Remote education provision: information for parents 

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and 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.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

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. It may be necessary for an additional INSET day to allow sufficient time for teachers to prepare and for us to ensure necessary support is in place for families.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

We will aim to have work online ready for the first day of lockdown or enforced COVID related student absence. Staff are informed of all COVID related absences and are requested to make sure that these students are included as much as possible in the continued face to face learning.

Students should initially prioritise their learning from home as follows:

  1. Homework which can be accessed via Go4Schools in the normal way 
  2. Your child can then make use of online resources such as BBC Bitesize, Hegarty Maths, SAM Learning to recap work already covered this year. 

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?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, it may be necessary to make some adaptations in some subjects. Learning in practical subjects for example, will be very different when learning is delivered remotely.

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 pupils broadly the following amount of time:

Y7- Y11 Around 5 hours per day. This can include revision of topics covered earlier in the year. There may also be homework set in addition to these hours.
Y12-Y13 4 hours for each subject plus work set for independent study lessons. On average we would expect students to be working between 8 and 10 hours a week on each of their main subjects. The amount of time spent on EPQ will depend on the stage the student is at in their learning. 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All work will be set via the homework section of go4schools. This may include links to subject Google Classrooms, instructions on how to join ‘live’ lessons or other resources. We recommend that each student has their school email and their go4schools accounts open ready for the start of learning.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that not all children have suitable online access at home. If your child does not have access to a suitable device please contact [email protected] to request the use of a chromebook for the period of remote learning. If access to the internet is a concern then please contact [email protected] . If your child does not have digital or online access at home then we will provide the necessary support or offer a place in the in-school provision.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach remotely. Some examples of remote teaching approaches include:

  • ‘live’ teaching via Google Meet (live lessons)
  • pre-recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • provide links to video/audio learning
  • provide links to worksheets and other learning resources
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (eg BBC Bitesize, Hegarty Maths, SAM learning)
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities

If your child is having issues with their logins for different websites they should contact either their teacher, phase manager or the main school reception for support.

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?

  • Our expectation is that all children will engage with the remote learning being set by their teachers and complete each task to the best of their ability. 
  • Teachers have been asked to provide learning in line with the normal school timetable and timings of the school day.
  • If your child is unclear about what is required of them, they should email their teacher using their school email account. Teachers should not respond to emails sent from your child’s home email account. 
  • ‘Live’ lessons will allow for questions and answers as in a normal lesson
  • Google Classroom activities may allow for the written exchange of questions and answers and the giving of feedback.
  • We would appreciate your support in setting routines for your child’s education and in making us aware of any concerns as soon as possible.
  • We are able to support with hardware and internet access requests so please make us aware if this is a barrier to learning.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Teachers will routinely check that work is being completed and that children are present in ‘live’ lessons
  • Teachers will continue to use go4schools to recognise good work and participation
  • Teachers will report concerns to the pastoral team who will make contact with home, this will be by phone or email.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

The feedback given to your child will depend on the nature of the tasks. This could include verbal feedback via an online lesson or virtual parent/carer evening, written feedback via google classroom, self-assessment using answers sheets/ student friendly mark-schemes or self-marking online tasks. 

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 with SEND will be well known to their teachers 
  • Parents are able to discuss individual needs with their key contact in the SEND department, this will usually be Mrs Shaw, Miss Biddles or Mrs Helm. There should be no hesitation in contacting by email or telephone and we aim to respond within 24 hours on school days.
  • Every student will have different requirements but typically we will provide more help with learning, extra time on deadlines and a guided session via telephone or email if required.
  • Those dyslexic students who find it useful may have a reading pen or access to a reading pen.
  • We are continuing all our statutory assessment processes and working in close partnership with the Local Authority to conduct Annual Reviews remotely.
  • Student progress and welfare will be monitored at least weekly.
  • Some children may qualify for a place in our in-school provision

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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 year groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils 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? 

Work will be set on go4schools for your child to work through. This could be a link to a ‘live’ lesson where your child can join in the learning with the rest of their class when appropriate. It may also be resources that are  being used in the face to face  or links to other resources. 

Your child will also be given access to an ‘Isolation Classroom’. Details to access this Classroom will be sent via WEDUC, if you do not receive this please contact the school reception.  This Google Classroom contains additional resources that you child can be working through. These tasks are designed to consolidate work already covered during the year and can be done in any order. The different tasks can be found using the ‘Classwork’ link at the top of the page.  

The use of in-school COVID testing will reduce the need to self-isolate as a consequence of close contact.