Remote Education Template
An optional template to support schools when publishing information about their remote education provision on their websites - sample content from EdTechSheff (King Ecgbert School with Notre Dame High School). Schools can download a blank template from the Department for Education's education and childcare during coronavirus website, or we have made an editable copy of the EdTechSheff document.
Remote education provision: information for parents
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.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Work will either be a link to a live lesson, or the lesson resources with instructions of what to do.
Your first check should always be on Edulink. If you can’t log on to Edulink, you should contact your Year Manager or the office so your details can be sorted out.
Make sure you follow the teacher’s instructions, particularly where you have been asked to send work back to them. This allows them to see how you are doing and provide you with help and advice.
If you are in need of extra help, email your teachers directly.
If you need any other help or advice, contact your Year Manager.
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 and appropriate. Therefore, it is expected your child follows their school timetable for each day of lessons.
However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. Please see below for the details.
Maths – Within the Y10 curriculum have postponed teaching the units on transformations and constructions, until we return from remote learning. This is due to these units requiring specialist equipment which not all pupils will have access to at home.
Science – same curriculum but without any practical work. This has been replaced with animations/videos etc.
Drama – BTEC and GCSE – difficult to include the practical elements of the course from home. Will be using online resources to support the development of relevant skills from home. Focusing more on the written aspects of the course.
D&T - following an adapted curriculum with more emphasis on knowledge and computer aided design and manufacture. Links provided to free browser-based software. Any practical materials needed at KS4 are posted to students.
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:
We expect that remote education (this includes remote teaching, either live or through interactive PowerPoints and students completing work independently) to take broadly 4 hours each day.
Each lesson should be around 40 minutes’ worth of activities.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Your child will mainly need their Edulink and Office 365 log-in details. Please contact their head of year if they do not have these.
They may also be asked to use other platforms such as HegartyMaths and Educake. Please contact their subject teacher if they do not have these.
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:
Parents and carers can contact their child's head of year if they need to borrow a laptop or for help with internet connection.
The SEND department will ensure that students needing printed materials receive them; students can return work to the main reception in school periodically to allow teachers to give feedback on their work.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
• Live teaching via Microsoft Teams
• Recorded interactive PowerPoint
• Oak National Academy lessons
• Activities to complete using online platforms
• Worksheets to complete
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 expect students to get started with work at 9am and follow their usual school timetable.
Parents should check the quality of the work their child is producing. We suggest if possible, parents engage with children at lunch and end of the day to see the work they have done.
If asked by teachers, work is to be submitted for marking/checking through Teams. If your child has not attended lessons or has not be submitting work, you/they will be contacted by the teacher.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We have asked teachers to monitor the engagement of students through the below methods:
• Attendance of students at live lessons on Microsoft Teams
• Setting quizzes which shows teachers your child’s performance
• Checking if students are submitting work on Microsoft Teams.
If your child misses more than two lessons in row, the teacher will contact you via email. If there are still ongoing concerns after this point, the year manager will make contact.
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. Our approach to feedback back on pupil work is as follows:
• Whole-class feedback during live lessons. This could be done through questioning or self-marked activities.
• Whole-class feedback by providing example answers.
• Quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms
A combination of these approaches should be appearing in every lesson.
Your child will also receive more detailed personalised feedback on a piece of work submitted in Microsoft Teams after every 6 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 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.
Therefore, we will make contact on a weekly basis via phone or email to check on how your child is coping whilst learning from home.
Any concerns picked up during a conversation will be passed on to the school Senco.
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?
There may be fewer interactive and narrated resources due to the teacher being in school teaching.