Remote Education Information

Remote education provision

Remote education is where students and teachers are not present in a normal classroom setting. This information is designed to provide clarity and transparency for students and parents/carers about what to expect from our remote learning where national or local restrictions require students to remain at home.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home?

In line with current government guidance, our aim is to continue to deliver our school curriculum whilst students are learning remotely.

If the closure is unexpected (for example if we have to send a bubble home) then the approach may be slightly different for the first day or two, while we take all necessary actions for a longer period of remote teaching.

We aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. 

Remote teaching and study time each day

To minimise the impact of not being in school, we expect that remote education (including live interaction and independent work) will take students broadly the same amount of time as they would spend in school.  For students at Key Stage 3 and 4, this equates to 5 hours each day.

To give structure to the day and to support students and staff in effectively working in this way, we aim to run these hours along a student’s normal timetable.  There will be opportunities for students to engage with staff using live lessons or online sessions and these will run at the normal lesson times.  Independent tasks will be set each day for students and we encourage students to complete them during their normal lesson time as this is the time when staff will be available to support.

Accessing remote learning

To support the delivery of remote education we will be using Microsoft Teams.  Students will be allocated to a class team for each of their subjects and they will be able to access the system using their school email account.

Supporting students with digital or online access at home

We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home.  We have established systems for requesting the loan of digital devices and help with internet access.  Where devices are available we can only allocate them to:

  • Children currently entitled to free school meals
  • Children of families who have recently arrived in the UK and are currently unable to work or claim benefits.

Requests can be made through the Progress and Guidance Team. The Family Support Team are also available to discuss ways in which we can support families.

The majority of independent tasks will be completed and submitted online.  Teachers will minimise the need to print resources at home but if this causes an issue, students should communicate with their class teacher via Teams so that a solution can be found. Equally, if students cannot submit work online, they should speak to their class teacher to find a solution.

How students will be taught

Our remote learning strategy has been developed to ensure students continue to make progress whilst learning remotely and is based on research into effective remote teaching.  Just as in the classroom, we encourage teachers to use a variety of approaches and techniques to ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills needed for each subject.

Research would suggest that where there is interactivity and dialogue between the teacher and student that teaching is likely to be more effective, support motivation and lead to be better student progress.  Our approach to remote teaching includes a combination of different techniques, designed the give the maximum amount of interaction and dialogue.

These include:

  • Live teaching – where teachers will deliver content in real time
  • Recorded instruction – where teachers will share either video or audio content they have recorded
  • The use of pre-recorded resources such as Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize
  • Curriculum based online websites such as Seneca or Doddle
  • The setting of independent tasks via Teams, which may require online or offline completion

Expectations around engagement

It is our expectation that students should engage with online education in the same way they approach their studies in school.  We expect all students who are required to remain at home to log onto Teams each day and to complete the tasks assigned to them.  We know that learning in this way requires a high level of student independence and we expect students to take every opportunity to access the support and guidance of their teachers by attending live sessions and communicating with teachers via Teams.

We ask parents/carers to support us in delivering remote learning by ensuring that students are awake in time for the normal school day and engaging in their learning.  If students experience issues with accessing online learning then we would encourage parents to contact school as soon as possible, so that solutions can be found.

Our expectation of students when they are at home because they are ill are different.  We will continue to set work on Teams and would encourage them to catch up with the missed learning when they start to feel better.  If the absence is for an extended period of time, students should speak to their subject teachers in order to prioritise their learning.

Staff will use Class Charts to monitor the completion of remote learning and attendance at any online lessons.  This information will be monitored by the Progress and Guidance team in each year bubble and will form the basis of a weekly welfare call to students and parents/carers.  We will work with families to address issues on a case-by-case basis.

We recognise that working in this way makes it even more important that students receive regular and informative feedback.  Teachers will adopt a range of techniques for giving feedback to students, that are tailored to the needs of each curriculum area.  This does not mean that students will receive extensive written comments on each piece of work they produce.

Feedback may take the form of whole class feedback, quizzes marked on Teams, Loopy Learning tasks based on misconceptions or verbal feedback during interactions with the teacher.  Students will receive at least one piece of informative feedback each week from each subject and this may relate to one piece of work in detail or several assignments completed that week. Staff will be available to give support and guidance during the normal school day.

Our expectations of student behaviour whilst learning remotely stay the same as when students are in school.  In line with our behaviour policy, teachers will continue to use Class Charts to reward good learning behaviours.  When interacting with teachers and their fellow students via Teams or during live lessons, students should act in ways that support the learning of all students.  Any instances of disruptive or inappropriate behaviour will be addressed in line with our normal sanction policy.

Supporting students with additional needs

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. If parents/carers have concerns of this nature then they should contact the relevant Progress and Guidance team.

Remote education for students who are self-isolating

We are aware that there may be times when students are asked to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school.  In this situation we will provide remote learning but the approach may differ from the approach outlined in this document due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school.

We will establish remote learning for these students as soon as possible but there may be a delay of up to 48 hours for the system to be fully working.  Teachers will upload on to Teams independent tasks to complete during the period of self-isolation.  We ask that parents/carers supervise the completion of these activities, in line with their normal timetable and the submission of the assignments on Teams. Teachers will provide feedback on the work submitted and will also check on this learning when they return to school.

There may be opportunities for students self-isolating at home to access lessons happening in school remotely.  Where this is possible their class teacher will send an invitation via Teams to access a live stream of the classroom.  This approach is not suitable for all lessons and class teachers will decide when to use this approach.

Who to contact:

If students have questions about remote learning they should approach their class teachers via Teams.  If they have issues accessing Teams then they should contact Mrs Sale.  As always, the progress and guidance teams are also available to provide support for students.

If parents/carers have any questions about remote learning then they should contact Mrs Tibbs (Deputy Headteacher).