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Remote Education Provision

Information for Parent/Carers

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require students to learn from home.

Students may need to learn from home if:

  • They are required to self-isolate
  • They are required to isolate due to “bubble” closures
  • They are not able to attend school due to local or national restrictions.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

The key principal that has guided our plans for remote learning is to provide opportunities for all students to access the full curriculum in all cases, where this is possible. This means that students will be given opportunities to access their lessons virtually as “live lessons”, where possible.

 

  • “Live lessons” are where students can access a live streamed feed of their normal timetabled lesson, taught by their normal teacher through Microsoft Teams. Live lessons are recorded and accessible for 20 days.
  • Students will be given access to the same classroom resources, exercises and tasks as students attending in person, wherever possible.
  • Teaching staff will, where possible, use visualisers, interactive whiteboards, videos etc., to provide models that can be viewed by both remote and present learners to ensure that all students are given exposure to the same standard of teacher led modelling.
  • Live lessons will not be made available for Core PE lessons. Students will instead be encouraged to take exercise in the time when their normal timetabled Core PE classes occur.
  • In cases where students cannot access live lessons, alternative provision will be made. This will be either through ensuring that access is provided or through the provision of hard copies of work and access to alternative teacher support.

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

  • Students will be sent invites to their lessons by the start of the first full day of their isolation period.
  • If students are sent home part way through a school day, teaching staff will endeavour to set up live lesson invites as soon as possible.
  • Where this is not possible, students should continue to complete the work that that they have been given up until they were sent home or work/revise independently.

 

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?

 Yes, this is the case in the vast majority of subjects and lessons.

  • Students will be given access to the same curriculum remotely as they would have access to in school, wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have made some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in Core PE lessons students will be asked to carry out their own independent exercise.
  • There may also be some incidences where staff absence means that students will be given access to curriculum specific work rather than curriculum specific lessons.

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 be the same as if students were attending in person. This means that all students will be given access to a minimum of 5 periods per day of remote education. On days where students have Core PE, they will be encouraged to exercise during this timetabled hour. Students will follow their normal timetable; during a whole school closure the timings of the school day will be altered as indicated below:

 

 

Accessing remote education

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

  • Students should access their remote learning through Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. In some cases, teaching staff may send supplementary information via email.
  • Students should complete all work as part of their live lessons in their exercise books as normal. In some cases, teaching staff may specify that work should be submitted digitally through the assignments function of MS Teams.

Further guidance can be found at www.whitcliffemount.co.uk/Students/Remote-Learning/

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

  • Students and/or parent/carers should contact helpline@whitcliffemount.co.uk, if they do not have access to the necessary device or connectivity to access remote learning. In these cases, we will do all we can to source devices for students who are eligible for DFE devices.
  • We will also do all we can to source devices for students, who are not eligible for DFE devices, to borrow if they are struggling to access remote learning.
  • In cases where students cannot access remote learning, due to access to devices or connectivity issues, paper resources and other resources such as text books may be provided for students to work from. Work should be kept and submitted to teaching staff on return in these cases.
  • In situations where students are required to work from home for significant periods and they are unable to access “live lessons”, we will endeavour to ensure that two-way communication is established between the school and the student to ensure that support can be accessed. This may be through phone calls or other means.

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parent/carers should provide at home?

We expect students to fully engage with their remote learning.

This includes:

  • Completing all work set during the lesson.
  • Completing all work set as independent assignments.
  • Following the school’s behavior policy, including the amendments for remote learning.
  • Answering questions verbally through MS Teams if they are able.
  • We encourage parents to be present for all live lessons wherever possible to help monitor compliance with these expectations, though we appreciate that this is not always possible.
  • If students are working on materials that are not digital we expect them to complete all tasks that are sent to them.

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

Your child’s attendance in “live lessons” will be monitored through SIMs. Teaching staff will record “did not attend live lesson” for students across all periods.

  • If students are recorded as ‘did not attend live lesson’ parent/carers will be notified via SIMs Parent app.
  • If students are persistently recorded as ‘did not attend live lesson’, contact home will be made by the relevant student support lead or a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Students work will also be checked by their teaching staff as part of the normal marking and feedback cycles to ensure that students have not only “attended” but also “engaged” with the work that has been set.
  • Teaching staff will also use a range of assessment for learning strategies for students that are learning from home to ensure that they are “engaging” in addition to “attending”.
  • Students that are found to be disengaging with the remote learning, contact home will be made for those that persistently do not engage with work.

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 students. For example, whole-class feedback or work marked automatically via digital platforms is also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on student work is as follows:

  • The marking of students books and work when they return. This will be the case if students are isolating for a short period of time but the rest of the group is being taught “face-to-face” as normal.
  • The submission of comments on work through the use of the assignments function on MS Teams. This will be the case if students are required to work from home in the event of full or significant school closures.
  • Teaching staff will aim to provide feedback on work with the same frequency as would normally be expected in their normal marking cycles, this will be bespoke to each department.

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:

  • Attendance to ‘live lessons’ will be monitored as stated above.
  • Teaching/student support leads will notify the SEND team if they have any concerns about a students’ ability to access learning. The SEND team will then contact home to offer support and guidance.
  • For any student who is in receipt of an EHCP or deemed as needing additional support, who is not attending school, the SEND team will make regular contact by telephone.
  • In the case of full or significant closures, students with SEND will be monitored closely in relation to attendance and engagement in live lessons to determine the impact of resources such as live lessons.
  • In cases where a child is unable to access resources remotely through “live lessons” due to a specific additional need, adjustments may be made through agreement with the SEND and teaching teams.

Remote education for 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?

  • There will be no change to the approach if a student is self-isolating.
  • If a student is self-isolating but the remainder of the group is attending as normal, live lessons will be provided to the individual student. This means that the teacher will live stream the same lesson that is being taught to all other students.
  • Alternative provisions will be made available for students who need to self-isolate and are unable to access live lessons.