Remote Education Provision

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

If your child is required to isolate they will be provided with appropriate work to go home with. They will also have work set through the school online platform, and be invited to google classrooms and be issues English, Maths and Science work.


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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, students will be unable to complete practical aspects of their science curriculum, and some discussion based English work will have to be completed as a one to one discussion or an alternative method be used to have the dialogue.


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

Key Stage 3 and 4 Students in KS3 and KS4 will be issued work which will cover 4 hours a day, matching their in-school offer.

This will be delivered live, with the rest of their class or set as assignments.


Accessing remote education

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

Our online provision is accessed using Google Classrooms. Students are provided with log-ins and passwords. These can be emailed to parents and sent home via post.

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

If there is a need for digital or online access, we are able to provide chrome books and wi-fi dongles. These are available upon request and after we have discussed the availability of devices or broad band.

Printed materials will be posted to home addresses with pre-paid envelopes so work can be returned with feedback.


How will my child be taught remotely?

Our teaching approaches to online learning are as follows:

  • Live teaching (online)
  • Online discussions in the classroom or one to one
  • Extended project work
  • Links to online reading
  • Paper copies of required texts or revision guides

The approach is the same across KS3 and KS4


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 learners to engage daily, making their presence known in their allocated classroom, and attending the scheduled live lessons.

Students are required to complete tasks and engage with their tutors for each of their scheduled sessions.

Parental engagement and support in the setting of work is best done by accepting the parental access to our provision, contacting school regularly if there are issues access the provision and setting a school-like routine, so students are motivated to keep similar times to a normal school day.


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

Student engagement is checked in each scheduled session and at the beginning and end of each day.

Engagement judgements are done through criterion judgements as they are in school. Exceptional work and engagement is awarded GOLD and rewards are issued accordingly.

If a lack of engagement is noted, parents will be informed both in weekly reports, and through phone calls home.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback and assessment are key for a student to show progress and to direct their learning, lesson by lesson feedback is given on the classroom stream, and is criterion checked; Bronze, Silver and Gold show the quality of work and lesson engagement.

Assignments are marked on a scale of 1 – 100 and is based roughly on GCSE grades.

Assignments are formally marked and feedback is given for students to respond to and improve their work, this is done in line with the school marking policy.

We are more likely to contact home to report on successes, this is done in weekly reports which are emailed to parents.


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?

In cases where learners have identified additional needs and require support for them to better access their online education, there will be increased contact from school. If required additional sessions to support parents and students in this new and possibly challenging way to access learning.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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

We aim to have a programme of learning which runs in parallel to the in school lessons.

The students accessing on-line while isolating are intended to be able to interact with their peers and teachers as they would if they were in school.

The difference between provisions is that learners will not be able to access their outdoor education lessons! Instead they will work on wellbeing and positive mental health activities.