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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. This in in addition to and compliments the REACH School Pupil Remote Learning Policy.

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?

Staff will immediately set remote tasks on Satchel for the lessons missed in those first few days, as instructed by the Deputy Headteacher.

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 will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in P.E., Catering, Challenge Day and Work Related Learning.

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:

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year

5

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

5

Accessing remote education

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

Work will be submitted via Satchel or emailed via REACH school email accounts. Live lessons will also be scheduled, with parents and students informed in advance. Work packs will be sent home weekly to accompany these online lessons.

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:

  • The school will offer and loan PCs or laptops to disadvantaged pupils to enable access to Satchel and educational links through the REACH School website, where they meet the DfE’s criteria. Parents or carers can find more information by contacting REACH School.
  • REACH School will issue 4G wireless routers that enable an internet connection with the loaned PCs and laptops where there is no internet connection. Parents or carers can find more information by contacting REACH School.
  • Printed materials will also be provided to students if they do not have online access or prefer to learn this way. Printed work, which will be posted home or delivered by staff weekly.
  • Paper copies of work can be submitted to their teachers if they do not have online access, either by post or returning to REACH School weekly.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

When teaching pupils who are working remotely, teachers will:

Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content through high-quality curriculum resources, including through educational videos.

Assess progress by using questions and other suitable tasks and be clear on how regularly work will be checked.

Adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.

Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers.

Teachers will ensure lessons are inclusive for all pupils and can be adapted to account for the needs of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND.

  • Use a variety of methods to assess and feed-back on pupils’ work

When teaching pupils who are working remotely, teachers will:

Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work to complete each day, with clear deadlines.

Deliver a planned, coherent and well-sequenced curriculum which allows skills to be built incrementally.

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers or Oak National Academy lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • live lessons
  • textbooks, revision guides and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • internet research activities or short project work.

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?

  • It is imperative that your child engages with home learning and submits completed work, as teachers need to evidence attainment and progress of the work completed outside of school.
  • We expect for pupils to engage with remote education daily and complete tasks set. If there is an issue or support is needed to access the work, please contact REACH school via email, Satchel or phone.
  • Please can you support your child’s education by helping to establish routines, to encourage them to start and complete tasks, to engage with live lessons, to submit work and ask for help when needed.

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

  • Staff will check work has been accessed via Satchel on the deadline assigned on Satchel, and will notify you if there is a concern. Paper work will be reviewed weekly by staff when it is returned to school.
  • If engagement is a concern, or the standard of work has noticeably decreased staff will contact you via telephone. This is in addition to weekly subject phone calls to offer support and guidance, in each subject area,

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 pupils. For example, 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:

All schoolwork completed through remote learning must be:

  • Submitted via Satchel or MyMaths.
  • Emailed to staff from a REACH email account to a staff REACH email account.
  • Finished when returned to the relevant member of teaching staff.
  • Returned on or before the deadline set by the relevant member of teaching staff.
  • Completed to the best of the pupil’s ability.
  • The pupil’s own work.
  • Marked in line with the Marking and Feedback Policy.
  • Returned to the pupil, once marked, by an agreed date.

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:

  • Students with SEND will have differentiated activities to meet their needs, to ensure that they can access remote education and make progress.
  • Remote learning activities will be quality assured by the Deputy Headteacher and the SENDCO.

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?

Our aims and values of quality first teaching, with a well sequenced curriculum which is in line with in school learning also applies to learners who are self-isolating.

Staff will set tasks daily on Satchel, with deadlines to be met by the end of the self-isolation period.

Staff will be available to offer support via phone calls and REACH email accounts. Students will be contacted be each teacher weekly to support them in their remote learning.

Health and Social Care
1:Human Lifespan Development
B: Investigate how individuals deal with life events

Coping with Life

For this task, you must choose two people who are willing to be interviewed about their life and events that have affected them. Your individuals could include:

  • yourself
  • friends
  • relatives
  • individuals taken from case studies provided by your teacher.

Your work will focus on how your two people were affected by the same life event.

Please remember that if you use real people, you must maintain confidentiality by changing names and places. You will also need to obtain written permission from them to use their information in your work.

Your work, based on your interviews, should be presented as an information pack and divided into three sections.

  1. The actual life event and the impact of this on each of the individuals
  2. How each individual adapted to the life event
  3. The role that support played in helping them to adapt and the value of the support to the individuals

Section 1

The first section of your information pack should begin by introducing the individuals and the life event you have selected.

You should then explain the impact of the life event on each individual, giving examples of the different ways in which each person was affected by the same event.

Section 2

The second section of your information pack should explain how your two, chosen individuals adapted to the life event using support from agencies, families other organisations, giving examples of the sources of support used by each individual.

Section 3

The third section of your information pack should assess how well each individual adapted to the selected life event, the role support played in helping each one to adapt and how valuable this was.

You should also compare the ways in which each individual adapted to the changes brought about by the life event.

My Week of Work

Dear REACH Students

Welcome to My Week of Work, our newsletter today will share with you all the information that you need to facilitate a week’s worth (or any part of) work related activity. Included in this edition is a link to a comprehensive Teacher Guide full of information, supportive resources and what’s next suggestions.

 

Careers Leader Teacher Guide

Download our Careers Leader guide for all the details you need to know about ‘My Week of Work’ and how your pupils will access the sessions.

Download

How to use this guide 

Our ask of you 

Promote as widely as possible to pupils, parents/carers and through your school communication channels. 

This is important whether you are planning to use it as a planned cohort activity or otherwise; all the sessions are completely appropriate for a young person to access independently or with their parents/carers too.

 

What next 

Before 8th June 

  • Register for Learn Live
  • Promote My Week of Work to your pupils
  • Contact your local Enterprise Coordinator to discuss additional localised support or follow up activities

 

During My Week of Work

  • Check in on your learners, keep them keen and motivated

  • Encourage them to send completed tasks (and any extension tasks you may set) to you

  • Check out the activities yourself and take part in Learn Live alongside your learners

In the weeks after My Week of Work

  1. Choose to keep sign-posting your learners
  2. Offer them feedback
  3. Develop what’s next plans with your learners
  4. Arrange personal guidance sessions for those who need them
  5. Plan your progressive programme
  6. Complete our feedback form and encourage reflection from learners using a template we will send next week.

Next Up from Us

We are keen that schools follow up My Week of Work with a continuation of great offers and programmes to contribute to your whole school careers activity.

In the Teacher Guide we have made some suggestions as to programmes you can access to take your offer to the next level.

We will continue to share resources on a weekly basis up until the summer break, these are always quality assured and sorted for you by key stage and SEND to help your workload.

Supporting you

At The Careers & Enterprise Company all our communications are designed to support you from a think national, act local perspective. Each week you will receive a communication from us with news, guidance and resources reflective of the national careers landscape. These will be further supported on a localised level by your dedicated Enterprise Coordinator who will ensure you have access to key local resources and information to support your careers guidance programme on an ongoing basis.

Opportunities for recognition

We are currently developing a number of approaches to reward and recognise engagement in ‘My Week of Work’, both at a student level and at an educational establishment level. We will be in touch with further information about these in the forthcoming communications.

About Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is an online classroom with high-quality video lessons and resources. It is free to use and has been created by over 80 teachers, with the backing of the Government. It is designed to help schools, parents/carers and pupils balance learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Created at great speed, Oak is constantly expanding its core and extra-curricular offering. More information on Oak National Academy can be found at: www.thenational.academy.

 

Following on from My Week of Work 

Free interactive Careers Chat sessions from Education and Employers with Inspiring the Future.

Supported by resources and guides, to maximise impact and to enable reflection on learning.

To book, please visit here

For more information on this virtual offer, join one of these webinars:

Tuesday June 2nd at 2pm 
Friday June 5th at 10am 
Monday June 8th at 3:30pm 

NEW! WOW Show launches Careers Guides for lockdown! 

Two special NHS-commissioned employer encounters will be released in June with a full home-schooling pack, including lesson plans and trailer videos. To receive all the resources click here

Looking for something for KS5? Careers Ready skills festival – now until the 19th June

Online seminars/workshops/insights with employers including 121 Mock Interviews and CV clinics with a DBS checked Career Ready mentor. For full programme details visit website.

NEW!  Skills Builder Universal Framework  

The Universal Framework will allow you to see clearly how essential skills can be taught, developed and how progress can be tracked.  Detailed guidance is available to walk you through how to assess whether your students have mastered the skill step, what they need to know, and then how they can put the skill into practice. 

Visit skillsbuilder.org to explore the brand new Universal Framework for yourself.

Stay Home and Study Maths

Stay Home and Study Maths

Maths isn’t just for exams. Maths is for life no matter what we do. Maths has a huge effect on all our lives. Just think of the things that wouldn’t be possible without Maths. Creating spending budgets, paying for groceries, buying things on sale, and cooking meals all must deal with Maths in some way or another. One must be able to measure out ingredients, count money, and determine limits when it comes to certain tasks like the examples above. People never realise how much Maths is around them until they take a step back and look.

The Mathematics department would love you to stay engaged over the coming months despite the cancellation of exams. Below are some suggestions of books, websites, films and videos you could watch to develop your understanding of the Maths.

Reading at Home

 

Here are some great books that you can read at home.  They should all be available on Amazon.  Amazon will let you read a few pages online so you can see if you like the book before you buy.  

The first two books are on you tube if you would like to read along with someone else.


The Greedy Triangle
by Marilyn Burns

Balancing Act by
By Ellen Stoll Walsh

Anno’s Magic Seeds
by Mitsumasa Anno

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland By Alex Bellos

The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz

Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline


Math Girls
by Hiroshi Yuki

Giant Pumpkin Suite
By Melanie Heuiser Hill

Genius: The Game
By Leopoldo Gout

Hidden Figures
By Margot Lee Shetterly

Movies that you could watch.

These movies will show you the beauty of maths in real life. You can find these on Amazon or Netflix


A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind is more than just an interesting tale about a paranoid mathematician, it shares several examples of how beautiful mathematics truly is and how it applies to our everyday world.

The Man Who Knew Infinity
simply a fantastic story about the rise of a famous mathematician and a beautiful mentorship that allowed him to overcome great odds to change the field of mathematics forever.

Queen of Katwe
This relatively unknown Disney movie about 10-year-old Phiona and her incredible rise to become a chess master.

Moneyball
You won’t find a movie that demonstrates the tremendous role that mathematics plays in professional sports better than Moneyball.

Stand and Deliver
An incredibly inspiring true story about gang members and no-hopers working to pass their maths test.

The Martian
Probably the best STEM movie ever. There are countless scenes where Matt Damon has to use mathematics and mathematical reasoning to overcome challenges and advance his quest for survival.

October Sky
awesome STEM-themed movie that shows mathematics applied to the real-world.

Back to the Future
Comically explores maths in the context of time travel

Hidden Figures
Incredible and inspiring movie that demonstrates the power of mathematics and the fact that the subject is open to individuals of all genders and backgrounds.

Donald in Mathmagic Land
This timeless gem was made to show kids that mathematics is more than just a set of procedures and rules.
(you can watch the full movie for free on YouTube 😊).

Here are some sites that you can explore while at home.

My Maths

You will all have had your MyMaths logins sent home to you.  There are some great games on this site to test your skills.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

Some great lessons for those who are missing school and want to engage their brains.

My Barton Maths

One of the best sites on the net for learning maths.

BBC Bitesize Maths

This link takes you directly to the maths section on Bitesize.

Education Quizzes

Feel like a challenge?  Test your knowledge by taking one of the quizzes on this site.

Curious about how to do something in maths?  

Sometimes we can get a problem that just niggles us and we want to find the solution straight away.   If this is happening to you then you can use the QR codes below on your phone or web cam to learn the method to find the solution to the problem.

Shape and Space

I want to know how to…

 

Volume

Calculate the volume of a cuboid

Bearings

Draw a bearing diagram using angles 0 – 360°

Compound area

Find the area of a shape made up of triangles and rectangles (and circles)

http://youtu.be/by9-_95Zn08

Area

Calculate the area of a trapezium and give units

Circles

Find the perimeter(circumference) or area of a circle or semicircle

Angle facts

Identify corresponding, alternate and opposite angles.

Use angle sum of triangle straight line etc

Number

I want to know how to…

 

Simple percentages

Work out 17.5% or 44% using non calc method

Percentage increase/decrease

Increase an amount by a given percentage

Calculate the percentage an amount has been increased by

Finding 100%

Find the original price when given a sale price and % reduction.

Expressing as a percentage

Express one quantity as a percentage of another

Estimation

Estimate a calculation by rounding to 1sf

Distance/ Speed/ Time

Use the triangle to find Distance, Speed or Time.

Algebra

I want to know how to…

 

Algebra

Simplify by collecting terms

Equations

Use known facts to form and solve an equation

Equations

Solve simple equations

Trial and Improvement

Use a table to find the solution of an equation

Unitary method

Find the value of 1 share and solve the problem

Unitary method

-currency

Use the given unit values to compare two currencies

Ratio (unitary)

Find the value of 1 share and solve the problem

Standard form

Write ordinary numbers in standard form and vice versa

Handling data and probability

I want to know how to…

 

Probability

Know that probabilities add to 1 (100%) and used this fact to work out missing probabilities

Probability

Complete probabilities on a tree diagram

Frequency table (and mean)

Calculate the total number of items represented and find the mean

Grouped data tables

Add cumulative frequency column

Draw cumulative frequency graphs

 

Construct box plots

Grouped data tables

Estimate the mean

Grouped data tables

Identify the median and modal classes.

Scatter graphs

Plot points on a graph

Draw a line of best fit

Describe the relationship/correlation

Use the graph to make predictions

Two-way tables

Complete and use a two-way table

Representing data

Construct a stem and leaf diagram

Questionnaires/data collection sheets

Criticise a given question

Design a suitable question

Design a suitable data collection sheet

Graphs

Complete a table and plot a graph for a straight line.

Read the graph accurately.

http://youtu.be/pwh56K10eNg