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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 page.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil's first day or two 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 or two of pupils being sent home?

 

All students should receive immediate access to class materials, PowerPoints, worksheets etc as delivered in the classroom to their peers.  Where appropriate students will also be provided with remote learning packs as they leave the academy.

 

 

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.

 

  • All timetabled lessons will be delivered via Teams.  All lessons will be prerecorded to allow students to access at the most appropriate time for them (but will always be available on Teams by scheduled lesson time) and will contain clear instructions on submitting work and feedback

 

  • Any academic or pastoral mentoring will also continue via Teams

 

  • Any lesson delivered live will also have a recorded version uploaded to be accessed as above.

 

 

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 broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged pupils not                                                 5 hours

working towards formal qualifications this year

 

Secondary school-aged pupils                                                       5 hours

working towards formal qualifications this year

 

Accessing remote education

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

All resources will be available via Teams. Teams can be accessed digitally on a range of devices including PC/Laptop, Tablet, phones and games consoles.

 

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:

  • Any parent/carer who requires support to access remote education should contact our Vice Principal Ms Porter (kporter@spa.wooddard.co.uk) who will discuss a range of available options including the loan of electronic devices for the duration of any remote education.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

 

  • live teaching (online lessons)

 

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, supported by recorded resources provided by Oak Academy and others)

 

  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home

 

  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

 

  • long-term project work and/or Internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)

 

 

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?

Students are expected to engage in all lessons set and ensure work is submitted by scheduled time.  Parents/Carers can provide key support in ensuring that students are working to these scheduled deadlines and discussing any concerns they may have with the academy.

 

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

  • Engagement with work will be checked daily by the class teacher and regularly by senior/middle leaders
  • Rock Tutors will also contact home regularly to discuss progress and any concerns or barriers to learning.

 

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.  Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Students will receive a grade for each lesson that demonstrates engagement with the task.
  • Additional comments will be utilised as appropriate to enhance progress.
  • Immediate feedback, self-assessment techniques embedded within the lesson.
  • Regular formalised progress checks will be in place.

 

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:

  • Teaching Assistants will be assigned to class Teams
  • SEND staff will make regular contact home
  • SEND staff will continue intervention support remotely
  • Pastoral support will continue via Teams
  • Where appropriate students will be encouraged to continue to access provision in the Academy.

 

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?

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

 

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