Coronavirus: Remote education provision information for parents and carers
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students 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 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?
All students have been provided with their Curriculum Entitlement Booklets, their Knowledge Organisers and the necessary equipment to be able to complete work on the first day they are sent home so teachers can continue to deliver a high quality sequenced curriculum. From the first day of being sent home, students have access to live teaching delivered by staff through Microsoft Teams.
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 broadly deliver the same curriculum that we would in school. On Microsoft Teams, all classes are timetabled as they would be during a normal school day. Students remain with their regular class and their regular teacher to ensure that high quality and personalised teaching can take place as it would in school. All students have their Curriculum Entitlement Booklets which allow teaching to take place as it would in school; these packs were all hand-delivered by school staff to ensure that ALL students have the resources they need to make good progress while working remotely.
Curriculum Leaders have worked with Senior Leaders to amend and adapt their curriculum so that the most suitable topics are delivered through remote learning.
We have amended some of the practical lessons being taught with PE, providing online physical activities.
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:
Year 7 – 10 students: 5 hours each day
Year 11 students: 6 hours with their additional Period 6
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
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:
How to contact school
Contact school reception if you require a laptop or WiFi access.
Once you contact reception a device will be issued and delivery arranged.
If a student has an additional need that means they are unable to work online they are able to access a place in school. Please contact reception if you feel your child’s additional needs will prevent them from accessing online learning. The SENDCo will then contact you to make personalised arrangements.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
All lessons focus on Rosenshine’s Principles of Learning as is done in school:
Live teaching (online lessons)
Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
Curriculum Entitlement Booklets and Knowledge Organisers produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) – these were hand delivered and personalised for all students
Assignments and tasks completed in Microsoft teams.
Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home.
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?
At MHA we expect that all students will engage with remote learning and that parents/carers will support with this, in setting routines, helping to create a positive environment and informing school of any concerns.
Parents/carers are to contact school as soon as possible if they are unable to access remote learning.
Parents/carers should continue to praise effort and engagement.
Parents/carers should continue to discuss their child’s learning with them.
Parents/carers should ensure that students follow their timetable as set out at the start of the year. If this is not the case they should make contact with school.
Parents/carers should support students to complete and submit work as requested by their teachers.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Students work is checked on a regular basis by teaching staff.
Absence from lessons will be followed up daily by the attendance team.
If there is a concern about work not being completed or submitted, then the class teacher will address this with the parents/carers and students.
Reports in ClassCharts demonstrate the students’ engagement in learning, and where communication is necessary this will come from the class teacher, the form tutor or the Director of Standards.
Parents’ Evenings are being conducted through remote portals.
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 are effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on student work is as follows:
Staff use a variety of live strategies to assess progress and understanding. Feedback on students work will be provided regularly and in line with the whole school marking policy, currently using Microsoft Teams assignments and class notebook.
Home workis completed in line with school policy and is based on content in the Knowledge Organiser.
In lesson assessment and feedback may use some of the following platforms:
Microsoft Teams chat function
Questioning based on student profiles
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:
All SEND students have a weekly one to one live teams support session with one of the Learning Support Assistants to ensure barriers to learning are removed and support with work completion.
Learning Support Assistants are in school each day to be available for support.
Staff have been given very clear direction on best strategies to support remote learning for SEND students.
Access to Learning Plans are to be used in planning in the same way they are when students are in school.
Differentiated Curriculum Entitlement booklets have been sent home for some subjects.
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?
Individual students who are self-isolating are taught a planned and well sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day via Teams and their Curriculum Entitlement Booklets and Knowledge Organisers.