Academic: Remote Learning

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Remote education provision: information for parents

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 entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

A student’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 students being sent home?

When a whole year group or the whole school is sent home, our aim is to provide live lessons, via video conferencing tools such as Teams and Zoom.

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 will teach broadly the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • We teach broadly the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects, particularly the practical ones. For example, we expect our students to take some form of physical exercise during physical education and games lessons; however, we do not expect the teacher to deliver the lesson via video conferencing. Physical education staff will provide guidance to students so they are clear as to how they might spend the time.

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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:

We will following the normal timetable:

  • Up to 10 minutes of tutor time at 08:30
  • 5 hours of lessons per day.
  • Up to 30 minutes of tutor time at 15:00

In order to minimise the risk to the mental wellbeing of our students, teachers have been strongly recommended to set either no homework or homework of a short duration.

Accessing remote education

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

Teachers will use a range of online tools and platforms in the delivery of their lessons.

Work for lessons is set on Satchel One (formerly known as ShowMyHomework). Resources for lessons may be uploaded to Satchel One or teachers may use Microsoft Teams. Student work is usually submitted via these two platforms. Communication may also take place via school email.

When video conferencing, teachers use Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Teachers will use a wide range of online learning tools to aid learning. Examples include: Active Learn; DrFrostMaths; Seneca; Quizlet; Quizizz; Memrise; Everlearner; Kerboodle; MyMaths etc.

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:

The school does not have sufficient numbers of laptops to support all students and therefore, needs must be prioritised.

Remote learning surveys identify student need for support with laptops, digital access etc. The government has issued a small number of laptops to the school since March 2020. These have been distributed to targeted students predominantly in Years 10 and 11. Additional school laptops will be made available for those in need, in order of priority; i.e. those who are in most need first. Parents are invited to request further support for devices or Wi-Fi connectivity form the Assistant Headteacher (Student Welfare & Inclusion), Miss Wendy Butler, via email - wendy.butler@tbshs.org   

Where students have to self-isolate, resources, e.g. laptops, textbooks etc. have been delivered or posted to the families.

A student capability survey has been conducted and those students who were unable to access Microsoft Teams or Zoom from home have received additional, personalised lessons with a member of the Network Support Team.

Parent queries regarding online connections, learning platforms etc. or further help for their child to access technologies, are supported by the Network Support Team, who are available Monday to Friday and can be contacted at school on 01279 868686 or via email - support_IT@tbshs.org

Pupil Premium and Catch-Up Premium Statement and A Guide to Pupil Premium is published on the school website. Parents are invited to write to the school to outline needs and the Inclusion Team will respond to the needs promptly. The members of staff who make up the Inclusion Team are as follows:

Miss Wendy Butler – Assistant Headteacher (Student welfare & Inclusion)

Mrs Alison Matthews - SENCo

Mrs Tina Cooper – Key Stage 4 Inclusion Manager

Mrs Caroline Marlow – Key Stage 3 Inclusion Manager

Ms Rachel Engel – Finance Director

Any queries may be addressed to the team by contacting the school directly by telephone - 01279 868686 or via e-mail, office@tbshs.org

Additional targeted resources for all disadvantaged students, such as textbooks, workbooks, revision guides, fiction or non-fiction had been purchased prior to lockdown and distributed to students. 

Teachers will try to minimise the amount of printing required. Teachers may wish to send printed materials via the post.

Students may submit work via a range of media e.g. Microsoft Teams, Satchel One, email, photographs etc. 

Should parents feel their child is struggling to work effectively from home during this period, they are invited to discuss this with the Assistant Headteacher (Student Welfare & Inclusion), Miss Wendy Butler - see above for contact details.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Our aim is for the vast majority of lessons to have a ‘live’ online element.

Within a live online lesson, teachers will use a range of approaches, which may include:

  • live teaching, including questions posed to students either as a teacher-led discussion or in breakout rooms
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books students have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

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 your child to attend all lessons and engage as required by the teacher
  • We expect parents to help by setting routines to support your child’s education e.g. being on time to all lessons.

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 class register every lesson, apart from Games lessons
  • Should a student be absent from an online lesson without consent, the teacher will endeavour to contact the student via email, copying in the parent and form tutor
  • Where engagement is a concern, parents or carers will be informed via email or a phone call in the first instance.
  • Student Welfare and Inclusion Meetings will take place weekly to review engagement in learning. These involve Assistant Head (Designated Senior Person (DSP)/Mental Health Lead (MHL)), Heads of Year, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Inclusion Managers.

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 student work is as follows:

Students work will be assessed in a range of ways according to the teacher’s discretion. Common methods of feedback include:

  • oral feedback to individual student answers provided in a live lesson;
  • whole class feedback in a live lesson;
  • immediate answers provided automatically via digital platforms during an online quiz;
  • video/audio recordings made by the teachers;
  • written feedback on work that has been uploaded to Microsoft Teams or Satchel One

The frequency that students will receive feedback on their work will vary between subjects and across key stages. This will depend on the nature of the work set.

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 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:

  • A Learning Support Assistant (LSA) will be supporting learning every day in school.
  • All LSAs will complete their ‘normal’ timetables and support SEND students in their lessons, remotely.
  • LSAs will also conduct ‘remote check-ins’ with targeted students at the beginning and end of the day. 
  • LSAs are assigned to particular year groups and therefore, maintain a ‘close eye’ on learning and wellbeing of students with SEND. LSAs will continue to communicate with parents on a regular basis.
  • LSAs and SENCo meet weekly to identify successes, raise any concerns and share best practice. The SENCo will share these in weekly Student Welfare and Inclusion Meetings.
  • Parent meetings will continue to take place remotely, including reviews of Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs).

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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?

  • Teachers will set work via Satchel One or Microsoft Teams.
  • It may be possible for the student to access the live lesson via FaceTime, Teams or Zoom; however, this is dependent on the teacher’s discretion.
  • Teachers will endeavour to provide written feedback on work as they would for the class still in school. This is most likely to take place digitally e.g. comments made on a word document sent via email or uploaded to Microsoft Teams/Satchel One.

Associated Documents
PDF Document Remote Learning (Updated 3rd February 2021)

Remote Learning (Updated 3rd February 2021)

PDF link: https://www.tbshs.org/docs/10146-RemoteLearning.pdf