Students who are self-isolating but otherwise well enough to participate in learning are being offered access to remote lessons.
Depending on the circumstances of individual Northern Education Trust academies, and the number of teaching staff available, the nature of this remote offer may differ from academy to academy and from one class to another.
Where possible, we hope to offer those students who are self-isolating the opportunity to engage in a ‘remote, blended’ lesson. With the blended model, your child will need to join lessons throughout the day with ‘Google classroom’. By using this link, they will enter, ‘virtually’, their own classroom. They will be able to hear their teacher teaching, they will be able to see what is written on the board, they will be able to join in during question and answer sessions, complete work and receive feedback on their learning.
Whilst timetables may differ from one class to another, it is likely that all students will be invited to join the class each morning for an introduction to the day. The teacher will explain what will be taught during the day and remind children how to access learning materials. After this, they will be asked to attend the start of each lesson throughout the day so that they can hear the teaching input and an explanation of any tasks that need to be completed.
Where it is not possible to provide the full offer outlined above, students will still be provided with their teacher’s lesson slides and work will be set for them to complete at home. Students will still be asked to join the class at the start of the day and will be invited into a feedback session during the day so that they are able to discuss their work and seek help and support when required.
Opportunities to use the new system have been available to all children, so hopefully they will not require lots of support accessing materials. However, in the event that your child has forgotten, you may find it helpful to watch the following instructional video or read the user guide.
We do want to stress, that we are not expecting students to be online all day. In either of the above scenarios, students will often be working independently away from the computer.
Whilst we accept that students working remotely cannot achieve the full classroom experience, we are committed to ensuring that the teaching and learning opportunities provided, extend and deepen thinking, enabling all students to continue making rapid and sustained progress.
To avoid placing too much strain on our office team, please keep your child’s password and login safe and use the guides available if you’re not sure how to do something. However, if you or your child do experience any problems, then do contact the academy. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
We would ask that you ensure your child is supervised appropriately according to their age and needs during their time at home and particularly when they are working online. As you would expect we have the same high expectations of student conduct regardless of where they are working.
Please find attached, a poster that your child can use to remind them of our expectations. Unfortunately, students who fail to follow these simple guidelines or fail to adhere to a teacher’s reasonable requests may be suspended from the blended learning offer. As ever, full details are included in our Expectations for Learning Policy below: