REMOTE LEARNING temporary CONTINGENCY IN EFFECT WITH YEAR 8 from Friday 28th January
Year 8 will be learning from home with live lessons from Friday 28th January. A letter outlining this is here.
The Year 8 Live Learning Timetable is below:
Remote learning would come into effect in two ways:
- A ‘contingency situation’ whereby classes or a whole cohort should continue to learn from home, following a ‘live lesson’ timetable
- Individual student absence when a student tests positive for Covid-19 and has to remain at home for a period of time until they have consecutive negative tests on Day 7 and Day 8. In this scenario, ‘keeping-in-touch’ work would be set by teachers for the absent student(s) to complete if they are well enough.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have built a robust remote learning package, and we offer several ways for students and parents to stay connected.
We use Microsoft Teams for timetabled Live Lessons. A guide for parents/carers and students on how to use Microsoft Teams can be found here:
Below you will find more information about our remote learning offer, and a link to the remote learning policy.
In the event of a ‘contingency situation’ with whole groups or cohorts learning from home, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects to combine classes and have them taught by subject experts.
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year:
Four timetabled live lessons, an hour for assignment work plus a 25-minute session on personal development each morning.
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year:
Four timetabled live lessons, an hour for Assignment work plus a 25-minute session on personal development each morning.
- In the event of a ‘contingency situation’, we would use Microsoft Teams to deliver timetabled live lessons and set assignments for independent work. All students have a username and password to www.office.com.
- If your child is away from school due to a positive test, they can access ‘keeping in touch’ work from their teachers by emailing them.
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- The pastoral team, led by an Assistant Headteacher collaborate with families who make requests via phone for laptops or via a form on the JQA app in a contingency situation.
- We identify where there are internet-access issues through welfare checks and address these through our IT technician with oversight from Assistant Headteacher.
- Families (via welfare checks) can make requests for additional printed materials to be sent home.
- We encourage all to be able to get online and submit assignments so they can receive appropriate feedback on their work.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely in a contingency situation:
- Live timetabled teaching (online lessons via Microsoft Teams)
- ‘Assignments’ set by class teachers for students to complete independently and receive feedback.
- If a contingency situation occurred and classes/cohorts had to learn from home, we expect all students to be ready and online for virtual Tutor Time at 08:35am and to actively participate in all timetabled live lessons, following their online timetable and abiding by the clear expectations of online etiquette for live lessons.
- We expect parents/carers to ensure their child is ready, respectful and safe, abiding by our etiquette and code of conduct in the appendices in our Behaviour Procedures on the Academy website.
- We expect parents/carers to pro-actively collaborate with us to resolve barriers to accessing live lessons by contacting the Academy.
- We expect parents/carers to familiarise themselves with the guides and timetables we have put online to support them to help their child continue to learn.
- If your child is away from school due to them having a positive test, you should ensure they complete any ‘keeping in touch’ work set via Teams/email.
- In a contingency situation where classes/cohorts are learning from home, we record attendance at each live lesson, and we alert parents to any absence at the end of each day. Where work is not completed to a sufficient standard, parents/carers can expect to be contacted by their child’s teacher(s).
- Where we have concerns over attendance or engagement that are persistent, parents/carers can expect pastoral staff to be in phone contact and collaborate with parents/carers and the child address barriers. If persistent disengagement continues, following significant intervention, we will class the child as ‘vulnerable’ and will insist they join students on site safely to ensure they don’t miss out on further learning.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children.
Students receive a range of feedback – ‘live feedback’ and ‘whole class feedback’ as well as self-assessment via quizzes, for example. Feedback is given frequently and appropriately in line with the sequences of learning,. It is vital students are completing Assignments set by staff during their independent practice each afternoon.
Our Remote Learning Policy located above outlines the ways we will support students with SEND in detail.
We expect all students who have had a positive covid-19 test and need to remain at home to be in touch with their teachers via email or Microsoft Teams (if well enough) so they can receive directions on assigned work and learning to remain at pace with learners who are on site.
The most important aspect is to communicate with their teaching staff regularly to receive direction and support.