Remote Learning Coordinator: Anna Allen (Deputy Headteacher)
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if local/national restrictions require entire cohorts to remain at home or a full school closure. This document should be read in conjunction with our parent/carer handbook.
Students Working From Home
Students working from home
How will my child be taught remotely?
All our students in Years 7-13 will have access to high quality online lessons with their teacher following their normal ‘in school’ timetable. Relevant resources/tasks eg: powerpoint will be posted either in the class channel ‘posts’ or assignments, in case a student needs to reference the information at an alternative time. Students should join all live lessons with their mic on mute. It should be noted that no lessons, tutorials or meetings should be recorded by parents/carers or students. No screen shots should be taken
The expected format of an online lesson will be as follows:
- Teacher to register
- Starter activity/recall quiz
- Explanation of lesson content and task(s)
The above will take approximately 20 minutes.
- Deliberate practice task(s) 20 minutes – students can log off or log back in again at an agreed time. Students can use the class chat function to access support. Off screen tasks might be completed in their printed booklet, exercise book or similar.
- Students might be required to upload completed work via Teams.
- During the last 10 minutes the teacher will go over the deliberate practice task and complete plenary.
- The single/double lesson (all periods 1-5) will end 10 minutes early for students and staff to prepare fully for the next subject lesson of the day/week.
What homework will my son/daughter receive?
Students in Years 7 to 10:
In order to manage student workload, students will be expected to complete their daily reading and maths homework. Maths homework will be set via Hegarty Maths. Students will not be set subject homework tasks. Daily reading is set via MS Teams as part of the English work along with the weekly schedule as a reminder of where students should read to that week.
Students in Years 11, 12 and 13:
Students will be set homework according to the normal homework policy. Please see our policies page for further information.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Students need to understand that the work they do at home is no less important than that they do in the classroom. Teachers will be checking your son/daughter’s lesson attendance during virtual lessons and their participation with the work. Data from this checking will be collected centrally and we will contact you if we have concerns. Text messages will also go out to keep you updated. Tutors will use the work engagement information to inform their conversations with your son/daughter in their daily tutor sessions.
Parents/carers will need to inform school if there is any reason why their son/daughter is not attending lessons or completing homework eg: illness.
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.
Teachers will use the start (recall quiz) and end of lessons (deliberate practice feedback/plenary) to provide whole class feedback. Teachers will be available during the independent deliberate practice tasks to answer individual questions live via the class chat function or over the mic, and check what work the student has completed. When required to upload work, teachers will offer personalised feedback using the personal feedback box at the side of their uploaded work. Teachers may also deliver whole class feedback via the post section of their class Team.
Remote learning provision whilst the school is open and functioning as normal:
Should your son/daughter have to self-isolate and work from home while school is open and functioning as normal, they can expect to be able to access work on MS Teams from the first full day of absence. Your son/daughter will be set work according to their timetable. Students should complete the tasks on the set day. All subjects, with the exception of core PE, will set the following via Microsoft Teams via assignments:
- Task guidance and PowerPoint/resources so students know what to do and key content
- Off screen tasks that they will complete in their printed booklet, exercise book or similar.
Guidance for students
Working from home is not ideal and can sometimes feel very frustrating. There are a number of things that you need to do that will help make home learning easier.
Before you start work
Before you start your home learning, make sure you have done the following:
· Eaten your breakfast. Your brain is like an engine. If you don’t feed it, it won’t work properly.
· Found where you are going to work. It is important that you work in a space that does not contain any distractions. The better your focus, the easier work will be.
· Checked your schedule and collected all your equipment and resources that you need.
· Poured yourself a glass of water. Water increases your concentration levels and helps you think more clearly.
· Put your phone in another room. Students who work in rooms with their phones achieve less than those who don’t.
All your tasks for every day will be on Microsoft Teams. You will be able to see your tasks for the day by logging into Microsoft Teams using your school email and clicking on the activity or assignment tab on the left hand side. The link to Microsoft Teams can be found under the ‘school logins’ at the top of the website. Remember you should complete all work according to your timetable and on the day it is set. You should not be leaving work to build up. All resources needs to be uploaded to Microsoft Teams so that teachers can see what you have done and provide you with feedback.
To find out how to access Microsoft Teams watch the video below:
To find out how to access your assignments or upload your work, watch the video here: