This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents or carers about what to expect from remote education when restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) of students to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.
All lessons for students in Years 7 – 11 are published on a daily basis on Show My Homework so students are able to follow their timetable. For students in Years 7-11 lessons will be in video format and shared via our Youtube channel, as this is the most accessible format on the devices our students have access to.
Students in Years 12 and 13 will attend live lessons on Microsoft Teams in accordance with their timetable.
Students in Years 7 – 11 will also have weekly contact with their peers and teachers via Microsoft Teams Tutorials. These take place three times a week at KS3 and 5 times a week at KS5, following the timetable below:
|W/C 8th Feb / 1st March||English, Maths, Geography||English, maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
|W/C 22nd Feb / 8th March||Science, History, MFL||English, maths, Options x 3
In addition, your child may be asked to demonstrate their understanding through a quiz on Show my Homework, Google forms or other similar online platforms. Your child will also use Show My Homework to submit their work to their teacher.
Each day at 9:00am all students will meet with their form tutor for a virtual tutor time session: this will take place via Microsoft Teams.
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:
The inclusion team at Swanwick Hall School will continue to work hard to spot gaps in learning capacity. We use a combination of monitoring access to remote learning, submission and completion rates as well as direct questions or offers to families where we come across initiatives such as the national ‘mobile data boost’ scheme offered to support families struggling with data capacity. Swanwick Hall School has secured and distributed a large number of laptops to ensure that ICT access issues are minimised as far as possible.
Where online access from home continues to be a challenge, the inclusion team will provide hard copies of the lesson resources for students to complete at home.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we will need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in practical subjects such as Art, Music, Technology, PE schemes of work will be adapted to take into account the availability of resources that students have at home.
(For more information about our curriculum please visit the school website and take a look at the Learning Journeys for each subject)
We expect that students will be engaged in remote learning for 5 hours each day.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
For students in Years 7 – 11, their teachers will provide recorded audio PowerPoint lessons for each of their timetabled lessons. Students will also be set short weekly PSHE activities, and can also access optional activities such as ‘Music of the Week’ which is posted on the Show My Homework noticeboard. Students in Years 12 and 13 will be taught using Microsoft Teams.
Research to date shows that the quality of provision is far more important than how lessons are delivered (eg live lessons as opposed to recorded lessons). We have chosen to deliver lessons for Year 7 – 11 through recorded PowerPoints so that the maximum number of our students are able to access high quality lessons every day, within their family context.
What is most important is that we make sure that every one of our lessons is high quality and is as close as possible to students’ experience in school. In each lesson we will:
Teachers on occasion may also ask students to access websites such as BBC Bitesize in order to view useful video clips or demonstrations or clips of educational broadcasts (eg the BBC). Where relevant to the scheme of work, teachers might also direct students to resources provided on Oak National Academy, or will use parts of these to complement the lessons.
Resource packs of materials are also provided to students in order to support their remote learning in several subjects (for example source material in History, extracts of novels in English, vocabulary lists in Languages). Where this is the case, the teacher will ask students to refer to the resource booklet during the audio lesson.
Weekly Teams Tutorials will enable teachers to teach aspects of the work that benefit from the live model, or that students have been finding tricky; they will also provide the opportunity for students to discuss their work with their peers and their teacher.
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:
Teachers will assess students’ work in order to help shape subsequent teaching and also to provide students with feedback on their progress.
Students will receive feedback on their work at least once a week in each subject where they have 2 or more lessons a week, and at least once a fortnight in those subjects which they have for 1 lesson a week. Feedback might take one of the following forms:
Teachers will use a combination of these methods over a period of time.
Expectations for students’ engagement with remote education
Expectations of parental support
Parents and carers are encouraged to:
The school will be monitoring students’ engagement with remote education, tracking students’ submission of weekly tasks. This will be recorded centrally, by class teachers for all subjects.
Where engagement is a concern, there will be an escalated process that the school leaders will follow to encourage student engagement:
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:
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 a small group of students is sent home from school to self-isolate, then their class teachers will provide PowerPoints for their lessons on Show My Homework. The work that students will be asked to complete at home will be the same as the work that students who are in school are doing. Students will be expected to hand in their work to their class teachers on their return to school.
If a child is self-isolating for reasons not linked to school (eg if a family member is waiting for the result of a test), then students should use the Oak National Academy website to access lessons which link to the topics they are studying in school.
In this period of remote learning, we understand that our students are unable to access our library. In order to ensure all students can still access books and read at home, we have collated a list of virtual libraries which are currently providing access to a range of books for free.
We hope our students find these platforms useful. Happy reading!
Thank you to all of you that completed the questionnaire about your online learning. We have looked at the results and wanted to share with you some of the really positive feedback we have received.
As always, we are passionate about improving your learning experience and are working hard to do this!
We have randomly selected the following students for extra points on class charts this week for completing the survey. Well done!