January 24, 2021

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 where national or 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 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 pupils being sent home?

We will send pupils home with workbooks to complete independently in the first instance. If pupils are not sent with workbooks immediately, they will be delivered within 24 hours.

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 teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, subjects that have practicals: Media Studies, P.E., and Horticulture.

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:

Key Stage 3 Year 7 & 8

2-3 hours a day.

Key Stage 3 Year 9

2-3 hours a day.

Key Stage 4 Year 10 & 11

3-4 hours a day

Accessing remote education

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

- We will use Microsoft teams for online remote learning.

- Class work will be uploaded daily and/or weekly.

- GCSE Bitesize – Students are encouraged to use this site to enhance their studies on teams.

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:

- If a student does not have a laptop, we will try to get access to one for them from their schools or through the local authority.

- Learners can also use Play station or XBOX to access Teams. Instructions are sent regularly to all parents/carers to enable their child to log in.

Please contact the school if you are unable to log in.

- If your child does not have access to an internet connection, many major networks are providing free internet for remote learning. You may also be eligible for help from the government: Click here for more information.  

 If you are unable to access, please contact the school.

- If your child has no online access the school will deliver and collect weekly work packs. These will be marked by Teachers and feedback will be returned via a phone call, Teachers2parents or a returned mark sheet.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

- All lessons will be uploaded onto Microsoft Teams. This will be for all subjects taught and all year groups.

- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g., workbooks, worksheets) will be delivered and collected weekly.

- Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home or if not, will be provided to use at home, by Impact.

- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences – these will be sent on Teams and Teacher2Parents.

- BBC Bitesize.

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?

- Impact expect their pupils to engage with remote education 3-4 hours a day at least. (2-3 hours a day for KS3)

- As a parent/carer, we expect you to encourage your child to participate and engage with their learning every weekday.

- A daily routine should be encouraged.

- Please see “Planning the day” worksheet.

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

- Teachers will check teams every day to see if your child is engaging with their work. Work packs will be checked weekly.

- If engagement is a concern, initially Teachers will try to make contact with the child.

- If there is still no engagement, Parents will be contacted by phone call and a letter.

- A teams meeting can be arranged between impact/parents/school to see what the best way forward is for the child. (It may be that a child will have to attend school, if there is no work completed remotely.)

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: 

- Teams Chat. Teachers2Parents. Phone calls. Home visits.

- Pupils will receive feedback daily if applicable, but mostly weekly. It will depend on the type of assessment undertaken.

- Pupils will always be informed of their progress and advised of how they can improve.

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:

- We will work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND by differentiating the work accordingly.

- The SEND Lead and support will be on hand to take any issues or concerns parents have when it comes to remote education.

- Some Teachers have delivered a 1 to 1 lesson either over the phone or using Teams.

- We carry out weekly well-being checks on all our pupils.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils 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 pupils 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?

If a child is self-isolating, we will endeavour to provide a planned and well-sequenced curriculum. This will initially be by workbooks, however if the child is able, we will then provide all their work on Teams.

Their work will be marked in the usual manner and feedback will be provided to the child and the parent using the following methods:

- Teams Chat/Teachers2Parents/Phone calls/Mark sheets.

If you have any concerns, please contact the school.