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Remote Learning FAQs

Frequently asked questions about Remote Learning during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Q. Will my child be set lessons if they have to isolate?
Yes, teachers will set lessons for pupils who have to isolate, whether on their own or as part of a larger group.

Q. Which lessons will they have?
As far as possible teachers will set lessons in line with a pupil’s normal timetable.  If large numbers of pupils have to isolate we may have to introduce an alternative timetable.  We will tell you if this has to happen.

Q. Who will set the lessons?
Most lessons will be set by your child’s normal teacher.  If a teacher is unwell or we have large groups of pupils who have to isolate, other teachers may set work for them.

Q. When will the lessons be set?
Teachers will set lessons for the day when they would normally teach that class.  So, most pupils should be set five lessons per day.

Q. How will my child access their lessons?
Lessons will be set on Google Classroom which pupils are used to using.

Q. Will the lessons be live?
Some lessons may be live but many pupils have difficulty accessing live lessons if they have to share a computer or tablet. When a whole class has to isolate, teachers will seek to provide at least one lesson each week which is live or recorded. This will help to maintain the link between pupils and their teachers but means they can access the lesson at a convenient time, when they can access a computer. They will need to check Google Classroom carefully to see when these lessons will take place.

Q. How will my child access any live lessons?
Teachers will use Google Meet (which is a part of the Google resources we use at school) and a link to the lesson will be shared via Google Classroom.

Q. How will my child complete their work?
Pupils have their exercise books which they should work in. Work may also be completed online using resources teachers have provided or pupils can create documents e.g. Google docs, Google slides.

Q. How will they hand in their work?
Work that is completed using resources provided by the teacher in Google Classroom can automatically be seen by the teacher. If pupils produce a new document on a computer they may need to attach it to the homework in Google Classroom. Pupils can also take pictures of work they have completed and can attach these in Google Classroom.

Q. Will their work be marked?
Teachers will use a variety of methods to assess pupils’ progress which may include quizzes, tests and written tasks that can be marked online. Teachers will select key pieces of work to mark to ensure they can monitor pupils’ progress.

Q. What if my child has a problem with their work?
Pupils can contact their teachers by sending messages in Google Classroom or by emailing them using their school Gmail account. Parents can also phone/email the school to get a message to a teacher. Teachers will respond as soon as they are able to.

Q. How can I support my child?
You can support your child by making sure that they check Google Classroom and their email account regularly each day as lessons are posted. Ensure that they have an appropriate place to work away from distractions. Help them to establish a daily routine. Offer them encouragement. Get them to contact their teachers if they need help. 

Q. What if my child is ill and cannot work?
If your child is too ill to work then they should rest and follow medical/government advice. Once they are able to work again they should go back to their lessons and try to catch up on missed work where possible.

Q. How long should my child work for?
There are 5 hours of lessons in a school day, which with an hour of homework would make a 6 hour day. Some pupils may work quickly and finish their work in less time, others may take longer.

Q. What if my child finishes all of their work or a teacher has not set a particular lesson?
If a pupil finishes their work or a lesson has not been set for some reason (e.g. a teacher is ill) then they could read a book, go back over their previous work to improve their learning, revise, watch a programme or documentary which is linked to their subject, try something creative. Links to websites suitable for different subjects can be found in the ‘General work for absent pupils’ page on our school website.

Q. What if my child cannot access their work remotely?
If a pupil cannot access their work online please contact the school and we will work to sort out the problem.  While they are waiting pupils should make use of their exercise books and other resources teachers may have given them to go back over their previous work to improve their learning, revise, read a book, watch a programme or documentary which is linked to their subject, try something creative or make use of the websites suitable for different subjects for which links can be found in the ‘General work for absent pupils’ page on our school website.

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