Remote Learning

In the event of a whole school closure, the following approach will be taken for remote learning.

Remote Education Overview

Please find below plans and guidance for students and parents/carers for remote learning when students are working from home. In summary there are 3 strands

  • Home Learning Tasks shared daily through our website; these are our ‘normal’ lesson activities or individually by email, where appropriate.
  • Assignments, for marking and feedback, set via direct communication to students and parent/carers through our website, email and Microsoft Teams.
  • Live sessions delivered via Microsoft Teams for consolidation and revision, plus Q and A will be provided in the event of whole year groups working from home. Information on joining these lessons will be through the same channels as our Home Learning Tasks.

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents and Carers

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 to remain at home.

We 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, some Citizenship and Personal Development topics do not lend themselves to Remote Learning. In addition, activities in practical subjects have had to be rescheduled as they cannot be achieved without specialist equipment in a safe and effective way.

Parent and Carer FAQs:

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

Following DfE guidance it is expected that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 3 – 4 to 5 hours

Key Stage 4 – 5 hours

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

The class work will be available by our website, and this will be posted by 8.30am every morning. Students should expect to follow their usual timetabled lessons. They will have a minimum of one live lesson per day which students should attend. This will be accessed via Microsoft Teams. The example of a Year 7 proforma is below.






1 (8.55-9.45)

Work will be set in these boxes.

If a live lesson, there will be a link to click on.

Assignments will also be set here. There will be information where and who to send it to.

Students will be clearly directed to find work.

2 (9.45-10.35)





Break time – Remember to have a 15 minute break

3 (10.50-11.40)





4 (11.40-12.30)





Lunch time – Remember to have a 40 minute lunch break

5 (1.10-2.00)





6 (2.00-2.50)





Reading time – Students should use this time to read their book and record this in their planner.


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:

  • If a student requires access to a device, we will try and provide them with one on request.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Class work tasks are set with clear instructions as to what tasks to complete daily.
  • Activities will be clearly differentiated to support students. This may include narrated PowerPoint presentations to support their successful completion.
  • Enough work is set to last students 50 minutes.
  • The content of the work will be all new curricular learning, as well as activities to review learning.
  • Students, as far as is practicable, should follow their normal school timetable. 
  • A minimum of 1 compulsory assignment will be set per class per fortnight (this is discretionary for single session teachers). These assignments are set by the class teacher.
  • Students will receive feedback via their live lessons, Microsoft Teams or through an email to their school email account.
  • The completion of assignments by students is tracked weekly and monitored by teachers in the first instance, and then centrally. Assignments are used to assess the knowledge and skills covered in their classwork and to identify areas of weakness or misconceptions. 
  • Any live sessions will be delivered via MS Teams. Attendance to these is compulsory. Any live session will last a minimum of 30 minutes approximately and outline tasks to complete and some teaching of knowledge and skills. We may use the chat function for immediate interactivity and feedback; recordings can be made if safeguarding criteria are met.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect students, as far as is practicable, to complete all the work set in the timeframe outlined. We will review the work set fortnightly to make sure that there is not too little or too much work set. We recognise that the work will take a bit longer at home than in school and we will amend the work accordingly. A quiet, light space to work would help students to work successfully at home. A good work routine would be beneficial, and we would recommend that the day starts, as it would in school, at 8.55 am

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

If students are not engaging with work parent/carers will be informed via a phone call from the pastoral staff, their subject teacher or their form tutor. In general terms, as far as possible, we will aim to phone each student every fortnight. All teachers will email their classes fortnightly, and we encourage dialogue between teachers and students.

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

Progress will be assessed through completed assignments. These may be through programmes such as MyMaths or Kaboodle, as well as quizzes and extended answers.  

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, we consider whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via our digital platforms to be valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

What if my child is struggling or feeling overwhelmed?

We recognise that some children find learning at home challenging. If you feel your child is struggling or have any concerns, please contact the school though our admin email ("> A member of the pastoral staff will then call or email you as soon as possible.

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:

All children with an EHCP have been invited to attend school on site, including those who we have made applications for, and if required, will continue to receive in-class support as set out in their plan.  For those with EHCPs who are at home, steps will be taken to ensure that we, where possible, provide additional support. Staff from the Student Support team will be in regular contact with families of children with EHCPs and will be available to be contacted, via the school office, for other children on the SEND register. For those children with SEND accessing from home, class teachers will ensure that they continue to set work appropriate for the students. Considerations, on an individual basis, will be made about each child’s ability to access the recommended work and this will be personalised in consultations with the SENDCo, class teachers, and parents. Where possible, specific interventions may still be carried out remotely. One to one staff will keep in contact with children to maintain relationships.  Additional resources such as sensory objects, visual timetables, coloured overlays and individual writing equipment, pencil grips, have been supplied to those at home. Contact with outside agencies will continue remotely and the SENDCo will continue to co-ordinate this.

Appropriate devices

Where possible, students benefit from using a laptop or PC, however we recognise that for some this is not always possible. We will provide equipment where possible, to support students to access learning from home.

An alternative method of accessing remote learning include using an Xbox or Playstation.


1. Plug a keyboard in to the Xbox USB slot

2. Go in to my games and apps

3. Find Microsoft Edge and select

4. Type in: Office365 or the school website address and log in as you would in school

5. You can then access your work and use key packages including:

• Teams • Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Your emails/Outlook

6. To move around you can use the Xbox controller or plug in a mouse


1. Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it)

2. Press the PlayStation logo on the controller

3. Go to the library and find options for games and applications

4. Go in to applications and you will find the internet browser

5. Type Office365 or the school website into the browser and log in as you would in school

 6. You can then access your work and use key packages including:

 • Teams • Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Your emails/Outlook