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Remote and blended learning at Chailey School

Scenarios and stages of remote learning, should the school need to close. 

Scenario A: all year groups in school, but some individual students at home e.g. smallish numbers in self-isolation

In this scenario, students have lessons via ‘remote learning’. This  means that they will have covered the same quality of material and subject matter as those in the physical classroom and are not behind when they return to lessons and learning in school. In other words, they are ‘up-to-date' with their work by completing the remote learning set.

How remote learning will be set 

-       Remote Learning will be set, in advance, as ‘Classwork’ on SMHW – this will appear as work in ‘red boxes’ on student calendars in SMHW 

-       The resources will be in the form of structured 'lessons' 

-        Subject teachers will check work through assessments that are submitted using Microsoft Office and using school email addresses. Students should only submit the assessments that are being set in class, and would normally be the standard faculty assessments identified in the faculty’s assessment policy. It is not necessary for students to submit all work completed. 

Where it proves to be possible, live ‘sound and PowerPoint’ streaming of lessons via Microsoft Teams or Stream (or recording of those lessons) may be instead available to students isolating at home. 

Scenario B: some bubbles or year groups at home; others in school or move to remote learning for the majority of students with key worker and vulnerable students in school 

Frequency. ‘Live lessons’ shall be provided by the class teacher(s) for each class (or year group if that can be seen to work) in the working proportion of one largely whole ‘live lesson’ to two largely ‘independent working’ lessons (or one ‘live lesson’ per week for core subjects); all lessons, however, should involve some ‘live element’ although this may be in the form of registration with students and an introduction to, or short review of, learning or a discussion/ question and answer section.  Core PE and PSE will not have a live element. 

  • Platform.  The platform through which these ‘live lessons’ will run is Microsoft Teams. students are expected to attend all lessons as they would in school using their normal timetable.
  • Protocol for ‘live lessons’.  The protocol for live lessons is shared below.
  • Submitting work.  Work which is required to be submitted to the subject teacher, either as a result of work done during the ‘live lesson’ or in the follow-up lessons, will be sent to the subject teacher using Microsoft Office and school email addresses
  • Structure of live lessons. A ‘live lesson’ may be a full lesson but may also take other forms.  It should have three key elements incorporated in it: 
  1. An element of teacher modelling or explanation of the work to be completed.  This could be live streamed or involve a recorded powerpoint.
  2. The teacher asking the students questions – formative assessment, usually using the ‘Chat’ forum for answers for instance.
  3. The opportunity for the students to ask the teacher about the learning – again, this could be via the ‘Chat’ forum.
  4. The lessons will take place at the same time as the timetable in school and teachers will take a register of attendance.  The lesson will be slightly shorter than 50 minutes to allow students and staff a break between each lesson 


There will be a 5-10 minute break between each lesson and an hour break from 11.15-12.15 to allow all students and staff a decent break in daylight for lunch and exercise.  

Remote learning – access and platforms 

Whilst staff will often use other educational websites in preparing engaging and challenging remote learning for students, there are two key platforms with which Chailey students must be familiar and be able to access successfully. These are: 

Show My Homework (found at https://www.satchelone.com/dashboard and sometimes abbreviated to ‘SMHW’) 

Microsoft Office 365, particularly Teams and SharePoint 

Both Office 365 and SMHW require log-in details with which students will have been individually issued. Students have been provided with some basic training in Microsoft 365 and SMHW during Computing lessons and ‘Community & Culture’ time (formerly known as ‘Tutor Time’). 

SMHW is used for setting remote lessons – these can be found under the ‘Classwork’ sections of students’ calendar and will usually be in red boxes. Note – if you are in school for your lessons, you do not need to do these ‘red box’ tasks – they are designed to help those at home keep up-to-date with their work. A simple guide to getting started with SMHW can be found here. 

Microsoft Teams is mostly used for ‘live lessons’, particularly responsible use of the ‘Chat’ (Forum) function. 

Microsoft SharePoint is mostly used for storing sizeable resources (SMHW can also be used for this) 

Students should also be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint as resources for learning will often come in these formats.



If you require further help with these platforms, please contact the following people: 

Edulink issues – Mr Mayhew - gmayhew@chaileyschool.org 

Logging in to SMHW (and password/PIN) and ICT issues – Ms Durrant - sdurrant@chaileyschool.org 

Overall SMHW issues – Ms Turner – rturner@chaileyschool.org 

Individual homework issues – contact the subject teacher



Protocol for ‘live lessons’ 

It is important to note that online ‘live lessons’, in whatever form they take, are like classroom lessons in that they are not a space for social conversation. The focus is on learning. Therefore, as detailed in the live lessons home-school agreement, we ask that students:   

  • Be punctual to the lesson
  • Arrive with all necessary equipment and resources, ready to learn 
  • Focus solely on the learning/activities set and follow all instructions from staff at all times
  • Be kind and respectful - no rudeness, inappropriate behaviour or language or you will be removed from the group or lesson 
  • Ask questions in the chat box and a teacher will reply to you as soon as possible  
  • Check whether your question has been asked and answered already  
  • This is not a space for talking with your peers generally - just for communicating with a teacher about your work 
  • Contribute positively to the learning and lesson  


Teachers will assess key pieces of week in line with department expectations.  This will give the teacher a clear understanding of progress and provide evidence as necessary for exam year groups.  It will enable the teacher to address misconceptions and plan appropriate lessons for the future. 


Students will receive feedback to assessed work in the form of class feedback in lessons and individual feedback in lessons, and through marking of work as appropriate.  The use of on-line platforms will give students immediate and personalised feedback. 


All work set will be through the lessons.  Some tasks may take longer than the school day and students are expected to use homework time to complete the work.  On line tasks such as through Bedrock and Heggarty Maths may need to completed through homework time. 

Reporting/ Communication to Parents 

For any period of remote learning that lasts longer than six weeks the school will produce formal parent reports on engagement and progress. 

The school has identified in the region of 100 students who will benefit from weekly, or more frequent, phone contact from a member of staff. 

The school will monitor attendance at live learning and communicate any concerns to parents/ carers. 

Access to IT equipment and Internet 

Chailey School has spent considerable money purchasing a supply of high-quality laptops which have supplemented DFE provision.  It is the aim of the school to ensure every child can access live learning and the school will work proactively with all families to resolve any issues. 


Safeguarding is of the highest priority to all members of staff and at all times the well-being and safety of each child will be paramount.  Safeguarding procedures will continue as normal with the addition of phone calls home and other provision as necessary on a case-by-case basis.







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