Students Working From Home
Remote Learning at Oasis Academy Wintringham
The information shared on this page is designed to support parents and students to understand the remote learning offer at our academy. What is expected of the academy, what is expected of the students, and how it all works. More in-depth detail has been provided to parents through letters home and social media/news updates, however, this page serves as a reminder of key points.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The remote curriculum
1. What is taught to students at home?
The academy will endeavour to deliver the full curriculum to students, in line with the teaching that would be in place if attending the academy in person. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum. To achieve this the academy timetable may be amended but the total amount of subject coverage/periods per subject will remain the same.
Whilst all subjects will be taught, there may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects (such as Sport, Art, Technology, Performing Arts and Music). We thank you for your support and patience with this.
2. What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days?
In the instance that children need to engage in remote learning, due to self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, the academy will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do in the immediacy. Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams, and access their lessons and work resources. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. Where students do not have access to a device or internet at home and are unable to attend the academy, a work-pack will be provided for each subject.
Remote teaching and study time
1. How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?
The minimum amount of time remote education should be in practice for Key Stages 3 and 4 is 5 hours per day. Students will have three live lessons per day and two recorded lessons. This allows greater flexibility for your child to take screen breaks and complete their work. The live lessons are planned to incorporate a 15 minute break between each lesson to facilitate comfort/screen breaks. As per normal expectations, homework may also be set.
Accessing the remote education
1. How will my child access the online remote education?
Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams and access their lessons and work resources using their iPad as part of the Horizons project. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. Where students do not have access to internet at home, a work-pack will be provided for each subject.
2. If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?
Where students do not have access to internet at home, we will be in contact to discuss the support available for either a place in the academy, support we can offer to provide internet access at home or paper-based resources.
We will do our very best to support any children without access to a device or internet at home with support to rectify this. We are doing this through the provision of dongles, where necessary, and iPad through the Horizons project. If we are unable to rectify this then a child without internet or device access is able to attend our on-site provision, in line with the government guidance.
3. How will my child be taught remotely?
The academy teaching staff will run their timetable of lessons, as planned, with students logging into MS Teams for live lessons.
Engagement and feedback
1. What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide?
We expect every student to engage in lessons in the same way that they would in the classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding in the same manner as well. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking/assessment of assignments, work returned by email/other apps or in-class engagement.
Student behaviour practices are expected to be in line with those within the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation through MS Teams.
- Login to all live lessons via your MS Teams calendar and remain for the full lesson
- Use the chat function appropriately to ask questions during your live lesson or offer answers to questions/contributions to discussion.
- Use the raise hand option if you wish to ask a question verbally or make a verbal contribution to the lesson
- Only unmute your microphone at the request of your teacher
- Do not enable your camera if you are using a device other than your iPad
- Access recorded lesson content each day, following the timetable provided, and submit your work as requested by the member of staff
- Ensure your work is completed to the usual high standard and is submitted on time
- Demonstrate a positive attitude and engage fully throughout the lesson
If your child does not behave appropriately during a live lesson then they may be removed from the meeting. Staff will log behaviour events which occur during live lessons – both positive and negative – and this information will be shared with the Academy Leadership Team and pastoral staff on a daily basis so that any concerns can be followed up straight away.
Registers are taken for all lessons and any non-attendance will be followed up using our usual attendance procedures. Any continual lack of engagement with remote learning may trigger a home visit.
We know that strong parental engagement is important to make this successful, and therefore endeavour to communicate regularly with you to share how the remote learning is progressing. We will be there to offer support about how to access the information remotely around resources, lessons and your child’s attendance, behaviour and engagement.
We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use due to GDPR and data protection.
2. How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will be checking in with children during lessons and online-check-in sessions to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. Online quizzing and assessment tools also help us to see how many children are actively engaging in lessons and, as always, we will be monitoring attendance.
If there are any concerns we will ensure we are in contact with you as parents and carers by telephone or email update as necessary.
3. How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted during their live lessons via Microsoft Teams, engagement through questions in lessons, using online quizzing/marking tools and other work returned by email/other agreed communication from recorded lessons. This will help us identify the needs of the individual and the needs of the class quickly and effectively.
Additional support for students with particular needs
1. How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some students, for example students 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 students in the following ways:
- Regular 1:1 contact with LSAs/ALPs/Blue unit staff to support with specific needs and issues as they arise
- Regular contact with 1:1 LSAs who will join live lessons to support students and address any difficulties and offer support with learning
- Pastoral welfare calls, as necessary, to monitor engagement and any emerging issues
- Contact with our SENCO to discuss alternative learning strategies if the use of iPad/live/recorded lessons proves unmanageable
- All live lessons are recorded so that students can revisit them and recorded lessons are designed to be worked through at the student’s own pace