Remote Education Provision
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?
Within 24 hours of being sent home pupils will receive work via google classroom or lessons will be live streamed via google classroom and google meet. These lessons will be timetabled in line with the ordinary school timetable.
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, in PE this is not a lesson led by the usual PE teacher. Additionally, where pupils have been working on NEA work, this may not be appropriate to continue with this remotely. Therefore, the curriculum is flexible to adapt to the needs of the remote learning.
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 and 4- For all year groups this will be 4-5 hours per day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Our remote learning offer is delivered through google classroom. All students have been provided with a google account, which allows them to access their school email, google classroom and google meet.
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:
Where there is a need and if a pupil requires a laptop or a dongle to enable them to complete work please contact your child’s Head of Year via telephone 0161 681 1592 or email.
Year 7 email address – email@example.com
Year 8 email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 email address – email@example.com
Year 10 email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 11 email address – email@example.com
With the systems we have put in place, we do not think it is likely any pupil would need printed materials due to not having online access. However, if there is a special need for this please contact the school via the methods detailed above.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home the school will use a range of approaches to teach pupils remotely.
- Some examples of the remote teaching approaches we use are:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- work set through google classroom
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
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?
Our expectations for pupils working remotely mirror those in school. We expect that pupils submit work that is set independently, to the best of their ability, at the time of their ordinary lesson. For example, work for period 1 would need to be completed by 10am. Period 2 work by 11am and so on.
Similarly, for any live lesson, we would expect that pupils attend, participate and engage in the same manner they would in an ordinary lesson taught in school.
We know how incredibly important it is for pupils to maintain as normal routine as possible, are submitting work on a daily basis and not missing any lessons. We would therefore ask that all parents support the school in setting routines to support your child’s education and reiterate our expectations.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Pupils’ engagement with remote education will be checked daily, via attendance of live lessons and/or the submission of online work.
Parents and carers will be informed of their child’s engagement level on a daily basis via parent mail.
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
The school uses a variety of different methods to assess and feedback on pupils’ work. These include:
- Quizzes marked automatically via google classroom
- Individual written feedback
Immediate feedback via live lessons
- Whole-class feedback
- As a minimum, pupils will receive feedback in line with the school marking and feedback policy. Although, each quiz will include feedback in terms of automatically marked feedback.
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:
- 1-2-1 teaching via google meet.
- Providing additional resources and materials
- Providing alternative work
If you have any concerns, please contact our SEND department by telephone 0161 681 1592.
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 your child is not in school as they are self-isolating, the school will ensure these pupils have access to a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work set for their period of self-isolation, within 24 hours of being informed.
All work will be set via google classroom and will cover all subjects the pupil studies in school. Pupils will be expected to work through this independently.
Feedback will be provided via quizzes marked automatically. Although in some instances, for example in Art, pupils will be asked to submit work to individual class teachers once they return to school.