Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents
This version was last updated on 13th February 2021
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.
- We are remotely teaching the same curriculum as we would teach in school, wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For some subjects, which require specialist equipment, such as music and art, we have had to alter the curriculum, but we are striving to deliver similar content.
Accessing remote education:
- The work will be set on Google Classroom in the same way as homework is and as we did during the previous lockdown.
- Some lessons will require students to use other websites, but the starting point with the instructions for each lesson will always be Google Classroom
- We have contacted everyone who has told us of potential technical barriers to accessing lessons online but if you are experiencing problems, please let us know and we will support you.
- Students will have live lessons for each of their subjects for periods 1,2,3,4 and 5 each day
- The member of staff in the live lesson will deliver the content, either pre-recorded or live, and be present ‘in the classroom’ to assist during the duration of the lesson.
- Lesson registers will be taken with in the first 10 minutes of each lesson.
Student Behaviour and Attitudes:
- Students need to be aware that the same rules of behaviour, towards each other and towards teachers, apply when they are learning remotely, as they do when they are in a classroom. They should remember that Google Classrooms lessons may be recorded.
- We ask that students complete work by the deadlines set by teachers. Students will usually be expected to complete the work during the specified learning time on their timetables, however, extended project work may run over several sessions. Students should read instructions carefully and upload or complete work that is good quality and reflects the best that they can be. Not completing work or rushing to complete it is not acceptable and we will be asking for work to be redone and resubmitted if we feel it is required.
- We will often require students to submit their work. In the majority of lessons will require work to be submitted using the Assignment system on Google Classroom. We will also assess learning using online testing through platforms such as Quizlet, Dr Frost Maths and GCSEPod as well as via email.
- As in the previous lockdown, we will be monitoring students’ engagement, attitude to learning and attendance, rewarding those that work hard and following-up where we have a concern. We take a register for every live lesson and follow-up any absence. Teachers will grade each student’s engagement in online learning, and report any missing work or lack of effort or engagement. Where we have a concern, parents and carers will be contacted by a member of the Pastoral Team or a Head of Subject to discuss the situation and offer support. Where students are consistently unable or unwilling to engage with work from home, they will be invited to attend school.
- Since 11th January 2021, we have introduced form time on Fridays for each pupil, this takes place during the normal time in which pupils would have form time in school. During this time, tutors will be available for pastoral support and to discuss items such as school competitions, word of the week, idiom of the week and other student tasks.
- The various official bodies are still deciding what to do to replace exams that would have taken place this year. This may take several months, and we will inform you of the decision as soon as we know. Students who are due to take exams this summer should be aware that they need to keep working.
- The latest proposal from Ofqual is that students will be assessed on the work they have been doing recently. What we can be reasonably confident about is that students who work hard and follow our advice will be putting themselves in the best position going forward, whatever that future may hold.
Limiting Risks at Home
- We ask that parents support their children to understand and stick to the lockdown restrictions, in order to protect themselves and others from the virus. This is, of course, the reason why they are not in school.
- Student and parent feedback will be assessed monthly to ensure that our remote learning provision is effective. This is distributed to pupils directly in their email, and via Xpressions to parents/carers.
- Obviously, this is a complex time for everyone involved, so please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any suggestions on how we could deliver remote learning more effectively.
- As soon as we receive further advice, we will be in touch to tell you about the next steps but please be aware that we are not pre-informed before official announcements are made in the media. In the meantime, we are grateful for your support and hard work at home during this difficult time.