Remote learning

Information for pupils, parents, carers and guardians

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents, carers and guardians about what to expect from our remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

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 (including those who are resident in boarding houses)

At Queen’s, we are fully committed to providing an exceptional remote learning offer for our entire school community. Our full academic, pastoral and co-curricular programmes are available to pupils, even when they are unable to access the school site. Our aim is to mirror our normal educational provision as far as possible.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. Remote education is a means, not an end. Our aim is to deliver a high-quality and diverse curriculum so that pupils know more and remember more.

This means that everything we know about what a quality curriculum looks like still applies. Our remote education curriculum is aligned to the classroom curriculum as much as possible. And, just like the classroom curriculum, it is carefully sequenced to ensure that pupils obtain the building blocks they need to move on to the next step.

We have made some adjustments to the normal timings of the school day to allow longer breaks between lessons but the total amount of learning time is virtually identical to a normal school day.

The co-curricular programme is available to all pupils and they are encouraged to get involved in the wide range of activities provided. However, while pupils are learning remotely, participation in the co-curricular programme will be optional.

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

A full schedule of remote education (including live remote teaching and supervised independent work) is available for all pupils on weekdays in term time according to the following timings:

Key Stage 1 & 2

8:30am – 3:30pm + 45 mins of optional co-curricular activities

Key Stage 3, 4 & 5

8:20am – 3:30pm + 1.5 hours of optional co-curricular activities

 

Accessing remote education

The vast majority of our remote learning will be delivered through Google Classroom and live Google Meets. Teachers will also use other suitable ‘EdTech’ platforms. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Class Charts
  • Century Tec
  • Corbett Maths
  • Seneca
  • Dr Frost Maths

We recognise that some pupils may not have a suitable device to be able to access our remote provision at home. Where this is the case, parents are welcome to contact the school and, if available, a suitable device will be loaned for the period of remote learning. Requests for school devices should be made to Mrs Pamela Pawley (pcp@queenscollege.org.uk).

 

Methods of remote learning

The vast majority of our lessons will be delivered via live Google Meets. This means that the teacher and the pupils are able to interact in much the same way as they would in a normal class environment. Each Google Class is set up in the same way as a regular class. This means that our normal small class sizes and existing teacher/pupil relationships are maintained throughout the period of remote learning.

Wherever possible, pupils should use their cameras and microphones so that they are able to fully engage with the learning.

To complement live interactive lessons, teachers will also on occasion use

  • recorded lessons or sections of lessons

  • resources produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home

  • websites and/or specific EdTech platforms to support the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

  • project work and/or internet research activities

Where it is impossible for a pupil to access live lessons (e.g. where a pupil’s home is in a different time zone), lessons will be recorded and made available to the pupils via the relevant Google Classroom. This will enable them to keep up with the learning at a time more suitable to them. 

 

Engagement and feedback

Pupils are expected to attend every scheduled lesson and tutor session just as they would if they were in school. Pupils are expected to be punctual so that lessons can get underway without disruption.

We ask that wherever possible, parents and carers provide a suitable study environment at home and ensure that pupils have the necessary resources to fully participate in the learning.

Teachers will monitor attendance and engagement, and if they have any concerns will liaise with a pupil’s tutor and Year Leader so that the issue can be brought to the attention of the parents or carers. Teachers will contact home via email or by phone.

As a result of our reliance on live lessons as the primary method of remote teaching and learning, live feedback will be a regular feature of all lessons. Where pupils submit work for marking, feedback will be provided in accordance with our normal feedback processes and may take the form of:

  • Feedback written by the teacher

  • Next steps comments (e.g. What Went Well and Even Better If)

  • Voice notes recorded by the teacher

  • Quizzes and mini-tests

  • Whole-class feedback

  • Self and peer review based on model work or mark schemes

  • ‘Code’ and ‘sample’ marking and feedback

     

Student support and learning development

During periods of remote learning, our student support and learning development provision continues to be available as normal. Whilst it may be difficult to attempt any new testing whilst we are working remotely, regular support lessons, including 1:1 sessions will continue as per the normal timetable. Our SENCO is available to students and parents to answer any queries or provide professional support where needed.

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate or quarantine but the majority of their peer group remains in school, our remote education provision will differ slightly from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils, some of which are at home whilst most are in school.

Pupils who are self-isolating will be able to join their live lessons via Google Meets but the lesson feed will come direct from the live classroom. Pupils will still be able to interact with the teacher via their camera and mic and teachers will make every attempt to include them in live discussion. Self-isolating pupils will not be able to participate in some practical activities as they normally would if they were in class but teachers will try to give access to relevant demonstrations or videos as far as possible.

Remote learning from September 2021

The purpose of remote learning is to provide access to lessons for students who cannot be in school as a result of factors beyond their control (travel disruption, visa issues, positive COVID tests, injuries, long term illness etc.). It is not designed to provide an alternative to being in school.

Face-to-face live lessons in classrooms are always superior to remote or 'blended' learning and being in school provides so many opportunities for interaction and participation in wider activities.

Good quality remote learning involves significant preparation on the part of the teacher and therefore will only be made available to students where we are informed in advance of the need for its provision. On occasions when remote learning is needed, we will do our best to put it in place as soon as possible but it is unlikely that will be on the same day. Teachers will switch on their cameras and mics so that students learning remotely can access the lesson but they will also be looking after the majority of students who are in the classroom.

Remote learning will not be offered to students (or via their parents) where students are phoned/emailed in absent as a result of an unexpected and short term illness or medical/dental appointment. Students who are kept at home because they are too ill to be in school will not be well enough to participate in live remote lessons.

As always, we will try to help students to catch up when they have missed lessons due to illness and one of the ways of doing this is to record lessons and share them with students via the Google Classroom. This is not an expectation of teachers, however, as in different subjects there will be different ways of providing students with the information and resources they need to close any learning gaps.

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Methodist Independent Schools Trust

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