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.
A pupil’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.
Students are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom. Teachers will set appropriate work for their classes via the Classroom; this will include live lessons, pre recorded lessons, links to third party websites (eg. Hegarty Maths) and appropriate resources to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning.
Students who do not have access to technology can loan a laptop/chromebook from the school. In some cases, it may be appropriate for paper copies of resources to be sent home for students to complete, although we try to avoid this wherever possible, as online lessons are invariably more effective.
If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology and wifi access can be kept up to date. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. There may be some subjects such as art, PE and design & technology that rely on access to specific resources and equipment that students do not have access to at home. In these cases, alternative work will be set that is linked as closely as possible to what the students would be learning if they were in school.
It is important that students continue to make progress in all their subjects, this is why we have carefully mapped the content for each subject to ensure that we can switch seamlessly to a remote learning approach should the need arise.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year: A minimum of 4 hours with additional work set between lessons (homework)
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year: A minimum of 5 hours input from teachers with additional work being set between lessons (homework).
Work for students will be provided via Google classroom. This is available on the following platforms:
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:
If you have already informed us that your child needs access to a device to access online learning a laptop/chromebook will be issued for the duration of the Covid related absence wherever this is possible (depending upon demand). We do understand that circumstances may change and should this happen then please contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website. A colleague from school will then contact you to address any issues and to resolve any barriers to online learning, including wifi access.
Accessing home learning via Google Classroom is by far the most effective way of accessing learning remotely.
Hence, wherever possible, we would rather resolve the barriers to online learning as described above, rather than simply resort to the use of printed materials. However, there may be some circumstances where this is appropriate and if this is the case, packs of work will be posted home or delivered (if appropriate). A member of staff will contact you to agree an appropriate way of submitting the completed work in order to get feedback from teachers. This could include regular phone calls, posting work back to the school or taking photos of the completed work via mobile phone and emailing it to the appropriate person.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Google Classroom is the ‘go to’ place for all students to access their online learning. All students have been taught how to use this platform and additional support if required is available via the Home Learning Website. Parents/carers will find video clips and support on a range of Google Classroom and Live Lesson topics, including, how to log onto Google Classroom, accessing and submitting work and communicating with teachers. Click HERE to access the home learning page
If any students require additional bespoke support then please contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website.
Live teaching will be used wherever this is practicable to do so and for the vast majority of lessons. Students will follow their normal timetable of lessons; any changes to this will be communicated in advance. Links to live lessons are included within the Google Classroom. Where possible, a recording of the ‘live’ lesson will be posted in their Google Classroom later the same day.
In some instances, where a live lesson isn’t possible or practical, lessons will be set in Google Classroom in a different way, which could include:
All students are expected to engage with remote learning and those not engaging will be followed up by their teachers to identify any barriers & to establish what further support is required.
Parents/carers are able to sign up to Guardian Summaries which means that they will receive an overview of the work that has been set for their child on Google Classroom. Parents and carers are able to opt for either daily or weekly reports.
Parental support for remote learning can be found via the Home Learning Website which gives guidance on working with Google Classroom and Live Lessons as well as additional resources specifically for Year 11 and from the Oak National Academy. Click HERE to access the home learning page
A register is generated for all live lessons and absentees will be followed up regarding their non attendance.
Parents will be informed via a phone call or a text regarding lack of engagement with remote learning. There is an expectation that parents/carers support their child in ensuring that they engage with the work that is set by their teachers.
Class teachers will also follow up any concerns with student engagement.
For students who are accessing printed resources, their progress will be followed up via phone calls and other means which will be established at the start of the period of self isolation as outlined in the ‘Accessing Remote Education’ section above
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, this will take a variety of formats depending on the way the lesson is delivered:
Students will receive feedback via Google Classroom on the work they have submitted. This feedback will be in line with the school policy which means that the student will receive regular feedback from teachers in school.
All students will receive at least weekly feedback from their teachers, though this is most likely to be via live lessons, which are the predominant mode of delivery. Live lesson delivery enables teachers to give instant feedback appropriate to lesson content and enables students to develop understanding for producing more substantial pieces that can be marked fully.
We have adapted our Praising Stars assessment system to capture effort and engagement in online learning where this is required.
Additional support for pupils with particular 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 in the following ways:
Students with SEND are allocated a key worker who will provide the link between home and school. Regular dialogue will occur via phone calls (or less frequently via text or Google Meet) to ensure that SEND students are able to access the work and if appropriate they will be given additional remote support from support staff who they are familiar with. It may also be appropriate for specialist equipment eg radio mics to be loaned to the family during the period of absence to support remote learning. Because work is set by the class teacher there should be no barrier to students being able to access the work set as teachers understand the specific needs of their students and will set work that is appropriate for their ability level. All teaching staff will ensure that due consideration is made to the work set in order for all young people, irrespective of their needs, to access high quality teaching. However we do encourage students with an EHCP or who are vulnerable to attend school during lockdown.
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.
High quality learning will be set via the Google Classroom that is in line with the work that would be being covered in the lessons. Where it is practicable to do so, the lesson being taught in school will be live streamed for your child to access at the same time as they would normally access the lesson should they be in school. There will be some lessons where it is not appropriate to live stream the lesson, eg. PE, Design & Technology, Dance etc as it is difficult to capture the learning during practical lessons. In these cases, work will be set that aligns closely with the content of the lesson.