Remote education provision: information for parents

 

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

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

A pupil’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 pupils being sent home?

If a student is sent home to complete their schooling then for the first 24 hours we ask that they access their Knowledge Organisers and continue with the work required to complete them. These can be found HERE

Following the first 24 hours of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

In the event of a student being sent home, Brixham College strives to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in College wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations. Students will be required to complete the same work as if they were on site. However, this might be in several formats – live lesson, recorded lesson, Assignment via Microsoft Teams or Class work via One Note/Outlook. All learning will take place under the Office 365 umbrella of tools.

 

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 pupils broadly 5 hours per day: this sits in line with the normal College day.

Accessing remote education

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

All students are equipped with a Brixham College Chromebook – work should be accessed through this device – any questions pertaining to the work set should be emailed to the class teacher. Any technical support should be emailed to helpdesk@brixhamcollege.co.uk

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

All learning will be directed by your child’s classroom teachers through the day.

This learning will take a variety of forms using Office 365 tools. Students will learn remotely using

Teams

OneNote

Outlook

Sway

And the various external sources from the Brixham College Digital ToolKit

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support t We expect our students to fully engage with remote learning unless they are poorly or unable to engage for other reasons. Registers will be taken for every individual lesson each day and participation in the lesson is also monitored. Where a child is not engaging, or is not engaging at the standard that we would expect from them, we will contact families to understand the barriers and provide support to alleviate these.

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

Engagement is monitored through lesson registers and impromptu Microsoft Forms polls during the lesson. We will follow our school absence procedures to ensure we know where your child is and the reason for not logging onto to their Teams/One Note session- this will include a phone call home. Other forms of communication with parents include emails and GroupCall. Throughout any period of remote learning, it is essential that you continue to work with the school to ensure that your child is able to successfully return to face to face learning when it is safe to do so. If local restrictions allow and we believe it is absolutely necessary, the school will also visit the family home to ensure that we are able to ascertain any issues relating to remote learning as well as your family well-being and provide support where practically possible.

 

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, we may use Forms to create quizzes that are marked automatically, questioning during live support sessions as well as give feedback to work uploaded to MS Teams/One Note. We will apply the principles of our school based Marking and Feedback policy to all learning to ensure that the students continue to make links between remote learning and school base learning. We will conduct formal assessment where we can so that we can track progress from starting points and consider where students are in relation to end of year targets.

 

Additional support for pupils 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 those with SEND, they 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 children in the follow ways:
  • ¨ Support staff will continue to provide intervention materials for children through Teams – Learning Zone and Harbour

¨ Where children have a specific plan, we will endeavour to provide these in a virtual environment

¨ Students with EHCPs should be in school where it is safe to do so, and we will endeavour to provide the support outlined on the plan. Where students with EHCPs are learning from home, we will upload interventions through Teams/One Note

¨ Parents may also request contact from the SENDCo to seek advice and support where needed.

SENDcO Whole School slander@brixhamcollege.co.uk

SENDcO Harbour kbeswetherick@brixhamcollege.co.uk

 

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will differ slightly from our approach for the whole school. This is due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school. Where possible, teachers will live stream lessons to students at home. However, where this is not possible or practical. Students will be set work via One Note

Digital Wellbeing

We recognise the impact of working on a screen for long periods of time. As such we have planned screen breaks. During this time, we encourage students and staff to take a complete break from their screens. Teaching staff will set learning activities which can be completed away from the screen. Students are also encouraged to not use screens throughout their break and lunchtime. The school is monitoring student digital wellbeing through regular surveys and will respond accordingly to this student and parent voice opportunity. The Director of Digital Learning will work closely with the Staff, Student and Parent Digital Innovation Groups in order to understand the needs of all stakeholders.

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