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Virtual School - Remote Education

The Virtual School at Stoke Park allows us to ensure continuity of learning between home and school. Here at Stoke Park, Microsoft Teams is our key vehicle to do this, making use of each feature of the platform to better support learning preparation, assess and feedback effectively, as well as support literacy. Teams is also used to provide live interactions between students and teachers, for example during a local or national lockdown.  

 

Encouraging our students to access and engage with Microsoft Teams is a crucial part of our COVID Recovery Curriculum. In day to day practice, this means that all teachers use Teams routinely to secure powerful knowledge and to support our learners with key resources. These resources can be accessed if a pupil is absent, as well as giving them extra support to complete learning preparation, and in KS4 and 5, revise.  

 

To build students’ organisation skills, Microsoft Teams also functions as an online planner, capturing learning preparation details and resources, as well as enabling pupils to access resources from the lessons taught in school earlier that day, for example PowerPoint slides or photographs of the board/visualiser notes. 

 

Our Virtual School is fully integrated with the other schools in the Futures Trust. This allows staff to collaborate and share expertise and high-quality learning resources. This collaborative approach ensures that students receive the best quality blended curriculum.   

 

Remote education provision: information for parents  

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home 

Teachers will deliver live lessons via Microsoft Teams to your child from the first day of a lockdown. These will follow your child's normal in-school timetable. The assignment function will also be used to support learning preparation.   

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible. However, where appropriate we have made adaptations to ensure that we are teaching content that lends itself to remote learning. This approach will ensure that your child receives a broad curriculum provision whilst learning at home.  

 

Remote teaching and study time each day 

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

The interactive component of the lesson will last 35-40 minutes per subject per day.  The independent follow-up work will last 20 minutes. Overall, this should equate to: 

Key Stage 3 and 4 

5 hours per day 

Key Stage 5 

5 hours of interactive learning per subject per week. Additionally,  5 hours of asynchronous independent work per subject per week. 

 

Accessing remote education 

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

Your child will access their online learning via Microsoft Teams. Each of their classes has a Team set up. You will see that the Team names match those on your child’s timetable; this can be found at the back of their planner.  

Lessons can be accessed from within the team by clicking on the join button in the ‘General’ channel or by accessing the calendar feature at the lesson start time.  Please  click hereclick here to log into MS Teams. 

Miss Meyrick shows you how to access Microsoft Teams in this video and how to submit work in this video.

For detailed instructions of how to get into live lessons, use the ‘hands-up’ and chat feature please see Mr Grimwood’s guide at the bottom of this page.  

 

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: 

  • If your child requires a laptop, please contact the Head of Year for your child. 

  • You will be able to borrow a laptop from school. You will need to pay a deposit of £50. This can be paid over several weeks 

  • If your child does not have access to the internet, please contact the Head of Year for your child 

  • The school will ask your mobile phone provider to increase your data allowance on your behalf, you can apply here. If this is not possible, we may be able to provide a router or dongle 

  • If your mobile network is not supported by the DfE mobile data scheme, the school can also provide a Vodaphone SIM card. 

  • You will receive reminders about online access through letters, text messages and the website 

  • If your child requires printed materials, please contact your child’s Head of Year. Printed materials will be posted home 

  • Once your child has completed the work on printed materials, please send the completed work to school. The teachers will be informed that the completed work is in school. 

How will my child be taught remotely? 

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

  • Live interactive lessons delivered for each lesson via Microsoft Teams 

  • Independent follow up work set via the assignment function in Teams 

  • Some departments complement this provision by using programs such as Maths Watch, Accelerated Reader and Educake in additional to the live component of learning. Activities set on these systems will always be recorded on the assignment function of Teams so that students receive clear instructions about the independent learning preparation that needs to be completed. 

 

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? 

Students are expected 

  • to attend all online sessions 

  • to actively engage in lessons by contributing in the chat, verbally responding to the teacher or group discussion 

  • to complete the work set in lessons and any Learning Preparation that is set should be handed in on time.  

  • As a parent we expect you 

  • to liaise with the year team if there is any reason why your child cannot engage in their learning so we as a school can support you and your child in overcoming any barriers and get your child back to learning swiftly. 

  • to support your child by ensuring they have an area in the house that is quiet for them, so they are fully prepared for their online lessons daily 

  • to work in collaboration with the school by ensuring your child/children is/are logged on each day and are actively engaged.  

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

Student's level of engagement is checked throughout the day and parents are contacted if students are not online by a member of the year team. If a student is persistently not engaging, parents and the student will be contacted, and a meeting will be arranged to overcome any barriers and get the student back on track.  

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

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows: 

  • The live interactive lessons will allow teachers to check on your child’s progress. They will receive feedback, support and challenge to move forward in their learning 

  • Your child will receive feedback on independent work submitted via the assignments section on their Teams. This can take many forms as outlined above, departments have carefully planned approaches that allow your child to gain the most out of this feedback  

 

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 special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways: 

Any student who has additional needs has a key person in school assigned to them who liaises with the parents and student regularly.  

  •   Individual progress meetings are held regularly to ensure that they have any additional resources required. 
  • Children who struggle to navigate around the virtual learning world, are invited in to have a 1-2-1 session with their key worker. 

  • Children that need extra support are invited into school to work in the Vulnerable and Key Worker Bubble. 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils 

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the way in which remote education is provided will 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? 

It is important that, where possible, students can continue their education. It is also vital that we do not unnecessarily increase the workload of staff by asking them to teach twice.  We will take the following approach: 

  • Before 9am each morning, the resources and instructions for that day’s lesson should be uploaded to the relevant class folder for the Class Team on Microsoft Teams.   

  • This will allow students working at home to access the same learning that students in school have. 


Please see the Remote Learning Contingency plan under