Remote learning support

Remote education provision: information for parents and carers

In accordance with statutory guidelines, the Department for Education (DfE) ask that schools provide information on remote education provision. It is aligned to the expectations for remote education, to which schools must have regard under the temporary continuity direction given by the Secretary of State for Education. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if Covid-19 local restrictions require them to remain at home and/or if they need to self-isolate.

If you are looking for technical help accessing remote learning click here.

The remote learning policy can be accessed here

Parent remote learning survey summary 2021

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education. For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page. A student’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.

With 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. All students will continue to follow their timetables and the lesson times remain the same. By the start of the lesson work and all information for how to access any live lesson (through Microsoft Teams) will be posted on Satchel One (Show My Homework).

Tutor Time

Students are required to be in contact with their tutor each day for a check in through Satchel One (Show My Homework). A weekly video assembly will also be posted. Tutors will use this check in to share activities for the week but will also carry out well-being checks on students and answer any questions students may have.

Lessons

Students will receive a blended learning package of live online lessons via Microsoft Teams and independent study via Satchel One (Show My Homework). Lesson content will follow the programme of study outlined within each Department’s curriculum plan. Independent study will be set on Satchel One in line with student timetables. Students are expected to submit work completed at the end of each lesson and know how to do this. Roughly half of all lessons in each subject will be taught live. This may vary on the nature of the subject or content being taught at any given time. Small group live sessions may be used for more bespoke feedback on non-examined assessments (coursework) and in Key Stage 5.

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 students broadly the same amount of hours as in their timetable which is 5 hours per day plus homework.

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

Live online lessons will take place using Microsoft Teams.

Independent study will be set on Satchel One (Show My Homework) in line with student 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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:

If your child does not have access to a device at home for their remote learning, please contact their year lead:

Year 7- Ms Lewis [email protected]

Year 8 – Ms Monaghan [email protected]

Year 9 – Ms Davis [email protected]

Year 10 - Ms Roff [email protected]

Year 11 - Ms Rudd [email protected]

Sixth Form – Ms Flaherty [email protected]

If your child has a device but is struggling to access their remote learning, please contact their year lead.

Students are able to use games consoles to access live lessons also. See instructions here.

Students with limited IT access can request paper packs/workbooks which can be posted from the academy by arrangement from their year lead - see details above.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Live online lessons will take place using Microsoft Teams.

Independent study will be set on Satchel One in line with student timetables. This may then direct to another website or online platform.

Students with limited IT access can request paper packs/workbooks which can be posted from the academy by arrangement from their year lead - see details above.

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?

Students are expected to be contactable during the school day, to join in and fully engage in every lesson. All students should submit their completed work at the end of each lesson.

Students should seek help if needed, from teachers or teaching assistants and alert teachers if they are not able to complete work.

We value the support given by parents/carers to their children when working remotely. We ask that parents/carers make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise cannot complete work, and to seek help from the school if needed via your child’s head of year.

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

We will be collating attitude to learning/engagement scores weekly from each subject and following up as necessary. The pastoral team in each year take the lead in contacting parents if there are concerns surrounding lack of engagement to offer support in improving student engagement.

If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a pupil, parents/carers will be contacted by phone to assess whether school intervention can assist engagement.

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 student work is as follows:

Individual feedback will be shared via our learning platforms. Specific assessments may be self-marked or marked by instant assessment via the learning platform or website.

The department assessment calendar will be followed as usual.

Additional support for students 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 students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:

Our SENDCo, Ms Pitman [email protected] will work with families to identify the level of support needed for individual students and ensure that provision is made for any students with EHC plans this may include working on the school site.

We will ensure that the technology used for remote learning is accessible to all students and that reasonable adjustments are made where required.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual students 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 students 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?

Students who are self-isolating will access work through Satchel One (Show My Homework) where teachers will poste classwork. At Key Stage 4 and 5 we endeavour to broadcast live lessons for students to join through Microsoft Teams but this is not always possible depending on the nature of the lesson.

Technical help with remote learning

Navigating Satchel One (Show My Homework)

Question: Help! The work is showing in a big list with confusing dates!

You need to use student calendar view.

Using the student calendar function support page

Question: Why does my work appear in a long list? It’s really hard to locate today’s work!

Show My Homework defaults to a ‘to do’ list which orders work by date it is due. What is the 'to do' list?

You can look at work set in a different way and more user friendly way. Find out more here.

Question: How to I submit my work online?

Click here for guidance on how to submit work online

Question: My teacher has set a quiz how do I answer it?

Click here for a guide to show you how to answer quizzes

Any other questions? Look here

Using Microsoft Teams

This is the platform we use for live video calling lessons with teachers

Download Microsoft Teams app for tablets, phones and desktops here

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/download-app

Question: How do I know when I have a live lesson?

Firstly your teacher will tell you when setting the work in Show My Homework when your live lesson is and will add the link to the Teams meeting too. You can just click that link and it will take you straight to the meeting.

To get a view of all the live lessons you have each day/week you need to click on calendar in Teams. This will show all the meeting invites you have been sent.

How to videos

We have created four videos to talk you through some common tasks students might be asked to do which they may need some help in how to approach. The videos include how to mindmap, take notes, revise and create a revision flashcard Click here