Remote Learning

This document and associated strategies have been developed in accordance to the UK Government’sGet help with remote educationguidelines.

Main Principles

  • All lessons will be allocated via the Google Classroom and staff will be available during the timetabled lesson to respond to student queries
  • All students must follow their normal timetable, with lessons available as per their timetabled lesson. This means that all students will have a minimum of 5 hours provision per day.  Students in KS4 and 5 may be expected to go beyond this with additional independent work
  • Lessons will be relevant, carefully planned and will follow the school curriculum. Whilst we appreciate that some subjects (music for example) will require a greater level of adaptation than English, it is essential that learning is not ad-hoc and covers the key knowledge and skills in subject curriculum maps
  • We believe that students will thrive with a variety of different approaches that vary according to the task and subject. However, we do feel that there should be some live interaction between the teacher and the class.  For this reason, we have asked staff to ensure that at least one in three lessons is a live lesson which offers an opportunity to hold a discussion with students to check their understanding and give verbal feedback
  • Lessons will take a variety of formats. These will include:
    • Live lesson that will be delivered via Google Meet
    • Pre-recorded lessons uploaded to Google Classroom
    • Narrated presentations
    • Set written work, reading, or watching of specific videos
    • Some appropriate use of external resources such as those produced by the Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize
    • Hybrid lessons where staff initially check in with students via Google Meet and use this to check understanding and explain new content
  • Students will be submitting work via the Google Classroom. For some students this will be via the Google Suite, whilst other students may complete work on paper and submit photo evidence of their work. 

Teachers will be expected to offer regular feedback on the work completed according to the task set - see next section.

Support, Feedback and Assessments

  • Feedback is extremely important, we expect class teachers to offer feedback through the Google Classroom.
  • We do not expect class teachers to feedback on every piece of work on an individual basis. Some work may just require a global ‘well done’ whereas some may be more a more developed/detailed task requiring assessment.

Feedback may consist of;

  • Whole class feedback via the class stream in Google Classroom
  • Whole class feedback via an annotated and ‘shared’ Google Suite example document that all students can visit
  • Individual feedback to key assignments that have been ‘turned-in’ via the google classroom
  • Verbal feedback given in a live Google Meet
  • Online quizzes and self marking assessments
  • There is an expectation that students will be able to seek support from teaching staff by communicating with them via ‘class stream’ in the Google Classroom during the timetabled lesson
  • Our provision of remote learning is expected to consider some of the learning barriers that individual students face. Teachers are responsible for making sure that lessons, and the additional support available, allows students to access work.  In addition the SEND team will be offering some remote intervention and offering remote support to students who are struggling with remote learning

Students Not Engaging Or Unable To Access

  • Our SEND Department colleagues are continuing to support remote learning. If your child has SEND support in class, a member of the SEND team will be in contact with you to support your child.
  • Since March 20th 2020 we have distributed over 90 chromebooks in addition to ICT equipment provided to students who qualify in non-covid times. Alongside this, where young people have not got internet access we have provided WiFi dongles and/or organised additional data allocations via mobile phone networks.
  • Where technical barriers to learning remain, paper copies of work will be available upon request
  • Where parents or carers have concerns about their child’s provision, or ability to access this, we would ask you to make contact with the school so that we can address this asap.
  • We have developed a stepped action plan to ensure we engage our students in the remote learning package being offered

Safeguarding

Useful additional guidance about delivering safe online education can be found in the following resources:

As a Summary

  • All safeguarding procedures must be followed when using remote learning - as set out in UK Government guidelines
  • If at any point staff have a safeguarding concern with an individual or several students they MUST report this immediately via CPOMS. This is the single most important point when using any sort of online learning.
  • Staff must maintain professional practice when communicating online with either parents or students. Simple rules would include;
  • Communicate within school hours as much as possible (or hours agreed with the school to suit the needs of staff).
  • Communicate through the school channels approved by the senior leadership team - (GOOGLE CLASSROOMS/SCHOOL EMAIL) and Use school email accounts only (not personal ones).
  • Use school devices over personal devices wherever possible (this refers to phones)
  • Do not share personal information.

Virtual lessons and Live streaming

Google Meet  is the only ‘live’ streaming platform that should be used by school staff. 

Teaching From Home

is different to teaching in the classroom, they should;

  • Sit against a neutral background.and in an appropriate room (avoid recording in a bedroom for example) and dress like they would for normal day at school
  • Double check that any other tabs they have open in their browser would be appropriate for a child to see, if they are sharing the screen.
  • Only ever use professional language.
  • Try to avoid 1:1’s with visual contact - turn the camera off and treat like a phone call.
  • If meetings are scheduled in Google calendar or Gmail, students will not be able to re-join a meeting once the final attendee has left. - this means students cannot re-join for private calls.
  • If Google Meet is shared via Google Classroom - please ensure that all students have left before teacher terminated the meet - again, this means students cannot re-join for private calls.

Students should;

  • Be in a shared space in their house - not in their bedroom.
  • Be dressed appropriately - no pyjamas.
  • They could be asked to turn their cameras off.
  • Warn parents/other children that they may be seen or heard in the background.
Expectations for Pupils and Parents - Remote Learning
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Google Classroom
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Student Intranet
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Oak National Academy
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BBC Bitesize
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Video Guides To Google Classroom
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Learning Expectations From Boudica Schools Trust
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