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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 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

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?

Stage

Scenario

Approach

1

Isolating Bubbles

Standard practice with social distancing procedures in place for all pupils

Isolating bubbles following amended school timetable remotely via MS Teams

2

Full Lockdown

Pupils unable to attend school follow the amended online timetable remotely via MS Teams

Onsite provision for all pupils

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 wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical based subjects may deviate away from the on-site offer to better meet the restrictions of remote 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:

Key Stage 3

Remote ‘Live’ Lessons are provided as followed:

4 x 45min lessons

1 x 45 mins Mentoring session

Totalling 3.75 hours.

Your child is also expected to complete tasks in their work packs to extend knowledge and understanding.

Key Stage 4

Remote ‘Live’ Lessons or Independent Support Lessons are provided as followed:

4 x 45min lessons

1 x 45 mins Mentoring session

Totalling 3.75 hours.

Your child is also expected to complete tasks in their work packs to extend knowledge and understanding.

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education being provided?

What digital education platforms are you using?

A digital education platform is a purpose-built platform designed to support remote learning and independent work. By using Microsoft's Office 365 Education, at The Pavilion, we can communicate directly with pupils, set individualised tasks, let pupils work together, and easily give personalised feedback.

Microsoft Teams for Education
Microsoft Teams for Education is an essential tool for remote learning and remote teaching, and it would not be wrong to say that it is a complete distance learning solution. The digital hub brings together apps, conversation, assignments, and content in one place, allowing teachers and staff to create vibrant digital classrooms for the pupils.

All pupils will be provided with a log-in and password to access Microsoft Teams.  If they struggle to access the site, they  must let their mentor or the school know as quickly as possible so that any issues can be resolved.

OneNote for Education  (This is currently being explored and will be implemented once staff training has been completed.)

OneNote Class Notebook is a digital notebook for the whole class to store text, images, handwritten notes, attachments, links, voice, video, and more. It allows staff, pupils, and teachers to transform the way they collaborate and makes it easier for them to organise their work

Each OneNote Class Notebook is organised into three parts:

  1. Content Library — a read-only space where teachers can share handouts with pupils.
  2. Collaboration Space — a space where everyone in your class can share, organise, and collaborate.
  3. Pupil Notebooks — a private space shared between the teacher and each individual pupil. Teachers can access every pupil notebook while pupils can only see their own.

We continue to use established software programmes such as MyMaths.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We are aware that many pupils in our families do not have exclusive use of a laptop and this has been considered in our plans. Staff are aware of this and are taking it into account in their planning. Please be aware that any device can be used to access live lessons free of charge so a phone or tablet can be used as well as a laptop.

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. If you would like more information on laptop or connection issues please contact office@pavilion.barnet.sch.uk.

An audit was carried out in spring 2020 and then again in autumn 2021 to establish the various requirements of our pupils. This provided our starting point to determine if they who needed to be issued with a device.

Your child’s mentor is referring on the names of young person for whom they or a member of the teaching staff have become aware of an access or internet issue via communication with you

In situations where further information is needed, a follow up phone call will be made to ascertain your young person’s need.

Due to the limited supply of devices, these are not available on request, but we will do our best to provide a device if it is evident that learning is being affected by access issues.

If a device has been allocated to your child, you will receive a telephone call so that delivery can be arranged. We will ask that you and your child sign for the device upon receipt.

All pupils will receive a work pack on a fortnightly basis to support learning.  These should be returned to The Pavilion either via collection or drop off.

A range of methods can be used by pupils to submit their work to their teachers. In cases where access to technology is limited, this can include taking a photograph of the work and sending the image to their teacher either via Assignments on Microsoft Teams or email. Please contact the school via office@pavilion.barnet.sch.uk or the school mobile if issues arise regarding the submission of 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?

We expect all pupils to be present, appropriately dressed and engaged in their learning. Ideally your child should have a designated workspace and be ready and equipped to start their school day. Learning should not take place in the bedroom.  They should have access to their work packs, paper and adequate stationery.  These items can be provided by the school.

Pupils should follow their online timetable. It is encouraged that between lessons, during break and lunch, and in the evening screen time is minimised. This is to support their well-being and mental health. They should not engage in playing games or deviate from activities set in lessons.

All pupils are expected to show their faces on screen at the start of the lessons.  This is to allow teachers to log attendance.  Many teachers will require pupils to contribute and this can be done via the chat function or microphone.  All contributions to the chat must be appropriate and relevant to the lesson.

At all times we ask pupils to follow our expectations regarding online learning.

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

Each day we take our set registration marks; from this data we will contact parents to identify non-attendees. We also systematically pull attendance from lessons across the timetable week.

Subject teachers will raise any issues regarding behaviour and engagement, and parents will be notified of any ongoing concerns.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress? Should my child receive homework?


Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. It will vary from subject to subject.  Detailed assessment will focus on the work completed in the work packs which compliment the lessons.

 

Additional support for pupils with additional learning 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:

  • Continued contact with their assigned mentor
  • Encouragement of teachers to set appropriate work to meet a range of need
  • Further sharing of best practice with home and teachers

If you need any further assistance, please contact our SENDCO, Philippa Ward on pward30.302@lgflmail.org

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remain in school, how remote education is provided will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

To ensure individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum each day in a number of different subjects, isolating pupils will be:

  • set work via work packs
  • invited to join Teams lessons being delivered on-site

 

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