Remote Learning Arrangements

Our Remote Learning provision for Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 is as follows:Virtual 7 (3)

Most lessons will be live on Microsoft Teams. This can be accessed in the usual way via Microsoft 365, If you have forgotten how to do this look at the TEAMs guide document. Most students should have login and done at least a few lessons in this new way by now. 

Students should click on the calendar icon on the left-hand side of the screen. They will then be able to see the various lessons that have been scheduled for the day. The live lessons will follow the students’ usual timetable at exactly the same times. The students should click on join at the beginning of each lesson via the calendar and they will then be admitted to the lesson. They must say on mute and have their cameras off. 

While the majority of the lessons will be live, there will be some instances where teachers attach work for the students to complete only (for example, if a member of staff is unwell or late to a lesson, teachers will attach resources for students to complete to the relevant class Team and students should complete the work independently). We will not be putting work on SHMW. 

 

 

As we migrate to this new way of working, we would be grateful if you could please check that your child has completed the work set. If your child or you have any questions about the work, please contact the class teacher directly, using the email address which is available on the websites:

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If you have any queries:

Remote Learning Vulnerable Student Teaching and Learning Lead
045D02B5B9 HTL46390145 5A8463918D
Email Mrs Goulborn Email Mrs Howard Email Ms Lalli

 

Safeguarding Considerations for Live Sessions

Class Notebook (Computer):

Class Notebook (Mobile):

How to submit work on Teams:

Guides: Teams & Office 365

My child is in Year 7, 8 or 9 and they are self-isolating (and they are not part of a bubble that is self-isolating)

If your child is well enough then they should be doing school work every day they are absent from school. They should aim to follow their normal school timetable each day and can access work via Microsoft Teams where they will have a class set up for each of their timetabled lessons. If for any reason they cannot access this class please email their teacher and they will assist you. Due to the increased levels of student absence, it is not possible for teachers to give feedback on the work done during self-isolation – please understand that their priority must be teaching the children in school and it is unreasonable to expect them to do both. Where there are a number of students in a class self-isolating, live lessons may be put on.

We need your support as parents to ensure that your child is completing work each day and would ask you to monitor this by talking to them regularly and asking to see the work they have done. We appreciate that it may be difficult to motivate them at times and suggest that you keep conversations as positive as possible by taking an interest in and praising what they have done rather than highlighting what they haven’t done. If work has not be set your child should email the class teacher or their Head of Year.

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My child's year group bubble was sent home to self-isolate

In this instance it is important for the cohort to maintain the normal school structure and routine. We believe it is possible for students to engage with their teachers via Teams every lesson when the period out of school is finite and fixed at a maximum of 14-days. The students will be expected to log on and be registered at the start of each lesson; this provides structure and routine but it will also enable their class teacher to communicate the expectations for the lesson in real time. Depending on the lesson / work required your child may or may not be expected to stay on Teams for the full 60 minutes. Your child’s Teams calendar (that is accessible by logging on to Microsoft Teams) will be populated with their lessons for each period of the day. 

The structure of the day is as follows:

Timings

Session

8:30 - 8:50

Tutor Time

8:50 - 9:50 

Period 1

9:50 - 10:50

Period 2

10:50 - 11:10                    

Break

11:10 - 12:10

Period 3

12:10 - 13:10

Period 4

13:10 - 14:00

Lunch 

14:00 - 15:00

Period 5

15:00

End of School Day

 

Staff will be setting 40-50 minutes of work each period so that there are some short breaks between lessons.

Research shows that teaching ‘live’ is not always the best way of communicating new content to students; it depends on the context and the class. Teachers will be using a variety of methods to deliver new content including pre-recorded videos uploaded to YouTube, pre-made videos, voice over PowerPoint and voice notes however all this work will be available on Microsoft Teams.

We would ask you to support your child by ensuring that they:

  • Have a quiet place to work each day
  • Can access the internet
  • Are able to find their Microsoft Teams lessons on their calendar
  • Have all the equipment that they need (exercise books, pens, etc.)

If your child usually has the support of a Teaching Assistant during lessons they will do their best to make themselves available to support them remotely.

The school/local area has been moved on to Tier 1 by the Local Authority

Being moved onto ‘Tier 1’ does not impact learning in any way. The only change is that face coverings will become mandatory in corridors and communal areas. We will always communicate any changes that come into force via email to all parents and students.

The school/local area has been moved on to Tier 2 by the Local Authority

Being moved onto ‘Tier 2’ by the local authority means that we have to start operating a rota system where some students are onsite each week being taught ‘normally’ and others are off site being taught remotely. A rota system will limit the number of students on-site at any one time and break transmission chains within schools when scheduled time at home is long enough for the onset of symptoms to be detected before returning. 

During the week at home, we will expect students to work independently to complete the ‘homework’ set for them by their class teachers. Work will be communicated on Microsoft Teams and the students will be expected to upload it to the class chat or email it to their teachers when asked to for their teacher to view and give feedback on.

All students off-site will be expected to attend registration via Teams at 8.30am each morning so that their form tutor can ensure they are set up for the day and help provide structure and routine. There is unlikely to be any scheduled live meetings for lessons as teachers will be focusing on teaching the children in school and providing feedback remotely. The amount of ‘homework’ set for students will broadly be 30-60 minutes of work for each lesson (generally speaking we will set more work for the older children as they are able to work more independently for sustained periods).

Vulnerable* and critical worker** students are able to attend school full time if parents feel it is necessary. These students will not be taught directly during the week the rest of their year group are off-site, they will be supervised in completing the remote learning work set by their teachers. Students with EHCPs will have access to some additional support either in school or remotely depending on their needs.

In the event that we are moved onto ‘Tier 2’ we will write to all parents and students notifying them and explaining the plans and our expectations in detail.

* Vulnerable students are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child; have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment; or have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by the school.

**Critical worker students are those whose parent/s work in one of the designated professions ie. Health and care services, education etc. Further details can be found here.

The school/local area has been moved on to Tier 3 by the Local Authority

Being moved onto ‘Tier 3’ by the local authority means that secondary schools are only able to provide full-time on-site provision for vulnerable students, the children of critical workers and selected year groups (to be identified by the government). Other students will not be able to attend on site. Remote education will be provided for all other students.

All students will be expected to attend registration via Teams at 8.30am each morning so that their form tutor can ensure they are set up for the day and help provide structure and routine.

Work will be communicated on Microsoft Teams and the students will be expected to upload it to the class chat or email it to their teachers when asked to for their teacher to view and give feedback on.

We feel that it is very challenging for younger children to work independently for long period of time and for this reason we will be setting slightly different amounts of work for KS3, KS4; the older the students the more they can do! Below you will find a rough outline of the quantity of work we will be expecting students to complete.

Year 7, 8 and 9
Key Stage 3 students will be set 30 minutes work per period on their timetable ie. they will be set 180 minutes of home learning to complete each day; on top of this we will expect them to make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise and 30 minutes of reading. Teachers of core subjects (English, Maths, Science and RE) will schedule at least one live 20 minute meeting with their class via Teams each week; the aim of this time is to give some feedback and go through key misconceptions. Other subjects will schedule live meetings as relevant. Specific work will not be set for PE lessons although we will be providing some physical challenges for them to get involved in.

Year 10 
Key Stage 4 students will be set 50 minutes work per period on their timetable ie. they will be set 300 minutes of home learning to complete each day; on top of this we will recommend that they make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Their teachers will schedule at least one live 20 minute meeting with their class via Teams each week; the aim of this time is to give some feedback and go through key misconceptions. Specific work will not be set for Core PE lessons although we will be providing some physical challenges for them to get involved in.

Vulnerable* and critical worker** students are able to attend school full time if parents feel it is necessary. These students will not be taught directly during the week the rest of their year group are off-site, they will be supervised in completing the remote learning work set by their teachers. Students with EHCPs who usually work alongside an LSA in class will have access to some additional support either in school or remotely depending on their needs.

In the event that we are moved onto ‘Tier 3’ we will write to all parents and students notifying them and explaining the plans and our expectations in detail.

*Vulnerable students are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child; have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment; or have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by the school.

**Critical worker students are those whose parent/s work in one of the designated professions ie. Health and care services, education etc. Further details can be foundhere.

The school/local area has been moved on to Lockdown by the Local Authority

Being moved onto ‘Tier 4’ by the local authority doesn’t change the landscape for secondary schools. We will continue to operate as per ‘Tier 3’ above.

We don't have internet access at home. How will my child be able to access home learning resources?

Please contact your child’s Head of Year. Just as we did during the period of school closure before the summer, we can support families with securing reliable internet access.

Why can't my child's teacher provide him/her directly with individual work while they are isolating?

For as long as we have a majority of students in school, we will ask teachers to prioritise planning high-quality lessons to deliver in school. It is simply not feasible to ask teachers to maintain their high standards in school while simultaneously planning remote lessons for the few individuals not in school. The learning materials that will be published and maintained on Microsoft Teams will provide meaningful tasks in a range of formats, including drawing on excellent online resources that have been designed for exactly this scenario.

When my child returns to school after isolating, will they be given additional after-school catch-up support?

No. They will, of course, be welcomed back by their teachers who will support them to ensure they are able to slot back in alongside their peers. Of course, teachers will be mindful of making sure that students who have been learning at home (or who have missed learning due to illness) are not disadvantaged, but this will typically take place through dynamic, responsive teaching in lessons, and targeted support where they deem it necessary.

What do you mean by 'live contact'?

Our staff are able to draw on a range of digital teaching and learning strategies to support effective remote learning, based partly on our own experiences during lockdown, learning from other schools, and taking into account the best available evidence in relation to distance learning. The specific strategies used by individual teachers will vary depending on the intended impact, but will include using things like Microsoft Teams for live individual and group discussion, setting-up a task or for reviewing some aspect of the work, and various Office 365 apps for remote collaboration. We continue to be very clear that we will not advocate for teachers to simply schedule ‘live lessons’ without careful consideration as to the intended outcome: there are a number of compelling reasons why alternative approaches (e.g. using pre-recorded materials) are arguably better for teaching new material. ‘Live contact’ certainly has great value, but securing that value requires more nuance than simply running the school timetable on Microsoft Teams.

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