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 students are required to remain at home.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
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, lessons in practical subjects may include more theory elements, or analysis of the practical work of others. There may also be some changes to the order of the curriculum if there is a unit that is not appropriate for teaching remotely.
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 will take pupils broadly the same amount of time as it would in school. This should mean that they are able to follow their school timetable each day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning with be delivered through Microsoft Teams. Pupils can access Teams by using their school log in at www.office.com .
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 pupils have trouble accessing remote learning or do not have a device, laptop or internet access then they can request support through the following link: remote learning support
- If possible, we may be able to offer a laptop, a voucher for BT internet access or hard copies of work for collection at school.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We will primarily use video/audio recordings made by teachers over PowerPoint presentations. These ‘voice over PowerPoints’ are presentations of new learning that follow the curriculum in each subject. Teachers record explanations over the top of a PowerPoint presentation and will support by breaking down explanations into small steps and pointing out areas that students may struggle, then helping them to overcome those obstacles. We have chosen voice over PowerPoints because:
- Students can access the work at any time
- Students can pause or rewind to work at their own pace
- Students have the familiarity of the voice of a JRCS teacher to guide them through their learning
We may also use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (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
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?
The expectation is that pupils should follow their normal school timetable at home. Assignments will be set each day in the classes they would have if they were in school. Parents and carers can best support through setting routines that follow school hours as closely as possible and ensuring that pupils have an appropriate place to work that is free of distractions.
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 work turned in by pupils for each lesson, with parents and carers contacted by phone weekly if engagement is a concern.
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:
Teachers will check that work has been submitted by pupils for every assignment set. Pupils will receive regular feedback to highlight areas that have been successful and areas for development from work submitted. There will also be more in-depth assessment of student work in line with our teaching and learning policy. This will involve detailed tasks to address misconceptions that are personalised to each pupil.
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:
- Teachers will provide differentiated work online
- Key workers will make weekly contact with the families and students. Parents can contact key workers outside of this time by emailing them directly if they need additional support
- Students who have social skills session in their normal will be provided with online sessions to support their development
- Students with EHCP, we still have annual reviews
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.