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The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

We are aiming to provide as much as we can for all students during the enforced closure due to COVID-19. This will mean that all students will have learning from across their full curriculum with a mixture of live lessons and work being set appropriately for students on our VLE, via Microsoft Teams.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

 Over the first two days for Key Stage 3 we will be setting work using our existing VLE for all subjects until our live provision begins on the third day.

Over the first day for Key Stage 4 and 5 we will be setting work using our existing VLE for all subjects until our live provision begins on the second day.

Following these first days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

 We will be delivering a full curriculum of learning.

Key Stage 3 - Live lessons for all English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and French lessons as they would have had at school. All other subjects will provide high quality resources using our VLE

Key Stage 4 and 5 - Live lessons will be provided for all lessons across the curriculum except Core PE and RS.

 

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 live teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the same number of hours as they would have had in school. The only difference will be that we have shortened our lessons to 40 minutes, however, this is to encourage screen breaks.


Accessing remote education

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

 All learning is provided via Microsoft Teams. You can see a user guide here:

Accessing Work on the VLE

Accessing Live Lessons

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

If you have any issues accessing work due to the equipment or resources you have at home please contact your child's Head of Year. We have access to laptops that can be loaned out and are actively looking at ways to help provide families with internet access. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of live teaching and high quality set resources to ensure students have a high quality provision during this closure.

 

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 all students to be completing all work set. We are taking registers for live lessons and will be following up with parents where a student is not attending regularly enough. We hope that all parents will be supportive through this difficult time and help us to minimise the impact of the closure on their child's education.

Please help your child organise their work so that it can be brought in to school when we are able to open fully. It will provide them with valuable resources to look back on in the future and build their foundation of knowledge.

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

 This will be done through central lesson registers and through activities in lessons. Where we have concerns across a number of subjects your child's Head of Year will be in touch to discuss concerns. 

If your child is not engaging in specific lessons or activities then the specific member of staff will be in touch with you to discuss a way forward.

In all of this communication we will aim to have a joined up approach to ensure parents are not contacted by too many people in the school. If you have any concerns please contact your child's Head of Year.

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. 

Live lessons provide us an excellent opportunity to assess students on an ongoing basis, much like we would do in the classroom. We are continuing to adapt and develop our approaches to ensure we are assessing students in an effective way using all available methods.

For subjects where there are no live lessons at Key Stage 3 we will ensure there is an opportunity for feedback at least once during the half term based on the work they submit to a specific task that is assigned to them.

 

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. If you would like any support with online learning for your child with a specific need then please contact our SENCO, Mrs Helen Baggs, to discuss what support we can offer your child.

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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.

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

 At this stage our provision will allow all students to access their learning. If we are able to re-open we will update our guidance but all students will be able to access learning on our VLE for the lessons they would have had that day so they are able to keep up and avoid gaps in their learning forming. This is an expectation of students where they are well enough to do so if they are self-isolating.