West Lea staff are experienced in providing online lessons and learning opportunities for your children. In the future, it may be the case that your child is required to self-isolate, this may be for a number of reasons; the bubble that they are in at school may need to close, they may develop symptoms of Covid 19 themselves, they may test positive for the virus or they may need to shield. In all of these cases, your child will have access to online learning.
You will be required to attend these lessons daily and we will support you in any way we can to make that possible. The software we have chosen to use for our online teaching and learning is Microsoft Teams; one of our teachers, Hannah Jackson Povey, will be offering online parent support sessions every week to enable you to support your child in accessing this.
We are excited about this new teaching and learning opportunity. We are proud of the work our staff have done on this so far. We look forward to working with you to gain the most success from your child’s education while they are at home.
Remote education provision: information for parents
The following 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 when individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page on the last drop down page.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
During the first couple of days at home your class teacher will be carrying out the following activities:
- Work with you to identify any barriers to remote learning and planning to overcome these together.
- Setting up at least one online session with you to practice with the technology and ensure any issues are ironed out quickly
- Issuing you with a timetable of activities for the next few days to establish a routine
- Alerting you to where work is saved to ensure you can access this for the first few days
- We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations. For example, planned opportunities to practice new learning will have to be adapted to allow for these to happen at home.
- We will also need to adapt our provision in relation to PE and therapies. These may mean a programme of activities for you to do with your child at home or may involve some face-to-face virtual time with therapists.
Click on the links below for each campus remote learning information:
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:
Primary school-aged pupils
At least 1 live session per day on TEAMs plus a further 2-3 hours of resources and ideas for learning activities per day.
Haselbury Campus Students
At least one morning and afternoon session plus a further offer 2-3 hours of tasks / assignments per day. A mix of live and recorded lessons are used.
Learning for Life Students if secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year
Wright class students access to 2 x 1 hour daily sessions and have access to two hours worth of tasks/activities for them to complete each day.
Learning for Life Students of secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
Two live lessons per day focusing on core subjects and the Learning for Life Curriculum which includes life skills and PSHE. Tasks to cover a further 2-3 hours of learning are also uploaded onto TEAMS for students to access.
Post 16 students
At least 2 live sessions per day following usual college timetable (minimum 4 hours work set in total). College lessons led by CONEL and Learning for Life and Work Experience days led by West Lea.
At least 3 live sessions 1 day a week (at least 4 hours work set daily). Additional sessions for interns who have not returned to their work placement (at least 2 live sessions for 3 additional days).
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All online learning will be carried out through teams. Your child will have an email address and log in and you should make sure you have this to hand for every online session. Through this email address you will be sent links to live lessons and will be able to access the work folders and activities set up for your child.
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. Please speak to your class teacher if this is the case and we will ensure you have the necessary equipment as soon as possible.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- At Meridian Campus we use a combination of resources including:
- Live lessons
- Recorded sessions on TEAMs
- Resources on TEAMs which can also be printed
- Recommend links to other appropriate resources and apps
- At Haselbury Campus remote learning approaches will vary across pathways and include:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- 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
- At the Learning for Life Campus a range of resources are used including:
- Live lessons
- College lessons
- Zones of Regulation
- Online learning portals e.g. Timetables Rockstars, BKSB, My Maths, Reading eggs
- Quizzes e.g Kahoot
- Reading sessions
- Tasks and resources uploaded to the TEAMS site
- Online cookery classes
- Online PE sessions
- Online Chess Club
- Online Creative lessons
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
At Meridian Campus we expect children to engage in live lessons and would like your support with this by ensuring you know how to use TEAMs. Parent sessions are still available for support with managing TEAMs.
At the Haselbury Campus our expectation is that all students engage in online live sessions, whilst completing set assignments. We expect all students to attempt tasks independently, with support provided if required. All parents should support work collaboratively with the class team should any problems arise, with the aim of ensuring all students access remote learning.
At the Learning for Life Campus we would ask parents to support their child/young person to be on time for each lesson and to quickly communicate with us if there are issues accessing TEAMs or Online resources.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
In all campuses we will record attendance at live sessions daily and follow up any non attendance with a phone call. Parents need to ensure we have up to date contact information.
Monitoring of follow up activities set / assignments set in preparation for lessons.
Parental engagement is essential for students in lower pathway, so regular contact takes place, clarifying expectations etc.
For all campuses we will discuss with you the learning that has been completed at home and give you appropriate feedback and ideas about next steps.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
All children continue to work towards their EHCP outcomes during the lockdown and as such parents will be supporting in this work at home. Teachers and parents will be identifying good evidence towards this in the work the child is doing and this will be collected towards the end of the Spring term and discussed as usual at our progress review meetings. Teachers will continue to give ongoing praise and verbal feedback on work/activities completed.
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 of our pupils 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:
- Phone call support from an allocated member of the class team to help with any problems you may be having getting into the lessons on line
- Weekly Training sessions are available for parents in using the teams platform so that you can get onto the support
- Daily sessions from the teacher providing work activities and guidance for parents in what learning is needed at home each day
- Opportunities to get feedback from the teacher regularly
- Adjustments to the schedule when needed and possible
- Adjustments to the types of activities when appropriate
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?
Where an individual child is at home while the rest of the class is in school the approach outlined above will be different because:
- We will arrange daily sessions with the class team for your child to get support with work allocated
- Individual instructions and assignments will be available daily on Microsoft TEAMs
- Opportunities to join the whole class sessions will be arranged and a timetable for these made available for you within a day or two of the isolation beginning