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.
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
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
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.