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 pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.
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.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
At Outwood Academy Redcar, we use GSuite which is a platform for remote education using Google. Students are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom which all students have already been invited to. Teachers will set appropriate work for their classes via the Classroom; this will include live lessons, pre recorded lessons and appropriate resources to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning. Pre Recorded lessons might include videos from our expert subject directors which will deepen understanding of key topics.
Students who do not have access to technology can liaise with the school who may loan the student a Chromebook. In the instance of a national lockdown, the school may provide a place for a child within the school provision to allow the child to access appropriate technology.
If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology and Wi-Fi access can be kept up to date. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
H3. 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. There may be some subjects such as art, PE and design & technology that rely on access to specific resources and equipment that students do not have access to at home. In these cases, alternative work will be set that is linked as closely as possible to what the students would be learning if they were in school. It is important that students continue to make progress in all their subjects, this is why we have carefully mapped the content for each subject to ensure that we can switch seamlessly to a remote learning approach should the need arise.
Details of our curriculum can be found on our website: Subjects
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 *
A minimum of 5 hours with additional work set between lessons (homework)
We use Gsuite for Education which is a package of free apps on Google including; Google Classroom, Google Meet & Google Docs. We may also use a range of websites such as Hegarty Maths, Sparks Maths & Educake.
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:
If you have already informed us that your child needs access to a device to access online learning a Chromebook will be issued for the duration of the Covid related absence. We do understand that circumstances may change and should this happen then please contact us via email@example.com. A colleague from school will then contact you to address any issues and to resolve any barriers to online learning, including Wi-Fi access.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Google Classroom is the ‘go to’ place for all students to access their online learning. All students have been taught how to use this platform and additional support if required is available via the ‘Online Learning’ section of the school website (parents/carers will find video clips which explain for example, how to log onto Google Classroom, resetting passwords, accessing and submitting work etc).
All students are expected to engage with remote learning and those not engaging will be followed up by their teachers and learning manager to identify any barriers & to establish what further support is required.
The following guides have been produced to support remote learning:
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. This will take a variety of formats depending on the way the lesson is delivered:
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:
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.
High quality learning will be set via the Google Classroom that is in line with the work that would be being covered in the lessons. Where it is practicable to do so, live lessons will be provided, teachers might also provide recorded input which students can watch at home. Where this is nor practicable, work will be set that aligns closely with the content of the lesson.