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Ridgewood

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Remote Education

Students must download the Microsoft Teams app to their device/s.

 

Remote education provision: information for parents/carers 

Consistent with the guidance from the Department for Education, it remains our intention to provide remote education that is high quality, and aligned as closely as possible with in-school provision. The ongoing remote education that we provide, if accessed, will ensure that students can continue to master the curriculum and make good progress, despite learning from home.

The information on this page is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents/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?

Until live lessons are up and running, students should spend at least the first day working through the independent learning resources on Microsoft Teams. Students should follow their school timetable as normal, spending up to one hour on each subject.

Teachers will direct students in their classes, via Microsoft Teams, on what to complete in the immediate term.

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. This is done through live lessons. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects to accommodate remote teaching. For example, PSHCE, core PE, Design Technology and Music.

 

 Remote teaching and study time each day

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

To support staff and students’ wellbeing whilst working from home, each lesson will be 45 minutes in length. We have made regular opportunities for staff and students to have a break from their device. Time in between lessons also supports teachers to transition between lessons and prepare for the next class.

To supplement students’ learning, to ensure they receive the statutory 5 hours per day, we include enrichment opportunities within our remote curriculum, alongside encouraging independent reading and regular exercise. This information is also directly communicated to parents/carers.

The timings of the remote learning day are shown below:

Period 1 9-9.45am
Break 9.45-10.10am
Period 2 10.10-10.55am
Form 11-11.15am
Period 3 11.20-12.05pm
Lunch 12.05-1.10pm
Period 4 1.10-1.55pm
Period 5 2-2.45pm

 

Accessing remote education 

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

Students will access their remote education via Microsoft Teams. They should download Microsoft Teams to their device and log in using their school email address and password.

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:

  • Students can access Microsoft Teams on most devices, including smart phones, tablets and iPads. Students are not required to complete all of their work on a device, as long as they can access the resources/live lessons, they are able to work on paper. If students are required to submit their work, and have worked on paper, they can send images of their work to teachers via school email.
  • If a child is without a device or access to the internet, and therefore cannot log in to Microsoft Teams, parents/carers should contact us. We will work with parents/carers to seek a solution.
  • We have, as a school, purchased a finite number of devices to loan to students. The government also provided a small number of devices to us for the same purpose. All devices available are currently on loan to students who are eligible. We have a waiting list for students wishing to loan devices.
  • Our on-site full-time provision is available for students (during closure) who have no access to devices and/or internet at home, to complete their remote learning. Parents/carers should contact us if they wish to discuss a place for their child at the provision.  

How will my child be taught remotely?

Our primary source of remote education is through the delivery of live lessons, via Microsoft Teams. However, to accompany live teaching we use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:

  • assignments (set on Microsoft Teams).
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers).
  • online textbooks/apps (e.g. Kerboodle, My GCSE Science, Educake and MathsWatch).
  • encouraging students to read books they have at home.
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

 

Engagement and feedback 

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

Routine is extremely important. Students must be logged into Microsoft Teams and ready to start their day promptly at 9am. Students should attend all live lessons and engage in all activities, as directed by their teacher. Their lessons will occur in order of their normal timetable.  Students’ timetables are available on Frog.

We would be grateful if parents/carers could remind students of the live lesson expectations. During live lessons students should follow the expectations below:

  • Ensure that their microphone is muted at all times, unless their teacher asks them to unmute.
  • Ensure that their camera is off at all times.
  • Use the ‘raise hand’ function to notify the teacher if they have a question.
  • Only use the ‘chat’ function when instructed by the teacher.

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

Our teachers track all attendance to live lessons. Staff from the Pastoral Team will contact parents/carers of students, by telephone, where there are concerns raised about lack of engagement.

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 minimum expectations for feeding back on student work are as follows:

Key Stage Minimum expectations for feedback

3

(Years 7-9)

  • Teachers will offer verbal feedback to students during all live lessons. It is likely that this will be done through questioning or short quizzes, to check students’ understanding.

4

(Years 10-11)

  • Teachers will offer verbal feedback to students during all live lessons. It is likely that this will be done through questioning or short quizzes, to check students’ understanding. 
  • Teachers will provide at least whole class feedback on key pieces of work, in line with the scheme of learning. This will support students in improving their work, based on common errors/misconceptions that the teacher addresses with the group.

5

(Years 12-13)

  • Teachers will offer verbal feedback to students during all live lessons. It is likely that this will be done through questioning or short quizzes, to check students’ understanding. 
  • Teachers will provide written feedback on key pieces of work, in line with the scheme of learning. This will support students in improving their work, based on targeted praise and next steps.

 

Additional support for with students 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 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/carers to support those students in the following ways:

  • Our on-site full-time provision is available for students who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. Parents/carers of these students will be contacted, in the event of school closure, to offer their child a place in school.
  • Teachers are trained to support students with SEND through quality first teaching. All students with SEND have a ‘one-page profile’ that summarises for their teachers how they can best support them in lessons.
  • The SENCO is responsible for co-ordinating support for parents/carers in accessing remote education for their child. If parents/carers are concerned about their child’s access to remote learning due to special education needs and/or disabilities they should contact us.

 

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?

Students can use our ‘Microsoft Teams how-to guide’ for support in accessing independent remote education resources on Microsoft Teams. The resources provided ensure individual students who are self-isolating can still access a planned and well-sequenced curriculum, with meaningful and ambitious work each day, across all of their subjects.

Students should follow their timetable and work through the lessons they would normally have in a day, spending approximately one hour on each one (totalling five hours a day). They should work through lessons in order and keep track of which lessons they have completed for each subject, so they know which to move on to next. Students should not aim to complete work any faster than at the pace of their normal timetable, and should avoid rushing. Students can complete their work on a device or on paper.

If a student is unsure which lesson to start with, to ensure their learning is sequenced correctly, then they can email their teacher via their school email or @mention them on Microsoft Teams, for support. Students can also contact their teacher in the same way if they are struggling with, or have a question about the work set.

Ordinarily, teachers are not required to feedback on all pieces of work that a student completes. The work that students complete during self-isolation will develop students’ knowledge of the subject. If work is required to be submitted to a teacher for feedback, then this will be made clear to students in the remote learning resources. Students will be directed to send their work to their teacher either via email, or via Microsoft Teams as a submitted assignment. If a student is unable to send their work electronically, they should bring it with them when they are safe to return to school.

 

Parents/carers can view the support page in this section of the website for further guidance.

 


If you have any questions about our remote education provision please contact us.