Remote Education Provision
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
The remote curriculum follows the full curriculum that would be delivered face to face in school, with adaptions in place for subjects where specialist equipment is required. Where adaptions have been made, staff are able to model techniques, adapt learning materials and tasks whilst focusing on topics that best suit the virtual learning environment.
If you have any questions about remote provision, please contact Mr Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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||5 hours|
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning will take place through Microsoft Teams, which all children can access through their school Office 365 account. This online platform is now well established with both staff and students demonstrating confidence and proficiency in its use. MS Teams can be accessed from a range of devices including mobile phones, laptops, tablets and consoles. All lessons are delivered in line with pupil timetables.
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:
- Some students will be eligible for support through the government’s laptop scheme. This is available to students in receipt of free school meals
- We are also able to support with access to the internet if this is needed through the use of routers or supporting families in accessing wifi data packages made available through a range of internet providers
- To enquire about the support available, please email: email@example.com
- If your child is not able to access work online, please contact their Year Lead to discuss a way forward which may include arranging hard copies of learning materials for collection:
- If using hard copies of materials, these can be returned to school for feedback in line with curriculum arrangements
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live teaching (online lessons) – most lessons will include an element of live teaching from staff followed by a range guided and independent tasks, in order develop and consolidate knowledge and understanding
- Recorded teaching, including the use of Oak Academy materials, may be used as method of delivery to support independent learning activities as part of Session 5 in the afternoon.
- Use of online software – teaching staff will use a range of low stakes testing and feedback platforms to provide immediate feedback to students. For example, Seneca, MathsWatch, Kahoot and MS Forms are a stimulating and engaging way to check understanding whilst demonstrate understanding during a lesson.
- Worksheets and files – these will be shared through Assignments for students to download and complete as part of a live lesson prior to their submission
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 expect students to engage by:
- Attending all sessions promptly
- Attending all sessions within the normal school timetable including form time
- Make contact with the form tutor, year lead or student services link if additional support is required for accessing my online lessons.
- Following classroom rules and exhibiting scholarly behaviours at all times
- Not using the ‘chat’ facility for personal conversations or using inappropriate language
- Participating actively in all lessons
- Being open to sharing through video, audio and the chat functions
- Ensuring that work is completed to the highest standards during remote learning lessons
We ask parents we commit to:
- Support my child’s full engagement in online learning within the school timetable, including form time
- Allowing my child to engage without interference
- Provide an environment conducive to learning
- Make sure they have any materials necessary to complete all assignments set
- Address any issues with access to technology including devices and routers and seek support from school where necessary
- Ensure that my child follows all rules and guidelines established by the teacher and encourage them to be an active participant in their learning
- Communicate any concerns with teachers or student support staff
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Registers are taken at the start of each day in form and in each teaching lesson as they would be in school
When a child is recorded as not present in an online lesson, contact will be made home to offer support to engage
A child’s attendance can be seen in Go4Schools
If you have concerns regarding your child’s attendance, please contact their form tutor or year lead
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:
- Feedback provided in line with department practices. These will be shared via live lessons, assignment function in Teams or verbal/immediate methods
- Use is made of digital quizzes to check knowledge and understanding within and across lessons
- Common Assessment Tasks will continue to be conducted each half term for each subject area in order gauge understanding of a given topic. These summative assessments will need to be conducted in test conditions with pupils required to understand the need for a responsible approach. Feedback will be provided for each summative assessment, identifying strengths, gaps in knowledge and next steps
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 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 level of support available for SEND students in school is maintained during the period of remote learning, with LSAs working with teaches in Teams to provide ongoing support, guidance and point of reference
- Pastoral support remains in place for all students through the form tutor, Year Lead or Pastoral Manager. All of whom will be available to discuss the needs of individuals and offer advice, support and guidance.
- All vulnerable students are welcomed into school to support learning should this be required. The inclusion team will be in regular contact with families to ensure education can continue whilst addressing any barriers to learning