Accessing work at home:
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.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day 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 of pupils being sent home?

On the first morning of an isolation, teachers will set some work either on Teams or on email so that students have useful work to do. This may not arrive immediately, as it will take some time to set. However, you should expect work to be available during the day.

If students are sent home during a lesson, the teacher in charge will give them instructions and any necessary resources they need to complete that lesson when they get home

At the same time, pupils should start to think ahead and make sure they know what lessons they would normally have for the rest of the week. Many subjects have online text books or other supporting websites, and students should make sure they know their passwords for these sites. If they have forgotten them, they should contact their teacher. Parents can also contact teachers for help directly through INSIGHT.

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. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects, for example, where practical work or performances might be involved.

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 approximately 5 hours each day for students in KS3, and up to 7 hours for those completing GCSE work. However, this can vary day to day depending on the tasks set.

If your child seems to be completing work very quickly, you may find it helpful to ask them to show you the instructions they have had, as they may not have understood them fully. Alternatively, please contact the teacher directly with your concerns.

If your child seems to be doing excessively more than this amount of work, then it is likely that they are doing more than we expect. Again, please contact the teacher of the subject.

Accessing remote education

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

The large majority of our work for students will be set through Microsoft Teams. Students are now very familiar with this platform, and it allows them to directly download and return work to their teachers. If you need more information about this platform, training videos are also available through our website which quickly and simply explain how to use them.

Students may also use email to directly contact teachers. However, Teams provides all the functions that students would normally need, and we will be setting most of our work this way.

A number of subjects use additional websites to support their teaching. For example, maths will use ‘Hegarty Maths’ and science often set work from ‘Kerboodle’. Students have logins for these sites, and these can be checked with the teacher if you have a problem.

Please note – work that is set for normal timetabled lessons will NOT appear on INSIGHT. Students and parents should expect work set by school to exactly match the taught timetable.

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:

· We sent out a survey in September to gather information about our student’s ability to access work remotely. We know that in most cases, students are able to do this.

· We also have an up to date list of students who find this harder. In most cases, we have been able to provide the loan of a device for students in this position, and we expect this to continue.

· Where, for whatever reason, this is not possible, we will provide hard copy work for students. This can be collected and returned to school, or posted if necessary.

If you find that your child is struggling to access the work, please get in touch with us immediately so we can find a solution.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use the following approaches to teach pupils remotely. Research on remote teaching suggests that the best approach is a combination of these approaches, so you should not expect the same format for every lesson.

· Live teaching (online lessons). Sometimes this will be a live stream of an entire lesson that students can join in with. Other times, this may only be a section or two of the lesson, where the teacher explains the work at the beginning and checks in later to answer problems and review understanding.

· Recorded teaching. Teachers may record videos or narrate PowerPoint presentations to explain work. The advantage of these is that students can return to them again if they were not understood first time. We may also use recorded material from other sources, e.g. Oak National Academy lessons.

· Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) for early stages of isolation or to support students without internet access.

· textbooks and reading books pupils have at home

· Support websites such as Hegarty, Seneca or Kerboodle

· Long-term project work and/or internet research activities. Where these are set, there will still be regular, lesson by lesson review sections, so students should still log on each lesson for ongoing support, for example, live Q and A to check understanding and progress.

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?

· Lessons will be set to match the student’s timetable. Please check with your child that they know which lessons to expect each day. Our first week back after half term will be week 1 of our three week timetable, and years 7-10 will be isolating during this first week.

· Students should, wherever possible, log onto Teams at their normal lesson start times. This is so that they will be available for potential live lessons. This also provides a clear structure for the day. The lesson times are:

o 8.30 and 11.10 for Y7-9 students, and

o 8.40 and 11.20 for Y10 and 11.

o Students should take breaks and lunches as they would at school.

· Work set may be designed to be completed within lesson time. Often, extension ‘homework’ tasks will be set. The deadlines for all work will be made clear by the teachers.

· Students will often need to submit work for marking and this should be through Teams, unless otherwise stated.

· You can support us by ensuring that students are ready to learn at the right times, are taking suitable breaks, and, if they appear to be completing work very fast, are correctly understanding the tasks.

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

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.

· Student’s work will be regularly assessed and returned by teachers. Not every piece of work is formally assessed or receives feedback, but all pieces returned are used by the teacher to plan future teaching.

· Where there are live lessons, teachers will be checking that all students are logging in, and may be in touch with you if a child is regularly missing.

· For extended isolations, teachers will set regular quizzes and tests to check understanding. Sometimes, we will ask students to take tests in test conditions. We ask you to encourage students to stick to this, as we need accurate information on what students have learnt. This allows us to adapt our teaching to support those who do not yet understand the work.

· There will be regular ‘live’ contact with teachers and tutors to both feedback on work, and to support students emotionally. Wherever we have serious concerns of any nature, we will be immediately in touch with you.

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:

· If you have a student who is on our SEND register, they will have a key work from Learning Support who will be in regular personal contact.

· Work for these students will be suitably adapted by class teachers.

· SEND students who do not have the resources at home to access materials online will be prioritised when we loan out devices for school use.

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?

In many respects, individual students isolating will have the same experience as when they are isolating in a group. They will still be expected to be online at the start of lessons, and they will follow the same curriculum as those in school to ensure they do not fall behind. They may find that live streamed lessons are available. Work will still be set on Teams, and will need to be submitted on Teams as well.

However, due to the time demands of producing individual resources for both students in school and those at home, there may be some difference in the type of support made available. Please remember, students are encouraged to contact the teacher via email or teams if they need any help in understanding their work.

Further information

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to visit the website which has a number of support materials. Finally, you are very welcome to contact me directly on:

dallard@gartree.leics.sch.uk

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