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
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
Work to be completed at home is placed on to ClassCharts immediately from the students’ first day of absence. Depending on the frequency of the subject on the students’ timetable, there will be either 1 block of work for the whole 2 weeks or 1 per week.
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, the planned amount of new knowledge that would have been introduced may be replaced with more recap and retention activities. We will also make some adaptations in practical subjects due to the lack of resources at home, e.g. PE, Art and Textiles.
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: (the hours below is inclusive of the normal time allocated to homework)
Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year – Years 7, 8 & 9 3.5 hrs
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year – Years 10 & 11 4.5 hrs
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning is provided through ClassCharts.
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:
If you have no technology or internet access then please inform the school by either email or phone to ensure your child doesn’t receive sanctions for non-completion and we will endeavor to solve your difficulties. Laptops, complete with internet access, have already been given to several students but if you haven’t yet received support or your circumstances have changed contact us immediately.
The majority of tasks set on ClassCharts will only require a short amount of internet access, therefore limiting the data needed. If access is an issue we recommend that students screenshot the task and resources and then complete the work on paper. Students can then send an image of their work to the relevant teacher via ClassCharts or bring the work into school after the isolation period.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
• live teaching (online lessons)
• recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers)
• textbooks and reading books students have at home
• commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
• lesson powerpoints with the relevant information and tasks detailed on them
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?
We expect all students to engage in all of the remote learning provided by the school on ClassCharts. As parents/carers we would appreciate your support in:
• ensuring your child can access the work and informing the school if this is not the case
• ensuring your child completes the work that is given and submits the relevant tasks
• ensuring your child attends all scheduled live lessons
• ensuring your child responds to their tutor’s morning message via ClassCharts by 9:10 every day
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Tutors will monitor the morning responses and contact home if there are any issues, as well as monitoring their tutees’ access to ClassCharts. Tutors will also make a weekly phone call home to offer support and guidance. If there is no improvement in access to ClassCharts or morning punctuality after support is given, then Senior Pastoral Staff will contact home. If your child has a Special Educational Need or is classified as Vulnerable, extra phone calls will be made home by pastoral staff.
Class teachers will monitor the submission of work and submit data for their classes, giving behaviour points for lack of completion (these will be erased if the work is subsequently submitted) and WOW points for completion; this can be seen by parents via ClassCharts.
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:
Feedback given to remote learning will follow Hetton School’s Marking and Feedback policy which dictates that work completed in core subjects (English, Maths and Science) will be marked at least once per fortnight whereas non-core subjects will be marked according to their frequency, but at least once a half term. Feedback will include at least one area of strength and one area of development and will be communicated via ClassCharts.
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:
Our pastoral system will more systematically and frequently contact the parents/carers of those students with additional needs to identify any barriers to the students accessing remote learning and to provide support. We will also extend an invitation for your child to attend school where there will be a teacher on-hand to support with any issues.
Those students who attend our language provision will still have access to a specialist teacher or LSA twice a week in-school, and will still have a weekly session with their language therapist as well as having bespoke work being set for them to complete on the days they are not in school.
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 possibly 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?
Remote education for self-isolating students will be the same as the approaches detailed above; the only difference being that they won’t necessarily receive a weekly call from their tutor if they are accessing ClassCharts and don’t require support of any kind. The work to complete at home will be placed on ClassCharts and will follow the same curriculum as their peers in school with some exceptions in practical subjects.