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 if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain 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.

You will receive an eLetter outlining how to access Microsoft TEAMs, and links to a series of supportive ‘how to’ videos. Please watch these first, then access the remote curriculum. As soon as you have accessed TEAMs, your child will be able to complete work, ‘in-line’ with content they would ordinarily cover in school. Regular updates will be provided by letter and through the school website; https://www.lighthall.co.uk/remote-learning/

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate

However, we have needed to make some adaptations, in some subjects. For example, virtual lessons or online platforms (such as the Oak National Academy) will be used to support your child’s education. Practical subjects (such as Art, Drama and PE, as examples) will have modified their remote curriculum. It will still be ‘in-line’ with the in school curriculum.

Across all year groups, and subjects, students will be provided with on-going feedback in all lessons. The modality of this feedback will differ, dependant on year group and subject. All lessons are completed through TEAMs. All students will be provided with ‘as live’ / asynchronous lessons (which they can access at all times), and where infrastructure allows ‘live’ lessons will complete. ‘Live’ lessons will be a blend of face-face lessons and ‘text’ based teacher feedback.

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year

5 lessons per day, 5 days per week. Students should complete their ‘in school’ timetable. Homework will be set, but student completion is optional

Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

5 lessons per day, 5 days per week. Students should complete their ‘in school’ timetable. Homework will be set, but student completion is optional

The remote learning curriculum is centered around TEAMs, all learning and learning tasks will be set through this platform. Virtual learning platforms such as SENECA will be used to support ongoing and formative feedback to students

Please contact the school if you are experiencing ‘hardship’ relating to digital or online access. Pastoral managers / Pastoral development leads will provide any required support.

Year 7 – cwhite@lighthall.co.uk

Year 8 – jwilliams@lighthall.co.uk

Year 9 – lobrien@lighthall.co.uk

Year 10 – jjohnson@lighthall.co.uk

Year 11 – acooney@lighthall.co.uk

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live lessons – using a blended approach (this will include face-face, recorded content, and text based feedback)
  • ‘As-live’ teaching (online lessons) – recorded learning tasks
  • Feedback / contact with class teachers through Microsoft TEAMs
  • SENECA virtual learning platform
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Students, if isolating (and well enough), should complete 5 lessons of structured education per day, 5 days per week. Using the schools remote learning curriculum
  • Please see below for helpful parental strategies to support your child’s remote learning;
  • Please ensure your child has regular breaks from the screen (the timings of the school day allow for this
  • Please ensure that your child fully reads the schools remote learning expectations, and meets them every They will be shared at the start of every lesson, as a reminder.
  • Please ensure that your child has all the resources /equipment they may need (this will include, pens, calculators, subject exercise books and a remote device – phone / tablet / laptop / desktop)
  • Please set aside (where possible) a quiet and dedicated learning space for your child
  • Please ensure your child follows their normal school timetable, including all breaks – these will be important for students to remain engaged and focussed during the day
  • Please ensure you child attends all lessons (including form time), at the correct time and are ready to learn, making sure they follow the lesson expectations shared by the class teacher
  • Subject homework should be completed as set by subject teachers (through ShowMyHomework)
  • Registers will be taken every lesson, pastoral contact will be made, where absences are recorded
  • Class teachers will continue to monitor task completion and action where concerns are identified.

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:

  • Subject teachers will provide text, audio and virtual face-face feedback on the learning of students (dependent on remote lesson type)
  • Virtual homework tasks will be set; these will provide real time feedback to students on their learning
  • Subject teachers will continue to set work which will be marked. The format of these tasks may vary, but they will continue to follow the agreed school frequency.
  • Subject teachers will set tasks which allow for feedback, these may be in the form of online quizzes / progress checks / work submission through the Assignments function of TEAMs

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

  • Regular and ongoing contact will be made with students / parents / carers who have required additional support
  • Learning support assistants are included (where timetabled) in remote lessons, so to support the learners who require addition or further support
  • Learning support assistants have created ‘side channels’ in TEAMs to provide further support to students
  • Class teachers will differentiate set work and support provided to ensure all learners can access the lesson objectives – as they would do in school
  • All in-school interventions are continuing, but with modified delivery methods
  • All external agency support continues, but with modified delivery methods
  • Any questions regarding the support we can offer should be directed to the SENDCO – eyu@lighthall.co.uk

Where individual pupils 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 pupils both at home and in school.

The modality of the remote curriculum will differ slightly, but all isolating students will follow the same curriculum as their in school peers.

Where individual or groups of students are isolating and therefore not in school, they will complete the above remote provision.

Students will continue to access their remote curriculum through TEAMs, but will use the Year Group Virtual Curriculum.