Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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.

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

If your child is sent home to isolate, work will be set on Google Classroom.  Whilst we endeavor follow our timetable and curriculum plan immediately,  for the initial period of remote education  work may be set centrally for the year group so will not follow your child’s normal timetable and may not be set by their usual teacher as we will focus on providing work for core subjects whilst teachers plan for a longer period of remote learning. In addition, tutor tasks, PSHCE and PE work will be set when appropriate to support the wellbeing of our pupils.

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, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, remote core PE lessons will involve a combination of theory lessons and practical elements that are accessible to pupils at home.

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 between 5 and 6 hours per day. The lessons are structured to follow the Teaching and Learning Framework that pupils are used to in school and will follow the timings of the school day.

Tutor time

8.45-9.10

Lesson 1

9.10-10.10

Lesson 2

10.10-11.10

Lesson 3

11.35-12.35

Lesson 4

12.35-1.35

Lesson 5

2.05-3.05

Accessing remote education

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

Pupils should access all resources set for remote learning on Google Classroom. Links for other platforms such as Google Meet, GCSEPod and Hegarty will be added to the Google Classroom as and when appropriate.

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

At the start of this school year, we surveyed all pupils to assess their online access for remote learning. This has allowed us to provide devices for those who need it; however, we recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • Issue laptops or Chromebook to those without devices
  • Issue routers or dongles for access to the internet

If your child is experiencing difficulties accessing their online learning please raise this in your welfare call or contact the school reception for support.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live teaching for parts of a lesson
  • Pre-recorded video/audio to deliver new material
  • Online textbooks (especially for Key Stage 5)
  • Online platforms such as GCSEPod and Hegarty Maths
  • Off screen tasks such as creating revision resources

Teachers are online and communicating with pupils at the time of the timetabled lesson. Pupils are encouraged to ask and answer questions during the online lesson.

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?

Pupils are expected to follow their normal school timetable and to be online at the time of their timetabled lessons so that their teachers can teach them.

It is helpful to make sure your child sticks to a clear routine, following their usual timetable. Please support your child in finding a quiet place to work away from distractions where possible.

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

Class teachers will check the engagement of the pupils in their classes through monitoring work completion and attendance at online lessons. If there are concerns about engagement in specific subjects, your child’s teacher will contact you via email or phone call. Where there are concerns surrounding engagement across a number of subjects or over a period of time you will be contacted by your child’s Head of Year or the Subject Leader. The weekly welfare phone calls provide an additional opportunity for you to discuss your child’s engagement and any barriers that exist 

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 are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is primarily using whole-class feedback sheets once a week to celebrate the successes and identify the next steps from the learning that week.

Assessments will go ahead as normal and you will receive your child’s results in a report as detailed on the reporting calendar.

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:

  • Regular contact with parents/carers and pupils from your child’s key worker
  • Continuation of intervention sessions such as Fresh Start and IDL
  • Extra support from a member of the SEND team via phone calls, Google Meet or Google Classroom where possible if it has been identified by the SEND team as beneficial to supporting your child’s remote learning

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 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?

If an individual or a small group of pupils are self-isolating, work will be set in the Google Classroom for the lessons each day. The lessons will follow the curriculum and cover the same content as the pupils in school but may use other platforms such as Oak National Academy to provide the resources.