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 if local or national 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 document. For support materials, please see other information contained on our website or contact the school office (email@example.com ).
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home?
Students follow the same timetable that they have in school when they are at home. This is delivered through their teachers scheduling morning registration and then 3 x 100 minute sessions per day. Each session is a combination of live teaching and interaction, and independent tasks, which are assessed and fed back on by the teacher. Our aim is to deliver a meaningful and ambitious curriculum covering all subjects.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
Learning will focus on a full day’s learning that is equivalent to school based learning – this equates to 5 hours of time that your child should be learning for, outside of the scheduled breaks.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We will continue to use the platform that we already use to support learning in school – Microsoft Teams. We use this platform for homework, and other activities throughout the year, to ensure students and parents are confident with the use of it in the event that we need to close a bubble, cohort or the majority of the school.
All students have a Microsoft Account with a unique username and password. Teachers send ‘Teams invites’ to your child’s MS account to invite them to live sessions with the safety and security of Office 365.
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 children may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approached to support those children to access remote education:
- We run digital access surveys regularly so that we know any barriers our students are facing and can identify solutions.
- We have a number of devices allocated to use from the DfE that we can loan to parents. Should you need a device, please contact the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- When possible, we work with network providers to support parents to access internet, including the top up of data allowances.
- The definition of vulnerable children now includes those without access to suitable devices for learning and so you may be able to access a place for your child in the on-site provision. Please contact the school office to alert us to this, if we have not been in touch with you already.
- If deemed necessary, as a last resort due to lack of a device or the inability to attend on site provision, then a pack of learning resources may be printed. Please contact your designated year group team who will work with teachers to arrange for a pack of learning to be created and distributed to you. This will follow your child’s timetable. Each week you should return the completed work to the school office and collect the following week’s pack.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We will use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
- Provide live support sessions throughout the day.
- Provide follow up learning tasks through MS Teams.
- Share video content via other platforms such as school YouTube accounts.
- Use other resources to support explanations such as Oak National Academy, click view and GCSE Pod.
- Share useful websites and other resources that may support parents and students at home.
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 expect our students to fully engage with remote learning unless they are poorly or unable to engage for other reasons. Registers will be taken during tutor time and in each of the 100 minute lessons to monitor student participation.
Where a child is not engaging, or is not engaging at the standard that we would expect from them, we will contact families to understand the barriers and provide support to alleviate these.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Engagement is monitored through daily registration periods. We will follow our school absence procedures to ensure we know where your child is and the reason for not logging onto to their Teams session- this will include My Ed messages and or phone call home.
Other forms of communication with parents include emails as well as contact through My Ed. We are also currently planning virtual parents’ evenings.
Throughout any period of remote learning, it is essential that you continue to work with the school to ensure that your child is able to successfully return to face to face learning when it is safe to do so.
If local restrictions allow and we believe it is absolutely necessary, the school will also visit the family home to ensure that we are able to ascertain any issues relating to remote learning as well as your family well-being and provide support where practically possible.
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, we may use MS Forms to create quizzes that are marked automatically, questioning during live support sessions as well as give feedback to work uploaded to MS Teams.
We will apply the principles of our school based Marking and Feedback policy to all learning to ensure that the students continue to make links between remote learning and school base learning. We will conduct formal assessment where we can so that we can track progress from starting points and consider where students are in relation to end of year targets.
Additional support for children with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote learning?
We recognise that some students, for example those with SEND, they 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 children in the follow ways:
- Support staff will continue to provide intervention materials for children through Teams.
- Where children have a specific plan, we will endeavor to provide these in a virtual environment.
- Students with EHCPs should be in school where it is safe to do so, and we will endeavor to provide the support outlined on the plan. Where students with EHCPs are learning from home, we will upload interventions through Teams.
- We will provide further support and interventions through our SEND area on the website and signpost families to these for further support for areas such as SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) needs.
- Parents may also request contact from the SENCo to seek advice and support where needed- please contact the school office (email@example.com ).
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ slightly from our approach for the whole school. This is due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school. Where possible, teachers will live stream lessons to students at home.
- To stay well we must look after our feelings as well as our bodies. This guidance is about things we can do to stay well.
- Keep in touch with people – Talk to friends and family on the phone or online.
- Help other people – Helping other people can make you and them feel better. Just calling someone for a chat can be a big help.
- Look after your body – Eat healthy food, drink enough water and exercise at home.
- Look after your feelings – If you feel anxious try to think about good things that make you happy. Talk about your worries to someone you trust.
- Think about your new routine
- Do: Make a plan of the things you want to do in the day. Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Don’t: Look at your mobile or tablet or play video games just before you go to bed. Drink too much coffee and tea.
- Do things you enjoy – Think about things you enjoy that you can do at home. This could be reading, writing, playing games, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaws or drawing and painting.
- Find time to relax – Yoga and breathing exercises can help.
- Enjoy nature – If you can, go outside to exercise once a day but remember to stay at least 3 steps away from other people. If you have a garden, spend time in it.
- Don’t be worried by the news – Only look at the news once or twice a day. Get the facts. Not all news you hear about coronavirus is true. You can find information you can trust from Public Health England and the NHS.
Further guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the links below.