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.
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?
During the first day or two of being at home pupils will be asked to check Google Classroom for any incomplete assignments and any new lessons and assignments that have been uploaded. They should check that they have joined a virtual classroom for all of their subjects and make contact with the school if they notice they are missing any subjects. It’s important to remember to check the class streams for announcements, particularly the year group class stream.
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. In some subjects the order of topics taught may be adjusted slightly, but the curriculum content remains the same.
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 be the equivalent to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. This includes both recorded and live direct teaching as well as time for pupils to complete tasks and assignment independently. Pupils should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per day completing the work set.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Students can access their home learning in Google Classroom. This is a safe and secure place to receive and share learning, and a place to connect with school staff and classmates. Google Classroom is accessible from any digital device with internet access and a web browser. Many subjects are also using Seneca; links to any tasks set in Seneca will be shared in Google Classroom. You can find out more about Seneca here.
We understand that parents and carers may be concerned about the amount of screen time children are being exposed to already. Assignments can be completed on paper and then a photo of the learning can be submitted on Google Classroom (this tutorial explains how to do this).
How to Login
- Go to Google Classroom https://classroom.google.com
- Use your LGfL Email username followed by "@notredamerc.school" (e.g.: firstname.lastname@example.org) and your usual LGfL email password.
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:
How will my child be taught remotely?
Meaningful and ambitious assignments will be set each day in a range of subjects (for KS3 this will follow their home learning timetable, for KS4 they will follow their usual school timetable). We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Assignments set will include the following remote teaching approaches:
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?
Pupils are expected to:
Parents and carers should:
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Pupils will be given timely and frequent feedback on how to 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 uses a combination of the following methods:
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:
All students with Education, Health and Care Plans who are not attending the school site for educational provision shall be contacted once a week by the school's SENCO. The SENCO will enquire about the student's wellbeing and also ensure that she is able to access and undertake the tasks set on remote learning. In addition, the SENCO will liaise with outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist to ensure that the student's entitlements as set out in her EHCP are being met.
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?
Pupils will be able to access the resources used in the lessons in school via Google Classroom. They will be set personalised assignments which will help them to continue studying the curriculum from home. Key Stage 4 students will also be encouraged to use their revision guides. They should submit their work in the same way that they usually submit their home learning via Google Classroom. Feedback will be given via Google Classroom.
Firm Foundations Learning Platform
We now have a subscription to Firm Foundations which can be used to further support and enrich remote learning, particularly in PSHE and core subjects. One of the key benefits of this learning platform is that once downloaded, the iPhone App or Android app can be used offline (so no need for wifi/ 4g once the app is downloaded). The resources available include extensive PSHE and citizenship materials, core curriculum support (e.g. for English and Maths) as well as providing extra reading opportunities. Pupils will be sent their usernames and passwords via e-mail. They may be asked to use some of the resources as part of an assignment (in which case they will be told via their class teacher in Google Classroom), they can also independently work through the courses. Please see the attached poster for information on how to log in.
Any Issues or Questions?
If you have any further issues or other questions not covered here please email: