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Approach to Remote Learning

Harvey Waller - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

We would like to explain our remote learning approach that is currently in place so that any child who cannot attend school because of COVID-19 does not miss out on their learning.

As we go through the Covid-19 crisis there is likely to be a need for students to access remote learning. These are students who have to self-isolate, or where local or national restrictions mean that students need to stay at home.

To ensure that remote learning supports our pupils and their families, all staff have ensured that there is a Google Classroom that can be accessed by students. Teachers have provided a Google classroom code to all students for all of their classes. If your child does not have a code to a classroom, then please contact your child’s teacher for the Google Classroom code in the first instance.

All teaching and learning materials can be found in each Google Classroom including presentations, quizzes, weblinks and other learning resources. When students are working, we recommend that they work in a quiet space without interruption.

All students have a ‘@swale.at’ email address and have been shown how to access and use this. If students need to communicate with their teachers, e.g. to ask a question or they don’t understand the work set, they should use this. Students are also able to communicate with their teachers through Google Classroom.

If your child is self-isolating
If your child is self isolating on an individual basis, lesson resources can be accessed via Google Classroom and students should submit tasks as required. They should follow their ‘in school’ timetable and access lessons, as well as completing the tasks that have been set. If your child is unsure or confused, please ask them to contact their teacher via email or Google Classroom.

If your child has been sent home to self isolate as part of a whole year group
Where whole groups or year groups have been asked to self isolate, your child will follow a modified timetable which will be published via email and on the school website. Staff will continue to set work via Google Classroom and will support your child’s learning with a ‘Loom’ video posted onto their Google Classroom. This will include clear explanations of tasks to guide your child through the work set. Your child will receive feedback on their Google Classroom work throughout the period of isolation and teachers will give feedback at least once throughout the timetable cycle for each subject. A member of staff will also
contact your child once per week to determine how they are coping with the work.

If you have any questions or concerns about accessing remote learning please contact your child's tutor in the first instance.

It is important that your child engages with home learning so that they continue to make good progress. If for any reason they are not engaging with the learning, a member of staff will phone or email you. Staff will also increase feedback on your child's work to help support their learning.

We appreciate that if this situation arises, it may present some challenges for you. We kindly ask for your support so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for your child during this time.

We don’t expect you to watch your child all day, and we would not expect parents/carers to get involved in remote lessons in place of our teachers. However, it would be really helpful if you can take an active role in your child’s learning by asking them about their day and what work they’ve done.

We also understand that some families have difficulties in accessing the internet or are sharing devices with more than one child in your home. If this is the case for you then please contact us to see if we can offer some help.

One of the lessons we learned throughout the first lockdown was the importance of having a set routine for students to follow.

Our top tips:

● Try to encourage your child to be ready and dressed for the start of the school day, and to keep to their timetable.
● Encourage your child to check their emails each morning at 8:50am. Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, and make it clear when the school day is over, to separate home and school life.
● Plan breaks and exercise into the day to help keep your child active.

Thank you to all of you who have informed us about your ability to access the internet using Laptops, tablets or smartphones, so that we can provide resources ‘on-line’ for you. If you cannot access the internet or don’t have a device that will allow you to, we will provide paper based resources for your child to write on.

Please keep in touch with us and do let us know if you’re having any difficulties with remote learning, or if you have any questions. You can contact your child's Tutor, Head of Year or Assistant Headteacher of Digital Learning, Mr James Broadbent via email.

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope that you and your families stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Darren Warner-Swann
Head of School

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