Remote and blended learning at Chailey School 2020-2021
We were delighted to welcome back all our students at Chailey School back in September. We are of course very aware that we may be forced into another period of COVID school lockdown with varying degrees of restrictions. This could include some ‘bubbles’ of students in school, with others at home. Similarly, it is to be expected that some students will have to isolate for a period of time at home, whether they are displaying any COVID symptoms or not. We are therefore using the knowledge and understanding gained, along with the feedback we received, during the last period of ‘lockdown’ to plan and develop our provision in the future and to minimise any impact of loss of face-to-face teaching and learning time for our students.
Positive COVID tests
If we encounter a situation whereby a member of our school community, student or staff, receives a positive COVID-19 test, we would immediately follow the protocol and advice as set out by the Department for Education, Public Health England and the Health Protection Team including any action we are required to take. Whilst we may not be able to predict all of the required actions, we are preparing for all scenarios, some of which may mean we may only have some staff and/or students attending school while others are learning ‘remotely’ at home.
The key objective in all of this is Chailey students have access to remote education that is '... high-quality and safe, and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision' (the DfE’s requirement). We will also focus on providing learning that engages, challenges, and leads to good progress, with routine and structure in learning important for students during any ‘isolation’ or ‘lockdown’. From our perspective at Chailey, we would wish to be continue with as broad a curriculum offer as possible. Our remote offer has now been finalised and has been in place since the end of September, well ahead of Government guidelines.
Scenarios and stages of remote learning
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’ that 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.
This can be expected:
- 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
Arrangements for this will, to some extent, depend on what groups are at home and whether this means that there is a reduction in teaching group commitments for staff in school. However, if a year group (for example) or entire teaching group is ‘isolated’ at home, then the following model is proposed:
- 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.
- 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 as appendix A.
- 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:
- An element of teacher modelling or explanation of the work to be completed. This could be live streamed or involve a recorded powerpoint.
- The teacher asking the students questions – formative assessment, usually using the ‘Chat’ forum for answers for instance.
- The opportunity for the students to ask the teacher about the learning – again, this could be via the ‘Chat’ forum.
- The lessons will take place at the same time as the timetable in school and teachers will take a register of attendance.
Scenario C: complete lockdown
Essentially, this will be as described in Scenario B but for all year groups. The existing school timetable would need to be followed and a register of attendance will be taken for all lessons.
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. Further details can be found here about how to use Teams. The code of conduct for participating in Teams lessons can be found here.
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 - email@example.com
Logging in to SMHW (and password/PIN) and ICT issues – Ms Durrant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall SMHW issues – Ms Turner – email@example.com
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
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