Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Remote Learning

The information shared on this page is designed to support parents and students to understand the remote learning offer at our academy. What is expected of the academy, what is expected of the students, and how it all works. More in-depth detail has been provided to parents throughout the year through letters home and news updates, however, this page serves as a reminder of key points.If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with us at

The remote curriculum

1. What is taught to pupils at home?

The academy will endeavor to deliver the full curriculum to children, in line with what teaching would be in place should we be at the academy in person. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum. Our KS5 offer will also remain broad and balanced.

Whilst we will cover the subjects, there may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects (such as PE, Art, Design Tech and Music). We thank you for your support and patience with this.

2. What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days?

In the instance that children need to engage in remote learning, due to self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, the academy will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do in the immediacy. Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams, and access their lessons and work resources. Other platforms that students may use include,, and Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. Where students do not have access to a device or internet at home and are unable to attend the academy, a work-pack, textbook or worksheet will be provided for each lesson.

Remote teaching and study time

1. How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?

The minimum amount of time remote education should be in practice for Key Stages 3 and 4 is 5 hours per day. For Key Stage 4 students, there will be certain days each week with more than 5 hours of lessons when they have GCSE subject lessons during enrichment (2.30pm -4.30 pm). As per normal expectations, homework may also be set.

Accessing the remote education

1. How will my child access the online remote education?

Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams to access their lessons and work resources. Students will be directed to the other platforms mentioned above, via lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. We will endeavour to ensure that all students have access to remote learning at home but where this is not possible a work-pack, textbook or worksheet will be provided for each lesson.

2. If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?

Where pupils do not have access to internet at home, we will be in contact to discuss the support available for either a place in the academy, support we can offer to provide internet access at home or paper-based resources.

We will do our very best to support any children without access to a device or internet at home with the support to rectify this. We are doing this through provision of dongles, laptops and the Horizons Project. If we are unable to rectify this then a child without internet or device access is able to attend our on-site provision, in line with the government guidance.

For students with no online access, paper based work is set in line with the usual curriculum, which is accessed by collection from the school’s reception or sent by post, and can be returned to the school for marking when they return to the academy in a safe environment for all.

3. How will my child be taught remotely?

The academy teaching staff will run their timetable of lessons as planned with students logging into MS Teams for live lessons. All the lessons that your child has been invited to join are visible in the ‘calendar’ on Teams. Click on the calendar icon to view when these lessons take place.

9.10am - 10.10am
Lesson 1
10.10am - 10.25am
10.25am - 11.25am
Lesson 2
11.25am - 12.25pm
Lesson 3
12.25pm - 1.15pm
1.15pm - 2.15pm
Lesson 4 (End of lessons for KS3 every day and for all students on Tuesdays)
2.15pm - 2.20pm
2.30pm -3.30pm
Lesson 5 (for KS4 on days when they have core lessons)
3.30pm -4.30pm
Lesson 6 (for KS4 on days when they have core lessons)


We acknowledge however that there may be some situations where a full timetable of lessons may not be possible – particularly in the instance of significant staff sickness. In these situations, the academy will work closely with the National Education Team to agree an approach that blends the most effective methods of teaching and benefits our students best. This may include using lessons from websites such as Oak National Curriculum to support our own school remote learning curriculum.

Engagement and feedback

1. What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide?

We expect every student to engage in lessons as they would in the classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding in the same manner as well. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking/assessment of assignments or work returned by email or other apps, or in-class engagement.

Student behaviour practices are expected to be in line with those within the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation through MS Teams.

· Before the lesson starts, ensure you are ready to learn by being sat a desk in a suitable environment, pen, paper and relevant resources to hand, and mobile phones off
· Join each lesson promptly with microphone muted and camera off
· Take part in each lesson fully; complete all tasks, respond in the meeting chat and by unmuting the microphone when prompted by your teacher
· Complete all homework tasks and hand them in on time
· All lessons are recorded; this is so we can monitor standards and behaviour but also so that students can watch any lessons that are missed or re-watch lessons for revision.

We know that strong parental engagement is important to make this successful, and therefore endeavour to communicate regularly with you around how the remote learning is going. We will be there to offer support on how to access the information remotely around resources, lessons and your child’s attendance, behaviour and engagement.

We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use due to GDPR and data protection.

2. How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We will be checking in with children during lessons and online-check-in sessions to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. Online quizzing and assessment tools also help us to see how many children are actively engaging in lessons, and as always we will be monitoring attendance.

If there are any concerns we will ensure we are in contact with you as parents and carers by telephone.

3. How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted daily via Microsoft Teams, engagement through questions in lessons, using online quizzing/marking tools and other work returned by email/other agreed communication. This will help us identify needs of the individual or needs of the class quickly and effectively.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

1. How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support 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. Please let us know if your child is experiencing difficulties such as these and we will provide solutions.

2. How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support at home to access remote education?

Students will have access to live lessons as if they are happening in school, through a Microsoft Team meeting. In the instance they do not have access to this, the Academy will ensure that work packs are delivered to ensure no work is missed.