Remote Learning – What do I need to Know?

Remote education provision: information for parents

The Purpose of Remote Learning

 

Remote learning provides an opportunity for students and teachers to remain connected and engaged with the learning process when lessons cannot be delivered at Brixham College as normal.

This may be due to situations where students are unable to attend due to a period of advised self-isolation or an extended period of College closure.

 

This guidance is an addition to the online safety policy and has been written in order to respond to the move to remote learning necessitated by the physical closure of the College due to government restrictions. However, the guidance will be relevant to any future situations where education or support is being provided to students remotely.

The types of situation where remote learning or support might be appropriate include, but are not limited to,:

  • A student being physically absent from College but still able to undertake work
  • A member of staff being physically absent from College but still able to undertake work

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

 

All students at KS3 will follow the Mastery Curriculum so that knowledge and skills are incremental with clear progression; learning is continually revised and revisited throughout.

All teachers will use the Mastery Assessment Criteria (Emerging/Developing / Mastered /Ambitious) so that each subject is differentiated and students know what to do in order to make progress to the next stage.

All teachers at KS4 and KS5 will continue to follow the Curriculum and Assessment Criteria. Teachers will use one clear learning objective which is linked to Blooms: E.G. “Identify and explain the key features of Sub Tropical Climate” – these lessons are delivered via online Live Lessons using Microsoft TEAMS as the platform

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

 

How long can I expect work set by Brixham College to take my child each day?

 

All teachers are required to deliver their timetabled lessons that mirrors the normal school day and are required to teach live (synchronous) for 15 – 20minutes with the rest of lesson on independent tasks or assessment. Teachers will continue be available on line for the duration of the lesson to assist and guide students with their work. Teachers will need to be mindful of the length of independent study to ensure students are ready to start their next subject. The table below shows the amount of learning that students should complete each day.

 

Key Stage 3 5 Hours of online teaching per day
Key Stage 3 5 Hours of online Teaching per day
Key Stage 5 Access to full timetable of teaching in line with curriculum.

 

Accessing remote education

 

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

 

All Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students are provided with Chromebooks that they can use to access remote learning. Key Stage 3 students can access the lessons via mobile phones, home PCs, X box, Playstation or any other device that allows internet connection.

All students have their own Office 365 account which allows them access to the complete suite of tools provided by Microsoft (Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc). These tools run online and can be used on devices that do not already have them installed.

 

Teachers will use Teams to schedule their lessons 24 hours in advance of the timetabled lesson and deliver face to face lessons. High quality lesson resources will need to be uploaded in advance into Teams or the Digital Classroom and each lesson will be titled to ensure students can prepare resources in advance.

 

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. If a student in KS3 does not have a suitable digital device at home, or has not access to the internet in order to access the learning them Brixham College remains open for these students in order for them to receive face to face teaching. If you wish to book your child a place for these sessions, then the booking form can be found HERE

 

If in the rare event that a child does not have access to a digital device or the internet and is not in a position to attend face to face sessions at Brixham College then paper copies of the work can be provided. This is allocated on a case by case basis and any applications for this service must be put in writing to thale@brixhamcollege.co.uk

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

Teachers will use a simple three-part lesson plan that addresses explanation, modelling and challenge. Teachers will use three of the Six Principles from ‘Making Every Lesson Count’ which underpins the teaching of Mastery.  At the start of each lesson Teachers use a ‘Do Now’ to revisit or revise knowledge or introduce tier 2 or 3 vocabulary. Throughout the lesson teachers must provide opportunities to address common misconceptions. At the end of each lesson teachers must revisit and revise and be clear of the next stage.

 

All subject ‘Five Year Plans’ and Knowledge Organisers are available on our website.

 

Teachers will use the Brixham College common slides which top and tails each lesson to set expectations, routines and outline the lesson for consistency.

 

All teachers will be warm, welcoming and greet students as they enter from the lobby and complete the register to monitor student engagement.

 

Teachers will need to try and ‘Dissolve the Screen’ to get a sense of normality with a feeling of the classroom. Students need to feel they have been seen and their efforts are acknowledged whilst building a relationship and synergy.

 

Teachers will need to be mindful of ‘Screen Fatigue’ and the length of time sat in front of device and may occasionally need to provide work that does not require a computer, perhaps using Knowledge Organisers.

 

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?

 

The success of the engagement in online learning is very much rooted in support from parents. In January, we moved rapidly to an online learning environment. This is a new world to the staff at Brixham College and we are all in the process of rapid upskilling. Primarily, we would ask you to be patient while we get it right.

 

While the lessons are taking place, where possible, we ask that you are available nearby should your child have any concerns, but ask that you not appear in video feeds or otherwise engage in the lesson.

 

Any technical questions on supporting students with remote learning should be directed to helpdesk@brixhamcollege.co.uk

 

Should parents have any safeguarding concerns relating to remote learning or support they should contact a member of the senior leadership team or the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead on: rburden@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Other sources of support available include:

 

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 as normal at the beginning of every lesson – any student who misses a lesson can expect some form of contact from the class teacher to check that there are no issues. If a student misses several lesson during a day or a pattern of absence begins to form then parents will be contacted by a member of the pastoral team.

 

If your child is going to be absent from the online learning environment then please follow the normal procedures. Please notify the Brixham College absence line before 8:30am

Absence Line 01803 881228

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

 

Teachers need to be mindful of the amount of new knowledge and not overload the Working Memory. Look to provide ‘Pause Points’ in order for students to transfer into Long Term Memory.   To ensure understanding and gauge how well students are making progress Teachers will need to provide opportunities for interaction via questioning with regular and frequent feedback. Teachers will need to provide ‘Pause Points’ for students to be able to respond to questioning and to question in the early part of lesson in order to maintain student engagement.

‘Pause Points’ allow for memory retrieval, questioning, adequate time to complete exercise or check for understanding.

 

Student Feedback

 

When should Interaction / feedback be given What type of Interaction / feedback should be provided How will Interaction / feedback be provided
Every Lesson Direct or indirect questioning to monitor engagement or address misconceptions Chat Function / Hands Up Icon / Unmuted
Relevant Lessons Self-Assessment Chat Function / Hands Up Icon / Unmuted
Daily A student has a query about the work Email response ideally the same day
Weekly Daily tasks uploaded Assignments in Teams

Whole Class DIRT Lesson the subsequent lesson or following week

 

Whole class: ‘We had planned to push forward on to our next topic today – but I noticed yesterday we seemed to struggle with remainders, so I’ve put together more practice problems to help you really nail this’

 

Personal: You explained your solution to Q3 with excellent Maths vocabulary’

 

Not: ‘Great Work’

Weekly On Line Knowledge Quiz Educake / Hegarty Instant feedback
As per Faculty Marking and Feedback Policy Deep Marking / Assessments On Line Feedback to students

 

Teachers will monitor the engagement, completion and quality of students’ work. Where students have worked well and have made positive contributions to reward using Class Charts/ High Expectations / Completion of remote Learning.

 

 

 

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. If you have any questions regarding this support please contact one of our SENDcOs via e mail

ASC cbeswetherick@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Whole School slander@brixhamcollege.co.uk

 

 

Online Behaviour and SafeGuarding

 

Teachers should recognise that students will behave positively and negatively while accessing remote learning.

 

Rewarding students with Merits will continue and be encouraged for both engagement with live sessions and for the quality of work submitted.  A remote learning specific merit has been created in ‘High Expectations’ on Classcharts.

 

Any negative behavioural issues that occur during an online session will be dealt with as sensitively as would be the case in a physical lesson.  Students will be informed clearly that their behaviour has led to a warning being issued.  If their behaviour escalates to a serious breach or persistent low level behaviour the student will be removed from the online environment and their access to the online learning platform will be removed for a period of time. If this is the case, students will be expected to complete work using their Knowledge Organisers.

 

There will be no 1:1 sessions with students.  In situations where it is absolutely necessary advice must be sought first from the Brixham College Safeguarding Lead ( rburden@brixhamcollege.co.uk )

 

Sessions will be recorded via Microsoft Teams so that it can be made available to students who are unable to attend at the time the session is running. Microsoft Teams stores recordings automatically for 20 days only at which point they cease to exist.

 

If the lesson includes any content involving students it will not be shared with other groups, or colleagues, unless this has been agreed with the students.

However if you should you have any safeguarding concerns relating to any aspect of an online lesson please contact the DSL rburden@brixhamcollege.co.uk or regarding data protection please contact the ICT Data Manager via helpdesk@brixhamcollege.co.uk

Other sources of support available include:

 

Remote Access To Learning