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, please see the final section of this page.
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.
Remote learning will for most students be accessed through Google Classroom. Teachers will be aiming to teach the vast majority of lessons live and we intend to offer the full breadth of our curriculum to our students. For some students, in discussion with school, there may be support for accessing devices to give the access required and for some, with specific needs, there may be a modification to provide tailored resources, such as printed work packs, should that be necessary.
Students are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom. A central ‘Home Learning’ classroom has been created for each year group to provide a central location for online learning resources and lesson links. Teachers will set appropriate work for classes via the Classroom. The majority of learning will be provided through online live lessons but will also include pre-recorded lessons and appropriate resources for independent learning. All resources and learning opportunities are provided to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning.
Daily tutor sessions are available for all students to provide an opportunity to access pastoral support during the period of remote education. Daily tutor sessions are attended by Learning Managers for each year group.
Students who do not have access to technology can loan a laptop/Chromebook from the school. In some cases it may be appropriate for paper copies of resources to be sent home for students to complete. Exercise books/paper and basic stationery supplies are available for students to collect from the academy to support home learning.
If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology and Wi-Fi access can be kept up to date. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website.
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 subject areas by merging remote learning groups in order to be able to staff the Vulnerable Children/Critical Worker Children students’ provision adequately.
There may be some subjects such as PE and design & technology that rely on access to specific resources and equipment that students do not have access to at home. In these cases, alternative work will be set.
It is important that students continue to make progress in all their subjects, this is why we have carefully mapped the content for each subject to ensure that we can switch seamlessly to a remote learning approach should the need arise.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
The main platforms for online learning will be:
Google Classroom – Students have access to a central ‘Home learning’ Google Classroom. Within this classroom links to live lessons and online learning are provided.
Google Meet – Live lessons are broadcast over Google Meet. Links for lessons are posted in the relevant Google Classroom before the scheduled session.
Additional resources for online learning can be found via Hegarty Maths, GCSE Pod, Sparx. We also provide access to OGAT based revision websites and subject specific YouTube channels through which a bank of comprehensive recording can be accessed.
We will work tirelessly with our Trust to ensure we have sufficient DFE devices to issue to students as well as redirecting internally sourced devices and Local Authority devices.
Where possible and appropriate we will keep parents and carers informed about where they can find more information.
If you have already informed us that your child needs access to a device to access online learning a laptop/Chromebook will be issued for the duration of the Covid related absence. We do understand that circumstances may change and should this happen then please contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website. A colleague from school will then contact you to address any issues and to resolve any barriers to online learning, including Wi-Fi access.
For those families who have requested printed materials; packs of work will be posted home or delivered (if appropriate). A member of staff will contact you to agree an appropriate way of submitting the completed work in order to get feedback from teachers. This could include regular phone calls, posting work back to the school or delivering work to the school reception. Please note that resources delivered to the academy will be quarantined for 48hours before the work will be delivered to departments for marking.
Our preferred method for teaching is live lessons as we believe this keeps the continuity of contact, albeit remote, between staff and students going. It also allows for other important facets of the provision such as praise and instant feedback.
Google Classroom is the ‘go to’ place for all students to access their online learning. All students have been taught how to use this platform and additional support if required is available via the ‘Online Learning’ section of the school website (parents/carers will find video clips which explain for example, how to log onto Google Classroom, re-setting passwords, accessing and submitting work etc.)
All students are expected to engage with remote learning and those not engaging will be followed up by their teachers/learning managers to identify any barriers & to establish what further support is required.
We have high expectations of our pupils, which includes attendance to all timetabled lessons, engaging fully with learning and demonstrating online behaviours which support learning. We want to encourage collaboration within our live lessons and as such require students to be respectful of each other and act in a responsible manner.
The following guides have been produced to support remote learning:
A register is taken for all live lessons and absentees will be followed up regarding their non-attendance.
There is an expectation that parents/carers support their child in ensuring that they engage with the work that is set by their teachers.
Class teachers will follow up any concerns with student engagement.
For students who are accessing printed resources, their progress will be followed up via phone calls and other means.
Assessment of students’ progress and giving feedback is crucial to the success of remote learning.
Ongoing AfL (Assessment for Learning) is an integral part of teaching face to face and so we intend to keep that as an integral part of our teaching remotely. Examples include using the “polls” function of Google Meet, the “chat” function or a Jamboard. In addition we know that verbal feedback is crucial and this ties in with our approach to modelling and to praise.
Where possible we always want to provide our students with instant feedback on their work. This is partly due to the fact that we are not seeing them in person and so is even more important. Critical features of effective feedback are that it is timely and impactful. How this looks will differ from subject to subject.
Assessment will take a variety of formats depending on the way the lesson is delivered:
Students will receive feedback via Google Classroom on the work they have submitted. This feedback will be in line with the school policy which means that the student will receive regular feedback from teachers in school.
Work submitted through Google Classroom will be assessed and the most appropriate way of feeding back determined by the teacher with feedback given in a timely manner.
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:
Classroom teachers understand the needs of their students and as such provide differentiated online learning.
It might be appropriate for a small number of pupils to receive resources (live lessons/online resources) which are specifically tailored to their particular needs to access online learning.
Students with an Education, Health & Care Plan are allocated a key worker who will provide the link between home and school. Regular dialogue will occur via phone call, text or Google Meet to ensure that EHCP students are able to access the work and if appropriate they will be given additional remote support from support staff who they are familiar with. It may also be appropriate for specialist equipment e.g. overlays etc. to be loaned to families during the period of absence to support remote learning. Because work is set by the class teacher there should be no barrier to students being able to access the work set as teachers understand the specific needs of their students and will set work that is appropriate for their ability level.
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.
High quality learning will be set via the Google Classroom that is in line with the work that would be being covered in the lessons. Where it is practicable to do so, the lesson being taught in school will be live streamed for your child to access at the same time as they would normally access the lesson should they be in school. There will be some lessons where it is not appropriate to live stream the lesson, e.g. PE, Design & Technology, Dance etc as it is difficult to capture the learning during practical lessons. In these cases, work will be set that aligns closely with the content of the lesson.