Background:

This policy is to ensure the ongoing education of pupils at The Cedars School pupils under unusual circumstances. This policy will provide information about possible school closures that could happen at any time: due to school closure from illness, epidemic, extreme weather, power-loss, etc. It also covers the ongoing education of pupils who cannot be in school due to Covid-19 enforced isolation, but are able to continue with their education when the school remains fully open. This policy does not relate to individual pupils who are unable to attend school due to other illnesses.

Remote Learning Lead:

The Head Teacher is responsible for formulating and overseeing the school’s Remote Teaching and   Learning Policy.

Related Documents:

  • Safeguarding Policy

  • Covid-19 -Arrangements for Safeguarding and Child protection

  • Staff Code of Conduct

  • Behaviour Policy

  • Data Protection Policy, and Data Protection Notices

  • Acceptable Use of IT Policies (Pupils, and Staff and Parents)

The purposes of this policy are threefold:

  • To outline procedures and practice for pupils in a Covid instructed self-isolation, who are otherwise fit and healthy enough to continue with their academic learning.

  • To outline procedures and practice for staff in self-isolation, who are otherwise fit and healthy enough, to continue with teaching, setting, marking and feeding back on pupil work as part of a normal academic

  • To outline procedures and practice for staff, pupils and their parents to continue with the academic program if the whole School or an individual ‘bubble’ has to close due to advice from the Government and/or Public Health England or similar

Remote teaching and learning in case of enforced whole school or ‘bubble’ closure

The school will continue to deliver timetabled academic lessons, pastoral support to pupils remotely, using a number of secure online platforms and delivery methods. Video and audio communication will be made via a school phone or through secure school systems such as Teams.

If the school undergoes enforced temporary closure due to government and/or public health guidelines, Microsoft Teams will be the single hub for all Remote Learning interactions. The following will apply:

Pupil expectations:

  • Pupils will retain structure to their working day starting with their logging-in to Microsoft Teams at 8.50am.

  • The class teacher and teaching assistants will lead

  • In line with their expected timetable, pupils should visit their appropriate class Microsoft Teams throughout the day.

  • Pupils should complete all set work and, if requested, hand in work as instructed by their teacher.

  • Deadlines must be met

  • Unless otherwise directed, pupils should use their Microsoft Teams to access assignments and instructions.

  • Use the designated Microsoft Teams chat channel to communicate with their teachers and ask questions if they do not understand/require help.

  • Pupils should not record any online lesson content. Any pupil found to be capturing personal information in this way will be sanctioned according to the school behaviour

  • Pupils should comply with the school IT Acceptable Use

Expectations of teaching staff:

  • It is recognised that where possible teachers will cover their normal timetabled lessons and will be available via Teams between 8.45am and 3.30pm. Lessons will follow an in-school timetable as closely as possible.

  • Any electronic resources used in the lesson, including work sheets, links to website and video clips or PowerPoints used, should be saved within Microsoft Teams.

  • Teachers will endeavour to set work equivalent in length to the lessons on their usual timetable and be available during scheduled lessons to answer any questions pupils may have via ‘Microsoft Teams Chat’.

  • Teachers will mark and feedback pupil work with the same regularity they would have done if in Pupils can continue to receive the feedback they need through Teams.

  • At the start of each lesson the teacher should set a clear behaviour expectation . A ‘classroom standard’ of behaviour is expected from all

  • As much as possible, staff will follow the school’s usual rewards and sanctions guidelines as in school. Parents will be contacted by email or phone if there are ongoing

  • Full instructions for Staff on the use of Microsoft 365 and Teams are available.

  • Teaching staff should comply with the school IT Acceptable Use

Parents expectations:

  • Encourage and support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place for their child to work, checking that set work is completed and ensuring there is structure to the working day: start and finish times and appropriate

  • Provide an appropriate place for their child to work – ideally not a bedroom – making sure that an adult is available nearby whilst their child is online.

  • Parents are reminded that pupils should not record any online lesson content unless requested to do so by a teacher. They should remind pupils of this.

  • We are mindful that if remote working/learning is happening nationally then there may be bandwidth restrictions across the UK internet backbone effecting participation in live lessons and the timing of assignment submissions

  • Where pupils or family members are ill, parents should inform the Head/Deputy Head so that teachers can be informed,

  • If there are any concerns, in the first instance parents should contact the pupil’s teacher

 ‘Live’ online teaching sessions

Teachers will deliver some content in a ‘live’ manner.

Microsoft Teams allows for resources to be shared, and pupils to ask questions in ‘real-time’. Pupils will be provided with details of sessions, and will be expected to participate in them if they are asked and able to.

Live sessions can be particularly helpful as they can facilitate communication, with pupils able to respond to teachers’ questions (and ask them) via the conversation functionality in teams.

Parental involvement during sessions: Should a parent wish to speak to a member of staff they should make the request by email or via the Teams platform, rather than during a class lesson.

When using the live audio/video functions, teachers must follow school safeguarding protocols, all such sessions will be clearly marked on the timetables. Teachers should have the option to record a live class so that if any issues were to arise, the video or audio could be reviewed; in this case, pupils, parents and The Head must be informed in advance.

Remote learning for pupils who are in self isolation

Pupils are required to self-isolate if they have been in an affected area and are displaying flu like symptoms, or if they have been to one of the designated affected areas according to Public Health England even, if they are not displaying symptoms.

If they are fit and well enough to continue with their learning at home during their quarantine period, the school will provide appropriate support. If the school remains open during the period the child is absent, it will not be possible to provide a full timetable of live teaching. However, the class teacher will set work which will either be sent home electronically or, where needed, hard copies of resources may be delivered by a member of staff. Work will follow as closely as possible, the lessons being taught in school. Daily support will be provided via the Teams platform and the pupil will be supported on their return to school to catch up with any learning missed during their absence.

Safeguarding

 This guidance document is supported by a number of school policies.

  • Safeguarding Policy

  • Covid-19 -Arrangements for Safeguarding and Child protection

  • Staff Code of Conduct

  • Acceptable Use of IT Policies (Pupils, and Staff and Parents)

Size of groups for home learning

 As in school, teaching groups may vary; including whole class, small group and where helpful and appropriate one-to one meetings with pupils.

We are aware of the increased level of risk around one-to-one meetings with pupils, however, there are many reasons why they would be helpful and appropriate. One-to-one sessions between teachers and pupils should follow the same guidance as one-to- one conversations in school (e.g. appropriate standards and behaviour by both the member of staff and the pupils) Teachers should never suddenly ask pupils to change to another communication platform without contacting parents first. Teachers will never ask pupils to share their passwords. Any IT issues should be forwarded to school.

Summary

The  primary  purpose  of  this  policy  is  the  continuity  of  education  for   pupils   at   The Cedars School, Aldermaston. By using existing secure school systems (Microsoft Office 365 and, specifically, Teams), this provision can be put into place quickly and pupils only need their existing login details of school email and password.

If there are any concerns regarding the learning content being distributed, in the first instance parents should contact the pupil’s teacher, or the Head or her Deputy for any specific safeguarding concern (please see the school’s Safeguarding Policy – available on the school website – for all contact details, internal and external).

https://www.thecedarsschool.co.uk/policies-child-protection/

The school will continue to deliver timetabled academic lessons, pastoral support to pupils remotely, using a number of secure online platforms and delivery methods. Video and audio communication will be made via a school phone or through secure school systems such as Teams.