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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 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 students at home

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, it is not possible to deliver the same practical activities in subjects such as Design Technology and Physical Education at home, so the curricula in these, and other similarly practical subjects, differs slightly.

Remote teaching and daily study time

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:

  • Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3): 5 hours per day
  • Years 10-11 (Key Stage 4): 5 hours per day plus approximately 2 hours' per day 'homework'
  • Years 12-13 (Key Stage 5): Each day's timetabled lessons will vary according to subjects studied. In addition to lessons, students should expect to complete around 20 hours per week of independent work.

Accessing remote education: how education is provided

Live lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. Students should attend all lessons according to their normal timetable. Live teaching may take place for all or part of the timetabled lesson, supported by appropriate written work or other tasks. Additional instructions and homework will be set using Satchel One.  

Students should have their cameras off and be muted at the start of the lesson. The teacher may ask students to un-mute and turn on their camera during the lesson, so if they are able to do this they should be ready, appropriately attired (no need for school uniform) and have an appropriate background (real or virtual). Other people in the house should not be communicating with the teacher or other students via  Microsoft Teams.

Attendance at live lessons is compulsory.  Many teachers will check the register at the start of the lesson so if students are late they must let the teacher know that they have joined.

Accessing remote education: digital and online access

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:

  • Where hardware is not available at home (e.g. access to a laptop, internet router, etc) we may be able to supply this for you, subject to availability. You should contact the relevant Key Stage Administrator, who will pass on the request to our IT Support Department. They will then contact you to discuss the matter further.
  • If you do not have access to the internet at home, do not have sufficient devices, or if your internet connection is poor, then your child will be invited into school so that they can access online learning on-site.
  • If your do not have internet access and your child is Covid-positive or self-isolating, please inform the school by telephone and we shall make alternative arrangements for providing work.

Engagement and feedback: expectations for students and parents/carers

It is expected that students will attend all of their timetabled lessons unless informed otherwise. Parents/carers should try to ensure their child follows a daily routine, including getting up in good time for their lessons, having breakfast before they begin and having a proper lunch break. Time should also be set aside for exercise either when they are free, or at the end of the day.

Try to ensure your child has a quiet space in which to work, along with the appropriate resources – a device to access online learning, stationery, her textbooks etc. If meeting any of these expectations is proving challenging, please contact the school via the relevant Key Stage Administrator.

Engagement and feedback: how students' engagement will be monitored

Attendance registers for each online lesson will be completed by class teachers. These will be checked regularly by the relevant Key Stage Administrators and, if patterns of absence emerge which are a cause of concern, parents/carers will be contacted.

Teachers will be monitoring the completion of work. If any concerns arise they will follow this up with the student directly, and, if necessary, parents/carers will be contacted.

Engagement and feedback: how students' work will be assessed

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Feedback will also vary depending upon the subject being studied. If you would like to know what feedback your child has received for any specific subject, please speak to them directly. If you have any concerns about feedback – or lack of it – then please contact the relevant Key Stage Administrator as a first step.

Additional support for students with particular needs

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 pupils in the following ways:

  • Parents/carers of students who are currently receiving SEN Support or who have an EHCP will be contacted at the start of any remote learning period by the SENCO or the Student Guidance Team.  The aim of this contact will be to identify if any Special Educational Needs are currently, or may in the future, act as a barrier to remote learning, and to plan any additional support that might be needed. There will be ongoing regular contact between the school and home for those students with an EHCP.  Students receiving SEN Support or with an EHCP may be invited into school if this is necessary and appropriate and in line with current government guidelines.
  • If any parent/carer is concerned that their child is struggling to access remote learning and needs support with this then they should contact their child’s Head of Year via the relevant Key Stage Administrator to discuss any issues and plan appropriate support.

Remote education for self-isolating students

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. 

  • Wherever possible, teachers will also 'blended learning' lessons, allowing self-isolating students to access the classroom live, using Microsoft Teams, while the lesson is taking place.
  • Students self-isolating will be able to access any lesson resources, as well as homework tasks, through SatchelOne and Microsoft Teams/OneDrive.
  • Students will be sent individual instructions regarding blended learning at the start of any self-isolation period via email.
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