Remote Learning

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.

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

All pupils will receive a full allocation of remote live lessons. All pupils are expected to follow their timetable as if they were in school. Teachers will launch live lessons at the same time as highlighted on individual timetables. Pupils will be taught directly by their regular subject teacher for each subject discipline.

Teachers will deliver ‘live’ lessons via Google Meet linked to Google Classroom. Pupils use the link shown on the front banner of a subject homepage as listed on an individuals Google Classroom. Pupils will be able to interact with their class teacher on Google Meet using live audio or a written notes feed during each lesson. All relevant lesson resources will be uploaded to an individuals subject specific Google Classroom class page for each lesson. This will allow pupils to review the lesson taught or access the resources used for every lesson.

Practical lessons will, where needed, be setting theory work to allow pupils to access the curriculum content in as much detail as possible in the most appropriate way possible during remote learning.

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 continue to deliver our online ‘Live’ lessons as set out previously with all staff and pupils following their individual timetables. This will include the full range of subjects studied for each pupil as if they were in school.

We will continue to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. In practical subjects, for example Physical Education, we may need to set pupils more theory based tasks rather than practical activities but we will do our best to offer the same provision as we would expect if pupils were still attending college.

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

All ‘Live’ lessons will be delivered using Google Meet accessed via a student’s Google Classroom individual subject pages. Each subject page on a students Google Classroom has a meeting link highlighted on the opening title banner.

This is to be used directly at the start of each lesson to access the teachers Google Meet. All lesson resources will also be posted onto individual subject pages as appropriate to allow students to access these resources during a lesson and once a lesson is complete.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We will lend laptops or chromebooks to pupils who do not have a suitable device to access our online provision.

We can also support with internet access if required.

For more information please email us: [email protected]

How will my child be taught remotely?

We will deliver your childs full timetable as ‘Live’ teaching (online lessons) with occasional use of commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. The lessons may involve small group work in breakout rooms, whole class discussion, live demonstrations, practical tasks where appropriate and an element of independent study when required. This is not a full list of the activities to be undertaken as each teacher is planning and setting each individual learning episode to suit the students within their own specific classes.

Students will be expected to take an active part in all lessons and will be required to provide the teacher taking the class with updates of their progress as well as submit Classwork and Independent Learning when appropriate.

Subject teachers will open a Google Meet up for each individual lesson. Here they will introduce the lesson, set out what will be taking place during the lesson and sharing all relevant resources with the pupils being taught. All students have been taught in school how to access Google Classroom, Google Meet and how to access live lessons as set out above.

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

As a school we are expecting all pupils to follow their own timetable as they would in school. They are expected to log into and attend each lesson following the normal timings of the school day. This includes tutor time as well as the following five lessons each day.

A register will be taken each lesson to monitor attendance. Pupils who do not attend ‘Live’ lessons will be tracked as they would be if school were still taking place as normal. Pupils are expected to hand in their work done as and when requested by each individual teacher. Pupils are also expected to display positive behaviour whilst participating in live lessons creating a positive working environment for all.

In terms of parental support please can you ensure your child has a place to work that will allow them to fully focus on their lesson and is free from other distractions. Please support your child in following the timings of the school day and help them if needed to log on to each individual lesson as required. Please also monitor their behavior whilst online and ensure they are contributing in a way that allows themselves and others to learn whilst participating in live lessons.

To ensure all students have a break from their computer screens ‘Live’ lessons will be 50 minutes in length allowing a 10-minute break between each learning episode. Please ensure your child takes this opportunity to reduce the amount of screen time they are exposed to in a day.

If you as a parent or guardian have any questions regarding Live lessons then please get in touch with the school directly and we will do what we can to help.

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

A register will be taken every lesson to ensure students attendance and engagement can be tracked.

During lessons teachers will use a variety of methods to check pupil understanding and engagement. These will include but are not limited to, in class polls, break out room small group discussions, direct questioning, the recording of marks or percentages for tasks completed as well as work being requested for marking by the teacher taking the lesson. Once handed in work will be marked and feedback received where appropriate via for example Google Classroom or Google Mail. All requested work will need to be flagged as ‘handed in’ by students when submitted.

Teachers will contact parents directly via email or via telephone to discuss any concerns they have about a student’s progress or engagement. Heads of Year and Subject Leaders will also be tracking and monitoring progress, behaviour and attendance as they would if pupils were attending school in person. They may also contact parents directly if required.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

In addition to the above we will use a variety of methods to assess and feedback on pupils work that include but are not limited to:

  • 1:1 verbal feedback
  • Written notes and feedback on work handed in by students
  • Class, Small Group and Peer discussion
  • Marked exam questions or examination past papers
  • Student self-assessment

We will aim to assess pupils work as we would in school with regular classroom checks on the main learning points whilst also continuing to regularly assess work formally as required in each subject discipline. We will follow each departments individual marking policy where possible.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

All pupils with an Education, Heath and Care plan (EHCP) are invited to attend school. We encourage parents to take up this support. In school, pupils have access to support to help them access their live lessons via Google Meet and Google Classroom. Where a pupil with an EHCP is not able to attend school, their Year Team and/ or Teaching Assistant team will be in regular contact to check-in and support them to access live teaching remotely.

If a pupil is usually supported by external agencies, this support may continue depending on the individual agency and their policies. The Hampshire Specialist Teacher Advisors continue to work with the school and can provide support remotely.

Teachers will continue to support pupils with additional needs, including SEND, remotely as they would in school. This may include providing differentiated materials and use of Google Classroom break out rooms. Teachers continue to have access to Year Team leaders and SENCO to ask for advice about how to meet the needs of an individual pupil.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Pupils that are self-isolating will follow the same principles as set out above. As a school we will be allowing pupils to access onsite lessons via Google Meet and Google Classroom. The same principles will apply and students who are isolating will be expected to join their classes in school and participate as they would if they were attending normally. All resources will be uploaded to allow them to access the lesson and take part as if they were onsite.