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Remote Learning

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students, parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts/bubbles to remain at home.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs McIver Wren by either email cmc@ifieldcc.co.uk or by calling 01293 420500.  

See below for a students' guide to using Microsoft teams and copies of letters from each subject. 

A parents' guide to accessing Microsoft Teams can be found by clicking here 

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents/Carers

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students

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.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home? 

Remote education will begin the next school day for any student who is expected to work from home because of self-isolation. All remote education will be provided via the Microsoft Teams platform.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school? 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. We call this the shadow curriculum. However, it may be necessary to make some adaptations in some subjects.

  • Remote education, where and when required, will be of high-quality and aligned as closely as possible with in-school provision and curriculum content.
  • Students will access the shadow curriculum via Microsoft teams. This is well-planned and well-sequenced so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, and students have opportunities to retrieve and recall previously taught content.

Clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject will be provided through individual and class assignments on Microsoft Teams. Subject Leaders will carefully monitor and adjust curriculum plans, where it is deemed appropriate.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:

The remote education provided will be equivalent in length to the core teaching students would receive in school and will include live direct teaching time with occasional pre-recorded content, and time for students to complete tasks and assignments independently.

Students will have 5 hours of meaningful and ambitious lessons each day and will follow their in-school timetable. However, we will attempt to limit screen time for lessons to 45minutes. Therefore, students have a 15-minute screen break before the next lesson.

Accessing remote education 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Microsoft Teams will be used across the school to set work and deliver lessons for all year groups. Assessments and feedback to pupils will also be provided via Teams Assignments.

Staff, students and parents will continue to receive training if required in the use of Microsoft Teams via a section of the website. If any further issues occur you can contact the school for further guidance.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

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:

  • Students who do not have suitable online access will be provided with a suitable device. Contact your child’s progress leader to apply for a device (please note that Teams live lessons can be easily accessed via a smartphone and devices such as XBox / Playstation and Internet enabled TV).
  • We will make every effort to ensure all students have appropriate access to a suitable device and / or internet connection through the appropriate DfE schemes. Students who are in key exam year groups, or who are disadvantaged or vulnerable are prioritised under these schemes.
  • Staff will make regular contact with students and parents to discuss progress.
  • Support in using Teams will be provided for students and parents on our school website, and through our dedicated ICT support service.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:

Microsoft Teams will be used across the school with all year groups to set students’ work and deliver lessons. Assessments and independent study tasks will also be set via this platform.

Live teaching (online lessons) will be the main source for delivering learning; this provides students with curriculum continuity and the opportunity to be able to ask questions and speak to their subject teachers. All students will receive their full usual timetable.

Remote teaching will replicate effective classroom teaching as far as possible, including:

  • providing frequent, clear explanations of new content
  • providing opportunities for interactivity, including questioning, eliciting and reflective discussion
  • Providing modelling, scaffolded practice and opportunities to apply new knowledge
  • enabling students to receive timely and frequent feedback on how to progress, using digitally-facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate
  • using assessment to ensure teaching is responsive to students’ needs and addresses any critical gaps in pupils’ knowledge
  • Breaking content and tasks into smaller chunks to aid concentration

We recognise that different approaches suit different types of content and different students. Other methods of delivery may be used, for example pre-recorded lessons by teachers or use of lessons from other sources, e.g. Oak Academy. However, the majority of the time the teachers will be present at the start of lessons to explain the work set.

Engagement and feedback 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

All students are expected to attend all timetabled lessons. These will be displayed on their calendar in Teams.

Where a live lesson is not taking place (for example if a teacher is absent), work with clear instructions for completion will be provided for that lesson in the class Teams group.

Live lessons are used as our primary method of delivery as they encourage greater levels of engagement from students and allow for interactions between teachers and students. Opportunities for discussion between students are built into lessons where appropriate, as it is recognised that peer support is an important element of student engagement.

Teachers will work with students during lessons to develop skills and strategies which will support them in their independent learning. These include strategies to help students organise and check their own work.

Weekly assemblies and RSHE days will also be used to help engage students by making them feel like part of the wider school community.

Rewards are used to motivate and engage students. These include Student of the week awards from subject staff.

Parents can support their child’s education by:

  • planning each day with their child so they establish a routine and have clear expectations about the importance of engaging in their subjects and learning
  • ensuring they have a clear and quiet place to study and engage in their learning with no distractions, e.g. television / games console
  • checking that they have the necessary materials, e.g. a pen and paper to make notes
  • making sure children have the planned break / lunch time they would in school
  • checking that students have completed the necessary work for that day (and whether they have homework to do also)
  • supporting the school and keeping in contact so we can help if there are any issues/questions.

We also aim to keep in touch with parents via regular updates by email and social media.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Go4schools will be used as normal to inform parents when students are absent and not engaging with the remote learning.

We will monitor students’ work rate / engagement in lessons every week and communicate with parents where we are concerned about a pupil’s level of engagement.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

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:

  • Teachers will use questioning and other suitable tools to help gauge how well students are learning and progressing through content in the curriculum.
  • Regular quizzes / recall activities will be set and checked via self-assessment, where students will be expected to check what they have completed and act upon any feedback from their class teacher.
  • Regular and meaningful feedback will be provided to students, in line with school policy. This will include both whole-class and individual feedback. Students will be given opportune times to act upon feedback so that misconceptions / errors are rectified quickly.
  • Key assessed pieces of work will be submitted and assessed using Teams    Assignments.
  • During lessons, students may be asked questions and expected to respond to their teachers. Responses will be verbal or using the chat facility. Such characteristics of teaching are important so students feel engaged and valued and teachers can check on students’ understanding and tackle misconceptions quickly.
  • Peer interactions can provide motivation and improve learning outcomes (as well as building social skills): these will be enabled through chat groups in Teams where appropriate.
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 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:

  • Class teachers will ensure remote learning is accessible for SEND learners by clearly identifying learning objectives, chunking the tasks set, providing scaffolded tasks, model answers and suggested time limits. This is done across all subjects and year groups.
  • Where relevant, support staff will attend Teams lessons to provide 1:1 or small group support to SEND students.
  • Where appropriate, support staff will make welfare calls to check the work is accessible and offer further support.
  • Support will also be given in terms of establishing a routine and realistic work expectations.
  • Any concerns can be raised through the Director of inclusion (Ms Jackson).
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 likely differ from the approach for whole groups. 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?

Remote education will differ depending on whether an individual / small group of students is isolating or a whole class / year group.

Where the majority of students are in school and only a small amount of students are self-isolating, all relevant resources will be uploaded to the Teams channel called Shadow Curriculum for that subject and class. Students have the ability to ask questions via the ‘posts’ section or e-mail and, when convenient to do so, teachers will endeavour to respond.

If you have any questions about remote learning while your child is isolating, please contact the school.

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 likely differ from the approach for whole groups. 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?

Remote education will differ depending on whether an individual / small group of students is isolating or a whole class / year group.

Where the majority of students are in school and only a small amount of students are self-isolating, all relevant resources will be uploaded to the Teams channel called Shadow Curriculum for that subject and class. Students have the ability to ask questions via the ‘posts’ section or e-mail and, when convenient to do so, teachers will endeavour to respond.

If you have any questions about remote learning while your child is isolating, please contact the school.

Using Xbox or Playstation to Access Microsoft Teams During Lockdown

Accessing your remote learning. An alternative method of accessing remote learning during times of lockdown.
 
Xbox

  1. Plug a keyboard in to the Xbox USB slot
  2. Go in to my games and apps
  3. Find Microsoft Edge and select
  4. Type in: Microsoft teams and login to your account using your username and password.
  5. You can then access all the online content for home learning and watch live sessions.
  1. To move around you use the Xbox controller or plug in a mouse
  2. Use a headset to interact if you have one.
 
PlayStation
  1. Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it)
  2. Press the PlayStation logo on the controller
  3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications
  4. Go in to applications and you will find the internet browser
  5. Type in Microsoft teams into the browser and login to your account using your username and password.
  6. You can then access all the online content for home learning and watch live sessions.
  7. Use a headset to interact if you have one.

If you require a keyboard, please contact your Progress Leader.