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 if 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
For those children who are accessing learning remotely, our intention is to make sure that they can progress through their learning at the same rate as if they were in school. At the same time, we know that, although home learning is different for every family, it is often a very challenging experience. We know that it is often impossible for children to spend five hours on school work whilst at home, and we have been mindful of this whilst making our plans. We do not want home learning to be a source of stress or anxiety for any family.
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?
Additional discretionary work for children is available on our website via the ‘Remote Learning’ tab under ‘Popular pages’.
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?
Y9 and Y10 students will be taught three live lessons a day and they will be asked to submit three pieces of work per day – one piece for each live lesson. Additional extension tasks will be set via Show My Homework for each lesson along with weekly homework quizzes. Live lessons will be scheduled on days when your child would usually have these lessons timetabled. The schedule is available on our website via the ‘Remote Learning’ tab under ‘Popular pages’.
Y11 and Sixth Form will follow their usual timetable and there will be a live lesson for each of these timetabled lessons. A piece of work per lesson will also need to be submitted.
Live lessons will be recorded in case your child is unable to get online at the specific slot of the lesson. Live lessons will be scheduled on days when your child would usually have these lessons timetabled. The schedule is available on our website via the ‘Remote Learning’ tab under ‘Popular pages’.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All students have access to MS Teams via their school login and password. Scheduled lessons will be available via this platform with relevant resources posted on show my homework.
At home children will unavoidably have less time with teachers than they would in school. Nevertheless, we are confident that they will continue to progress through their learning at the same speed as they otherwise would. This is because, we will focus on the examination curriculum far more than we usually might for the duration of the time your child is at home.
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:
- We will endeavour to issue laptops to pupils, provided for by the DFE. Please contact the school if your child does not have access to a device or wi-fi.
- Pupils without online access will be invited into our small school provision so they can attend live lessons. Students can also request access to any printed materials if they do not have online access and are unable to attend school. They can submit their work to their teachers by post.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- access to the TGA moodle where they can access additional online resources. They may be directed to some of these resources by their teacher. You can find these resources at: http://secondary.moodle.tgacademy.org.uk
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers) set as extension tasks or when a live lesson cannot take place
- printed paper packs produced by teachers when requested (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We have prepared timetables for all children as part of our preparation and we would ask you to look at these with your children. You will find these via our website on the remote learning tab. If you do not have access to appropriate technology, please let the school know asap. We have already surveyed students to find out who may struggle to access our resources.
Please ensure you have read and understood the Tudor Grange Academies Trust Expectations for Live Lessons that is also available to read on our remote learning page.
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 at the start of each lesson and all students are expected to attend. Non-attendance to live lessons will be followed up with phone calls home and where appropriate, a home visit. Teaching staff will monitor the work students submit and contact parents if any issues arise.
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. Teaching staff will feedback to students via MS Teams and ShowMyHomework. We will continue to assess learning by setting ‘checkpoints’ each half term. This is something students are used to doing when they are in school and will be adapted for online learning.
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:
- Access to our small school provision and Treetops
- Contact with the SENCO and TA who supports your child when they are 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?
We will support your child with a remote learning plan during their absence from school in order to ensure they can continue to access the curriculum at home. This plan is dependent on your child being well enough to complete this work and we recognise that individual home circumstances vary. Please do keep us informed of any issues by contacting your college leader via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject teachers will invite students to join their lessons remotely via Microsoft Teams. All students have an office 365 account and will be invited to join the lesson. Lessons will be scheduled ahead of time and will appear on students Microsoft Teams calendar. Please check this regularly and encourage your child to log on. Individual work to support live lessons will be set via showmyhomework.