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.

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?

When your child is working from home they will receive immediate provision of the curriculum through TEAMS remotely.  The following models below are in place as part of our Curriculum Contingency Plan for remote learning which can be found on this link to our website: https://www.hwga.org.uk/2021/01/08/remote-learning-support-for-families-and-students/ Both models are continually being implemented to ensure a smooth transition between physical lessons and online lessons.

Hybrid ModelStudents are self-isolating from a teaching group.The teacher continues to deliver their physical lesson in school whilst logging into TEAMS and presenting with audio for students to access remotely or record oral guidance alongside the presentation on PowerPoint record and upload to the relevant platform.
Remote ModelWhere there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home.The teacher delivers their lessons remotely within TEAMS following the timetable for all year groups.

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 would do when students are physically in school. 
  • All remote learning will follow the curriculum sequence where possible and be of high-quality to support students to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required.
  • Remote online platforms, such as GCSEpod, Kerboodle, Classoos, HegartyMaths, MyGCSE Science, Seneca, Educake will be used to supplement remote learning sessions on TEAMS not in place of live TEAMs lessons.

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: 6 X 50 minute live lessons in line with the school curriculum plus home study tasks and independent study.

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this yearAll year groups will follow their normal time-table of learning with full access to all of the curriculum including registration and assemblies.
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this yearAll year groups will follow their normal time-table of learning with full access to all of the curriculum including registration and assemblies.  Independent study programmes for Year 11 & 13 will be available for students with week by week links to supporting learning in each subject studied.

Accessing remote education

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

All students have full access to Office 365 platforms including online word, excel, powerpoint and our remote education will be delivered through Microsoft TEAMS for all year groups. Supplementary online learning platforms are also available which include digital textbooks:

GCSEPod Seneca Learning Hegarty Maths MyGCSE Science Classoos Kerboodle Educake FireflyAll GCSE curriculum subjects KS3-5 curriculum subjects Maths KS4 Science Digital textbooks for KS3-5 Digitial textbooks for KS3-5 Digital Assessments VLE for all studentshttps://members.gcsepod.com/ https://app.senecalearning.com/login https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner https://www.my-gcsescience.com/ https://my.classoos.com/uk/books/textbooks https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login https://www.educake.co.uk/ https://hwga.fireflycloud.net/

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:

Students in KS4 and KS5 have been issued a laptop by the academy to support working remotely and to ensure that they have full access to the curriculum during the examination years.  An order for devices for all KS3 students is in place to be rolled out once delivered.  Whilst awaiting devices for KS3 the following options are available to support families with online access:

How can my child loan a laptop from the school?

Parents can contact the school reception to request ICT support which is managed by a member of our extended leadership team.  Regular lines of communication have been set up for parents and students to make requests for devices, such as:

  • ICT surveys completed in all KS3 form groups to assess the level of need and followed up.
  • During welfare phone call checks, form tutors are asking about the student’s ICT facilities at home and making referrals to our IT support team to resolve.
  • Text messages have been sent out with contact details on to make requests for ICT  assistance if required.  This could be relating to further data, internet issues or the need for to loan a laptop.
  • Parents will receive a phone call when a Laptop/Device has been made available and can arrange to collect the item from reception. An appointment must be made to reduce the number of students/parents entering the academy site.
  • Where the collection is not possible due to family restrictions, a member of the pastoral or leadership team will deliver the item.

How can I gain extra mobile data and connectivity to the internet?

Parents have been sent a survey to complete to provide the school with any requests for additional mobile data.  We are following the following steps to assist families in gaining increased internet access:

  • The school will input the parental information received on the GOV.UK web portal for parents to potentially receive extra mobile data from companies that have signed up to the service.
  • Where students have identified that they are having internet issues, the school has provided a 4G dongle if they are available.  Further requests are available.
  • Any students that have not logged on to any online lessons are phoned by the pastoral team promptly to address the reason. If their issue relates to ICT, these are addressed by the IT support team.

How can I access printed materials to support learning if I do not have online access?

Students can request printed material if they need it and arrange to collect it from reception. Where the collection is not possible due to self-isolation, where possible this will be sent in the post.  If required the printed material will be delivered to their homes by a member of the pastoral or leadership team. 

  • During welfare calls, form tutors can ascertain if students need printed material. The form tutors will then contact the relevant Head of Department to arrange resources to be compiled.
  • A member of the extended leadership team has a bank of resources available from key subject areas ready-and-waiting to ensure a prompt response to requests can be achieved. These resources are in line with the subject curriculum that is being studied.
  • Stationery-based resources are available in packs for students and parents to collect by appointment.  A request can be made via school reception for these resources to be posted or delivered to the student’s home.

How can my child submit work to their teachers for feedback if we do not have online access?

Students can submit their work in any format that they are personally able to do so.  This can be via Microsoft TEAMS, OneDrive or email if a digital copy.  Where this is not possible the following options are available:

  • Students can photograph physical work and email via any method available to them at any agreed point.
  • Students are also able to complete and submit physical work upon return to the academy.  If pre-agreed, students/parents can drop work at the school reception if they students require feedback on the work that they have submitted.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • TEAMs live lessons for all year groups following the usual curriculum time-table
  • Assignments on TEAMs set during lessons to gain feedback from students working remotely and for independent study.
  • Use of Microsoft Whiteboard to enable teachers to illustrate and model teaching points live on TEAMs.
  • Links to supplementary online learning platforms with tailored tasks for specific students.
  • Printed resources will be posted out to students where accessing remote learning is difficult.

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?

  • Documents that guide parents/carers on how to support their child with home learning are available on our website https://www.hwga.org.uk/covid-response/
  • Regular contact with parents/carers via email, firefly messages and texts home with updates on our remote learning plans are sent with updates.
  • Regular welfare calls home by the pastoral team to check on access to remote education are factored into our contingency plan.

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

  • Registers are taken for morning registration and lesson by lesson.  The attendance officer monitors daily engagement with online lessons and informs parents via text or phone call when lessons are missed during the school day.
  • Subject teachers ensure that learning material is uploaded to the files section on TEAMs for students to revisit if they are unable to access the live lessons at the time that they are scheduled.
  • Heads of departments follow up and monitor engagement of lessons in each subject and follow up persistent absences to lessons via email.

How will I know whether my child is attending all the online lessons?

  • Student attendance registers for online lessons on TEAMs are logged everyday on our academy database ‘SIMS’.
  • You can access daily attendance through Firefly by going into My Child and scrolling down to attendance.  This is linked to the morning and afternoon registration taken on our database ‘SIMS’.
  • Contact is made with parents/carers on a daily basis to identify which students are not attending TEAMs online lessons.  This information is distributed daily to our senior leadership team, pastoral team and accessible by all school staff.
  • COVID-19 weekly attendance trackers on excel are updated weekly.  Returning students from self-isolation are supported when returning to physical lessons either in class or remotely.
  • Safe and well checks are made for all students within the academy from years 7-13.
  • We conduct home visits and phone calls to our vulnerable students weekly.
  • Provision in school is available for children of key workers and vulnerable students on site during any local or national restrictions.

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:

  • Meaningful and ambitious work will be set through tasks and assignments alongside the current curriculum.
  • At least two tasks/assignments to be set weekly.  One through TEAMS linked to the TEAMS lesson content covered and one linked to home study via online learning platforms.
  • Individual feedback to students will be given twice a week alongside the tasks/assignments which can be:  Comments on tasks, low stake quizzes, comments sent to them personally in a chat, voice recorded feedback, rubrics and marks within the work that they have submitted.
  • When students are in school the usual feedback policy which is aligned to our curriculum map will be implemented both in written and digital formats.
  • Teachers as routine will adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to individualised feedback to students on TEAMS orally, through the chat function, Microsoft whiteboard, feedback function and through low stake quizzes.
  • Lesson feedback to be gauged through various strategies – chat function, oral discussions, forms quizzes, polls etc.
  • KS3 to have formal formative feedback in line with the curriculum mapped yellow feedback sheets.
  • KS4/5 to receive formal formative feedback weekly as low stake quizzes.  This can take the form of yellow sheets, Microsoft Forms, Educake, Seneca, GCSEPod, Kerboodle or our own VLE Firefly.

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 in the following ways:

  • We will contact SEND students weekly to ensure that they are safe and well.
  • Teaching assistants will speak to students over the phone to ensure that they understand the work they have to complete and how to access it.
  • Teaching assistants will be present in online lessons that they normally support in.  Students will have the opportunity to use the breakout room facility in TEAMs to speak privately with the teaching assistant, if they require further support.
  • Intervention sessions that would normally run in school will continue online where possible.
  • Teachers will continue to scaffold and differentiate student work so that it is tailored to their needs.

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?

We continually operate a Hybrid Model of teaching which means that teachers deliver their lesson physically in school whilst logging into TEAMS for students that are isolating at home to access.  Teachers will present the material through TEAMS and ensure that instructions are clear through audio throughout the lesson.  Students self-isolating are able to communicate with the teacher directly through the chat function which allows the student to be involved fully in lessons. 

Hybrid ModelStudents are self-isolating from a teaching group.The teacher continues to deliver their physical lesson in school whilst logging into TEAMS and presenting with audio for students to access remotely or record oral guidance alongside the presentation on PowerPoint record and upload to the relevant platform.

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