Remote education provision: information for parents and carers
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students 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 students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The senior leaders with overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, including that provision meets expectations for remote education, are Mrs Jo Code, Headteacher and Mrs Liz Cowdell, Assistant Headteacher.
Under Covid-19 restrictions some children will need to stay at home to self-isolate. We aim to ensure that all students are able to access the curriculum with as little disruption as possible.
We have put in place a range of support for student and families to support those children at home with learning. There will be suitable learning activities for children to complete each day in line with the subject curriculum. Our provision will include remote teaching and access to a range of live lessons, pre-recorded lessons or materials to support independent learning.
- Where a student is at home and well enough they must follow the daily timetable.
- Where students are absent and unwell they must complete the work at the earliest opportunity. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org
To inform the school of your child’s absence.
St Hilda’s College students should email Miss McDonald directly for absences email@example.com
St Hilda’s Home Learning Policy – to access, please click here.
A student’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 students being sent home?
When students are sent home from school to isolate as part of a bubble they will receive all work via Microsoft TEAMs. This provision will include remote teaching and access to a range of live lessons, pre-recorded lessons or materials to support independent learning.
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?
- Personal Development and Worship will be sent to all students at the beginning of the week.
- We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do 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 for practical subjects, such as Design Technology.
House Hellos are how we keep our students up-to-date with pastoral, house and worship related information and activities. They are released each Monday:
MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2021
If you have any queries please get in touch with your form tutor.
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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:
|Age Group||Directed Remote Learning
Minimum per day
Approximate time per week
|Key Stage 3||5 lessons per day.||1/2 hour per subject – this will include completing any work that students didn’t manage to complete during live lessons.|
|Key Stage 4||5 lessons per day.||1 hour per subject – this will include completing any work that students didn’t manage to complete during live lessons.|
|Key Stage 5||5 lessons per day.||5 hours per subject.|
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All remote learning will be set via Microsoft TEAMs. All students have a log-in and have been trained how to use this.
All live lessons will be delivered via Microsoft TEAMs.
Helpsheets to support the use of Microsoft TEAMs are available here:
All homework will continue to be set via Show My Homework. A helpsheet for Show My Homework is available, please click here.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We will rely heavily on suitable access to ICT. Ideally, students need to have access to their own computer or tablet device and the internet. They will also need a microphone to engage fully with learning. However, we fully appreciate the constraints that many families will face. Our learning activities are designed to be accessible using a wide range of devices (including smart phones where necessary).
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:
Access to devices/tablets/laptops/PC
If a student requires a laptop, the parent/carer should email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Head of House or House Officer will notify the parents/carer when the laptop is available for collection. A user agreement & contract must be completed prior to the laptop leaving school and the laptop must be signed for by the parent/carer when it is handed over.
If there are no laptops available in school, the school will endeavour to supply one as soon as one becomes available.
Access to the internet and wi-fi
The school has a limited supply of routers that enable students to connect to the internet at home. If a student requires a device to enable home internet connection, the parent/carer should speak to either the Head of House or House Officer to clarify what is required. The Head of House or House Officer will then put the request through to the school network manager.
The Head of House or House Officer will notify the parents/carer that the device is available for collection. A user agreement & contract must be completed prior to the device leaving school and the device must be signed for by the parent/carer when it is handed over.
If there are no devices available in school, the school will endeavour to supply one as soon as one becomes available.
Free Data Increase on mobile networks
This scheme temporarily increases data allowances for mobile phone users on certain networks. This is so that disadvantaged children and young people can access remote education if their face-to-face education is disrupted, and they do not have access to broadband at home.
Children with access to a mobile phone on one of the following networks might be able to benefit:
- Sky Mobile
- Tesco Mobile
- Virgin Mobile
For more information and to make a request for a temporary increase in data, please contact Mrs McGuinness LmcGuinness@st-hildas.co.uk
Access to Printed Materials
If a student is having difficulty accessing any on-line resources, and require printed materials, they should inform their House Officer. They will clarify their requirements and liaise with teachers to arrange for materials to be printed. These can be collected after a suitable period of quarantine or delivered to the student.
Submission of work when having issues with ICT access
Parents/carers should speak with their child’s class teacher to discuss the best method of getting work into school.
I am having ICT problems – what should I do?
Contact your teacher via SMHW or TEAMs to let them know as soon as possible. If you have missed a Live Lesson watch the recording at the first possible opportunity and then save a photo of your work in your Class Notebook.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
Lessons will be set on TEAMS for each lesson on a student’s timetable.
(A) Live teaching (online lessons) – all subjects & all year groups
Lessons will be set on Teams for each lesson on a student’s timetable. These can take a number of forms.
Live Lessons for students to log in and receive direct input from teachers, who can then also deal with any queries from students. Live lessons can be:
- Teachers delivering a lesson to camera to a class of students watching on Teams.
- Teachers delivering while running a PowerPoint and asking for questions.
- Pre-recorded lessons of either of the above.
- Posting some work onto Teams and being available online to deal with any queries students may have.
- Teams posted assignments, projects and quizzes.
- Revision material loaded to Teams.
- Links to external materials such as Oak Academy units. Mathswatch or GCSE Pod for materials to review and task to complete.
(B) National academy will be used to complement learning in the following subjects:
Key Stage 3 – Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, German, IT, Geography, Geology, History, Physics, Spanish.
Key Stage 4 – Biology, Physics, RE, Spanish.
(C) Printed paper packs produced by teachers have been sent home to support students in the following subjects:
Key Stage 3 – Geography, Geology, Maths.
Key Stage 4 – Geography, Geology, Music.
Key Stage 5 – Geography, Geology, History.
(D) Textbooks and/or reading books have been provided for the following subjects:
Key Stage 3 – English, German, Literacy, Maths, Spanish.
Key Stage 4 – Business studies, DT, English, Food tech, Geography, Geology, German, Health & social care, RE, Spanish.
Key Stage 5 – Biology, Business studies, Chemistry, Computer science, Creative Imedia, English, German, Health & social care, History, Geography, Geology, Maths, Physics, RE, Spanish.
(E) In additional to the use of Oak National Academy (listed above) the following commercially available websites will be used to support learning in the following subjects:E
To click on active links open PDF – please click here.
Reading for Pleasure
Students can order books from the library which can be collected, at a specified time, from school reception. Each week the collection times will be advertised for the following week on SMHW, along with the link to the online order form. If students would like log in information for the online library, which will allow them to browse the school library shelves virtually and see which books are in stock, they should contact Mrs Hale who will supply further information. (email@example.com)
If students would like to join our virtual book club, please get in touch with Mrs Hale for more details.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
If the school feels that your child it having difficulty engaging in remote education we may consider them to be vulnerable, and therefore eligible to attend provision in person.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- We make welfare calls to all of our students.
- A register will be taken during every live lesson. If your child is not attending live lessons you will receive a text message from our pastoral team. Students who show a repeated pattern of missed lessons will be contacted by phone call.
- Teachers will monitor the engagement of students during lessons by questioning it is therefore essential that you child has a working microphone. If this is not the case please see the section regarding ‘If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
- Teachers will monitor the engagement of students in both live lessons and remote learning by asking them to complete online activities or submit written work. If this work is not completed you will be informed via SIMs and/or a phone call.
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 student work is as follows:
- During live lessons teachers will prioritise giving students immediate feedback using questioning or via online activities during the lesson.
- Teachers will use commercial websites (listed above) that self-mark to allow instant feedback and the identification next steps for students.
- Students will receive daily verbal feedback from teachers.
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 students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:
To support cognition and learning differences, lessons and tasks will be differentiated appropriately and delivered through Microsoft Teams by the specialist subject teacher. Teaching Assistants will be connected to Microsoft Teams live lessons by the subject teacher. This will be subject to staff availability.
For those students who require support with their social, emotional and mental health, information is shared for outside agency contacts via our school website. ALL students will receive welfare calls regularly throughout the period of lockdown from the Pastoral or SEND Teams.
For those students who are within the Sensory and/or Physical category of need, we are still able to access our Sensory Service Support Services.
For those students who have social and communication difficulties, we are able to maintain or access to ASD Outreach Support Services for those students who are already involved with this agency.
Full St Hilda’s SEND Offer can be found here: http://www.st-hildas.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/January-2021-SEND-PARENT-Update-5.pdf
SEND – making technology accessible at home
The document below shows how you can make your computer, mobile phone or tablet accessible during these times where we are all relying on them so much. Sometimes we may need to change the colour of the screen or have something read to us to help us. The attached document shows us how to have something typed for us.
There are lots of other ways that can make our devices accessible. Please view the following for more ideas on how to support yourselves at home:
Where individual students 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 students 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?
During a period where the school is fully open
When students are at home isolating individually staff will communicate with them via SMHW.
Wherever possible all students who are isolating will be invited in to live lessons on Teams.
Students at home are also encouraged to access the range of general remote learning platforms that we have available for each subject to support independent learning. For more details please speak to your subject teacher.
All students have access to:
SAM Learning and GCSE Pod – please click here.
BBC Bitesize Daily. A website providing free, interactive curriculum –linked lessons for every year group – please click here.
Oak National Academy. A government recommended website providing free, interactive curriculum – linked lessons for every year group – please click here.
The UK Government has also identified a range of online learning resources covering a variety of subjects across the different Key Stages. For the Government guidance and support regarding remote learning:
The following subjects have recommended the use of these websites:
|Art & Design||www.henitalks.com||www.studentartguide.com|
|DT & Food||www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize||www.technologystudent.com|
|IT, Computer science, Imedia||www.gcsepod.com|
|German||KS3 & 4 –|
|KS5 – a list of websites is provided in the Independent Study Diary|
|Maths||KS3 & 4 –||www.vle.mathswatch.co.uk|
-focus on sound
|KS5 – www.resources.eduqas.co.uk|
If you need further help, guidance or support you can also call Starline on 0330 313 9162. This free helpline is providing support and advice to parents on home learning during the Coronavirus outbreak.