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 if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
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.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
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?
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 following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year
5 hours a day (except Wednesdays which are 4 hours)
Year 10 have 5 hours on a Weds B
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All access to online work is via Google Classroom which your child has access to for all of their subjects
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:
We are informed by home that a student does not have access to a device and/or internet
We will contact the family with a view to:
Either, provide a device if possible
Or, provide paper based resources for the family to pick up or for us to post
Or ask the student to attend the keyworker provision
When a whole bubble is working remotely, parents will receive a form via e-mail through which they can quickly alert us to any issues with internet connectivity or device access. We will then contact home about this.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
Google Classroom and Screencastify videos. Teachers will explain what to do each day in each of their subject areas and provide instructions, resources and, where appropriate, links to videos or additional websites.
On site key worker school in hub rooms (for students who need supervision/internet access). This provision operates during full or partial school closures. Self isolating students cannot attend any on site provision.
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 hope to see students completing and submitting the work (as per teacher instructions) each day via Google Classroom,
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teaching staff will monitor Google Classroom to check work is handed in. Teaching staff will contact the student if they are concerned that work is missing and will then contact parents should we continue to have concerns about a lack of engagement.
When a whole bubble is working remotely, we will also check in with students on a daily basis using a traffic light system via Classroom. We will contact students who reply with a “red” as soon as we can. We may also be in contact, where possible, with students who reply with an “amber”.
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:
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:
Every student on the SEN register has an Academic Coordinator who will have access to the work set for their students. Using email, Google Classrooms and shared Google documents the Academic Coordinator will be able to support the students with the tasks set by subject teachers.
The Academic Coordinator will also make weekly contact with parents to ensure appropriate support and provision is in place.
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 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?
All students who are self-isolating should have access to Google Classroom, as we have outlined above. This is a challenging situation if the rest of the class is in school but a single child needs to self-isolate, because the teacher is required to teach their class. However, children should still be able to see their instructions for their day on Google Classroom by 9.30 am every day.