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Remote Learning Provision


Schools are required to have a remote learning plan in place so that any child who cannot attend school because of the COVID-19 pandemic does not miss out on their learning.

The following document explains our plans for remote learning where local or national restrictions mean that the majority of students need to stay at home, or where individual students have to self-isolate.

Whilst the following document sets out how the school will mitigate any learning loss and comply with national lockdown restrictions, we are firmly committed to ensuring physical student attendance takes place wherever it is safe to do so.  

Our Remote Learning Plan

Our remote learning plan has been made with our students and their families in mind.  We believe that this strategy will work best for the students at our school.

A summary of our remote learning plan is below:

  • Students in KS3 and KS4 will be expected to be learning for 5 hours per day.
  • Students will follow their normal school timetable.
  • Work will be set on a daily basis via Show My Homework (SMHW) and/or Google Classroom.
  • Lessons will usually begin with a Google Meet so that teachers can monitor students’ attendance by taking a class register. This will be taken at the start of the lesson (either by asking students to speak or put up their virtual / physical hand to show they are there). This will allow us to track any students that are not regularly attending Google Meets and support / intervention can then be put in place for them via the Classteacher, Head of Year (HOY) or Head of Department (HOD)
  • Parents should notify the school attendance team via the normal channels if their child is too ill to take part in remote learning.  As with all absences, there is an expectation that students will catch up with the work once they are fit and able to resume working again.
  • Where there are only a small number of students who are unable to attend the school physically (for example due to isolating as a COVID contact), teachers will set work via SMHW. HOY will use Google Meet to check on the welfare of these students individually.
  • Where appropriate SEND students could be given the opportunity to access remote  learning on the school site so that additional support can be provided by staff within school. 

What you’ll need at home

  • Students will need access to a device that can access the internet, eg, a computer, laptop tablet or smartphone.
  • Students should have their usual school equipment readily available, eg, planner, pencil case, exercise books.
  • Wherever possible a quiet separate space to work allows students to maximise their learning.

If your child does not have any of the above, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can help support you.

What we expect from students

It is important that students engage with home learning.

  • When taking part in Google Meets, students should be dressed appropriately for a learning environment. School uniforms are not necessary.
  • We are increasingly recognising that it is beneficial from a wellbeing point of view to have some regular visual contact between students and staff. In many instances, having student cameras on helps Teachers gauge student understanding and participation in the Google Meet. Therefore, students will be asked to keep their camera on for registration and the Google Meet introduction. The expectation has always been that students will turn their camera on if asked to do so.
  • We believe that most students have access to a camera (on their phone) and these can be used in tandem with a laptop or tablet etc.  However, if students do not have a camera at home, this should be communicated to the school via Heads of Year so that we can attempt to resolve the issue.
  • Students will be encouraged to use the chat function or ask questions over microphones to clarify a task. We discourage the use of email to ask questions and clarification as these can become overwhelming and create an unmanageable workload for both students and staff.  Wherever possible students should complete their classwork during the lesson time provided or at most by the end of the school day. Work being left and over running will pile up and become unmanageable for them. 
  • Teachers will check work has been submitted on time using SMHW and/or Google Classroom.
  • If a student does not complete a piece of work they will be contacted by the teacher in the first instance.
  • Repeated failures to complete work may result in parents being contacted by the Head of Year or the subject Head of Department.

Supporting physical/mental health

Mental and physical well-being is critical to our students, and never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will offer pastoral support through Heads of Year and Tutors during any period where students cannot physically attend school. Students are regularly encouraged to contact their Head of Year if they have any questions or concerns. Students also receive documents or links with top tips to wellbeing, to help them with their mental and physical health, this builds on the work that they will have completed in school during their PSHE activities.

The pastoral team will continue to work with families and other stakeholders to support our young people’s needs during periods of national lockdown.  HOY and DSLs will complete risk assessments for key individual students, to ensure that their wellbeing and safety needs are fully considered. Additional intervention, including referrals to relevant external agencies, will take place where required. The pastoral team will work with parents to support vulnerable students with a school place where needed. 

The PE Department will regularly encourage students to look after their physical health, by giving them practical ways to keep active without equipment and copious space. They will set challenges as a way to engage our students in this process. 

What parents can do to help

The school would ask for parents’ support during this time so that we can continue to provide high quality education for our students.  It would be really helpful if parents could take an active role in their child’s learning by asking them about their day and what they have done. If you have any difficulties with remote learning, or have any questions please contact the school using one of the contacts below:

Heads of Year:

Mrs Katie Holmes, Head of Year 7                           

Miss Shannen McGraw, Head of Year 8                  

Mrs Jayne Gidman, Head of Year 9                          

Mrs Katie Wileman, Head of Year 10                        

Mrs Kat Durrands, Head of Year 11                           

Senior Leadership staff with responsibility for Online Learning:

Mrs Sarah Wallace, Assistant Principal T&L & SENCO

Mr David Beckitt, Vice Principal                                 

Student Safeguarding:

Miss Emma Hadkiss, Assistant Principal and Lead DSL

IT Support:

TMBS IT helpdesk                                                          

Student Attendance:

Attendance team                                                            

Free School Meal Vouchers:
Mrs Bianca Farrell, School Business Manager          

Pupil Premium, Home learning accessibility:
Mrs Natalie James, Key groups coordinator             

Mr John Slattery, Assistant Principal