Remote and Blended Learning
We have been working on our plans to continue our education provision should we be required to lockdown all, or part of our academy.
The most recent lockdown in March arrived almost overnight and therefore like most schools, systems and procedures had to be implemented very quickly, with all staff working at speed to set up provision for all students in all year groups. We would like to thank our parents, carers and students for the positive and supportive feedback received during this time and in the following months of the lockdown period.
As the situation with COVID-19 develops, we are of course acutely aware that we may be forced into another period of lockdown with varying degrees of restrictions, therefore we are using the planning and feedback obtained during the last lockdown period to plan and develop our provision in the future to minimise any impact of loss of face to face teaching time for our students.
All of our plans are based around our teaching staff being able to deliver lessons using Microsoft Teams, either directly from their own home, or from within our academy, depending on their individual circumstances. These lessons would be broadcast to all the students in the class, whether they are attending the academy or remote learning at home. We want to ensure that all students can excel and engage in their learning, whether working in the academy or from home.
Information for Parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency for students, parents and 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 document.
The following documents will help you to support your child whilst they are working at home. There are some straight forward steps to help build a great home learning routine with your child.
|Remote Learning - Responsible Student Usage Agreement||Supporting home learning routines - Planning the day|
|Helping Home Learning - Talk with Trust||7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home|
Training and guidance
Teachers use Microsoft TEAMS to share lessons and resources, and to enable students to submit work remotely. Students have been provided with training in Microsoft TEAMS and 365 and we have included ‘How to guides’ on the website.
There are also video guides for further assistance on using the features within Teams, you may want to watch the videos listed below.
The government guidance introduces four tiers of response to local outbreaks with local authorities, local directors of public health, and national government being responsible for deciding when an area should change tiers. The tiers are:
Fully open to all pupils full-time, with face coverings required in corridors and communal areas for pupils in year 7 and above.
- Students who are unable to attend school due to COVID related illness or self-isolation will be able to access their live lesson with Microsoft teams from home.
Secondary schools and colleges in a restricted area to use rotas to help break chains of transmission of coronavirus. Primary schools, alternative provision and special schools remain open to all pupils.
- We will operate a rota system which means pupils spend 2 weeks on-site followed by 2 weeks at home (so, 10 days on-site, with a weekend in between). Our plan is to have KS4 in the academy for the first two weeks and KS3 at home; accessing full time ‘high quality’ home learning i.e. live lessons. After two weeks the key stages would swap. Class sizes will stay the same and students and staff will follow their normal timetable. We will allow students whose parents are key workers and students who are vulnerable to still access full time education.
- Students attending school would follow their normal timetable, however it is possible that staff absence might result in some classes not having their usual teacher.
- Students who were working remotely at home on the rota would be taught via Microsoft teams. They would have timetabled lessons which would reinforce and enhance the learning from their time spent in school as per the rota, and prepare them for their next lessons in school.
- Where possible, our staff would remain on site and would continue to teach across year groups as per the rota. We would continue to follow all of our systems of control and our procedures to keep all staff and students safe while on site.
Secondary schools only allow full-time on-site provision to vulnerable children, the children of critical workers and selected year groups (to be identified by the DfE). Remote education provided to all other pupils. Primary schools, alternative provision and special schools remain open to all pupils.
- Students who are not vulnerable children, the children of critical workers and or selected year groups (to be identified by the DfE) will be able to access their live lesson with Microsoft teams from home.
All mainstream schools only allow full-time on-site provision to priority groups. Remote education provided to all other pupils. Alternative provision and special schools remain open to all pupils.
- Students who are not in a priority group will be able to access their live lesson with Microsoft teams from home.