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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 will follow the same pattern as if they are in school. They will follow their usual timetable and all lessons will be offered live via Teams. The curriculum, where possible, will remain the same.

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

In the event that we move to remote learning, all classes will move to virtual lessons using Microsoft Teams. Pupils will follow their usual timetable by moving in and out of classes in Teams. This includes attending sept on a morning.

In the event that pupils are required to work remotely, the school day may vary slightly, but both parents and pupils will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

Parents/carers of vulnerable children and those of key workers will be contacted.

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?

Pupils will follow their usual timetable accessing lessons through Microsoft Teams. We will offer 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, ICT if software needed is unavailable to pupils at home.

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 working towards formal qualifications this year

5 hours per day

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

5 hours per day (plus period 6 on allocated days)

Accessing remote education

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

Pupils will access via Microsoft Teams. All students have access to Office 365 which includes free access to the full suite of Microsoft applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Teams.

These can be accessed via any device including:

  • PC
  • laptop
  • tablet
  • mobile phone
  • some 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:

  • We regularly conduct ICT surveys with pupils and parents to establish their ability to access learning remotely.
  • We have a dedicated IT support team who can offer technical support to parents if needed.
  • We will issue laptops to parents or carers if we feel this is appropriate.
  • We monitor pupils usage of Office 365 and will contact parents or carers if needed.
  • Some broadband providers are offering free data upgrades to families who have children being delivered remote learning.
  • If pupils have trouble accessing or submitting work remotely, we will support them so they can feel confident to do so. Contact ictsupport@shottonhallacademy.co.uk

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Pupils will follow their usual timetable.
  • Lessons will be delivered by teachers with all materials and resources shared.
  • Pupils will submit their work, when requested by their teacher, via Teams Assignments. The teacher will instruct when this is necessary. Pupils will be provided feedback on the work they have submitted via Teams Assignments. The work is returned and students can improve their work based on the feedback given.
  • Where possible, live lessons will follow a similar pattern to usual classroom lessons.
  • Pupils can continue to access Student POD for further resources.

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 that students attend their full timetable remotely. This does not necessarily mean a full day of screen time. Where possible, all lessons will offer live teaching with opportunities for learners to engage in the lesson as they would usually in a classroom setting. Teachers may request that pupils work independently on tasks as part of the lesson and teachers will always be on hand to help or support in any way throughout the lesson.

We expect that parents encourage their child to engage in remote learning and ensure their child has the necessary equipment and materials needed to do so. We also expect parents to support the Academy in our expectations of behaviour whilst their child works online.

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

  • Teachers will take a register at the start of the day and each lesson throughout. A text will be sent home to parents in the first instance if pupils fail to attend sept. The Education Welfare Officer will follow up any persistent absentees.
  • Teachers will engage pupils throughout the lesson to ensure they are participating.
  • The Academy will monitor all pupils daily Office usage.
  • Teachers set Assignments and can see who has handed in work and who has not. School will communicate with parents if pupils are not engaging with their remote 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:

  • Individual written feedback will be provided on work submitted by pupils through Assignments on Teams
  • Teachers may also use a combination of whole-class feedback and quizzes marked automatically.
  • Teachers use questioning in the lesson to ascertain what pupils know and where the gaps in learning are.
  • More formal assessments may take place remotely if necessary.

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:

  • The SEND team are in contact regularly with SEND pupils and their parents.
  • We will evaluate each child’s needs on an individual basis and will put in place strategies to support remote learning.
  • Small group interventions continue to take place remotely.
  • Teachers will provide written instructions as well as verbal and are there throughout the lesson to support where needed.
  • All pupils have access to Immersive Reader which can read aloud texts sent to pupils.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, we will continue to offer all lessons remotely via Teams.