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Remote Learning for ‘Bubbles’ of Students or During a Lockdown

It may be the case that in the coming weeks and months a whole ‘bubble’ of students will be sent home to self-isolate following positive Covid cases. This may be a whole form group or a whole year group of students. It is also possible that all students may have to learn remotely during a local or national lockdown. 

What remote learning will be provided for my child?

If your child is part of a larger ‘bubble’ of students who have all been sent home to self-isolate or there is a lockdown, class teachers will deliver live teaching for the first half of each lesson on Zoom or on Google Meets. This will begin immediately from the day after any period of remote learning is announced. We will immediately transfer over to a timetable of live lessons and students should follow their conventional school timetable each day, joining live lessons using links provided in their Google Classroom for each subject. 

We expect that students will attend all of their lessons across each day while they are learning remotely. This means that students in KS3 and KS4 will complete at least 5 hours of remote learning each day while 6th form students will complete all of their guided learning hours in their normal timetable.

Your child must engage fully in all their live lessons, participating in all tasks and playing an active part in the lesson. They will also be able to watch a recording of key parts of the lesson in their Google classroom if they cannot attend the live lesson due to technical difficulties.

Students will then be set further tasks to complete for the remainder of each lesson, for example an extended writing task or questions to answer which will check their understanding of the lesson content. Students must upload their completed work using the Google classroom platform.

If your child is finding it difficult to access a particular task, please ask your child to email their class teacher using their school email address.

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 provide written feedback on key pieces of work via Google classrooms

  • Teachers will use in-class questioning, low stakes quizzing and whole class feedback to provide further feedback to pupils in live lessons and through the Google Classroom platform

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

Teachers will monitor students’ engagement with remote learning by recording attendance to online lessons and checking that students are submitting assignments on Google Classroom. 

Where engagement is a concern, we will inform parents and carers by text messages, emails and phone calls. DSDs, form tutors and teachers will all be involved in this follow up with parents / carers and students to find out why students are not attending lessons or completing the set work. 

Where there is a persistent lack of engagement a referral may be made to the Education Welfare Officer.