Remote education provision

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils 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 pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’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 pupils being sent home?

TKAW I a Google School; this means that homework and classroom material are regularly available on Google Classroom and/or Google drive for all pupils from year 7 to 13. In the event of pupil’s absence, the work for the lessons on that day or those days will be available in the Google Classroom or each subject, following the normal timetable for each day (eg, slides, worksheets, videos, online learning platforms such as Sparx, etc). If the pupils doesn’t have a device at home, we can provide one on request by the parent/guardian.

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?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in practical subjects like Art, PE or Computing, the work provided via Google Classroom will be more theoretical or screen-based and will differ slightly to that in the physical lesson.

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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

(5 hours per day is the minimum expectation for remote provision.

Accessing remote education

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

The pupils will access remote learning through logging on to TKAW Google with their usual username and password, and going to their classroom with the different subjects. They will also access different other online learning platforms such as Maths work via Sparx as usual, but all via Google Classroom to ensure every child is safe.

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:

Laptops are available on loan if pupils do not have access to a device at home. This is done by phoning reception or emailing the school to request it. Parents or carers can then collect it from reception asap.

If the pupils need printed materials because they have no access to a device or internet access, parents or carers can phone or email school to request it. A member of the pastoral team will deliver it home or it will be posted to the home address.

These latter pupils working on paper resources will have their work mark by their teachers. The parents or carers can phone or email school to request collection by the pastoral team, they can bring it to reception or they can post it to the school.

Pupils will receive feedback online via Google Classroom for each home learning assigned.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Some examples of remote teaching approaches via Google Classroom:

  • live teaching (online lessons via Google)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)

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?

We expect all pupils to engage 100% with the normal timetabled lessons online if they are at home and they are feeling well.

We expect the parents or carers to support their children by setting routines and ensure the children have a safe and suitable space to do the work.


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

TKAW’s teachers will regularly assess pupils' engagement, via Google Classroom, with remote education through a combination of online participation, completed assignments, and virtual interactions, ensuring a balanced and comprehensive overview. In cases where engagement is a concern, we will promptly communicate with parents and carers, providing detailed feedback and implementing targeted strategies to address the challenges, fostering a collaborative approach to support the student's remote learning experience.

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:

TKAW will utilise a variety of assessment methods, including online submissions, quizzes, and virtual discussions, to evaluate and provide feedback on pupils' work. Feedback will be consistently provided at regular intervals (weekly), ensuring that students receive timely and constructive input on their progress and understanding.

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:

Teachers and heads of departments will collaborate closely with families of pupils with SEND to understand their unique needs and adapt remote education materials and methods accordingly via Google Classroom. Regular communication, personalised lessons/materials, and accessibility features will be implemented to ensure an inclusive and effective learning experience for all students.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils 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 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?

Individual pupils self-isolating will receive a tailored and well-sequenced curriculum that aligns with their ongoing class lessons via Google Classroom. This will involve providing daily assignments across various subjects, clear instructions, and regular feedback to ensure they continue their learning journey effectively despite being physically separated from the class.

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