school.
  • Some remote learning will be independent study supported by resources on Share Point.
  • Recorded teaching is available for some subjects, e.g. Art, Design and Technology have created a number of videos that can be accessed and used to complete the work set.
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers and these are available for some subjects, e.g. English and History
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home may be available for pupils.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. Please see the extensive section on access to remote learning and the ‘How to . . .’ guides available on Share Point.
  • Long-term project work is a significant part of remote learning at KS4 and pupils should keep up to date with this. Subjects include BTEC Sport and BTEC Dance, Art, Design and Technology and Performing Arts subjects.

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 hope that your child will engage with the work set by checking Share Point and INSIGHT daily. They will also need to log into and check e-mails on a daily basis and we hope that they will undertake this task independently and take responsibility for this.
  • We also expect pupils to access particular web sites for individual subjects such as Maths Watch, in Maths, and Tassomai, in Science. This is important to extend learning and at KS4 aid deeper understanding of the subject and help prepare for exams.
  • For pupils in Year 10 and 11 studying GCSE subjects we would also expect pupils to access website such as GCSE Pod to aid their revision. This will be set as part of their remote learning but can also be completed independently by navigating the topics on the site.
  • The school expects parents to set routines and make sure pupils are ready to learn at the start of the school day. The school also expects parents to monitor the completion of work by checking from time to time that independent tasks are completed and submitted. A discussion of the learning that has been completed that day is also desirable so, as a parent, you are aware of what is being studied. If it is clear that your child is not progressing with the work we are also available to offer further support and as that you contact your child’s subject teacher if this is the case and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Staff will record and track the completion of work in much the same way they would with a class of pupils. In the case of remote learning there is a high degree of reliance on the pupil completing the work and submitting it
  • Remote learning through platforms such as Maths Watch and GCSE Pod will be checked weekly. If students are not engaging with learning then staff will contact pupils to offer support
  • In the case of Microsoft Teams lessons a register will be taken to monitor the level of engagement.
  • Parents of pupils who do not attend may be contacted to offer further support. In the first instance this will usually be the subject teacher but tutors may also contact parents
  • In the case of pupils who persistently do not engage with remote learning and where concerns about progress are raised the Lead Teacher of the subject, or the House Raising Standards Leader, may need to contact parents and carers as well.

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 pupil work is as follows:

  • Some of the remote learning we use such as Maths Watch, GCSE Pod and Tassomai provides immediate responses for pupils. This can be seen by pupils and carers and will also be recorded by subject teachers.
  • For longer pieces of work including written tasks feedback will often be in the form of a short written comment provided by e-mail. This will also be the case for exam style answers for pupils studying GCSEs.

How often pupils will receive feedback on their work?

  • Pupils receive immediate feedback on work completed on some remote learning platforms and this will be given whenever work is set. As a carer you will be able to see this and go through it with your child.
  • Written comments for extended pieces of written work and for exam style answers will take longer and feedback will be in accordance with the school feedback policy. It is worth taking time to read these comments with your child and encourages high levels of engagement

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:

  • For pupils with additional needs work will be differentiated by subject teachers, as it is during normal lessons. Additional materials and support will be provided vis INSIGHT with specific instructions and materials to support any additional learning needs.
  • Additional learning needs can be varied and will depend on the subjects in question but will take could include the following: Key words lists, sentence starters, writing frames and other forms of scaffolding to support learning and differentiated tasks.

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?

  • If a pupil is self isolating they will follow the same curriculum as the pupils in school and follow the same procedures as above for logging in.
  • It is very important that pupils who are self isolating are prepared and ready to learn at 8.30 am, at the start of the school day. They should make sure they have everything to hand before the lessons start and follow their normal timetable.
  • In advance of the school day starting they should log in to emails, through Office 365, and INSIGHT to check for work. They will need to check e-mails regularly throughout the school day.
  • Some subjects will teach with Microsoft Teams at the same time as the lesson has been scheduled so there will be little difference in content or in the approach to the learning.
  • There will be more independent learning and there will be a degree of reliance on the pupil to complete work that has been set. Therefore pupils will need to use the resources that are sent to them, or find them on Share Point. Once the work has been completed it should be submitted to the class teacher for feedback.
  • Work that has been set through Maths Watch, or other remote learning platforms that provide immediate feedback, should also be completed independently and feedback will be given. As far as possible this should be done at the same time as the scheduled lesson.
  • Pupils will need to e-mail subject teachers if they are not sure how to complete the work, or they do not understand the work.