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Remote Education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what is expected 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 students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

A student's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different to our standard approach, whilst we take all the necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching to an entire cohort (or bubble).

Following the first couple of days of remote education, it is expected that all students will follow the same curriculum they would in school. However, we may need to make some adjustments to the order in which the content is taught and completed, for example, when resources needed may not be as easily available at home.

In addition to this, we may restructure the timings of the school day to enable a suitable routine to be established with appropriate breaks; any changes of this nature will be communicated with parents as appropriate.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Students will be expected to work for approximately the same length of time at home as they would in school; 6 periods of 50 minutes. However, depending on the number of students required to remain at home, the timings of the school day may be altered. This will be communicated to parents as appropriate.

Accessing remote education

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

Students will work remotely by using Microsoft Teams and the Remote App Access features available to all staff and students. Support using these features can be found in the tab to the left under 'User Guides'.

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 students may not have suitable online access at home. This can be for multiple reasons such as not having a suitable device or data package, or the family having more than one child at home.

We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education by:

  • Issuing or lending devices such as laptops or iPads
  • Issuing or lending devices that enable an internet connection
  • Supporting the application of additional data through a relevant scheme
  • Either inviting students into school on a part time or full-time basis, or providing a safe way for students to collect and return printed materials if none of the above can be supported, or in the interim whilst they are being set up

If you require support with accessing digital or online education please contact your child’s tutor who will talk through your requirements and make the necessary arrangements as appropriate.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Online learning takes different forms depending on the tasks to be completed that day. Your child should expect to experience a mixture of the following throughout their week.

  • Live lessons: teachers will send out an invite to the student indicating when they should join a live lesson. This will often be for about 15-20 minutes and then a task will be set for the student to complete in the remainder of the lesson time, either independently or with the teacher remaining online. However, the teacher will run the live lesson in a way to best suit the curriculum/tasks for their subject, therefore this may be more of a back and forth approach for the full lesson length if required.
    Live lessons are not optional and all students should attend. Staff are able to monitor when students join and leave meetings and students will be expected to participate and answer questions. All live lessons are recorded and the videos can be watched back if students need further guidance when completing the tasks.
  • Pre-recorded lessons: teachers may post a pre-recorded video for students to watch, talking them through the lesson for that day, and there will then be tasks set for students to complete after watching the video.
  • Pre-set tasks: sometimes the teacher will have set a task in a previous lesson which students should continue with, or they may set a new task which requires no further teacher input. This will be indicated in Teams and set through the assignments tab.

Staff may use websites such as Seneca or Hegarty Maths, however, this will always follow teacher input and explanation. It is essential these tasks are completed on time, as often staff will be monitoring this to inform their planning for the next lesson.

Work set as an assignment on Teams will often need evidence uploaded, usually in the format of a photo of the student’s work. Please speak to your child's teacher or tutor if your child is unsure how to do this.

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?

It is expected that all students access the live lessons at the scheduled time; these are not optional. It is helpful if parents can provide students with a suitable quiet space to access the lessons and support their child in establishing a routine throughout the day, providing opportunities for exercise in line with the current local government guidance.

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

Student attendance to live lessons is recorded on the normal class register. Teachers will then monitor the completion of the work set during the lessons and allocate behaviour points through the normal systems to praise students or raise concerns.

Tutors will collate this information and contact parents on a weekly basis if there are concerns. Discussions will take place to see what support can be offered to students and parents to improve engagement and completion the following week

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 verbal feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Any student work submitted via assignments in Teams will be acknowledged by the teacher. However, feedback may be individual, small group or whole class and may be either written directly to the student or verbal during the lesson.

Students should expect this to happen at least weekly for core subjects, such as English, maths and science, and fortnightly for the remaining subjects.

Additional support for students 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 students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:

  • Students with SEN Support or with an EHCP will have a keyworker who will maintain regular contact with the students and parents or carers alongside tutors and subject teachers
  • Some students, who have found learning from home to be a challenge and who require additional support with this, will be invited into school on a part time or full time basis
  • Additional support staffing will be provided in order to help students access their online learning whilst in school or at home
  • Where online learning such as live lessons are not appropriate to the student's needs, they will be invited into school or given appropriately levelled learning packs as an alternative to these sessions
  • Some students will be able to continue to access their English and Maths lessons in school with their specialist teacher, combining this with access to the remote learning of other subjects
  • Facilitate continued support from the Nottingham City SEN Teams and CAMHS and refer on students to these teams where necessary
  • Where mental health issues may affect a student, there will be a provision for regular phone contact or in person sessions with our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant who will also 'signpost' other organisations or refer students on for further support.

Remote education for individual self-isolating students

Where individual students 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 students 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?

Individual students who are self-isolating will be expected to complete the same work as those students in school. The lesson content and any specific instructions will be shared through Teams by the class teacher and this content should be completed as directed by the class teacher during the lesson time.

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