Information about remote learning
The latest guidance, updates, tips and advice for students, parents and carers.
To support all our pupils during the current national lockdown, we’ll be providing remote learning that will be available on a daily basis to all students.
Students will be set 5 hours of work daily directly to their Fullhurst email account.
The definition of remote learning as set by the UK Government is as follows:
‘Remote education may be in a variety of formats which allow students to continue learning from home in the event of short or long term absence from school.’
At Fullhurst we have selected to run recorded lessons via voiceover PowerPoints because we think this best fits the needs of our school community for the following reasons:
- Recorded lessons allow flexibility of the time at which the lesson is accessed meaning students don’t have to miss out if they cannot access a lesson at a particular time.
- Recorded lessons allow students to listen again to instructions and tasks if they need to.
- Recorded lessons require less data to be used than live streamed lessons, keeping costs down for families and allowing multiple children to more effectively access learning at the same time, without having issues with the bandwidth that live lessons require.
- The most recent research from the Education Endowment Foundation states that there is no difference between students’ learning when learning through live or recorded lessons, what is most important is the ability of students to follow their learning in sequence with clear instructions, which we think is best achievable for our students through recorded lessons.
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?
Students will have their exercise books and workbooks at home with them. They will be emailed daily before 9am with each of their lessons for the day, which will be based around the resources they have at home.
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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in D&T students may need to focus only on designing their work and not making their final piece until they return to school because of specialist equipment required. Or in Art their work might primarily be based around drawing, rather than making use of a range of materials because of access to materials.
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 and 4 - 5 hours
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Students will be sent their work daily by their teacher to their school email address. This can be accessed through the school website and through SharePoint, where additional resources may also be uploaded to support their learning from home. SharePoint also gives them access to the Microsoft platform, where they may be required to watch recordings of lessons on Stream or complete quizzes on Forms to demonstrate what they have learnt.
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. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
We are issuing laptops and dongles to students where they do not have access to a device or a broadband connection. If you wish to be considered for this scheme, please contact your child’s Standards Leader or the Fullhurst office. We are also providing students with paper based work to support their learning, such as through carefully designed workbooks. These have been issued in lessons, but if your child needs any of these resources re-issuing then please contact your child’s Standards Leader or the Fullhurst office to make an appointment to collect these. If your child does not have online access to submit their work, they can either return this to their teachers when they return to school after their period of isolation or, in the event of a longer school closure, you can arrange an appointment to drop this off to school.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded lessons from teachers at Fullhurst
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers at Fullhurst (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Textbooks and reading books issued to students
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
- We expect students to engage with their home learning every day by checking their emails and completing the tasks they have been set for all of their subjects on that day
- We expect students to engage with their teachers every day, by either sending in the work they have completed, completing online quizzes to check their understanding of their learning or by communicating with their teacher to confirm they have completed the work
- Please support your child by ensuring they are checking their emails at the start of the day and completing the work they have been set for five lessons
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Your child’s engagement with home learning will be monitored daily, both by the teachers of the lessons they have that day and by their Standards Leader
- If there is a concern in an individual subject, you will be contacted by the individual teacher of that subject
- If there is a wider concern about your child’s engagement in four or more subjects, you will be contacted by your child’s Standards Leader or another member of the pastoral team
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 pupil work is as follows:
- Teachers will provide feedback via email to students on any longer written tasks that they complete
- Where electronic quizzes are being used to monitor students’ understanding, this provides immediate feedback in the form of a score
- Teachers will provide whole class feedback periodically at the starts of recorded lessons, based on work the class has submitted or quizzes that have been completed
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:
- We ensure that all teachers have access to Pupil Passports, EHCPs and other key documents related to the students with SEND that they teach. This provides recommended strategies to support teaching and learning.
- We continue to provide support and training to individual subject teachers ensuring that they have continuous access to support for any individual students who may be struggling.
- We recommend strategies to support with reading and writing, for example use of fonts, accessible handouts and formatting of power point presentations.
- Our SENCo, Assistant SENCos and SEND lead are available via telephone and email to offer support and guidance.
- We continue to work with parents and carers to ensure that additional support is requested where appropriate, for example through the statutory EHCP process.
- We are providing supplementary resources to support with remote learning where appropriate, including well-being booklets and workbooks to support our online learning offer.
- We continue to offer access to key staff to support with both learning and social, emotional wellbeing. This includes our Academic Mentors, Inclusion Manager, Looked After Children Mentor and key TA staff members.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Where individuals are self-isolating, as far as possible the approach will match that set out above for whole groups. Sometimes a particular lesson may not be suitable for an individual to complete at home, such as where the material being covered is of a sensitive nature or if specialist equipment is required, and in those instances an individualised task will be set.
Students can access their emails by following the links here.
We've included some videos that have tips and advice for working remotely below: