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Remote Learning Objectives:
The objective of the school is to provide high quality remote education for every student in the event of school closure. Work that is set for students has been carefully planned to be accessible to all students online and minimise the impact of not being in school. There will be 5 hours of work set for each school day. The blended learning we provide is based on the current research available and recommendations by Ofsted. It is carefully planned to allow students who are fortunate enough to be able to follow their timetable from home to do so; but also ensure students who are not always able to access it during the school day are not unfairly disadvantaged because of their situation. It is crucial that the school and home both work together to support students to make as much progress as possible in whatever situation we find ourselves.
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency for pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if restrictions require either: a student, some students from a bubble, a year group or the whole school to remain at home.
1. If your child is isolating but the school is open
If your child is required to self-isolate, work will be immediately available on their Google classroom account. On their first day of isolation they should log in and being work on the subjects they would have had that day.
Work is updated regularly by teachers so that it relates to what is happening in the classroom. The activities and content may differ from what is happening in the classroom as not everything transfers to independent, remote learning as easily. The work will still support their progress and minimise the learning lost through not being in the classroom.
If you or your child have any queries about the work, please contact the Head of Subject who will be happy to answer or follow up any queries you have.
2. School closure: If a year group is sent home
If a year group or whole closes, remote learning for those students will take place via Google classrooms and Google Meet. Communications will occur through Go4schools, email and Google classroom.
- Go4Schools will have a definitive list of tasks for the week on it. This is where students can tick off the subjects they have complete (and you can see what they have said they have done).
Each week*, students will be awarded Go4Schools points by their teacher in each subject:
+3 Remote learning: Outstanding work, all work handed in this week showing a high level of effort
+2 Good work, All/majority of remote learning handed in this week
+1 Remote learning: Some remote learning/some sign of engagement
0: No remote learning has been handed in to the class teacher this week
These points will be our primary way of feeding back to you what the teacher has seen in terms of evidence of work completed. We encourage you to check these and be in contact with us if there are any queries about possible discrepancies as soon as possible, so we can address them.
- All work will be set on Google classroom. We have made improvements since the spring and summer lockdown of 2020 to the student view of Google classroom. Each subject has a classroom and work will be posted on here at the start of each week or during each week. The work is likely to involve other websites and logins but Google classroom is where it will all be collated and a list of instructions can be found. Each week students will have some work set that needs to be handed in on Google classroom. Student can choose to follow their daily timetable and timings or complete the work at different times. The number of hours of work set will match the timetabled lessons for that week.
- Virtual lessons will take place using Google Meet. The frequency will vary depending on how often a student has that lesson. Virtual lessons are not a replacement for online work. Their purpose is to compliment the work that has been set, keep some structure and contact for students with their teachers, and to ask any questions about the work. Students can also email in and ask for particular topics or questions to be covered in a zoom lesson. Teachers will be available by email during the school day to ask for any helped needed with the work.
Students will be notified of virtual lessons via Go4Schools and Google classroom. Lessons will take place at a time in one of the usual timetabled slots for that subject. Students in KS3 will have one zoom lesson for every 3-4 timetabled lessons.
- Pastoral support from tutors will be carried out using Google classrooms. All tutor groups have a Google classroom and tutors will set a ‘weekly assignment’ to check on student well-being. Part of this will be the offer of further support for any students who feel they need it. The student bulletin will also continue so that students can keep up with news from school.
* where a subject only sees a class once per week, any points will be updated every two weeks instead of every week.
Support with equipment to learn at home
Thanks to the support of the school community, we have been able to provide a laptop for all the students we are aware of who needed one. If your circumstances have changed or the information we have is inaccurate and you do need support with a laptop or the internet, please contact us immediately so we can arrange support. If you need support with the internet in your home, please contact the school.
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 complete all the remote learning that has been set for them while they are isolating. It is really helpful if parents and carers can support this by helping their child/children quickly establish routines, provide a quiet space to work and a surface to work on, ask to see what they have been working on each day and monitor Go4Schools regularly.
If parents or carers are concerned about anything to do with remote learning or their child’s wellbeing, please contact the head of year by email
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and often does not mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are very effective methods, amongst many others. This will differ from subject to subject but students who are isolating for extended periods (more than two continuous weeks) will have formative feedback via google classrooms in accordance with the school policy.
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. SVC will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that students are able to access the work set. Teachers will ensure that work set is appropriate to the needs and abilities of their students with SEND. At the earliest opportunity, teachers should be contacted if there are concerns around the work. Those students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will have additional contact from the Additional Needs team during their time at home.
Please see below for the following resources: Remote Learning Navigating the Week for Parents, Virtual Lessons Parent Information and a Zoom guide written by students for students.