Remote education provision: information for parents

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.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

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?

Whenever a student is working remotely due to Covid 19 they should access Google Classroom and follow their normal school timetable. In instances of the school only being open for vulnerable students and those of key workers work will be scheduled for either the start of the school day, or in time for their lesson. When the school is in normal operation and only some students are working remotely we will implement a one hour delay system so that students can follow their daily timetable, but one hour later than normal. This is to allow staff time to upload resources, whilst continuing to teach the students in school.

 

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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example: students may not be able to complete the same practical elements in subjects such as PE, Music, DT that they would have had they been in school; adaptations may need to be made to reading activities as not all students may have access to the text at home. This list is not exhaustive.

 

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:

Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year 5 hours per day made up of 6 x 50 minute lessons as per the school timetable
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year 5 hours per day made up of 6 x 50 minute lessons as per the school timetable

 

Accessing remote education

 

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

All material will be set in Google Classroom. This is accessed www.google.com from which a student can login with their @hbhs.co.uk credentials and access the Classroom App. There is a useful introductory video here which has previously been shared with both parents and students. Where there is a need for students to access other online material this will be signposted in the activity.

 

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:

  • where resources allow we will lend students a chromebook which they will return when they return to school. Parents should contact the main school office hbhs@hbhs.co.uk if they require support for a student who does not have access to a device
  • where students do not have access to fixed line internet we are able to offer a 4G dongle (where resources allow) if the area in which the student lives can receive 4G mobile internet signal. Where students can not access 4G signal and are using mobile phone data to complete remote learning we will use the DFE scheme to support students with data allowances. Parents should contact the main school office hbhs@hbhs.co.uk if they require support for a student who does not have fixed line internet

If we are still unable to support students to complete remote learning online, then we will provide printed materials. Parents should contact the main school office hbhs@hbhs.co.uk in these cases.

For those students without online access they can submit their work by return of post.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching for Post 16 students when deemed absolutely necessary by the teacher
  • recorded teaching using a combination of resource produced by our own staff using Screencastify, links to Oak National Academy or BBC where these resources link appropriately to the school curriculum
  • learning linked to previously issued paper packs/ workbooks developed both in house and some commercially available commercially available websites such as Hegartymaths, Carousel Learning, Kerboodle and Seneca Learning

 

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?

The expectations of students and the support asked for from parents/ carers are:

  • student daily email check in by 9.30am
  • students complete all of the work set for every lesson
  • students contact their teachers by email
  • parents/ carers discuss with their child/ children on a daily basis the work that they have completed
  • parents/ carers on a weekly basis spend a short period of time with their child / children looking at some work that the student is particularly proud of

 

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

Staff at Haydon Bridge HIgh School will monitor the engagement of all students in all classes throughout each week and will complete a process to track the engagement of students across the course of that week. Where there are issues regarding levels of engagement, staff may contact students directly or their parents. In the case of multiple concerns this may be taken up by the pastoral team or a senior member of staff.

 

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 student work is as follows:

  • a variety of methods will be used to assess the work of students including: exit tickets; self-marking quizzes; written whole class feedback; recorded verbal whole class feedback to address misconceptions; individualised written feedback; retrieval based questions and tasks; modelling via a shared Google doc; self assessment
  • work is planned so that students receive feedback regularly that helps them to improve their future work
  • students should act on the feedback given and improve their work as they would do if they were physically in class at school

 

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:

  • learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) make regular contact with designated students as their key worker
  • contact via phone call and emails to offer support and complete welfare checks by key worker
  • LSA’s will Liaise with Faculty Leaders to identify gaps and provide assistance virtually to support these
  • LSA’s will develop multisensory interventions in a way which can be accessed by students remotely at home
  • completing scheduled EHC Plan Reviews virtually to meet individual needs
  • LSA’s will also continue to support those students with SEND who are attending school in person

 

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?

Whenever a student is working remotely due to Covid 19 they should access Google Classroom and follow their normal school timetable. When the school is in normal operation and only some students are working remotely we will implement a one hour delay system so that students can follow their daily timetable, but one hour later than normal. This is to allow staff time to upload resources, whilst continuing to teach the students in school.