Remote Learning

We understand that periods of school closure and lockdown can be very challenging for our students and parents/carers. We have designed this page to answer the most frequently asked questions about home learning in the hope that this will clarify our provision.

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Will my child be taught the same curriculum as when they are in school?

Yes. Your child will be taught the same lessons and content on Microsoft Teams virtual lessons as they would be receiving in school.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We will provide online lessons and set work for all of our students that we would expect them to be able to engage with for five hours per day (as if they were in school). If your child is on a part-time timetable, these work commitments will be personalised to your child's individual needs. Speak to your child's Key Tutor if you have any concerns about the amount of work being set.

How will my child access remote learning?

We deliver our live lessons on Microsoft Teams. This is also where your child's work assignments will be set and where they can contact their teachers for support.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We have a selection of devices which we can loan to students without the means to access learning at home. Please contact Mr Adams, our ICT Technician, or your child's tutor immediately if you require help getting your child online.

If your child would prefer paperwork, we are able to provide this on request. Please contact your child's tutor if this is required. All paperwork will be collected from home for marking.

How will my child be taught remotely?

Your child will be taught remotely using a combination of:

  • Live teaching (online lessons on Microsoft Teams)

  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home

  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

It is a good idea to keep your child in a 'school routine' while they are learning remotely. Plenty of sleep and healthy eating will help them to engage with their lessons during the day.

We expect your child to attend every online lesson and complete all of the work set for them by their teachers.

If your child is struggling to engage with remote learning, they will be asked to return to lessons in centre as lack of engagement makes them vulnerable to missing significant amounts of education. Your child's Key Tutor will monitor their attendance closely and contact you if there are any concerns.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Assessment will take place as normal, with live feedback provided in online lessons, regular marking of work  and review meetings with parents. Key Tutors will be in touch at least once a week to check in on progress with work, well-being at home and to give feedback on any completed work.

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 pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults. With this in mind, we are offering our students with additional needs contact time in centre, where it is safe to do so, to support their learning further. Support for home learning is available from our SENCO, Mrs Milne, as well as your child's Key Tutor. Please do not hesitate to contact us if your child is finding working at home difficult - we are here to support you.