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
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. At KS4 (Years 10 and 11) students will continue to study all subjects that they are doing a GCSE qualification in. At KS3 (Years 7-9) students will be taught lessons in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and Spanish or French. We have introduced PREP lessons during the school day for students to undertake independent learning. These periods should be used to consolidate their assignments, read, plan their studies and engage in our #SpringwestShines offer.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take place during the following school hours each day, as per the usual school day:
- 09:20-15:10 Mon-Fri (including break and lunch)
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
|P1 09:20||P1 09:55||Registration PREP||Registration PREP||Registration PREP||Registration PREP|
|P2 10:00||P2 10:45||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson|
|P3 10:50||P3 11:40||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson|
|P4 12:00||P4 12:45||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson|
|P5/L 12:50||P5/L 13:30||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson|
|PL/5 13:35||PL/5 14:15||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson||Lunch/Lesson|
|P6 14:20||P6 15:05||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson||Lesson|
|P1 09:20||P1 10:00||Lesson|
|P2 10:05||P2 10:45||Lesson|
|PL/3 10:50||PL/3 11:25||Lesson/Lunch|
|P3/L 11:30||P3/L 12:05||Lesson/Lunch|
|P4 12:10||P4 12:50||Lesson|
|P5 12:55||P5 13:35||Lesson|
|P6 13:40||P6 14:15||Lesson|
|P7 14:20||P7 15:05||Lesson|
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All pupils have access to Google Classroom through a school based Google account. Pupils 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 raise this with their tutor during the call that you should receive each week so that we can discuss how we can offer further support.
Printed material is available upon request which will need to be collected from the school at the start of each week. Please contact your child’s tutor if this is required. Completed work from the previous week can be returned at the same time.
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 pupils allows them to make education engaging and accessible. It is for this reason that we prioritise ‘live’ learning over independent work.
‘Live’ lessons involve staff delivering clear explanations and modelling for a short period at the beginning of the lesson. Students will then have the opportunity to consolidate this work through carefully scaffolded activities that will be completed independently. Live lessons finish with the teacher bringing students back together to offer feedback and check for understanding. Live lessons may be also supplemented with recorded teaching from other sources and websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas.
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. 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 tutors and 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 take place once a week and will usually be between 9.20-10am 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?
Tutors will take a register each morning (9.30am) to check that all students are ready and prepared for a day of learning. All teachers will monitor the work submitted through the week and complete an ‘engagement tracker’. This will help us monitor your child’s engagement across all subjects in our remote offer. Teachers will not only be looking for attendance to ‘live’ learning, but also at the quality of engagement with activities that have been set and the submission of assignments each week.
We will keep in regular contact with you during periods of remote education primarily through your child’s form tutor. 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. Your first port of call should be with your child’s form tutor.
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 also offer an effective approach to sharing progress.
Work set through Google Classroom will allow our staff to share marks and/or offer some comments and feedback on a weekly basis.
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.
- All communication from teachers and parents will go via the form tutor who will be able to form a full picture of the students’ needs and suggest advice and adaptations to learning where necessary.
- Some students with complex needs will have specialist staff contacting home instead of the form tutor.