Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents/Carers
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where self isolation is required.
Remote Education where entire cohorts (or bubbles) are required to isolate
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
Where entire cohorts (or bubbles) are to remain at home, teaching will revert to remote education immediately. Students will continue to follow their usual timetable.
Will my child be taught broadly to same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
The same curriculum will be taught remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. The only exception to this are Core PE lessons. These lessons will require students to come away from a device to engage in a variety of practical activities, theory and exercise but will not be taught live. PSHCE will not be taught for 20 minutes on a Tuesday morning by their Form Tutor, but Years 7 – 9, 11 – 13 will continue to be taught Personal Development lessons.
How many hours work can I expect school to set each day?
All students from Year 7 – 13 will follow their normal school timetable. For students in Years 7 – 11 this will be 5 lessons per day (5 hours). Students in Years 12 and 13 will have, on average, 3 teaching hours per day as per their timetable but are expected to complete 2 hours further independent study each day to consolidate the work set by teachers.
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Remote learning at St Wilfrid’s will take place over the Microsoft Teams platform. Microsoft Teams can be accessed through via Office 365 (www.office.com) or alternatively by downloading the desktop app using the following link Microsoft Teams App.
You should log in using your school username (firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.
Once within Office 365 or the Teams app, students should select ‘Teams’ from the top/side of the screen. From here, students will be able to access each of the ‘Teams’ for their timetabled classes / subjects.
To support with accessing live lessons please see the Student Guide here – Live Lessons Student Guide.
If you have any issues accessing the systems please contact IT using the following email address: StudentITSupport@bkcat.co.uk or fill out a support request here https://www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk/remote-learning-it-support/.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
St Wilfrid’s recognises that some students may not have online access at home. To address this we have the following arrangements in place:
- Requests can be made to loan a student laptop using the following email: email@example.com
- Wireless 4G dongles can be provided to enable internet access with a suitable bandwidth.
If parents/carers wish to request further information and support to loan equipment, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents / carers will sign a user agreement and be provided with the necessary equipment.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Remote education at St Wilfrid’s will include a combination of teaching approaches using the Microsoft Teams platform, including:
- Live teaching (online lessons)
- Recorded teaching e.g. recorded lessons from classroom teachers and Oak National Academy lessons
- Independent study
- Commercially available websites that school currently subscribes to e.g. Hegarty Maths, Educake (Science), EverLearner (PE), Accelerated Reader (English).
Both the Department for Education (DfE) and the the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have confirmed that the ‘quality of remote teaching is more important than how lesson are delivered’ and that there is ‘no clear difference between teaching in real time (synchronous provision) and alternatives (asynchronous provision).
Engagement and Feeback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Normal behaviour for learning expectations will apply during remote lessons and while we know that the overwhelming majority of our students will follow these rules we ask that you help us to enforce them at home, if you are able.
- Students should follow the normal behaviour expectations as they would if they were physically present.
- Students should access the lesson from an appropriate study space.
- Students should not record the lesson using any device.
- Students must not attempt to share any unnecessary materials/communication with the rest of the group or interrupt the lesson in any way.
- Students should keep their cameras off unless they are asked to turn it on by the teacher.
- Students should mute their mics unless they are asked to speak.
- If students would like to ask (or answer) a question they should use the “hand-up” button or use the “chat function”.
- Students should complete all work as they would do if they were physically present in the classroom.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Within day to day teaching, staff will use SIMS to log where stduents have not attended live lessons. A message will be communicated with parents using the SIMS Parent App for immediate notification.
School will also collate remote learning engagement indicators from class teachers using a 3 week cycle. Where indicators identify that students have not engaged fully with remote learning, parents will be contacted by either:
- The head of subject (if 1-2 subject concerns)
- The head of year (if 3-5 subject concerns)
- A member of the senior leadership team (where 6+ subject concerns)
We will work closely with parents to ensure that support is in place to facilitate active engagement in remote learning provision.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
The nature and frequency of marking and feedback varies by age group, subject and what works the best for the individual student and for the particular piece of work being assessed. As a result, teachers are encouraged to be pragmatic and adjust their approach accordingly with remote learning, yet linking it to the school’s assessment calendar. The teacher will set and assess specific targeted tasks, identified in the schemes of work or in their departmental assessment calendar. St Wilfrid’s will suspend the use of physical stamps ‘Challenge, Tip, Think’ that are used in exercise books/paper but will maintain the ‘Success’ criteria on MS Teams. Not every piece of work will be marked, commensurate with what would generally happen in a lesson in school. Although, feedback feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback and online quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms may be used to identify gaps in student knowledge and address misconceptions that may arise. Our approach to feedback and the frequency of this mirrors that of the school policy, which can be found using the following link https://www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk/school/policies/
Additional support for students 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 students, for example students 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:
- SEND students will be invited into school in line with DfE guidance. This will ensure support can be provided with access to remote learning and successful completion of work set.
- Each family / pupil will receive weekly communication from a link worker (LSA).
- User guides will be shared / highlighted with parents and IT support provided where required.
- Workbooks / workpacks will be provided to families where such provision/support is more suitable.
- Easby have set up an Easby Team for access to the SEN support team.
Remote education for self-isolating students
Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for year group cohorts. This is due to the challenges of teaching students 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?
Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for whole groups. Where appropriate, teachers will co-teach students in school whilst dialling in to students isolating via the Microsoft Teams platform. However, this is not a school / trust wide expectation due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school. In such circumstances, teaching staff will ensure that all lesson resources e.g. powerpoints, worksheets, videos are available to students within their subject Team. The lesson resources will remain in sequence with that of the students being taught within school in all cases and feedback will be in line with that of the school policy previously referenced.