Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if 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
Chorlton High School has established Distance Learning principles which are aligned to our Learning Model and are evidence-based. This enables the most effective teaching and learning. The principles have been reviewed by all stakeholders and focus sharply on clarity of instruction, daily/weekly review, presenting new material in small steps, modelling and scaffolding and effective assessment for learning. There is full curriculum alignment for students who are learning in school or at home.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
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?
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:
|Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year||Students will be expected to do 5 hours. Their full timetable of 5 hours will be provided for them with comfort breaks built into live lessons to support student well-being.|
|Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year||Students will be expected to do 5 hours. Their full timetable of 5 hours will be provided for them with comfort breaks built into live lessons to support student well-being.|
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:
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
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?
During full school closure, the expectations of the school day are as follows
8.45 – Live Assembly
9.00 – Lesson 1
10.00 – Lesson 2
11.00 – Lesson 3
12.30 – Lesson 4
13.30 – Lesson 5
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
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:
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:
The Access and Achievement Team focus on connection, learning and progress during school closure or student self-isolation. This includes very specific student and family support. A number of support strategies are in place:
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?
CHS Remote Learning Policy
As you are aware the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced the closure of school to all students apart from those who are children of key workers or those who are considered vulnerable.
For our students this means:
Spring 1 half term:
1. School is closed to all students except children of Critical key workers
2. All other students form all other year groups students should remain at home and access their learning through our MS Teams Remote learning platform where students will access a mixture of live lessons and independent study. Full details of this will be summarised below
Critical Key Worker group
If you believe your child falls into the vulnerable or keyworker categories and would like to take up the ‘in school’ provision then please can you email the school admin email address firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us. We will then make appropriate arrangements to support your child.
Year 11 Exams
You will be aware that during the Prime Minister’s address on Monday evening, it was explained that it is not possible, or fair, for all exams to go ahead as normal this summer. Today the Secretary of State for Education announced that all exam grades will be decided through teacher assessment. As a school, we will ensure that there is a robust and fair assessment process in place. We acknowledge the hard work, motivation and resilience that has been demonstrated by our Year 11 students. It will be important for them to continue on this trajectory to deliver the evidence which will support them in securing the very best grades.
The message to our students is to continue to work hard. It has been an incredibly unfair road for our Year 11 students and what we need to ensure is that they do not worry, continue to focus, dig deep, trust their teachers and engage fully in their remote learning programme. They have nothing to lose, everything to gain and we will support them through this.
What will distance learning look like for our students?
Parent information and expectations for student’s distance learning:
• If access to IT is a problem - please contact the school and let us know whether this is due to a lack of device or access to mobile data and we will try to and support you. You can call the school on 0161 882 1150 or email: email@example.com
• Each day there will an assembly at 8.45am for all students, which will be accessed through the Year Team on MS Teams. The assembly will help set students up for the day and go through key information of when their live lessons are scheduled that day and when they will be working independently with the adapted materials on Teams. These will be led by the Assistant Headteacher attached to each Year group and the Head of Year.
• On the whole, we would encourage students to follow their own timetable because this allows us to schedule live lessons effectively and is also a good way to set up the same routines that would be followed in school. We appreciate, however, that this may not be possible for all families as some students may be sharing devices. Therefore, if your child is not able to access a live lesson, the materials will also available in their Class Teams area so they can still complete the lesson themselves at a different time. In fact, this also means that any student can go back to the lessons and recap on their learning – which is good practice for all students. If students have mobile phones, live lessons can also be accessed through these. In most cases, a recording of the live lesson will be placed on the POST section of their Class Team.
• If you want to view your child’s timetable, go onto the School Gateway app, into reporting and then timetable. Please note the times on the app are slightly out - as these timings reflect the timetable before the control measures. Timings for lessons are as follows:
8:45 – Year assembly
9:00 – Lesson 1
10:00 – Lesson 2
11:00 – Lesson 3
12:30 – Lesson 4
13:30 – Lesson 5
• We are aware that sometimes with the use of IT, things can go wrong. This is the first time that the school will be broadcasting several live lessons simultaneously – so we know this may stretch our system. In additional to this students may have issues. If this is the case – then, again, students can just log onto the material files in their Class Teams from home.
• Each live lesson will last for a maximum of 50 minutes. This will allow your child to have comfort breaks and we encourage student to move around between each online session. Movement is important when working on a screen for any length of time.
• We also know this is a really difficult time for students and pacing themselves over the course of their distance learning is also important.
• My child has forgotten their password, has problems logging in or any other issues with MS Teams - please email MicrosoftHelp@chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk
• For support with accessing MS Teams, you can also see the student help sheet found using the website link: https://chorltonhigh.manchester.sch.uk/chs-distance-learning/distance-learning-introduction-and-routine/microsoft-teams
Using Microsoft Office 365
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Microsoft Teams Induction
Live Lesson Student Guide
Student Support Video - MS Teams and Live Lessons
Student Support Video - Assignments in Microsoft Teams
Live Lesson Short Example
Other useful key learning links: