Remote & Blended 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 where national or 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
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? The same timetabled lessons as they receive at school. The timing of the lesson will be updated to:
|Assembly/form time/(Mon-Thurs, when required)
|Lesson 5 (Mon – Thurs. Counts as pm reg for the day)
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? Yes, with the exception of some DT and ExArts lessons. These lessons have been updated to reflect the difference in access to practical activities which pupils would complete in school compared with their ability to do this at home.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? JCoSS uses MS Teams to deliver the remote curriculum. Your child will have received guidance on how to use this before remote education commences.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education? Any student who does not have digital or online access at home have been asked to inform their Head of Year. Here are some of the approaches we are currently taking to support those pupils to access remote education: Please email
email@example.com if you would like more information on how we issue and lend laptops to pupils
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on how we issue or lend devices that enable an internet connection (for example, data, routers or dongles)
email@example.com or students can MS Teams ‘chat’ with their teachers to organise access to printed materials if needed. Students can also use this means of communication to organise how they can submit work to their teachers if they do not have online access.
How will my child be taught remotely? We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
• live teaching (online lessons) – this is our main method of delivering the curriculum
• recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
• printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
• textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
• commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. Hegarty Maths, SENECA learning.
• long-term project work and/or internet research activities
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 are expected to attend all lessons suitably dressed and in a working environment with their camera’s switched on so that they can be clearly seen. Please use the usual school procedures for reporting student absence.
In order to continue to maximise learning, and encourage all to engage effectively, the following procedures will be applied to improve our support for students from Monday 25th January:
• For Years 7 & 8 all Home Learning will now be written/paper based projects, vocabulary learning or practical tasks where appropriate, to reduce the amount of screen time, with the omission of Hegarty Maths tasks
• Camera misuse and sanctioning – KS3 and KS4: At the start of the register, students will be given ONE reminder to turn their cameras on. By the end of the register if any student is seen without their camera on during a lesson without having previously asked for and being given permission, they will be issued a C4 and removed from the lesson.
• As students are often sharing workspace at home, blurring backgrounds has heightened importance due to the sensitivity of topics associated with older year groups, particularly for pastoral and Kvutzah themed sessions. This will ensure younger students are not able to view inappropriate lesson content from behind their classmates. In order to apply this feature, students need to click on the 3 dots located on the Teams toolbar, select ‘apply background effects’ and choose from the options provided.
• Staff will make necessary adjustments for SEN students in all instances.
If you have not already done so, please ensure you now contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of any reason why your child is unable to use a camera for online lessons. We are aware there will be occasional wifi or technical issues when working from home, please also communicate this to avoid students being unreasonably sanctioned.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns? Teachers complete registers for both registration periods and the 5 lessons. Absence is followed up in the usual way. Parents will be contacted by phone or email if there are concerns about a student’s attendance.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress? Feedback will continue to be provide by both qualitative and quantitative means. Here are some of the methods by which feedback will be provided:
• whole-class feedback during live or prerecorded lessons
• quizzes marked by pupils and automatically via digital platforms e.g. MS forms
• end of unit tests completed online
• completed home learning tasks uploaded to the ‘assignment’ section on MS Teams.
How often will pupils receive feedback on their work? This will remain the same as per our assessment policy: Teachers will enable regular recorded structured feedback. At KS3 once every six lessons or 3 times a half term, whichever is fewer and at KS4 fortnightly (or as differentiated in subject policies), more often at KS5. This will be monitored against the faculty feedback policy.
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:
• LSA attending live lessons (just like they would attend lessons in school to support students)
• 1:1 sessions with LSAs
• Regular contact with members of the Learning Support team
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? The only difference will be that your child will dial into their timetabled lesson, via MS Teams, which is being delivered at school.