This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from our remote education experience.
Our Remote Curriculum
If a student is absent for coronavirus-related reasons, they will need to connect to their lessons remotely so that they can access the same curriculum content as those who are in school. Teachers will set work in all subjects from the second day of their absence and will expect them to join their lessons remotely.
When do my child’s lessons happen each day?
Students must follow their school timetable. Lessons take place at the following times:
Mondays to Thursdays
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How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All students have access to Google Classroom through their school-based Google account. Students have a separate Google Classroom for each of their curriculum subjects. This allows teachers to communicate with pupils, giving access to live teaching, resources and assignments for your child to undertake. Guidance on how to access Google Classroom can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you are a student and you have forgotten your password to log into your Google Classroom account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will support.
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 pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We have worked to establish the requirements our parents have to facilitate online access and have already issued a number of laptops and internet connections. Should your needs have changed recently, please contact your child’s Pastoral Mentor on the first day of coronavirus-related absence so that we can discuss how we can offer further support.
How will my child be taught remotely?
There can be no substitute for the expertise of a classroom teacher. Knowing their subject as well as their students allows them to make education engaging and accessible. It is for this reason that we prioritise ‘live’ learning over independent work.
Lessons will be recorded to offer an opportunity for pupils to access the content again, or to engage with it at a different time.
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?
It is expected that all pupils engage fully with our remote education offer if they are absent for coronavirus-related reasons. We know that this may provide challenges which is why communication between home and school is so important to us. By working together we can support each other to build success.
You can support your child by setting an expectation that they join in with the normal school day. This means providing consistent day and night times. Where possible provide a space in the home in which students can work. It is useful if this is not in a ‘relaxation space’ so as to help your child distinguish between work and play.
Our pastoral staff will be in regular contact with you to support you with this so please use these calls as an opportunity to ask questions if you are having difficulties. Pastoral calls should normally take place once a week so please be ready to answer a call at this time to discuss how your child is doing. It is important to note that this call is likely to come from a withheld number.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
All teachers will monitor the work submitted during the period of absence and will complete an ‘engagement tracker’. This will help us monitor your child’s engagement across all subjects in our remote offer. Teachers will be looking at the quality of engagement with activities that have been set and the submission of assignments.
We will keep in regular contact with you during periods of remote education primarily through your child’s Pastoral Mentor. They will have access to our engagement tracker and will be able to give you feedback on how well your child is engaging with their education.
If you have a concern about your child’s engagement then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
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. Work set through Google Classroom will allow our staff to share marks and/or offer some comments and feedback where possible.
Additional support for pupils 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 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 will be taught by their usual teachers for live lessons meaning that teachers are aware of individual needs and will adapt teaching materials and strategies accordingly.
- Students who usually have individual or small group intervention will continue to have some remote sessions to support them.
- Some students with complex needs will have specialist staff contacting home where appropriate.