Remote Learning – COVID-19

Remote education provision: information for parents January 2021  

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils 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.

Please note: HVS is adopting a BLENDED approach to the REMOTE LEARNING PACKAGE it is offering. This means that there is no one preferred method of delivery; the staff will determine (in conjunction with students and parents) the best way to get the most out of remote learning. This will include but is not limited to: LIVE lessons, GOOGLE CLASSROOM work set, quizzes, videos, TV programmes, online pre- recorded lessons, hard copies of work packs, practical resources and lessons, physical activity and wellbeing activities that include time outside.

HVS Remote Learning Agreement 

Staff agree to:

  • Discuss expectations with learners at the start of each LIVE session
  • Follow an agreed timetable (shared with SLT) and give notice of any cancelled sessions in a timely manner. Start lessons on time
  • Be well prepared for the lesson with all resources and teaching aids
  • Ensure they are clear on safeguarding and online policies and procedures (including data protection)
  • Always have another member of staff present in the room where a 1:1 session is taking place with a student in 1:1 LIVE sessions with students
  • Record all LIVE lessons to safeguard themselves and the student (make sure the student is aware of this

Learners Agree to:

  • Be punctual for all LIVE lessons (there will be a 5 minute window)
  • Be prepared to show your face on camera initially to check in
  • Be ready to engage with the lesson – have anything handy that may be needed (pen/paper/textbook/laptop charged etc)
  • Be dressed appropriately for lessons
  • Show respect for everyone else in the lesson
  • Make sure the space you are logging on from is appropriate and quiet enough to be able to engage in the learning
  • Make sure an adult in the house is aware of the lesson taking place and can see/hear what you are doing whilst on the call
  • Be prepared to contribute to the lesson positively and not disrupt it for other students
  • Not take/share images/audio of the lesson on social media or elsewhere (in respect for the teacher and other learners)

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We will 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, in Art students will have resources provided at home and some projects may not be exactly as taught in school where additional equipment is readily available.

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

Key Stage 3 and 4
The government expectation is that students in this key stage (years 7-11) access 5 hours of remote education per day. This will take a variety of forms and will NOT all be online or LIVE lessons.

For some of our students who work on a part time timetable this will be different and managed carefully to meet their individual needs.

Timetables will be reviewed fortnightly in line with current school policy and take into account a students ability to access remote provision.

Accessing remote education

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

The school uses the Google Platform for all online interactions with students. All students belong to GOOGLE CLASSROOM where activities and LIVE lessons can take place.

Every student is provided with a laptop or Chromebook (where these are not already owned) so that they can take part fully in any online learning.

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 pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

The school is adopting a fully blended approach to remote learning and considering the needs of each pupil individually. This bespoke package can be continually adapted to suit a student’s needs. This package will include a blend of online material, LIVE lessons, short tutor live check ins, phone calls home and work packs or coursework delivered to the home.

  • All students and families have been contacted by a member of the school team to discuss their access to a laptop and internet in their home. Where this is lacking the school team have sourced and provided a laptop or Chromebook and provided advice on gaining supported internet access
  • The devices (when provided by us) have been delivered to the students home by a member of staff. Where necessary the Family Worker will also provide advice on using the device/setting up and accessing the online lessons
  • Any student requiring work packs each week will have these delivered to their home on a Monday and these will be collected from their home on a Monday.
  • Any work that needs returning to school that cannot be collected in our packs can be picked up by staff/taxi company by prior arrangement (Artwork/large pieces of coursework for example)

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

As previously noted  the approach we are taking is a blended learning package which will be tailored  to the needs of our individual students and reflect their age and stage of development.

The range of ways we will provide this education is listed below but each child will have their own unique timetable which will be reviewed fortnightly and include the way each session will be taught. For some students there will be a reliance on particular methods of delivery that will suit the way they learn best. This is likely to be adapted over time as we learn more about what works best for each of them.

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded (eg: Oak national Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers, BBC Bitesize, My Maths)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (eg: workbooks, worksheets)
  • text books and reading books pupils have at home
  • 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?

There is of course an expectation that parents will encourage their children to engage in remote education. This will be tricky at times and we know that there will be occasions when it just isn’t working well. The school encourages families to get in touch and keep lines of communication open so that support can be offered where a students chooses not to fully engage.

The students will have had expectations explained to them and signed an agreement to take part respectfully. Due to the nature of our individual package for each student we hope to avoid disengagement but will do all we can to address this should it happen.

Parents are encouraged to:

  • Talk to their children about getting into good routines for working at home
  • Get their children up at the same time each day to set the tone for learning
  • Help their child to set up a place where they can do their school work that is quiet enough to work and that they can be involved if needed (eg: present during LIVE lessons)
  • Check in with their child regarding what is being set and see how they are doing
  • Arrange for work packs to be ready to return to school on a Monday
  • Seek support where technical issues become a barrier to learning at home
  • Share with the school anything that they are unsure of – we are here to help

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 setting up timetables that will clearly show when a student would be engaging in learning in whichever form has been decided works best for them. The teacher will be taking a register for online engagement and noting the engagement in access to GOOGLE CLASSROOM documents
  • Where a student is not engaging in work set, in whichever format there will be a flow chart of responses within school which will involve contact with home at different levels. A parent or carer should expect to be called and a discussion had around how best to support the student to get back on track. This conversation may include a change in how work is provided, the suggestion of more time in school and could include a home visit if this is deemed necessary.
  • It will not be acceptable for the school to ignore a student who chooses not to engage. Our duty of care is not only to ensure the student is safe and well but is also to ensure they are being well taught and achieving all that they can

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:

We will:

  • Access and mark any work coming back into school via learning packs and return this to students in written feedback form. Learning will be marked and returned at least once a fortnight. This will usually happen weekly with Monday drop-offs and Monday pickups via taxi to the child’s home
  • Work posted on Google Classroom will sometimes be in the form of online quizzes and be marked automatically. Where this is not the case teachers will mark work weekly and offer constructive feedback to students before setting an additional piece in their subject so that feedback can be taken into account by the student and next steps are clear
  • Sometimes feedback will take place in a LIVE lesson – offered as a whole class discussion or individually
  • Sometimes feedback will be via a phone call so that where a student is not comfortable with logging into a LIVE lessons they can talk to the teacher

Additional support for pupils 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 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:

  • Remote education will take a format that the young person feels comfortable with and is able to access independently or with limited support
  • Tasks will be differentiated and pitched at a suitable level to take into consideration independent learning and the needs of their ISP and EHCP targets
  • A teacher or teaching assistant will make phone calls home to offer support and encouragement and to give feedback on completed work
  • Harbour Vale School will support with the installation of programmes on to student laptops that will support their specific needs
  • The school SENCO Janet Marriott will continue annual review meetings and target update meetings throughout this period of lockdown
  • Supply students with resources that meet their educational needs to learn independently eg: specific pends, visual timetables
  • We will provide a range of instructional videos to support with learning subjects and new tasks

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

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.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

It won’t differ in any way:

  • If a student is unwell and isolating because they have COVID symptoms they will not be expected to engage and should be marked as absent. In the same way as a child would be absent from school with any other illness
  • If a child is well enough to work (is isolating because of another family member and is not unwell) then all of the previous provision remains in place



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