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?
Emergency remote learning is immediately available for each of their classes in Microsoft Teams. It can be accessed by clicking on the remote learning tab. This will then link to resources and online learning platforms relevant to the current curriculum.
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 aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Some adaptations are made where classroom resources are not easily replicated at home. For example in practical subjects such as DT, there is sometimes an increased focus on the theory element over the practical because pupils cannot access the tools and materials in the workshop during home learning.
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||Our remote learning is designed to match the full hours of the school day. Each subject provides remote learning that takes the equivalent time of their usual school timetable.|
|Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year||Our remote learning is designed to match the full hours of the school day. Each subject provides remote learning that takes at least the equivalent time of their usual school timetable.|
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning is accessed initially through Microsoft Teams. For some subjects, this is also used as a portal to other online platforms such as the Oak National
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 seeks to support pupils for whom access to technology is creating a barrier to engaging with and completing online learning, which includes (but may not be limited to) laptops, devices, dongles, routers or increased data allowance support. Where demand for support is higher than the supply of technology available, this will be allocated on the basis of need, prioritising those where access to technology is creating the biggest barrier to learning and those who are classified as disadvantaged.
Parents/carers who would like more information about what support may be available and whether they are eligible for support should contact the school at [email protected] If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium or Free School Meals, you should contact Mrs Daniels (Pupil Premium Coordinator) at
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
We will provide a full variety of remote learning approaches so that it is accessible and inclusive for all. This is to reflect that teachers and pupils will be in varied contexts and circumstances whilst working from home.
• Remote Learning Assignments. This work is set and monitored in TEAMS with weekly opportunities for teachers to view pupils progress and provide feedback. The assignments are designed to take the equivalent time of the school timetable.
• Timetabled live support. Whenever a child has their usual timetabled lesson for a subject, their class teacher will be available on TEAMS to provide support, answer questions and monitor progress with assignments.
• Pre-recorded Teacher Explanations and lessons. These can be paused, rewound and re-watched. These are provided as part of the assignments and as a support for completing them.
• Live-Lessons, these are used where appropriate particularly to increase interaction between teachers and pupils.
• Online Learning Platforms such as SENECA, Dr Frost Maths and Music First are included as part of the home learning assignments for some subjects when they are appropriate to the curriculum. These have the benefit of in-built assessment tools, giving pupils instant feedback and allow teachers to track and monitor progress.
• OAK National Lessons. High quality pre-recorded lessons from the Oak National website are used where appropriate to our curriculum as part of our home learning assignments. Oak National provide an FAQ for parents for anyone wanting to learn more about this website.
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?
Pupils should spend the equivalent time as their school timetable on their remote learning for each subject. They should check their Microsoft Teams daily and use the live support available during their usual timetabled lesson time by asking questions whenever they have them. Pupils should meet all deadlines for their remote learning assignments and complete them to the best of their ability.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to monitor pupil’s progress with work and provide feedback to them.
- The school will phone home if there are concerns that a pupil is not engaging with their work to the level we expect.
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to view your child’s work and provide feedback. This may take many forms, such as: written comments, verbal feedback via a pre-recorded video or audio clip, or whole class feedback when addressing the common learning points for the class.
- When your child edits a document in Microsoft Teams, their teacher can view that document live and monitor progress before giving feedback.
- Additional use will be made of online assessment tools such as quizzes in Microsoft Forms.
- Digital platforms that automatically mark answers and provide instant feedback will also be used in some subjects. For example ‘Dr Frost Maths’ or ‘Music First’.
- Your child can also request additional feedback and ask questions whenever they have their timetabled lesson. This can be done by posting in Microsoft Teams when teachers will be available to respond.
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:
- All teachers of SEND pupils will consider their specific needs when setting remote learning. Pupils with SEND will have the support of their teacher on Microsoft Teams. Teachers are available to answer questions and provide feedback on Teams at the times of their ordinary timetabled lesson.
- Risk assessments for individual students are carried out in consultation with parents and carers.
- Close contact is maintained with students with SEND via emails, phone calls and in some cases, home visits (within Covid 19 guidelines).
- Core skills work packs are created and hard copies sent home to some students where there is need. This is supplementary to subject specific work which is set by teachers following whole school guidelines.
- In some cases, where there is need, some students with SEND may also be invited to attend school to help maintain routines and provide support for school work from LSAs.
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?
In these instances, the emergency remote learning is immediately available for each of their classes in Microsoft Teams in the same way as it is in the first two days of any school closure. It can be accessed by clicking on the remote learning tab of any class. This will then link to resources and online learning platforms relevant to the current curriculum.