Remote Learning Policy

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 pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils 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?

Students will immediately be able to access their subject Google Classrooms where staff will have posted their lessons for the day, which could include live/recorded learning.

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:

Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year Year 7,8,9 and 10 students will be provided with a minimum of 5 hours learning every day.  Learning will be provided according to the students’ timetable.   Core PE provision will also be provided as an additional learning opportunity. 
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year Year 11 students will be provided with 5 hours learning every day.  Learning will be provided according to the students’ timetable.  Core PE provision will also be provided as an additional learning opportunity. 

Accessing remote education

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

By logging on to Google Classroom.

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:

  • We will issue or lend laptops or tablets to students that we have available.  If parents require a device they should email lee.ford@coopacademies.co.uk
  • We will support parents who require a dongle to enable an internet connection for their children to work remotely.  If parents require a dongle they should email lee.ford@coopacademies.co.uk.
  • Where students need additional data for mobile devices they should email stok-academy@coopacademies.co.uk.
  • Students who request printed materials as an alternative to online remote learning receive a pack of work for their core subjects.  Parents who require this should email diane.drew@coopacacemies.co.uk.

Students who are working from paper based resources should deliver work to the Academy in order to receive feedback and request additional materials from diane.drew@coopacademies.co.uk.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:

Our remote learning will continue to teach your child a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Google Classroom lessons 
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

Students in Key Stage 4 can expect a proportion of their learning to be delivered ‘live’ or through a recording.

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 would appreciate parents supporting their child’s home learning by ensuring that their child is out of bed and ready to learn for 9.00am. 
  • We expect all students to engage fully in their home learning, joining their Head of Year every morning for a virtual morning ‘Meet and Greet’ between 9.00am and 9.20am. 
  • All parents should check that their child has emailed their form tutor each week so that the Academy can be reassured of their ongoing safety and positive well being. 
  • We would like all parents to monitor their child’s home learning throughout the week.  Encourage their child to take their timetabled break at 11.30am-11.50am and their lunch at 12.50pm-1.30pm.
  • Parents should check their Parentmail and communication from the Academy to ensure that they are kept up to date with all important messages and a summary of their child’s previous week’s engagement.

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

  • Academy staff record pupils’ engagement in remote education on a weekly basis.  Each lesson staff record the following 

1 Student has submitted quality work in the subject. 

2 Student has joined a live lesson and taken part in the question and answer session or the student has submitted work. 

3 Student has joined the live lesson and not taken part in the lesson. 

N Student has not submitted any work.    

  • Each week the engagement score for your child’s English, maths and science is shared with parents via parent mail .  All students that have not engaged in the core subjects will then receive a phone call from the Head of Year or Year Manager.

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:

As the Academy is using a variety of different teaching methods for our Remote Learning your child will receive their assessment and feedback in different ways too. 

Below are some of the methods that our staff will be using to feedback on your child’s work. The frequency will be dependent on the number of lessons per week and  the format of the learning.

  • Verbal, immediate feedback during the live lesson from verbal and written answers submitted from students. 
  • Written, immediate feedback during the live lesson.  
  • Whole Class Feedback that will identify key strengths and areas of development for students. 
  • Individual personalised comments on written work.
  • IT Platforms such as Google Forms, SENECA and Bedrock will be automatically marked 
  • Students will self assess some work from answers provided in lessons.

Additional support for pupils 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 Learning Support Team will contact all the parents of our SEND students to explain how we are going to support them during their Home learning. 
  • Our Learning Support Team will talk through the remote learning process with our SEND students on a one to one basis to ensure that they are confident to continue with their learning
  • An Assistant Teacher will be assigned to all remote learning lessons where there is an identified SEND learner who requires support
  • Assistant Teachers will offer online feedback and support to SEND learners throughout the lesson.  
  • Assistant Teachers will produce additional resources if required for the SEND students if they  are struggling with the work that is set. 
  • Assistant Teachers will liaise with the class teacher to make them aware of any concerns that the SEND student may raise 
  • All SEND students are contacted weekly by the Learning Support Team to check on their well being and the progress they are making in remote learning.
  • Students who are classed as vulnerable – as per the DFE definition – will receive regular contact from the Academy.  Our starting point is that those students will be learning in the Academy.  Where students are at home and are struggling to engage with, or complete work, support will be put in place to help them.  This might mean they come into the Academy to continue their learning if they are not  already doing so.

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?

As our academy remote learning is the same high quality that we deliver if our students are attending the academy, if your child is self-isolating they will be taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects. Your child will be able to access their remote learning following 24 hours of isolation. 

Our expectations for isolating students are the same as those listed for students when the whole cohort is receiving remote learning.  When staff are delivering a blended learning approach academy staff will continue to offer a selection of live lessons, recorded lessons and work on Google Classroom.  Staff will also provide feedback as listed above.

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