Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?
At Brooksbank, all classwork materials and resources should be available from a students’ class on Microsoft Teams. Work will be provided for all timetabled lessons, so students are able to follow their usual timetable.
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?
At The Brooksbank School, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. All class materials are posted on Microsoft Teams / Class Notebook and live lessons are scheduled in the Teams class. We may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in subjects with more practical lessons such as Performing Arts and Technology faculties, the curriculum has been adapted to better suit home learning. Changes will be communicated to students via Teams.
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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:
|Key Stage 3, 4 and 5
||Six 50-minute lessons.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
At Brooksbank, the main platform for the delivery of remote learning will be Microsoft Teams. All lesson materials will be available for students in the files area and the Class Notebook within Teams. Live lessons will be scheduled in the class Team following the students’ timetable. Some subjects such as Maths and Modern Languages may utilise to external resources. MyMaths and Linguascope.
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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:
- Identifying students for whom access is a barrier to remote learning via parental questionnaires and school communication.
- Requesting parents report any access issues to the ITSupport@bbs.calderdale.sch.uk email address.
- Contact made by Progress Leaders at Brooksbank to ascertain the exact nature of the access issue.
- Brooksbank Teachers to provide paper based/printed materials if needed.
- Arranging collection of laptops or internet devices (e.g dongles) supplied as part of the DfE laptop scheme.
- Maintaining a waiting list for devices when current supplies have all been distributed.
- Providing access to in-school provision where access remains a barrier to learning.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
- Live teaching (online lessons)
- Recorded teaching (e.g. Video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- Knowledge Organiser tasks.
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Textbooks and reading books students have at home
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
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?
- All students will be expected to follow their normal timetable remotely. We ask that parents try to ensure a quiet space in which to work and encourage their children to get into a regular routine with the learning.
- We fully appreciate that not all students will be able to take part in all the ‘live lessons’, for example if their parents or secondary siblings are working on the equipment at the same time, and this will not preclude them from completing the work that is set. The timetable for live lessons will be made available in advance to help you plan, some lessons may be recorded and available on your child’s secure Teams channel to watch again at a different time that day. Alternatively, instructions and resources will be available for all students to work independently.
- Students will have full access to all of their subjects and teachers throughout the week and will have six lessons per day of work to complete.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Engagement in remote learning is paramount to all staff and students at The Brooksbank School.
- Teachers and Progress Leaders will check students’ engagement with remote education daily and use Bromcom to monitor positive and negative engagements. Teachers and Progress Leaders will phone to inform you of any concerns. Engagement will be monitored not just by attendance at live lessons, as we appreciate this may not always be possible. Therefore we will also monitor the submission of the work set as assignments in Teams and work added to the Class Notebook.
- If engagement continues to be a concern, Progress Leaders will contact parents and carers to discuss the issues and look at how these might best be addressed.
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 student work is as follows:
- Written feedback on identified pieces of student or students’ work.
- Whole class feedback on tasks produced and the modelling of answers to demonstrate a high-quality response.
- Immediate, verbal feedback in live lessons and for answers to short tasks and quizzes which will be set to check student/students understanding of the work covered.
Additional support for students 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 students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:
- Regular scaffolding of written tasks to support students with their writing.
- Careful selection of text used in online lessons to ensure accessibility.
- Use of Microsoft accessibility tools, assistive reading, picture dictionary and the dictate feature.
- Differentiation of resources to enable SEND students to access the work set. Use of Class Notebook to send idividual tasks to SEND students.
- Regular contact from the key workers of SEND children to check on their progress and any concerns parents may have.
Remote education for self-isolating students
Where individual students 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 students 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?
The approach for students who are self-isolating will be very similar in that all work will be set in the same way, with similar expectation of engagement for self-isolating students who are not suffering any symptoms.
Class resources will be uploaded to each class Team. Conversations can be made to teachers through Teams. Regular contact will be maintained to check on progress and wellbeing.