Remote Learning - 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 where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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 in the first day or two of students being sent home?
Harris Academy Peckham will provide remote education which is high quality and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision. Teachers will teach our curriculum which is ambitious, knowledge rich and well sequenced to ensure continuity of learning and progression for all.
- We will use Microsoft Teams as our digital platform.
- We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school with further opportunities to master content through live feedback and extended home -learning assignments, in every subject. Our ambitious academic programme is supported with strong pastoral support and a wide range of enrichment opportunities to help HAP stay connected.
- Students will receive regular feedback from teaching staff.
While we are ensuring students have access to equipment and resources before going home, learning will continue as set out below for individuals isolating or working from home. Staff will be available to respond to needs as they arise between 9am and 3.30pm.
What should my child expect from remote education during lockdown?
Harris Academy Peckham is committed to working in close partnership with families and recognises each family is unique and because of this sometimes circumstances within the home impact upon the delivery of remote learning.
However, we recognise that children learn best when they have a structure to their day, and we encourage families to use the timetable we have created to guide them in maintaining this supportive structure to their school day.
We would encourage parents to support their children’s learning, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support children with the work set, encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration and engagement.
Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact the IT help which is manned full time (between 9am -3pm) to troubleshoot any problems. These will be discussed on case-to-case basis.
Each day via MS TEAMS Classroom your child will be expected to follow their published timetable.
Click HERE to see the timetables for each year.
Following the first few days of remote education and remote education in lock down, 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 wherever possible and appropriate. The curriculum is well sequenced, and all lessons will be delivered in ‘The HAP Way’.
At HAP our curriculum planning and provision is all in place at the start of every Autumn Term. Remote Learning will align with this planning and follow the intentions set out in our Curriculum overview for each subject. If there was a curriculum-based reason why an element of the Curriculum could not proceed under restrictions, for example, fieldwork, set experiments or practical assessments, then clear revisions will be made to our plans and these gaps will be addresses when we return to more normal schooling.
Lessons will be taking place live on MS TEAMS and will recorded by teachers for access outside of lesson time. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects:
Food Technology students may not be participating in live practical lessons as this is not feasible at short notice, therefore students will be completing the theory component from pre-recorded lessons.
PE practical lessons are hosted live and focused around a range of skills and fitness components that have been modified for those that may or indeed may not have the indoor or outdoor space to complete.
Each lesson at HAP begins in the same way, with a SITREP activity, this employs a range of techniques supported by the latest cognitive psychology to maximise the learning of our students. Each lesson will have a clear knowledge objective which will be explained and modelled by the teacher virtually. Using questioning students will have their understanding consolidated through guided and independent practice which will then be extended into their personal study time.
Remote teaching during lockdown/isolation and study time each day
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 STUDENTS broadly the following number of hours each day:
In Key Stage 3 and 4 students will be required to complete 5 hours of learning a day. In addition, students will have access to additional revision, research and material/resources.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Students use MS TEAMS for online provision. This can be accessed through the student portal on our website - https://harrisfederation.sharepoint.com/sites/hapstudents/SitePages/Home.aspx?web=1
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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those STUDENTS to access remote education.
- All students have been trained and taught how to use Microsoft TEAMS.
- Upon notification of working from home, parents and students are asked if they have the technology at home to access learning remotely. If students do not have a device, the IT assistant and AP will provide a laptop and a dongle for internet access if required. The IT department will provide remote support to ensure ease of access and to troubleshoot any problems for the parent and student.
- Parents can contact ………..should they need further support and assistance. If problems with remote access still exist, the Academy will offer a place on site to access lessons or provide paper copies of work this will be a last resort as we know that accessing the lessons is the best option.
- Devices will need to be signed for and they will be checked for damage upon return to the Academy.
- Students will be provided with pens, paper and other stationery items should they need it.
- All of the work will be completed on MS teams via MS Assignments, Word documents emailed or via One Note. Students can upload their work directly and can use photos to show that the work has been completed.
Click HERE for further support to parents on how to access MS TEAMS.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach STUDENTS remotely:
A range of teaching styles will be used to engage learners at home, these include
- Live teaching/lessons (online lessons)
- A four-period timetabled day
- Recorded lessons in the absence of a teacher and to allow students to recap on earlier learning to support with their progress and consolidation of knowledge
- The day begins an assembly or DEAR time with various members of staff.
- Video/audio recordings will be used in some areas to support the delivery of the curriculum
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers if requested (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Resources such as PowerPoint and worksheets will be available (where appropriate) on Teams
- Online learning Apps – Bedrock, Accelerated Reader, ActiveLearn, Doddle, Kognity, Kudos, MyMaths, Mathswatch
- Click and collect library including reading books, textbooks and research documents
- Reading PDF booklets
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Students must follow their timetable and begin their day as per their timetable. Parents are expected to get their child up and ready for school as normal. Break and lunch have been pencilled into their day to allow for a rest break and refreshments. Amended lesson duration to 60minutes also allow for less screen time in-between lessons.
Parents must also encourage their child to use the HAP conversation channels on MS Teams for each subject as a place to ask questions and gain support.
Parents with children who have a SEND will receive daily support in accessing the curriculum and should encourage their child to engage with this support offered or indeed take the opportunity to meet with the SEND team to discuss any curriculum concerns they may have.
Staff expect students’ learning remotely to:
- Complete the work set each day and to the deadline set by teachers.
- Seek help if they need it, from teachers (via email or via the chat function of MS Teams).
- Alert teachers/staff if they are not able to complete work before the deadline has passed.
Students are registered during morning registration as part of the tutor time reading programme. Students who do not register will be called by a member of staff of the Academy to find out the reason why they are not in attendance. Parents will be expected to explain why students are not attending and school staff will assess the reason and appropriate actions where necessary.
Subject teachers will send a lesson invite to all students and will register students for each lesson to monitor engagement and attendance.
Each week there will be an assembly, virtual rewards and enrichment activities, this will be sent out via MS teams with an email to all parents/carers.
Student in examination year groups will be offered additional intervention and support which will be subject specific. These lessons will be set up via MS Teams. All students involved will be notified personally.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
The AP in charge of attendance will review daily attendance rates for remote learning and will allocate a case load to support staff for those students who are not engaging.
Each day PLs and teachers check the attendance registers to ensure everyone has logged in. Anyone who has not logged in receives a telephone call and an email to find out the reason why their child has not attended lessons.
Daily phone calls are made to vulnerable students and those with SEND.
Parents/carers of students who are sick are required to notify the attendance officer to explain the reason for absence so this can be recorded.
Upon receiving a call or email, staff will assess whether a technical issue is present and may offer an alternative device. Those who are having trouble accessing remote learning are expected to come to the Academy for further training and support. Those who are persistently not engaging will be expected to attend the Academy for lessons and will be referred to the safeguarding team who will conduct a follow meeting/call with parents.
The subject teacher will regularly check on submitted work and if appropriate will provide feedback.
If your child fails to submit work regularly by the deadline you will be contacted by the Head of Department to determine what help or support you might need at home to ensure the work is completed.
Parents will also be contacted by their son/daughter’s tutor each week to review how they are progressing with the work.
Engagement in lessons
During lessons teacher will use a variety of techniques to ensure students are engaging. Examples of what might be expected include: -
- MS Form Quizzes completed every lesson
- Student responses in lesson meeting chat
- Spoken student responses in lessons
- Student work produced in the Assignment tab of their teams
- Student contribution to Breakout rooms
- Student work produced via online learning apps (outside of MS Teams)
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.
Assessment of student work continues in line with the Academy’s and departmental policies. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Lesson based assessment activities which will be assessed by the teacher.
- Assessed written pieces of work.
- Practical projects or outcomes.
- teachers will set knowledge retrieval and knowledge summary tasks to ensure the content of the lesson has been understood. Feedback on this week will be provided daily.
- teaching will build to a formal assessment which will be deep marked by the teacher to provide detailed next steps on where and how to improve. The assessments may be in the form of a test or an extended piece of writing which is submitted on MS Forms or Assignments.
- whole class feedback, in line with our policy, will ensure students have the opportunity to review and improve their work so that misconceptions can be addressed. This will be provided regularly.
- teachers will mark assignments via Teams on a regular basis. This may include written or verbal feedback. Teachers, tutors and PLs will monitor every student’s progress closely and communicate any concerns they have to parents using the usual channels.
Subject feedback strategies will continue and be adapted for remote learning to include, but are not limited to:
- Instant feedback from Quizzes.
- Instant feedback from other digital platforms e.g. Quizlet, Kognity Hegarty Maths or MathsWatch.
- Annotations added to digitally submitted work for written feedback.
- Written feedback in Teams.
- Whole class feedback within the lesson videos.
Additional support for STUDENTS with particular needs
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 STUDENTS, for example some 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:
- SEND department will contact parents daily to ensure students are able to access the work.
- TAs are assigned to students during their remote lessons to support them with the tasks.
- Our EHCP students have been invited into school to enable them to gain further support from staff and teaching assistants.
- Tasks will be differentiated by the teacher to ensure students can access the material and it is suitably challenging.
- Students not engaging with the work will be expected to attend the academy where a TA will be able to support.
- SEN support will remain in place as it would whilst in school. E.G. SALT therapy will continue remotely as will counselling and other forms of support.
- We will continue to run our strengthening minds project to support wellbeing.
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Remote education for self-isolating STUDENTS
Where individual STUDENTS 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 STUDENTS both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Students will initially begin with their online learning APPS to allow teachers to set up remote learning depending on the time of being sent home.
Lessons will be live and recorded by the teacher to ensure students are following a well sequenced curriculum and to keep up with their peers. Homework has been pre-published for the year and so students will follow thar timetable as normal.
During practical lessons – PE, students are expected to complete online learning tasks on Hegarty Maths and Bedrock.
Engagement and attendance are tracked, and parents are contacted should this not be happening. Students who need a laptop, paper and equipment will be given this before being sent home.
Students will upload work via MS Teams which the teacher will feedback on in the normal way.