Remote Learning from January 2021
All students are remote learning, now that a national lockdown has been announced. There is information on this page about our remote learning provision, as well as expectations about behaviour and attendance, plus safeguarding information.
Our remote learning commitment
You can view the full details in our document about our Remote Learning Commitment here.
Our remote learning provision:
- All students will work from home using our remote learning resources on this page.
- All staff will work in school.
- Teachers will set lessons on Microsoft Teams and will teach live lessons on Microsoft Teams.
- Not all lessons will be live – this will be decided according to the subject and staff availability – students should check TEAMS for live lessons each day.
- Students will have remote access support from Pastoral, Wellbeing and Student Support teams.
- Post-16 students will attend school from Wednesday 6th January as arranged by Post-16 team – they will be in touch via email as soon as is possible.
- See below for additional provision for children who are vulnerable or critical worker children
ADDITIONAL PROVISION IN SCHOOL:
Some students will come to school because they are vulnerable students or the children of critical workers who are not old enough to be at home on their own. Students in this group will go to their normal lessons and have face to face support from teachers. We will review this arrangement according to student attendance and staff availability. We may need to supervise students in school so that they access remote learning on site. Please ask students to check for signs directing them to a classroom for period 1 on Monday only – this is to allow us to take a register and discuss the arrangements for the day.
Please use the links below to support your remote learning, as well as the direct links in each year group section.
Work set by subject
The work below is for when students have not been set work on Microsoft Teams.
- Computer Science
- Food Technology
Behaviour, attendance and safeguarding information
The information below summarises the procedures for behaviour, attendance and safeguarding during the period of remote learning that started in January 2021.
- Online behaviour expectations
- Expectations and system around non-completion of work
- Recording attendance to online sessions Follow-up to non-attendance
- Safeguarding system
Online Behaviour Expectations
Remote Learning Expectations and Protocols
All students must be appropriately dressed (i.e. like a non-uniform day).
- If possible students should be in a shared area or living space. If this is not possible then bedroom doors should be left open. Headphones/headsets may be useful if others are present.
- Check who or what can be seen on camera or heard by the mic – ensure no inappropriate activities or language can be seen or heard. Inform others around you that you are doing online school work.
- Ensure that no personal data (other than your name) is on view.
- Parents/carers are asked not to participate in the lesson.
- Participants should turn the camera off and mute their microphone, unless asked to do otherwise
- Students should use school accounts to access video sessions.
- Students must use their real names to login to the session. This will occur due to their school log in. Any attempt to do otherwise will be taken very seriously
- All activity in the session must be in line with normal acceptable behaviour within a classroom.
- Participants must not share any personal information during the session for example their logins or passwords.
- For safeguarding purposes the school may record the session. These recordings will not be shared publicly but may be reviewed by the school/trust.
- It is recommended that any device has the latest security patches and updates installed and if applicable has antivirus software and anti-malware software installed and enabled.
Non-engagement with remote learning
Students who are unable to engage with remote learning or complete work to a reasonable level will be monitored via classcharts as usual. Where staff have concerns regarding the quantity and quality of work completed remotely they will apply the usual systems which may include classcharts and contact with home. They will then refer students to the head of faculty and pastoral staff. This is to ensure that all students have access to their education and school can provide support if students are struggling with aspects of remote learning.
Disruption to remote learning
Hope Valley College has developed remote learning processes to ensure all students can continue to learn and make progress even when they have to isolate or in the event of a future school closure. If students disrupt ‘live’ lessons they will face the following sanctions:
- 1st disruption – student will be banned from ‘live’ lessons for the rest of the day and parents informed via email. Students will need to work from resources on the website only and no ‘live’ lessons.
- 2nd disruption – student will be banned from ‘live’ lessons for a week and parents informed via telephone. Students will need to work from resources on the website only and no ‘live’ lessons.
- 3rd disruption – students will have their school log in suspended and will complete remote learning using BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy. Parents informed via telephone and reinforced by email including details for BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy
Rewards remain as established with the addition of the rewards for completing and submitting remote learning work. Staff are to add positive mentions for students who complete and submit work remotely. Staff can award positive mentions on classcharts
Expectations and system on failure to complete work or engage with remote learning
Non-engagement with remote learning work
Where staff have concerns regarding the quantity and quality of work completed remotely they will apply the usual systems which may include classcharts and contact with home. They will then refer students to the head of faculty and pastoral staff. This is to ensure that all students have access to their education and school can provide support if students are struggling with aspects of remote learning.
Disruption to remote learning
When ‘live’ teaching remotely staff have set up the controls on TEAMS to allow them to remove a participant who is disruptive . Where a student is disruptive during a ‘live’ lesson staff will follow the procedure for removal and will log a negative mention.
Recording attendance to online sessions & Follow-up to non-attendance
The data team will record attendance codes in line with DfE guidance as follows:
All pupils who are not expected to be in school should be marked as Code X. They are not attending because they are following public health advice.
As vulnerable children are still expected to attend school full time, they should not be marked as Code X if they are not in school (except if they are shielding, self-isolating or quarantining). Schools and colleges should encourage vulnerable children to attend but if the parent of a vulnerable child wishes their child to be absent from school, the parent should let the school know that the pupil will not be attending. The Department for Education expects schools and colleges to grant such applications for leave given the exceptional circumstances. This should be recorded as code C (leave of absence authorised by the school) unless another authorised absence code is more applicable.
As with vulnerable children, critical worker parents and carers should let schools know if their child will not be attending and, if not, schools should grant a leave of absence (code C) given the exceptional circumstances.
DfE Guidance states the following those students working remotely from home:
If a pupil is not attending school due to circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19), [this includes a national lockdown or staggered start] we expect schools to be able to immediately offer them access to remote education. Schools should keep a record of, and monitor engagement with this activity.
Students’ attendance in lessons will be recorded as follows:
- to be coded Q when present.
- to be coded N when absent.
At the end of period 2 each day, a message will be sent to the parents of all those who have not logged on in the first 15 minutes during periods 1 and 2, in line with the usual absence alerts we would send for non-attendance. This list will then be cross referenced with periods 3-5 by pastoral staff and non-engagement followed up by the pastoral teams.
The safeguarding procedures for remote learning are set out in the table below depending on if you are working in school or at home. They are linked to the Chorus Education Trust Safeguarding Policy and COVID-19 Addendum.
The usual processes and procedures will continue to function and staff have been directed to follow them in accordance with our policies and procedures. If you are concerned about a young person you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com