Outwood Academy City Remote Learning Audit

Remote education provision: 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 if 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?

Students are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom. Teachers will set appropriate work for their classes via the Classroom; this will include live lessons, pre recorded lessons and appropriate resources to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning.

Any students without access to technology should contact the school so that we can assess whether we can loan a laptop and/or 4G router. In rare cases, it may be appropriate for paper copies of resources to be sent home for students to complete.

If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology can be kept up to date. Please use the ‘Contact Us’ button on the school website.

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 wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make adaptations to practical physical education lessons. In these lessons you will be given additional time to complete work that teachers may have assigned to you. We recommend that students take 2.5 hours a week of physical activity that is permissible under the current coronavirus restrictions in your area.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that all students will be set 5 hours of school work per day. Some subjects will offer additional resources and activities that are optional for students in order to support their progress.

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All online learning is accessed through Google Classroom. Online guides are available on our website in order to support students and parents to make the best use of this platform.

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:

  • Any parents who have issues with access to IT equipment or the internet should contact the school either by phone on +44 (0)114 235 8120 or by e-mail at enquiries@city.outwood.com

*Where students qualify for the Pupil Premium and a need for IT equipment or internet access has been reported we will be in contact with further questions. Laptops, dongles, routers will be loaned as soon as possible based on their availability. In the event

  • Where students do not qualify for the Pupil Premium and issues with IT equipment or internet access are reported we will be in contact with further questions. We have received donations from benefactors that may enable us to loan IT equipment. Students are able to access online learning from internet enabled games consoles and mobile phones. Where mobile phone data is limited we can apply on your behalf for a free additional data allowance. If students are not in a position to access online learning we will explore alternative arrangements, this may include workpacks.
  • Students without online access after the aforementioned steps will have a personalised arrangement with the academy to ensure that resources can be provided, support provided and feedback given.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live lessons are being provided to match the scope and ambition of the curriculum, apart from practical PE.
  • Recorded teaching provides additional support for those students who need it and may form part of some lessons where it is the most appropriate tool to ensure exceptional progress.
  • Set lessons with quizzes, videos and feedback are being used in some subjects.
  • Subjects have linked external resources from websites such as Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize, Hegarty Maths and others as are deemed appropriate in support of student learning.

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?

Students

We expect all students to login to Google Classroom by 8:40am every morning and follow the live lesson timetable for their year group. Students should maintain the same high expectations that we have of them in school. They should act respectfully, responsibly and safely at all times always following the instructions of the teachers as soon as they are given. They should fully participate in their online lessons and proactively take every step possible to make progress.

Parents/Carers

Parents/Carers should ensure that students engage in remote learning following the timetable that has been provided. It is important that students gain regular sleep of at least 8 hours, eat breakfast and drink plenty of water. We also recommend that students gain at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week. Access to mobile phones, social media and other distractions should be removed during live lessons.

Parents/Cares should take an active interest in the work that students are completing and sign up to Guardian Share on Google Classrooms. Parents/Carers should contact the school in the event of any issues and we will endeavour to get back to you. The following guides have been prepared to support remote learning:

  • Parent/Carer guide to online lessons
  • Student guide to online lessons

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We will check the attendance of all students every lesson and will follow up non or partial attendance with the absentee and their parents/carers. We ask teachers to report regularly on a central tracking system about the level of student engagement in their online work. This information is gathered by analysing the quality of student response in lessons and the amount and quality of work that they submit. Concerns will be relayed verbally in lesson as well as by text, phone call and e-mail outside of lesson time in most instances. In the event of serious concerns we will either invite parents to a Google Meet or face to face meetings in the Academy should Coronavirus restrictions allow.

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 student work is as follows:

All teachers will ask a large number of questions throughout the live lesson which will be recorded in the chat window or verbally. Work will also be set on Google Classroom in the form of quizzes, questions, exam questions, essays and other tasks. Students also have the facility to upload photos of their paper based work for the consideration of the teacher.

Whole Class Feedback will be given in every subject at least once per week in the Google Classrooms. In all lessons teachers will give verbal feedback and written feedback in the chat window based on the student responses. In some subjects personalised written feedback will be given where students have completed a substantial piece of work. Some subjects will also send feedback via text message. Praise will be given through e-mails, phone calls and social media.

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:

Students with SEND are allocated a key worker who will provide the link between home and school. Regular dialogue will occur via phone call, text or Google Meet to ensure that SEND students are able to access the work. If appropriate they will be given additional remote support from support staff who they are familiar with. It may also be appropriate for specialist equipment to be loaned to the family during this period to support remote learning. Teachers will plan for the SEND needs of each student and set work that meets these needs. TA support and 121 provision is also in place for those students that need it.

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?

Self isolating students will follow the remote learning approaches that have already been outlined.