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, we would expect students to continue to follow the advice found below.
• Students should access their work each day via Google Classroom and should follow their timetable for that day.
• All lesson resources will be uploaded to this area before the timetabled start of that lesson.
• We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. All of our curriculum leaders have identified the key skills and content that must be delivered at home and at school so that all students can make the best progress.
• We have, however, had to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in practical subjects such as practical PE or drama, it may be necessary to offer alternative learning activities, and in science, it may be necessary to provide video demonstrations of key practical experiments where lessons are remote.
• We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the same amount of time to complete as it would in school. This will be 5 hours per day.
• All resources will be uploaded via Google Classroom.
• Links to Google Meets and any other platforms such as Nearpod that students will be required to access in a lesson will be available via Google Classroom.
We recognize that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We will take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
• If your child does not have access to a suitable device or an internet connection to access remote learning, please contact us at reception and we will endeavour to provide you with one. Once we have received your call, we would look to make either a laptop or dongle (or both) available for you to collect from main reception within 48 hours.
• If your child needs resources printed, please contact us via main reception. We will collate the work for your child and send it via Royal Mail to your home address. Students completing work on paper should bring this into school with them on their first day back to hand in to their teachers.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
• Online electronic work for students to complete: All lesson resources are available for students to complete via Google Classroom, and Google Docs can be used to complete this work.
• Recorded videos (pre-recorded learning and explanations)
• Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
• Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. This includes Nearpod, Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning and Lexia.
• Should a whole class or year group need to self isolate we would return to live lessons via Google Meet. In this case additional information would be sent to parents.
• Students should complete their timetabled lessons for each day they are unable to attend school and should follow their timetable for the day.
• Parents should remind students to follow their school timetable and ensure students have the time and space to enable them to do this.
• You are able to check how much work your child has completed via Google Guardians.
• Teachers will monitor student engagement via Google Classroom, and Google Guardians will enable you to monitor this as well.
• Where engagement is a concern, we will contact you as we usually would to discuss how we can support your child.
• 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, and will be utilized by our staff.
• Our approach to feeding back remotely is in line with our usual whole school policy.
We recognise that some pupils – for example, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will continue to work individually with families to ensure that all students are supported to allow them to make the best progress. Our work with parents / carers of these students will be bespoke and designed to meet their individual needs.
• For the most part, the information above still applies. Students should follow their in-school timetable, and work resources will be available via Google Classroom.
• Students should use Google Classroom to ask questions during lesson time if they are unsure about any of the work provided and should upload their completed work to Google Classroom.