COVID-19 Remote Education Plans

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 to remain at home.

 

Curriculum

Q) Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Yes, broadly. Students will be expected to follow their normal school timetable and we will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Clearly there will be some adaptations in some subjects, such as those with practical components and/or specialist equipment (Food & Nutrition, Design Technology, PE).

 

 

Remote teaching and daily study time

Q) How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Students will be expected to follow their normal school timetable. Although the specific nature of each lesson will vary, students will be expected to participate in a combination of live teaching and independent work across the school day (7x45 minute periods). Additional independent tasks will be set for KS4 and KS5 groups to assist them structuring their independent study outside of their timetabled lessons.

 

 

Accessing remote education

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

Online remote education will be accessed primarily through Zoom (the links for which will be available in SMHW/Showbie). Although not all lessons will be entirely live on zoom, all lessons will begin with a register on zoom and should be drawn to a close there too (except where there is staff absence, in which case staff will aim to set cover via SMHW). Other platforms that students are likely to be using regularly should already be familiar to them (SMHW, Showbie, the google suite etc).

 

Q) If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Please contact Mr Henderson using this contact form. Just as we did during the period of school closure last summer, we can support families with securing reliable internet access.

 

Q) How will my child be taught remotely?

All lessons will begin with a register on zoom (except where there is staff absence, in which case staff will endeavour to provide cover work via SMHW). Following this register, a range of approaches will be used to support remote learning:

  • Live teaching on zoom
  • Recorded teaching (eg video/ audio recordings made by teachers, Oak National Academy resources etc)
  • Independent tasks using online resources (eg textbooks, commercially available websites that support the teaching of specific subjects or areas)
  • Longer-term project and research work

 

 

Engagement and feedback

Q) What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Students are expected to be dressed, have had breakfast, and be ready to begin their school day at 8.40am when they will log on to Zoom for their morning registration. The structure for the rest of their day should mirror their usual school day, with lessons starting (and ending) on zoom according the times of the normal school day:

8:40 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:45 Period 1
9:45 - 10:30 Period 2
10:30 - 11:15 Period 3
11:15 - 11:35 Breaktime
11:35 - 12:20 Period 4
12:20 - 13:05 Period 5
13:05 - 13:45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 Period 6
14:30 - 15:15 Period 7

Parents are encouraged to support their son(s) and daughter(s) with being punctual each morning and then at the start of each lesson.

Teachers will aim to end lessons 5-10 minutes before the start of the next one, and will try to encourage students to use this short break (as well as their breaktime/ lunch break) to get up and move around, stretch, have a drink etc. It is important that students try to punctuate their day with these short breaks and parents should encourage this.

We would also encourage parents to adopt a supportive approach to having conversations at home about their work. This positive reinforcement and encouragement is an important part of maintaining engagement.

 

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

Approaches will range from lesson to lesson and subject to subject, but students will typically be expected to upload their work to showbie at the end of each lesson. Although not all of this work will be ‘marked’ as such, it will be checked as indicator of engagement, just as staff might scan exercise books in a classroom for the same purpose. Other checks for engagement will come through live interaction in lessons, as well as through live tools such as Socrative, desmos etc.

Where staff have concerns about the quality of engagement, entries will be made on Cloud School. Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor this periodically. Where these concerns are persistent or suggest a pattern of non-engagement, the pastoral team will make contact directly with students, parents and carers to support.

 

Q) How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to assessment and feedback in a remote context will be underpinned by the same principles as those that shape our approach to assessment and feedback in a normal classroom setting. In particular, we recognise that feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example:

  • Teachers may use individual student work to shape whole-class feedback or to design future learning activities
  • Teachers may provide individual feedback verbally in lessons, or via recorded messages in showbie
  • Assessment tools such as Socrative (amongst others) can be used to provide valid and effective feedback to students

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

Q) 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 our Learning Support team will work with parents and carers to support those pupils. For example:

  • 1:1 LSA Mentor for SEND Support and EHCP Students
  • 1:1 virtual sessions including SEMH support, therapies, ELSA etc, where appropriate
  • Virtual Social Thinking Interventions
  • Virtual SALT, OT and EP intervention both direct and indirect
  • Virtual ‘In Class’ support for targeted lessons
  • Membership in Showbie groups for additional LSA support regarding school work, home life, organisation tips etc
  • Lexia Reading Intervention
  • Regular online/telephone contact with parents and carers
  • Behind the scenes daily and weekly team meetings discussing progress, concerns, achievements etc of individuals and groups of students
  • School working closely with linked professionals to reduce any delay in support being put in place for a student eg working with EP, CAMHs, SALT, OT etc