The guidance and instructions in this document are designed to support students in accessing the school’s remote learning strategy should individual students, classes, year group ‘bubbles’ or the whole school be required to learn from home.
The underlying principles to our strategy are:
- to provide as ambitious and as broad a curriculum as possible to all our students
- to make efficient use of online resources blended with teachers’ expertise
- to provide as much teacher/student interaction as possible, to make learning a personal interaction
- to provide genuinely worthwhile tasks that benefit learning
- to provide feedback to students about some of their work
- to assess how students’ knowledge is increasing and to be able assess how well they can apply newly acquired skills
- to provide opportunities to revisit prior learning and assess students’ retention
- to reduce the number of online sites that students (especially KS3) are asked to access
- Students who are self-isolating and are away from their classmates. These students will be provided with meaningful tasks that maintains continuity with the learning that is going on in school.
- Groups / classes of students who are not able to attend school or self-isolating: these groups are to be taught remotely as set out later in this document
- Remote Teaching
- Online Resources
- Returning Work in FROG
- What do we need at home?
- Using MS Teams to attend an online lesson
- Individual X code students – providing work for self-isolating students
- Keeping in touch
We will not try to mimic the classroom but try to focus on the mental process. We will need to reflect on a balance of instructional and assigned tasks rather than focussing on keeping students busy.
There will be a combination of live lessons on Teams, lessons from the Oak National Academy, pre-recorded lessons and online Assignments set through FROG our VLE.
Lessons in Teams are likely to be shorter than the hour that students would normally have in school. This is to allow teachers set up their IT requirements for live lessons. This will be valuable time in the scenario where some classes are in school and some are at home.
Remote lessons will mirror the timetable that students would normally follow in school. This is likely to alter should the entire school be closed.
We have planned for the likelihood of closures and partial closures. Some content from the normal curriculum has been ‘held back’ for delivery during closures. Departments have chosen topics that are more suited to remote teaching. We have simply altered the order in which we will teach some of our curriculum.
Feedback & Assessment
We will be able to offer more feedback than in the summer term of 2020. Students may be awarded scores from online quizzes and mini formative tests, but we have also secured a way for students to easily upload work via FROG for teachers to mark and assess. We have been modelling this process in many areas of the school to get students used to this process.
Online resources that we use most frequently
Returning Work in FROG
Students should visit the Using FileDrop & Teams site which sits on their home page in FROG. Here they will find videos demonstrating how to return schoolwork to their teacher as well as how to access lessons in Teams
What do we need at home?
A quiet space. Students will need access to the internet through a tablet, computer or mobile device. The bigger the screen the better so laptops and computers are preferable.
It would be a good idea to download Teams and Office 365
- Teams can be downloaded here
- For Office 365, in FROG type ‘Office 365’ into the search bar to find this page and follow the instructions for using Microsoft 365 at home
In Office 365 students have access to their email, calendar, OneDrive and the Web Apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams
Using MS Teams to attend an online lesson
A video tutorial is also available by clicking this link in FROG
Students will need to access their calendar in Outlook (part of Office 365) by clicking on this button:
Once in the calendar students simply click on the correct lesson and click ‘join’. Teachers will explain that students may unmute themselves when asked to otherwise they should keep their microphones muted. For safeguarding purposes students cannot share their video with the class.
It will look something similar to this (with the Join Microsoft Teams invite at the bottom)
Individual students who are self-isolating
These students will be provided with meaningful activities that maintain continuity with the learning that is going on in school. House Leaders and teachers will direct students to this page in FROG. Assignments will also be set in the usual way through FROG
Pastoral contact with students and parents during a prolonged closure
Tutors are asked to contact any self-isolating student once per week. In the first instance, this should be done via phone call. For subsequent weeks, if agreed with the parent, the student will be contacted via ePraise. The message should be sent to both student and a parent/carer.
In the event of a prolonged or large scale closure tutors will employ a combination of ePraise messages and phone calls.