Remote Learning packs for pupils can be found in the Curriculum section of the website.
The SMMA Remote Way - Secondary School
The SMMA Remote Way - Remote Learning Provision: Information for parents.
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and 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 document.
The remote learning curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home.
The SMMA Remote Way builds on phase 2 of our remote learning plan from March 2020 and now includes the whole school curriculum for Years 7-13.
- Pupils will be taught the same curriculum remotely as they would in school. For organisation and structure, all pupils will follow their usual school timetable and lesson timings. This is so we can seamlessly move to remote learning with minimal disruption when the time arises.
- Pupils will continue to receive 5 hours of remote learning everyday with each lesson consisting of a minimum 30-minute live segment, hosted by their class teacher via Google Meets.
- Pupils will have 1 session of “family time” each week which will take place every Friday at 11am.
- There will also be a weekly assembly shared with pupils focusing on current affairs, key notices and our school values.
Accessing remote learning.
Show my Homework will act as a “gateway” for pupils to receive all the information required to complete their online learning. Teachers will post resources, Google Meets live lesson links, or directions to other online platforms for each lesson.
- This will be clearly titled in this format “12/01/2021 - Period 1 - Chemistry”.
- For each pupil to be able to access our remote learning successfully they will require access to the following platforms.
- Satchelone - Show my Homework: The main platform used to access Homework and Classwork.
- Google Suite: Google Drive, Google Classrooms, Google Meets.
- If for any reason pupils are unaware of their login details, they must contact the school via phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ideally pupils should be working from their own device, preferably a laptop.
If pupils do not have digital or online access at home
It is important that an email is sent to email@example.com, outlining the limitations you are facing. Once this has been received, the pupil will be placed on a waiting list for one or more of the following:
- A workable device like a laptop or tablet
- A wireless dongle - to enable internet access
- A request for mobile data extension (through your mobile phone provider)
This will be allocated on a “severity of need” basis. Typically, we can only allocate one device per household. Once we have a device ready to be collected we will contact you directly to arrange pickup.
Remote Learning - How will my child be taught?
As mentioned above, pupils will be following their usual school timetable for all lessons. Each lesson will consist of at least a 30-minute live segment which will be hosted on the Google Meets platform.
- We expect each pupil to log in to the live Google Meets session promptly (following the school lesson timings) and at least initially, with cameras on.
- Pupils must attend each live segment and then complete any independent work set.
- Teachers will ask for work to be submitted either through Show my Homework or Google Classroom. Individual teachers will make clear the expectations of submission for their particular subject.
Engagement and Feedback
We strongly encourage you to support your child to approach each remote learning day as a usual school day and to follow our remote learning expectations.
- This means for pupils to be up and ready to log in to their period 1 live session at 8.45am.
- Pupils should ideally be sitting at a desk in a well lit room with their exercise book, writing equipment and online device.
- If there is a need for a desk, please complete the online form here. Depending on availability, we will be happy to lend families a folding exam desk.
Key Expectations of Behaviour - Live Lessons
Arrive at your Google Meets session punctually.
Behave politely and respectfully to members of staff and fellow pupils.
Complete all work set in lessons to the best of your ability and participate fully
in all class activities.
Consider the needs and feelings of others in online lessons and behave
Show kindness and consideration for your fellow pupils and staff at all times.
Use respectful and appropriate language.
Behaviour should be productive, courteous and in line with the School’s
Behaviour Policy and Home-School Agreement.
Engagement is monitored in 2 ways.
The Engagement Team
- Lesson registers are completed each lesson as they would be normally.
- Following any absences to live lessons, the Engagement Team will make a phone call home to discuss the reasons behind absences and what support we can offer to ensure regular attendance.
- Teachers will monitor engagement throughout their live lessons. A pupil will demonstrate active engagement by:
- Having cameras switched on initially and then whenever requested
- Contributing to the lesson verbally or digitally through the Google Meets chat box
- Submitting required work on time as directed by the class teacher
- If a teacher has a cause for concern with the engagement of a pupil, they will make a phone call home to discuss
- If engagement still seems to be an issue, this will be escalated to the Head of Year who will schedule a virtual meeting to discuss and put in place a plan for improvement
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.
Some examples of how a teacher will feedback on work include:
- Quizzes via Kahoot, Seneca Learning, Hegarty Maths Google Classroom.
- Live Feedback to the whole class: following the teacher reviewing submitted work for a task.
- Teacher comments on digital pupil work via Show my Homework or Google Classroom.
- Live feedback during the lesson.
- Pre Recorded feedback based on a set task.
Pupils will receive some form of feedback at least once a week on average. This is to enable pupils to make progress throughout.
Additional Support for pupils with particular needs
- Those with an EHCP plan are invited into school to complete remote learning with the support of an Associate Teacher and the SEN team.
- Additional resources, including revision guides and workbooks, have been purchased to support learning in the core subjects for those that it suits.
- The SEN team will arrange a “catchup” meeting with pupils twice a week. They aim to reflect on the week’s learning and to identify any barriers to learning.
- Where appropriate a 1:1 session with an Associate Teacher will be scheduled to support learning.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remain in school, remote education will differ from the whole group approach.
- If a pupil is required to self-isolate, the school will need to be informed via the attendance line of the duration of isolation.
- Remote learning for these pupils will consist of working to the normal school timetable. They should complete remote learning packs for their core subjects, and use the curriculum maps and online resources document for all other subjects. These can be found on our website here.
- The remote learning packs have been specifically designed to ensure pupils can continue with their learning, in line with the curriculum that is being taught in school. Allowing for a smooth transition back to face-to-face teaching following a period of self-isolation.
- Pupils can contact their teachers via Show my Homework should they require further support.