Remote education provision: information for parents

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.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

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?

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:

Year 7 and 8 ·         5 Hours of online set work proportionate to their school timetable i.e 8 hours of English a week 1.5 of Geography

·         20-60 mins of reading a day

·         20-60 mins of physical activity a day


Year 9.10 and 11 ·         5-6 Hours of online set work proportionate to their school timetable i.e 8 hours of English a week.  All their options will be setting work

·         60+ mins of reading a day

·         30+ mins of physical activity a day



Accessing remote education

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

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely however the two main patforms used are Google Classroom and DPR which all students know how to use and use them in school regulariy.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We can support students to get online if you contact the school we can support with chromebook issue and wifi dongles.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of live sessions and set assignments.  The focus is on the set assignments.  We have learnt that asking students to complete assignments has more impact and keeps students actively engaged in learning far better than hours of online lessons each day.

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?

We expect children to complete all of their online assessments each week and they will be marked off by the teacher on DPR at a given time and we will ask you to check this and discuss with your child if they are missing work.  If you need support we ask you to get in touch with your chld’s tutor as soon as you can.

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

All assignments are handed in online and so engagement is very easy to track.  You can track the teachers feedback via the DPR.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

All assignments are handed in online and marked online on the DPR students are given a grade for work or if it is a google quiz a mark.

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We will send a weekly newsletter with support strategies and help avenues and your child’s tutor will be in contact to offer support if needed.  We will also offer training to parents on how to use DPR and Google classroom via instructional videos.

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?

All assignments for isolating children will be set on DPR and if the child is well enough to work they can complete them.