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Remote Learning 2021
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education considering the current local restrictions.
The HACH remote curriculum
At HACH, the focus during these challenging times is ensuring that all students are receiving a high-quality education online that follows the planned content and sequence of our intended curriculum. This is the case for all year groups with some key differences in how it will be delivered.
What should my child expect from remote education?
Students in years 7 to 9 students will receive live lessons for a range of subjects. These lessons are streamed live using Microsoft Teams, which students have access to via their Harris Federation username and password.
In other subjects, students will be set a range tasks that follow the curriculum content and sequence. These tasks will be set via Microsoft Teams as ‘Assignments’. A range of resources will also be provided to support students in completing their work.
All students in years 7 to 10 received training in September on how to use the necessary software.
Students in Years 11 to 13 will have had experienced using Teams and the other related software in the previous academic year.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Students at HACH can expect a minimum of 5 hours of remote learning provision per day, based on a combination of live lessons and/or set tasks.
Timings of the school day are as follows:
- Period 1: 9.30am – 11.10am
- Period 2: 11.30am – 1.10pm
- Period 3: 1.45pm – 3.25pm
- Period 4: 3.35pm – 5.15pm (Year 12 and 13 only)
Students should continue to follow their usual timetables as they would do if they were physically in school, unless otherwise advised by their Head of Year.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live streaming lessons via Microsoft Teams
- Assignments set, submitted and assessed via Microsoft Teams in line with the curriculum content and sequence
Where appropriate, staff will also facilitate the use of pre-recorded video from teaching staff to deliver content and commercially available websites to provide additional resources and guidance.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Harris Federation students have access to the web version of Microsoft Office 365 using their Academy Username and Password. This provides them with access not only to our remote learning platform, MS Teams; but also, the entire suite of Microsoft Office applications including; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive and SharePoint. This range of software will enable students to access, complete and submit all necessary remote learning lessons and assignments.
Additionally, some subjects may also use a range of other software to help assist students, for example SAM Learning, Hegarty Maths, Seneca Learning and Oak Academy.
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.
In the event of a student needing support to access technology, we advise parents or carers to contact Covidsupport@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk, outlining the type of access that is needed. We can then for example, arrange for a loaned laptop to be collected.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect our students to engage in their remote learning with the same enthusiasm and rigor as we would, were they in school physically. We really appreciate the support of parents and carers in helping students to be able to use technology at home to access their learning each day.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Student attendance and engagement is monitored in the following ways:
- Attendance to online lessons is taken at the start of each period, with non-attendance followed up via a phone call home from a member of staff.
- The completion and submission of work is monitored each period in every subject. Any concerns will be communicated home via either an email or phone call from the teacher of the lesson.
- Student engagement in their online lessons and the overall quality of work is monitored each week. Any concerns will be communicated home via either an email or phone call from the teacher of the lesson or their Head of Year.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Students will submit work for each lesson via Teams Assignments function.
Where appropriate written feedback can be provided via Teams Assignments or Meeting Chat functions.
In each Live Lesson teachers will provide verbal feedback in real-time as they would in a physical classroom; this can also be communicated in written form via the Chat function.
Whole class feedback will also be provided in the next lesson, based on a review of the work students have submitted. This feedback will address both students’ strengths and any misconceptions they have and will explain how they can improve their work.
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
At HACH all students who have an EHCP are invited to attend the onsite provision at the Academy where they would have access to technology and the support of a staff member to access their remote lessons. In addition, each student has a personalised reasonable endeavour plan that helps us to highlight and mitigate any issues these students may face in accessing their remote learning materials. This includes assistance in sourcing technology where appropriate.
Teachers plan all their online lessons to meet the needs of the SEND learner they teach through effective differentiation. Our Learning Support Tutors will continue to fulfil their classroom duties by being included in the live lessons to support staff and all SEND students.
Many of the extra provisions student with additional needs receive in school will continue to be delivered remotely and through other means.
Outside of this our support staff make welfare calls to families of our SEND students to ensure that the remote learning experience for each student is effective.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
As with before the current national restrictions came into place, individual students who are self-isolating but are in otherwise good health should follow their timetabled lessons on MS Teams which will be livestreamed by their teachers from the classroom. Self-isolating students will have their attendance and engagement registered during lessons as described in the prior section of this guidance.