Remote Education at Springwest

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and their families 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 complete work at home. Teachers will set work in all subjects from the second day of their absence and will expect them to complete their work 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
Period Start End Activity
P1 09:20 10:00 Prep – Registration
P2 10:00 10:50 Lesson
P3 10:50 11:40 Lesson
Break 11:40 12:00 Break
P4 12:00 12:50 Lesson
P5/L 12:50 13:35 Lesson/Lunch
PL/5 13:35 14:20 Lesson/Lunch
P6 14:20 15:10 Lesson
P7 15:10 16:00 Lesson
Fridays
Period Start End Activity
P1 09:20 10:05 Lesson
P2 10:05 10:50 Lesson
P3 10:50 11:30 Lesson/Lunch
P4 11:30 12:10 Lesson/Lunch
P5 12:10 12:55 Lesson
P6 12:55 13:40 Lesson

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 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 distance@springwestacademy.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.  Should you have difficulty with access to a laptop, 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?

Students will be set remote learning tasks on Google Classroom.

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 where they 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 set tasks by their usual teachers meaning that teachers are aware of individual needs and will adapt teaching materials and strategies accordingly. 
  • Some students with complex needs will have specialist staff contacting home where appropriate.

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