This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils 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 pupils are self-isolating, please see below.
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.
Students will follow a normal timetable including tutor time. Tutor time will be a live Google Meet check in and will provide the student with an attendance mark for the day. Lessons will be a mixture of live Google Meets and work set on Google Classroom.
The nature of the curriculum will be the same as if they were in school although there may be some variation of task.
Remote teaching and study time each day
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year
Normal school hours (approximately 5 hours of learning a day)
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
Normal school hours (approximately 5 hours of learning a day plus extra revision time)
Accessing remote education
All resources, assessments and instructions will continue to be on Google Classroom during our blended learning and this would continue if we went into a further lockdown. There is a Google Classroom for every physical lesson and tutor time they would normally have. Codes are via the blended learning site and available on MCAS.
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
All students in years 7, 8 and 11 have their own chromebooks loaned by the academy. In years 9 and 10 there are 85% of students who have their own device. There is an updated list of those without a device and there will be access to a pool of chromebooks which can be loaned out to them as per previous lockdowns.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Google Meets for live lessons. These might be in the form of instructions for a task, new learning, question and answer session, modelling of a task etc. There will also be tasks set for students via the classwork section of the Google Classroom. Resources and instructions for how to use resources will always be set on the Google Classroom.
Engagement and feedback
In the event of a further lockdown, students will be graded each week on their digital engagement (1-4) for each subject. This will be based on attendance of live lessons as well as completion of work.
Parents and carers should help provide their children with a space to work, keep to routines (bedtime, getting up and dressed at usual time etc.) and talk to them about what learning they are doing and what they have achieved each day. Further information on how to support your child can be found in our Blended Learning Support Guide for Families.
Students will be monitored in terms of their digital engagement (see above). If a student is not engaged with a variety of subjects then the tutor will liaise with home in the first instance. If a student is not engaged with a particular lesson then it will be the classroom teacher that contacts home. If there is a reason that your child cannot complete work or attend live lessons then you need to contact your child’s college team or their tutor to let them know.
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:
Students will receive written feedback on significant pieces of work that they submit. This is likely to be as comments down the side of a Google Doc for example. Verbal feedback will be given during live lessons. There may also be comments written in emails via the Google Classroom on performance.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils 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 pupils in the following ways:
All SEND students should be part of the inclusion Google Classroom. There will also be regular contact from Learning Support Assistants and college teams to support students. The nature of the tasks may be different for some students depending on their learning needs.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils 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 pupils both at home and in school.
If a student is self isolating then they should continue to access their Google Classroom and if they are able to complete work then they should do so according to their normal timetable. Resources and assessments will continue to be set on Google Classroom as part of our blended learning approach to education.