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Remote Learning Provision

General Information about Remote Learning Provision

If your child has been asked to isolate due to a positive COVID test, or close contact exposure, the school will provide learning for them to undertake remotely.

If your child is sent home part way through the day then for the remainder of that day, they can either complete homework/classwork that they have outstanding, or they can access work from the Remote Learning Resource Bank. On the following school day, teachers will be setting work for every lesson. More details can be found below in the frequently asked questions.

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

All lessons will be taught using a live, synchronous method in which teachers are present at the same time as students so that they can respond ‘live’ to any questions students have, and give live feedback on work that is being completed. Therefore, students should be following their usual timetable if possible, and complete their normal lessons - including period 6.

Students should follow the same break times and lunch times as their peers in school.  For details on when these take place, please see the Break and Lunch Timetable here.

During Tutor time, students will be asked to complete a registration form by following a link to a brief survey each day. In the tutor time period, they will be able to contact their tutor via the messaging function if they have any questions or concerns about their remote learning.

The work will also be set within an assignment for every lesson, and all live elements recorded, which allows students to work through at a different time if required, or revisit work from the lesson during their homework time.

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

All live elements, assignment tasks and resources will be available through Microsoft Teams.

If you need any help with Microsoft Teams or other platforms, please see the Home Learning Support area of the website for tutorial videos.

Who do I contact for help/support?

       If you require technical assistance, please see our Technical Support Page.

       If your child needs help with their work during a lesson, they can contact their teacher in the                     Lesson Questions Channel in their team. Please note that teachers will still be delivering lessons             to the rest of the class in school, so they will respond as quickly as possible, but this may be                       slightly more delayed than it was during full school closure.

       Outside of lesson time, for a subject enquiry either you  or your child can contact their subject                 teacher. For any home learning enquiries, please email your child's form tutor. Email addresses             are listed here.

What if my child doesn’t have access to the necessary devices/internet connection to complete the work? 

The DfE have provided us with a limited number of IT resources which we have loaned out in order to support home learning. These have been allocated based on needs identified through our IT survey completed within school last term.

If your child has any issues with access to the necessary equipment, please contact your child’s form tutor who can advise you further.  All tutor e-mails can be found on our website here.

Teams is accessible through most smart phones and tablet devices, as well as via an X-Box or PS4 or PS5. 

Some tasks will be possible to complete on paper if students wish to do so. They can then upload images of their work using the guidance in the video ‘Submitting an assignment in Microsoft Teams’. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

All lessons will be delivered live through Microsoft Teams.

Live content may be delivered in 2 ways: 

  1. Teachers may introduce the lesson materials at the start via a pre-recorded PPT with voice-over instructions. Students then complete work independently but can ask the teacher for support during the timetabled lesson via the lesson question channel in teams. Any pre-recorded content and resources will be shared on Microsoft Teams and will be accessible after the lesson time. 

  2. The teacher may set work for students to complete within the lesson time as an assignment with instructions. This may include a video lesson from Oak National Academy, or may be a more extended piece of independent work. In this instance, the teacher will be available via the lesson question channel for students to ask for help if they need it.

  3. Teachers may deliver the whole lesson or a portion of the lesson live ‘on camera’ using MS Teams. Students will be able to follow the lesson and interact with their teacher live. Live video will be recorded, and will be available to view in the team after the lesson time. For more information on how to access these recordings please see the accessing live recording video on our website here. 

How will you assess my child and provide feedback?

Teachers will monitor work as students submit completed tasks via Teams. 

Feedback may be given in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the task: 

  1. Students may receive immediate feedback via the ‘live chat’ function in Teams during a lesson. 

  1. Students may ask their teacher for 1-1 help and support in the chat function during their normal timetabled lesson when completing independent work set through Teams.  

  1. Students may receive whole class feedback after responding to a task, this may be part of a lesson or pre-recording. Teachers will identify areas of strength and development, clarify misconceptions and set follow-up tasks where necessary. 

  1. Students may be asked to complete a quiz/test through Microsoft Forms or similar which will provide immediate feedback and marks. 

  1. Students may be asked to submit a piece of extended work through Teams. Teachers will then provide appropriate personalised feedback depending on the nature of the task. 

  1. Immediate feedback may be given through additional teaching platforms such as Educake, Hegarty and Seneca.  

How will I know if my child is not completing work? 

All students know what is expected of them during any period in which they are working from home. Teachers will be registering students into tutor time and all lessons (periods 1 to 5), to ensure they are engaging with their learning.

In addition, teachers will be monitoring both assessment and the quality to which the lesson activities have been completed, to ensure that students are engaging with the lesson materials and submitting any necessary work. 

If students persistently fail to join any Teams lessons and to complete their 'Exit ticket' activity, the school will be in touch to inform you of this. Additionally, teachers may make contact with home if they are concerned about the progress of an individual in their subject whilst working from home. 

What curriculum will be followed during this period of remote teaching and learning?

Our students will follow a curriculum as close to the normal curriculum as possible during isolation.  All students will have lessons on Microsoft Teams in all their normal subjects. In some subjects the delivery may differ slightly due to the suitability of the content for an online learning context. Please see the Curriculum area of our website for more details on the curriculum that is delivered in each subject area.