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Remote education provision: information for parent

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils 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 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?

We intend to start remote teaching immediately although it is important to recognise that some teething issues may well occur with technology for both staff and students.

Particularly important is that students are able to login to Show My Homework and their Office 365 accounts, which are used consistently whilst school is open but are relied upon even more when working remotely.

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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

For example, many practical lessons cannot happen as they would in school. As such, the remote curriculum will be adapted at a subject level omitting some details whilst bringing others topic areas forward.

Our aim is that the broad trajectory of what is taught in each year is still covered and that on return to school, students and staff will not be significantly behind where they would normally expect to be.


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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year

Students will receive five lessons per day with content targeted to take 45 minutes.

There will also be two form time sessions per week, each lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Extension work will also be provided for students who manage to complete the core activities provided.

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

For students in year 12 and 13, lessons will replicate what would be taught in school.

There will be live lessons online for both year groups as well as work set for independent completion.


Accessing remote education

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

If you are using online tools or digital platforms, either for delivery or for assessment, please share the names of these resources.

Show My Homework will be the primary platform for sharing work. Students can login using their Office 365 credentials, parents are able to have their own account to support their children in tracking work to be completed. Even when students require other platforms, Show My Homework should be used to signpost where these are.

At Trinity we use Office 365 to support both our administration and delivery. Particularly, students will need to access and use Outlook for email, Teams for collaboration and live lessons, SharePoint for accessing files and Forms when completing quizzes to assess learning.

Staff will also set work from Seneca and Oak Academy, which provide content that has been generated externally.

Whilst this covers 95% of what we do, there may be instances where other platforms are used.

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 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 an issue with accessing online learning please contact your respective Raising Standards Leader:

Year 7 and 8; Miss Loveridge zloveridge@trinitysevenoaks.com

Year 9 and 10; Mr Birks-Agnew abirks@trinitysevenoaks.com

Year 11; Ms Laidler claidler@trinitysevenoaks.com

Year 12 and 13; Mr Shaw rshaw@trinitysevenoaks.com

It is our aim that students would each be equipped to access the online learning provided by our staff. This can include the lending of laptops and internet dongles.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

There will be a range of teaching approaches adopted by teaching staff.

Teaching staff are following the school timetable for students, setting work intended to be completed during lesson time. This will typically mean five lessons per day for students.

We have asked teaching staff that the core of each lesson would take 45 minutes to complete although it should be noted that this is very challenging to deliver precisely.

Pre-recorded lessons will form a significant portion of how we deliver new knowledge. Education research recommends this as the most effective method of teaching new content as students are able to pause and review content as required. Pre-recorded lessons are also widely accessible to students who are needing to share devices at home or have unreliable internet connectivity.

There will also be live contact with staff through form time twice a week as well as a number of other lessons. We recognise that this personal contact provides support for students.

There will be regular quizzes and assessments issued as part of our teaching routines. These are crucial for teaching staff in assessing student progress and subsequently adapting both what is taught and how it is delivered.


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?

Students

It is expected that children will complete 5 lessons per day as posted by the teaching staff. Also, that they will hand in work as required and attend online sessions, both lessons and form time. It is also expected that students communicate with teaching staff if they are unable to access a piece of learning, either for reasons of being unclear or technological issues.

Parents

Parents have never had a more important role in their child’s education. In addition, the support and encouragement that they already offer, support in three key areas is necessary:

  1. Resources

To access remote learning effectively, students need to have a space to call their own with clear time that they can expect the use of IT (ideally this would be their own device). Stationary as would be expected at school, including a calculator for example is also necessary.

  1. Environment

Providing and insisting on a tidy environment for students to work that is free from distraction will enable your child to make the most of the online learning opportunities provided.

  1. Communication

Parents should speak regularly to their children about what is needed to complete the learning and support their children in communicating where necessary with members of staff.

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

We will follow up with students who do not attend live lessons and will contact parents via email where this is the case.

Staff will also contact parents if deadlines are missed.

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 pupil work is as follows:

Teachers will regularly assess student progress through the period of remote learning.

Methods include but are not limited to:

  1. Quizzes on Show My Homework covering recent content
  2. Activities completed through Forms, both quizzes and longer written answers can be used.
  3. Emailed final work

Teachers will then use this information to adapt their teaching next steps.


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 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 by a nominating member of the support team to provide what is necessary to access and where appropriate adapt the provision.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where possible with exam classes, we will allow students to login into lessons remotely.

Staff will need to set work through Show My Homework during instances where individuals or small groups of students isolating.

If a large number of students are isolating but not the whole year group, we will take the opportunity to rearrange learning in school to free staff to deliver effectively to those at home. Methods outlined earlier in the document will likely be followed.

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