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.  Where individual pupils are self-isolating, they will be able to join pupils that are in school during lessons through the same way.

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

Your child will have the iPad that they will be already familiar with from their lessons in school.  The switch to remote delivery will, allowing for any equipment to be delivered, happen immediately.

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 where provision is offered by an external partners such as Sport at Impact, Sound Emporium, Astrella or BikeHub that may be closed during lockdown.

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 for our full time students (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly four to five hours each day.  Lessons will be timetabled between 10am and 2pm for full time students with independent work to be completed outside these times.

Part time students will have individual timetables.

Accessing remote education

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

Your child will access all home schooling materials through the Microsoft Teams platform on the iPad supplied to them.

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

All students will have IT equipment provided to them to enable access Teams wherever they have an internet connection.  Where an internet connection is not available, suitable alternative paper based materials will be delivered and collected at appropriate alongside welfare visits.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

·       live teaching (online lessons)

·       recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

·       printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

·       textbooks and reading books pupils have at home or on their iPads

·       commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

  • additional extension long-term project work and/or internet research activities 

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 would expect any student learning remotely to have a quiet place to be able to study and for them to attend online lessons as they would if school is open.

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

Students will be expected to join each lesson, and this will be tracked by all subject teachers in the school.  If there are concerns about the level of engagement, then a member if the school leadership team will contact the parent or carer directly on a daily basis.

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:

  • Live feedback from the teacher delivering the lesson
  • Electronic feedback in the form of live marking or comments directly on student work
  • Longer written feedback where there are specific misconceptions or gaps in knowledge

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 our SENDCo will contact you directly to make arrangements.