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Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents

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?

All information to support your child accessing our remote offer can be found on the parent and student portal. We hope the questions listed below will support you and your child.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

If your child is in good health but cannot attend school due to Covid-19, we expect them to continue with their learning from Day 1. Students should access the remote learning provision by selecting the Student Portal – Home Learning tab. During lock down 3:0 ‘live lessons will be delivered via Student Portal. All lessons will be calendared in the Teams calendar and will follow the student timetables which can be found on the timetable tab.

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?

Yes - in all cases pupils will continue to engage with the same curriculum as they would if they were in school. Lessons will be planned by subject specialists in line with our Schemes of Learning and Knowledge Organisers and, where possible, we will ensure that the work being set is from your child's subject teacher.

Remote Teaching and Study Time Each Day

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

We expect your child to stick to a good routine and will therefore ensure parents and pupils are provided with comprehensive timetables to structure their day. Pupils will complete 4 x 50-minute lessons per day and will be expected to attend a morning tutor session. Time will also be built in for break, lunch and physical exercise.

Students will be provided with access to weekly assemblies and daily live tutor group sessions which they are encouraged to engage with through Microsoft Teams.

Homework will continue to be set in line with the Homework Timetable, primarily across the core subjects, and pupils are expected to engage with this via Show My Homework. Time has been structured into pupils' Learning from Home timetables to support the completion of homework.

Accessing Remote Education

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

Our Learning from Home provision will be delivered via Microsoft Teams and Show My Homework. Pupils will access live lessons via Microsoft Teams whilst all other work will be set for pupils, by their subject teacher, via Show My Homework. Pupils should refer to the timetable they have been provided with to identify when their live lessons are taking place each day and also check their calendar for scheduled lessons. We encourage parents and pupils to read our 'Learning from Home - Guidance Booklets' for any support in relation to accessing Microsoft Teams, Show My Homework etc. A number of tutorials can also be found via the Parent Portal – Help Guides.

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:

  1. If your family has experienced technical challenges, is struggling with connection / Wi-Fi or simply does not have the technology for your children to access the remote learning, please get in touch with our IT team at itsupport@castleviewacademy.org.uk We have a number of chrome books that we can deploy to support students at home.
  2. You can also contact your child’s Head of Year by visiting our website: https://www.castleviewacademy.org.uk/contact-us/contact-numbers
  3. Please note that the reception telephone line will only be open for urgent calls between 8:00-10:00 every morning. If you need to reach a member of staff after this time or if your query is not urgent, please contact them via email

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Whilst the school remains closed to pupils, we are delivering a full ‘live’ timetable.

Each lesson will begin with a register and an outline of what is expected in the lesson. Pupils will submit work via Microsoft Forms, Seneca, Hegarty or via other methods that allow work to be marked and assessed.

Some of our lessons will also involve independent reflection/study.

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 appreciate how challenging it can be to keep on top of your child’s remote education. We don’t expect you to act in the role of teacher – there is strong evidence that the most powerful thing a parent/carer can do for their child is show an active interest in their schoolwork. We therefore ask you to:

  • Support your child in engaging with their daily timetable;
  • Ask your child to show you how they access online lessons;
  • Look at the work your child has completed each day, including additional homework;
  • Praise your child for continuing their education remotely.

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

Whether pupils are studying at home or at school, our expectations for attendance and completion of work are the same. We continue to follow our Behaviour and Attendance Policies and all pupils will be expected to abide by our high standards.

Should a member of teaching staff, tutor or Head of Year have concerns about your child then we will contact you. We will also seek opportunities to praise and reward your child via Epraise.

Attendance

It is our expectation that students attend ‘virtual’ school every day. The government is very clear that attendance at school remains compulsory for ALL children. Tutor ‘roll call’ begins at 08:45. Tutors will be online each morning and will ensure every child is able to access the remote learning timetable. Students are expected to sign in so that a daily register can be created. If a child is absent due to illness or self-isolation, it is imperative that parents contact Mr Fewings via attendancecva@castleviewacademy.org.uk or text (do not call) 07745791678. If contact has not been made by 09:00, a text will be sent to parents and a follow up call may be made.

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

Assessment and feedback play a key role in learning, and we’ve supported our teachers in providing effective feedback remotely. In most subjects, pupils will still do the quizzes, tests and assessments that they would take in school. We will continue to assess work and provide feedback to parents and pupils in line with our Assessment Policy.

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 SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Our teachers will make their online lessons as accessible as possible;
  • Our SENCO and the SEND team will continue to adapt resources and provide personalised support so that pupils with SEND can access their learning;
  • If pupils are unable to learn online because of special educational needs we will invite them to attend our SEND school;
  • If you would like to discuss this further please contact our Director of SENCO via email at Kamilla.davess-humphrey@castleviewacademy.org.uk

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.

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

If your child is self-isolating, it is imperative that they access the live lessons via the Student Portal – Home Learning tab.

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