This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents and pupils 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 children are self-isolating, please see the final section of this form.
The first day or two of remote provision might look different from our standard approach to remote education, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote delivery.
Students are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom. Google classroom has been a tool used in lessons and for homework completion. Teachers will set appropriate work for their classes via the Classroom; this will include live lessons, pre recorded lessons and appropriate resources to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning.
Students who do not have access to technology can loan a laptop/Chromebook from the school. In some cases, it may be appropriate for paper copies of resources to be sent home for students to complete.
If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology and Wi-Fi access can be kept up to date. Please use either the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website or email: email@example.com.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. There may be some subjects such as Art, PE, Computing and Design & Technology that rely on access to specific resources and equipment that students do not have access to at home. In these cases, alternative work will be set that is linked as closely as possible to what the students would be learning if they were in school.
It is important that students continue to make progress in all their subjects, this is why we have carefully mapped the content for each subject to ensure that we can switch seamlessly to a remote learning approach should the need arise.
Students will also have access to a tutor time daily in which they will engage with their tutor teacher and / or members of the senior leadership team.
We expect that remote education provision (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year
A minimum of 5 hours with additional work set between lessons (homework).
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
A minimum of 5 hours input from teachers with additional work being set between lessons (homework).
Google Classroom is the place where all work will be set and where students can access feedback from their teachers. Students will continue to use online platforms such as Educake (Science), Hegarty and Sparx (Maths) to support subject lessons.
If you have already informed us that your child needs access to a device to access online learning a laptop/Chromebook will be issued for the duration of the Covid related absence. We do understand that circumstances may change and should this happen then please contact us via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website or via the email: enquiries @bydales.outwood.com. A colleague from school will then contact you to address any issues and to resolve any barriers to online learning, including Wi-Fi access.
For those families who have requested printed materials; packs of work will be posted home or delivered (if appropriate). A member of staff will contact you to agree an appropriate way of submitting the completed work in order to get feedback from teachers. This could include regular phone calls, posting work back to the school or taking photos of the completed work via mobile phone and emailing it to the appropriate person.
Google Classroom is the ‘go to’ place for all students to access their online learning. All students have been taught how to use this platform and additional support if required is available via the ‘Online Learning’ section of the school website (parents/carers will find video clips which explain for example, how to log onto Google Classroom, resetting passwords, accessing and submitting work etc). This can also be accessed at https://homelearning.outwood.com/
Live teaching will be used wherever this is practicable to do so. Students will either follow their normal timetable of lessons or a bespoke timetable will be produced for the time they are absent due to Covid.
The school has already collected data on student access to technology in the home and processes are in place to support these students. Laptops/Chromebooks will be available for these students to loan during the period of absence due to Covid. This will continually be reviewed during safeguarding/welfare calls. Parents /carers should inform the academy should their circumstances change.
Work will be posted home or delivered to these students and arrangements discussed as to how to submit completed work in order to obtain feedback from teachers.
All students are expected to engage with remote learning and those not engaging will be followed up by their teachers to identify any barriers & to establish what further support is required.
Parents/carers are able to sign up to ‘Google Classroom Guardian’ which enables them to receive an overview of the work that has been set and completed for their child on Google Classroom.
The following guides have been produced to support remote learning:
A register will be taken by the teacher for all live lessons and absentees will be followed up regarding their non attendance.
Parents will be informed via phone call or text message regarding lack of engagement with remote learning. There is an expectation that parents/carers support their child in ensuring that they engage with their work.
Subjects teachers monitor the work they set on Google classroom as well as the live lesson attendance. If there is a concern then a member of staff in the Academy will contact you via a telephone call or text message.
For students who are accessing printed resources, their progress will be followed up via phone calls and other means which will be established at the start of the period of self isolation as outlined in the ‘Accessing Remote Education’ section above. Submission of work expectations will be set by the classroom teacher, and is dependent on the COVID Tier status at the time.
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; this will take a variety of formats depending on the way the lesson is delivered:
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, remote provision is likely to differ from the approach for whole groups set out above. This is due to the challenges of teaching both pupils at home and in school.
High quality learning will be set via the Google Classroom that is in line with the work that would be being covered in the lessons. Where it is practicable to do so, the lesson being taught in school will be live streamed for your child to access at the same time as they would normally access the lesson should they be in school. There will be some lessons where it is not appropriate to live stream the lesson, eg. PE, Design & Technology, Dance etc as it is difficult to capture the learning during practical lessons. In these cases, work will be set that aligns closely with the content of the lesson.