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 where national or 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?
Assignments should be posted on Teams as follows, this allows you to determine which assignment is for which lesson and day: P1Mon25History there should be an assignment during the lesson the lesson time. Students should follow their normal school timetable.
If there are problems accessing technology, you should contact your child’s tutor by email or phone school reception. We may be able to lend you a device and we can send paper copies home to you or arrange for collection.
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, it is not possible to follow the Art, D&T, Music and PE curriculum’s as planned due to issues with access to specialist resources at home.
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:
Key Stage 3 and 4
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Students should log-in to Teams and go to the Teams pages for their tutor group and subject classes to access remote learning. Notifications of meetings should arrive in their email inbox and/or be posted in their calendar on Teams and on the ‘General’ page of their subject class.
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:
- Please contact us, either via your child’s tutor or reception and let us know the nature of the problem and if you need us to provide you with a device.
- We provide devices in order of priority for Disadvantaged, SEND, Exam years and then on a first come, first served basis for other students. We can order more devices through the DfE if there is a genuine need. Whilst we have devices in stock and all of our IT staff are in school, the lead time in receiving these should not be over 1 week. It may be longer if we are experiencing staffing issues, or awaiting new stock from the DfE. Please contact us if you have not heard from us after 1 week.
- We can help with access to WiFi and additional data via your mobile provider if we can establish with you the nature of the problem. Please contact us, either via your child’s tutor or reception and let us know the problem.
- Whilst you are waiting for us to provide you with a device, we can provide you with paper materials that we can send home or arrange for collection. Photos can be taken of this work and emailed to teachers or brought into school for collection. This should be arranged by the teacher when the work is sent out.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following to adopt a 'blended approach' to teaching pupils remotely:
- daily live registration in tutor groups 8.40-8.50am
- pre-recorded assembly once per week
- live teaching (online lessons) via Teams (more of this at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5) with at least one live check-in per fortnight for all subjects except core PE.
- pre-recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings and narrate PowerPoints made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home or that has been sent home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. Heggarty Maths, Kaboodle, Sam Learning.
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?
- They attend daily morning registration 8.40-8.50 and check their subject pages for the lessons they have that day. We are aware that home contexts vary and that some families are working more flexibly because of bandwidth/shared resources etc. Please contact the tutor to inform them, so that we are aware.
- We expect you to ensure that your child is up and ready for each day of school, that they are engaging positively in the learning and that you let us know if we can do anything to help support you or if you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing.
- Where possible your child should have somewhere quiet to work and they should be regularly monitored.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- We record non-attendance at morning registration and inform parents of non-attendance (the tutor will email after the first absence, Phone or email after the 2nd, the Pastoral Leader will make contact with home after the 3rd)
- We record non-engagement on Class Charts, which notifies parents with an alert, the alerts are graded according to who is involved - CNE is the most serious.
- If there is a pattern of non-engagement in a subject, you will receive communication from the teacher or team leader. Our Heads of house will contact home for any students who are not engaging in 3 or more subjects.
- Your child will receive credits for their engagement.
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 e.g. Kaboodle/Sam Learning or self-marking against an exemplar are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is that they should receive this once per week as per the criteria above.
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:
- If the whole year group is off then the TAs who normally support that year group will contact key SEN students ( including those with EHCPs) either via phone or Teams to check how they are finding the work and offer support.
- SEN students who have specialist resources will be provided with them to use at home.
- All SEN students who normally access key worker support will continue to receive key worker support virtually.
- Tas have been trained in how to use Teams to call students and have been buddied up to practice so that they are familiar and confident with using the technology.
- A log will be kept of all contact the Learning Support department has with SEN students and their families
- Work will be set for those who would have had intervention sessions as was done during the last lockdown.
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?
They should check the Home Learning channel on Teams for details of what they need to do for the lesson they would ordinarily be attending.