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 if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home or individual pupils need to self-isolate.

Where individual children are isolating we will provide work that covers what has been delivered in the lessons that they have missed. In some cases we are able to run “live lessons” that pupils can access at the same time as the students in school, in other instances we will provide work through google classroom.

The senior member of staff with overall responsibility for the quality assurance of remote learning is Mrs K Binns.

 

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?

  • Where possible pupils will receive remote learning in line with the planned curriculum for their year group and class.
  • Pupils should make use of the online learning platforms listed on our school website should no work have been received at the time of their lesson starting on the first day of learning at home. Online Learning Platforms

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. However, we may on occasion need to make some adaptations in some subjects to facilitate the teaching of new material whilst pupils are accessing their learning remotely. 

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:

  • You will get 5 hrs of work per day in line with your school timetable.
  • You will get the same number of hours work set across the 2 weeks per subject as you would have timetabled lessons.

Accessing remote education

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

    • All classwork work will be set on google classroom: Google Classroom user guide;
    • All homework will continue to be set on Classcharts (for KS4 and 5). No homework will be set for years 7-9
    • Live meetings & lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

 

Accessing Microsoft Teams

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:

  • Should your child be unable to access their remote resources from home please contact the achievement team who will provide technical support.
  • Should your child not have access to a digital device we will lend one to them. Please contact Laura Envy in the achievement team.
  • We have enough hardware to ensure that all pupils have access to remote learning, including wi-fi dongles should they be required. 
  • In the rare event that pupils cannot access online material we will post written copies of work to pupils with stamped addressed envelopes to return the work to school.

The achievement team can be contacted in the following ways:

email: achievement@whickhamschool.org

phone: 0191 4960026 Ext 317 or 318

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • All resources for each lesson will be uploaded to the google classrooms
  • Where a live lesson (online teaching) is taking place you can access the link using the Teams app and your school login. Live lessons will take place where new material is being delivered by the teacher or key concepts need explaining.
  • Recorded teaching may be used  (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Pupils may also be guided to use online learning platforms 

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?

 

Expectations for pupils’ engagement with remote education

We expect all pupils to:

  • to take part in live lessons as much as possible;
  • complete their online learning to the best of their ability;
  • to ask for help from their teachers if they are having difficulty with the work;
  • to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner during live lessons following the school behaviour policy at all times.

Parental Support

Where possible please ensure that children:

  • get up and are ready to start their lessons for 8.45am each day;
  • log onto google classroom to access their work and the links for live lessons;
  • ensure that they have a set space where they can do their work and one where they can take their breaks;
  • avoid having their phone/the tv near them when they are working;
  • stick to their school timetable as much as they can – lunches and breaks too!
  • ask for help if they are having difficulty;
  • try to get some fresh air (if they are not self-isolating!)

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

  • Pupils engagement will be monitored by class teachers and the achievement team. 
  • Should there be any concerns with your child’s engagement with their work, a member of staff will contact you by phone.

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:

  • The majority of work will be self-assessed by pupils with answers being provided by teachers;
  • Pupils will receive regular feedback.  This may take the form of whole class feedback. Feedback will tell pupils what they are doing well and give them points for improvement. 
  • Where possible teachers will aim to reply to pupil emails relating to work set on their working days and during school hours Monday to Friday.  There is no expectation on staff to respond to e-mails outside of their normal working day.

 

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) and Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) 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:

  • Staff will ensure that pupils in their classes with specific learning needs (SEND) are given additional / alternative / differentiated support and guidance where needed;
  • AEN Key Workers for SEND pupils have been added to teaching groups on Google Classroom – this means they can support when they are in contact with SEND pupils at home;
  • AEN Key Workers will remain in regular contact with parents and carers to ensure that they are engaging with remote education and to check on their emotional well being and mental health;
  • Staff will be flexible when chasing non-submission of work for these pupils and where possible will liaise with their AEN Key Worker rather than contacting the pupil directly.