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Remote education provision: information for parents - Sixth Form
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Remote education provision: information for parents

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.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

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 on the first day or two of students being sent home?

All learners have access to the Google Classroom which is where online learning takes place. Depending on the reason that onsite learning is disrupted will dictate our approach.

Whole School Closure - Students will follow their usual timetable from home. Lessons will be conducted on the Google Meet facility and a register will be taken at the start of the session. The timings of the school day will closely follow the usual Sixth Form timetable with one extended lesson in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Bubble Closure due to COVID19 within the bubble. Each bubble is a whole year group (Lower and Upper Sixth). Lessons will be delivered through the Google Classroom with teachers delivering live lessons from school.

Bubble Closure due to high COVID19 related staff absence - If staff are isolating but still in a position to deliver live lessons these will continue. If teachers are unwell a range of tasks, recorded content and learning materials will be posted on the Google Classroom. These will be provided by A-Level teachers in the department and enable students to continue to follow their courses.

Individual isolation - Students will receive lesson materials and tasks to complete via the Google Classroom facility. Where possible teachers will broadcast the lesson in school to students at home via Google Meet.

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?

Students can expect to continue to follow their A-Level courses from the first day of students being sent home. This will continue for any subsequent weeks.

It should be noted that in some subjects students may not have access to the specialist equipment which is required. Teachers will make alterations to the planned scheme of work to ensure that learning can continue and A-Level specifications will still be followed. This focus may mean that the practical element of a course is postponed until students return to the school site.  

Remote teaching and study time each day

Those students who are following three subjects receive 13.5 hours of tuition each week and those on four subjects receive 18 hours of teacher tuition. Each subject will set an additional 6-7 hours of home learning each week for Upper Sixth students and 4-5 hours for those in the Lower Sixth.

Accessing remote education

All work is accessible through Google Classroom. Live lessons and online learning will be shared via Google Classroom. This can be accessed online or with the iOS and Android apps. If you wish to look at this, please log in using your child’s email address and password then navigate to the to-do list to see a complete list of their assignments and also of live lessons.

If a student needs their password or username complete this form.  

To help learners make the best use of Google Classroom click here for a video or here for Student Quick Start Guides.

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

In the event your child does not have access to Google Classroom at home then please contact the Sixth Form Team via email.  

How will my child be taught remotely?

Learners work will be posted on Google Classroom.

Students can expect to see significant live parts of their lesson where they can interact with their teacher and peers. However, some of the learning will be Pre-recorded videos.

Teachers will make use of a number of the features found on Google Meet to facilitate collaborative tasks that they can see in real-time.

Students will receive regular  tutorials from their tutor via Google Meet.

Key messages and notices will be shared via email and pre-recorded assemblies.

Engagement and feedback

Students should ideally have their own laptop to enable them to access all of their lessons and complete home learning tasks. A quiet space should also be available.

A register will be taken at the start of each lesson and absence notifications should still be emailed.

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

Registers will be taken at the start of each lesson and the Sixth Form Team will notify parents if a student has not registered in their lesson.

Teachers will use a range of activities in lessons and if students do not engage parents will be informed by either subject teachers or members of the Sixth Form Team.

If students do not submit classwork and/or home learning, parents should expect to receive an email and/or telephone call from a subject teacher or member of the Sixth Form Team.

Parents will continue to receive progress checks and full reports which are likely to make reference to student engagement whilst working remotely.  

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

A variety of assessment methods will be adopted including:

Additional support for students with particular needs

Teachers will make adaptations as necessary and have access to information about the child remotely.

On site provision for the most vulnerable students.

Regular meetings with members of the Sixth Form Team.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Students should follow their usual timetable and access lesson materials via the Google Classroom.

It is likely that students will be able to access the full lesson from home as the teacher will set up a Google Meet with the laptop camera facing the front of the class.