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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 in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? 

We have worked hard to ensure that all students have access to remote education via Microsoft Teams. Therefore, if your child is asked to work remotely from home, they should log into Microsoft Teams by following the user guide instructions found HEREMicrosoft Teams enables us to teach students in a similar way to teaching in school. 

Students have access to Microsoft Office 365 which includes access to Microsoft Teams, our online learning platform. All of your child’s classes have been set up on teams so that learning can continue right away. Students should follow their normal school day timings, and attend their lessons, as per their timetable, virtually on MS Teams. 

Whilst we transition to remote learning, teachers may set tasks and activities on Teams for students to complete independently. Following this transition period, where possible, teachers will deliver live lessons for all classes.

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. We have become adept at switching between in-class and remote teaching so setting up lessons on Microsoft Teams will not take long. However, in some subjects we may need to make adaptations, for example in creative and performative subjects which rely to technical equipment that parents will not have at home. Subjects like these will plan a recovery curriculum which will allow for the delivery of specific content when students return to school.

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 the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students 5 hours per day, plus 30 minutes of tutor time (normal school timetable), and homework in line with your child’s year group expectations.

Key Stage 5

Students will receive Live Lessons for all classes through Microsoft Teams as per their school timetables. This does not include homework and independent learning assignments. Homework will continue to be set as normal, in addition to live lessons.

Accessing Remote Education

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

All lessons will take place in line with your child’s school timetable. They will access all of their lessons on Microsoft Teams. Your child’s timetable can be found in their planner or alternatively in their ‘calendar’ on Show My Homework.

Microsoft Teams: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/log-in 

WHS Remote Access: https://files.woodcotehigh.com/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Microsoft Office: https://login.microsoftonline.com/ 

HegartyMaths: www.hegartymaths.com

GCSE Pod: https://www.gcsepod.com/ 

Educake: https://www.educake.co.uk/ 

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

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:

  • The DfE is providing a range of support to schools through its get help with technology programme. Parents, carers and pupils cannot apply for digital devices or internet access through this scheme themselves. They should contact their school to discuss requirements for accessing remote education. Please contact your child’s form tutor or head of year to inform them about any issues with access to remote learning.
  • The school is also able to provide students with printed materials if they do not have online access. Again, this would have to be flagged up to form tutors and heads of years, so that these resources can be made available.

 How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities

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?

We know the importance of attending school, and this does not change if we move to remote education. Therefore, we expect that all students engage fully with their online education and work just as hard as if they were in school. This means attending all their lessons each day and completing their homework. If your child is ill, then it is important that you follow the normal absence procedures. 

We know the importance of parental support when children are working from home. This may mean working with your son or daughter if they need additional support or motivation, though we appreciate that this is not always possible given the demands on your own time. However, all parents and carers can help by providing their child with a calm environment away from distraction. This may include: 

  • Removing your child’s mobile phone when it is lesson time (unless this is the primary device used to access the remote learning).
  • Providing them with a space to work in a quiet part of the home.
  • Doing an equipment check with them each morning to make sure they have a blue pen, red pen, pencil, ruler and calculator, as well as their exercise book or lined paper.
  • Checking in with them at regular intervals throughout the day to make sure they are focusing on their work. If you are yourself working away from home, spending 10 minutes at the end of the day looking over their work and engaging them in discussion is very helpful.

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

Teachers will track the attendance for each of their lessons, just like in school. Any persistent non-attendees will be contacted by the school. Students will also be expected to submit work to their teachers at regular points throughout their remote education. Submission of this work will be used to check student engagement.  

If we are concerned that your child is not engaging with their remote education you will be contacted by your child’s Tutor, Head of Year/Department, or another member of staff.

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 as follows:

  • Verbal or written feedback provided in lessons hosted on Microsoft Teams. For example, when students answer a question verbally or using the chat box the teacher can provide specific feedback during the lesson.  
  • Homework will be set each week in line with the homework policy. This work will be marked either by the teacher or digitally and feedback will be provided. Homework will be the primary method of providing regular feedback to students.
  • If students are required to work from home for a prolonged length of time (e.g. similar to the lockdown of Spring 2020), teachers will ask students to complete a ‘significant piece of work’ which will mirror the kind of assessment they will be used to completing in school.

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:

  • Our SEND department will be in regular contact with you and your child to offer support and guidance 
  • Some students (for example those with an EHCP) will be invited to work in school so that they receive additional support from teachers

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 (blended learning).

 If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Remote education for individual students who are self-isolating will follow many of the principles outlined above. 

Students, parents and carers are able to download subject curriculum maps from the school website, which provide an outline of what topics are being taught in the curriculum. Students can then use the Oak National Academy, which provides high quality video lessons and resources for students to work through.

Teachers will teach their lesson in the classroom to students who are in school, however the lesson resources may be uploaded onto Microsoft Teams so that your child can download them. 

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