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.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
A student’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.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:
KS4 – Y10 & Y11 – 6 hours
KS5 – Y12 & Y13 – 8 hours
All tasks and assignments will be set by teachers for students using the Google Classroom platform. Live lessons will be delivered using the Google Meet platform. The arrangements for any ‘live’ classes, e.g. webinars, will be communicated via email no later than one day before the allotted time and kept to a reasonable length of no more than one hour per session.
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
Initially, all students must ‘attend’ lessons as per their usual college timetable. Parents and carers should ensure that students are completing all set tasks on the Google Classroom during their allocated lesson time, or that they are attending live lessons.
If a longer period of remote learning is necessary timetables may be adapted to support live lesson delivery. Students will be expected to attend all live lessons with attendance monitored during the session.
Initially, teachers will monitor student engagement to sessions; attendance and work completion concerns will be communicated to parents/carers regularly via telephone call and/or email by the Pastoral team. If a longer period of remote learning is necessary parents/carers will be contacted immediately via telephone call if a student is not attending a live lesson to encourage that attendance. Work completion concerns will be collated from individual teachers and contact made to parents/carers via email by the Pastoral team.
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. The college employs a variety of formative assessment and feedback methods, e.g. through quizzes and other digital tools from teachers, and will support them with implementing these measures for remote learning where possible.
We recognise that some students, for example some 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 students in the following ways:
Where individual students 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 students both at home and in school.
Those students self-isolating will have the same access to remote learning via Google Classrooms.