Remote Learning

Remote education provision

Pupils can access their remote learning via Microsoft Teams.

Information for parents

Pupils may need to learn remotely if they are sent home from school to self-isolate, or if
there is a full lockdown.
The following information is a brief summary of how your child will learn at home. More
detail is included in the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

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?

Pupils will have immediate access to online lessons through Microsoft Teams. They
will all lessons as per their timetable.

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.

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:

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year : we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day: 5

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year: we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day: 7

Accessing remote education

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

MS 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:

We have identified pupils who are eligible to receive laptops for remote learning. We have prioritised this by year group.

Pupils have completed a questionnaire identifying their learning environment at home. We have contacted pupils eligible for a laptop and offered a device.

Devices were collected by pupils in December. We anticipate to hand out more devices to pupils.
Communication has been shared with parents and pupils via a letter and MS Teams. In our survey we identified no student not having internet access. We have dongles in place for those pupils who need them.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

We will be running two types of remote learning lessons.
Virtual Live is all for all pupils in KS4 and for core subjects at KS3. This will be a live lesson delivered through MS Teams. The lesson will be recorded for pupils who are not able to attend live.
Virtual Pre-recorded will apply to non core subjects at KS3. This will be a PPT
presentation with teacher audio/video. These will be uploaded the day of the planned lesson. The teacher will start a live session to ensure that he/she is there to support with any questions.
Pupils will be following the full pastoral assembly program. The school has invested heavily in online software.
Seneca Learning
Century Ai
Bedrock

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?

Ensure that your daughter is ready to learn by 8am each morning.
Provide a quiet space for her to work, with no distractions. Take away mobile devices. She should have all her equipment out, camera turned on and be ready to learn.

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

The HOY will be conducting a register twice a day. (AM and PM)
The class teacher will keep a record of attendance and work completed. She/he will share this with the Head of year and highlight any concerns.

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:

Pupils will show their work on screen
Pupils can take a photo of their work and upload to One Note
Pupils can complete work on a MS Teams assignment or One Note
Pupils can receive verbal feedback.

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:

The lead SENDCO has been in touch with pupils on the register of needs and created a program of support for the teaching assistants.

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?

A child isolating will have the same access to remote education as a child in school. All lessons are broadcast to pupils isolating on the covid isolation team. This team was set up specifically for isolating pupils.

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