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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

A pupil'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 pupils being sent home?

All work will be set for students using their Microsoft TEAMS accounts. They will be set work and activities using their ‘class notebooks’ and/or on ‘Assignments’. Each class will have a welcome page, content library and handout section. Instructions will be clearly set out in the welcome page. See below for an example.

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.

For every subject we have published a ‘route map’ where you can easily see which topics are being taught when. You can click on any topic within any route map and it will take you to supporting resources and useful website links to support learning at home.

Remote teaching and study time each day

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

We have adapted the timings of the day to better suit remote learning. During times of national lockdown when schools are closed, we will be following the timetable below:

Period 1 09.00 - 09.45
Period 2 09.45 - 10.30
Period 3 11.00 - 11.45
Period 4 11.45 - 12.30
Period 5 13.15 - 14.00
Self-study 14.00 - 15.20 (Key Stage 3)
  14.00 - 16.00 (Key Stage 4)


Accessing remote education

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

  • All students are able to access Microsoft TEAMS using their school email accounts.
  • All subjects have provided links and logon information for the online platforms that they use on their TEAMS subject pages.
  • There is also detailed information on our website including how to videos and talk throughs: Working from home

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:

  • We will issue laptops to pupils who do not have access at home.
  • We will issue dongles to provide internet access to households that do not have access to the internet.
  • We will provide any printed materials needed if you do not have online access.
  • We will arrange to collect completed work from students who are working from printed materials.
  • There is also a dedicated IT support help desk to address any technical issues you may encounter. Please use the link below for the helpdesk

The Swanage School IT Support Helpdesk

For any other help please call the school office on 01929 500599

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons) using Microsoft TEAMS.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities.

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 100% engagement from your child with remote learning, unless your child is unwell or due to other personal circumstances.
  • We expect your child to follow their remote learning timetable throughout the day during times of national lockdown.
  • We expect that you would stay up to date with communication from the school regarding remote learning and ways in which you can support your child, for example watching video tutorials posted on the website.
  • We expect that you monitor the completion of assignments throughout the day, where possible, and in line with deadlines.

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

  • Staff will monitor your child’s attendance and completion of assignments and class tasks. We will notify you by text message if your child is not available for the online lessons or if we have concerns regarding engagement.
  • Tutors will call parents regularly to check in and report back on levels of engagement.
  • You will receive a weekly automated email detailing the assignments set and whether or not they have been completed.

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:

  • Your child will receive written and oral feedback via Microsoft Teams.
  • During a period of full closure, where work is set daily, teachers may not mark all class notebook work but during this time subject areas will select and indicate to their class when an assignment will be assessed by the teacher.
  • During live lessons, students will receive feedback either as individuals or as a whole class.
  • Your child will also be formatively assessed through strategies such as low stake quizzing, assignments, notebook work or during live lessons.

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:

  • Work set on Microsoft Teams is appropriately adapted to meet individual needs.
  • Your child has access to a full Office 365 account which will give them access to assistive technology such as immersive reader, read aloud, translate and dictate.
  • During a period of closure, if we felt that your child would benefit from additional support by an adult due to special educational needs and disabilities, an offer would be made for your child to attend the school or we may set up 1 to 1 support sessions with HLTAs.

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. However, we will ensure that they follow the curriculum taught in school, although tasks may differ slightly.

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

  • If a child is self-isolating then you should still expect assignments set through TEAMS as mentioned above.
  • As your child’s classroom teacher will be with their class during timetabled lessons, they may not be available to respond to queries immediately. They will however maintain communication via Microsoft Teams.

Please see further information to help with remote education and wellbeing at home on our other pages in this section.