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What happens when my child needs to learn from home?

There are two sets of circumstances which may lead to your child accessing their learning remotely (i.e. from home). These are:

  1. As a result of testing positive for Coronavirus (self-isolating but still feeling well enough to work) or having to self-isolate as a result of being identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
  2. During a period of full or partial school closure – for example during a period of national lockdown in which the government has applied the schools’ contingency framework (when schools are open only to the children of critical workers and to vulnerable pupils), when a ‘tipping point’ has been reached in that more than 50% of your child’s class or year group bubble is required to isolate and so the full class or year group bubble is closed and all pupils within it work remotely, or when staffing levels are compromised to the extent that school is forced to close partially or fully.

In any of the scenarios above all pupils will work with their usual class teachers* and in line with their normal school timetable, accessing lessons via Microsoft Teams. Every lesson will begin with a register and approximately 20 minutes of live teaching, after which pupils will work independently on learning activities set by the teacher. In some cases, the teacher may extend the period of live teaching or require pupils to return for further live teaching later in the lesson. Where this is the case, it will be explained to pupils during the first 20 minutes of the lesson.

The teacher will be delivering the lesson to pupils isolating as well as those still attending the school site, ensuring all pupils have access to the same curriculum content. While accessing the lesson remotely, your child can seek support via the online chat “Posts” feature of Microsoft Teams or privately via email to their teacher, who will respond in a timely manner. Each subject teacher will require the work to be completed upon your child’s return to school and will provide feedback to the work. Where your child has failed to complete the work set, he or she should expect to be sanctioned accordingly by his or her normal class teacher.

The frequently asked questions which follow should address most aspects of our remote learning provision. If you need further clarification, please email and an appropriate member of staff will contact you as soon as possible.

*If your normal class teacher is absent for any reason, the work will be set for you via the General channel in the relevant class team.