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Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students 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 where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

A student's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?

  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • In order to access the curriculum remotely it is very important that students:
    • Know their username and password for Class Charts and Microsoft Teams
    • Know how to log on to these. They have been shown how to do this in Form.
    • Have a copy of their timetable. This is available in Class Charts
  • MEA remote learning curriculum is found on the online learning platform Microsoft Teams.
  • In the first few days of absence, or if only a small number of students are isolating but the rest of their ‘bubble’ is in the Academy, lessons will be uploaded for students to work through.
  • Lessons will be the same as for those in the Academy.
  • In the event of a child being well but sent home/required to self-isolate, they should continue with their learning from home by logging into their Microsoft Teams account and completing the lessons uploaded in their class Teams each day, in the Files section,  for the duration of their absence. These do not need to be returned to their teachers and completing this work will ensure there are no gaps in their learning whilst they are absent.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, with staff uploading lessons delivered in the classroom to Microsoft Teams.
  • MEA remote learning curriculum is found on the online learning platform Microsoft Teams.
  • In Microsoft Teams, each class a student belongs to appears as a Team, in which staff upload lessons delivered at the end of each day. Students click on their class, then ‘General’, and then ‘Files’. This can be accessed by students at any time and will be useful for revision, or to check their understanding of topics taught.
  • In the event of a child being well but required to self-isolate, they should continue with their learning from home by logging into their Microsoft Teams account and completing the lessons uploaded in their class Teams each day, for the duration of their absence. These do not need to be returned to their teachers and completing this work will ensure there are no gaps in their learning whilst they are absent.
  • In the event of Academy closure or year groups being required to self-isolate, we will also publish Assignments on Teams each week for each class, which students should complete (once they have followed the lessons for that week) and submit to be marked. This may be a quiz, a short answer question, or an extended piece of writing. This will vary across subjects. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the teacher. It will be in the ‘Assignment’ tab.
  • These Assignments are also set in Class Charts so parents can view them.
  • This offer will be supplemented by a series of live lessons. Live lessons are accessed via Zoom. Students/parents will need to create a free Zoom account. The timetable for live lessons is published on our website, with links to lessons posted in student Microsoft Teams for each subject and sent out to parents via MyEd.

 

Remote teaching and study time each day

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 students broadly the following number of hours each day:

Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year

5 hours plus 1 hour independent study (completing Assignments)

Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year

5 hours plus 2 hours independent study (completing Assignments)

 

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

  • MEA remote learning curriculum is found on the online learning platform Microsoft Teams.
  • In Microsoft Teams, each class a student belongs to appears as a Team, in which staff upload lessons delivered at the end of each day. Students click on their class, then ‘General’, and then ‘Files’. This can be accessed by students at any time and will be useful for revision, or to check their understanding of topics taught.
  • In the event of Academy closure or year groups being required to self-isolate, we will also publish Assignments on Microsoft Teams each week for each class, which students should complete (once they have followed the lessons for that week) and submit to be marked. This may be a quiz, a short answer question, or an extended piece of writing. This will vary across subjects. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the teacher. It will be in the ‘Assignment’ tab.
  • These Assignments are also set in Class Charts so parents can view them.
  • Live lessons are accessed via Zoom. Students/parents will need to create a free Zoom account. The timetable for live lessons is published on our website, with Zoom links to lessons posted in student Microsoft Teams for each subject and sent out to parents via MyEd.

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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support these students to access remote education:

  • Students without access to a device at home, please contact the Academy via reception or your child’s Leader for Character & Culture to request a laptop for use at home. We prioritise students in receipt of free school meals when allocating these devices and will allocate to other students if we have a supply to do so.
  • If you lack internet connection, again please contact the Academy via reception or your child’s Leader for Character & Culture and we will arrange to issue or lend devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles), and a laptop. We prioritise students in receipt of free school melas when allocating these devices and will allocate to other students if we have a supply to do so.
  • For students without access to the internet, please contact the Academy via reception or your child’s Leader for Character & Culture who will arrange access to printed materials to accompany previously issued revision guides at KS4 and core revision guides and knowledge organisers at KS3. For these students, work can be submitted via post or by dropping off at reception by prior arrangement.

How will my child be taught remotely?

  • Each year group will follow a set timetable for learning - this is on the Academy website, on MS Teams and shared with parents via MyEd. Year group timetables are below.
  • Students need to be ready to learn, either via a live lesson or MS Teams lesson for 9.00am each day and follow the year group timetable for each day. Where there are live lessons, students should be ready and activate the Zoom link 5 minutes before the start to ensure all students can enter the session on time.
  • Each session is either a remote learning session uploaded to MS Teams at 9.00am on the morning of the lesson (these are the sessions in white boxes), or a live lesson hosted on Zoom with links in the MS Teams class (these are the coloured boxes).
  • There are also sessions dedicated to completing Assignments for each subject (these are posted on MS Teams in the correct class on Monday by 9.00am for each subject each week). Students must complete them by the deadline set by their teacher for that week.
  • Assignments are published on MS Teams each week for each class, which students should complete (once they have followed the lessons for that week) and submit to be marked. This may be a quiz, a short answer question, or an extended piece of writing. This will vary across subjects. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the teacher. It will be in the ‘Assignment’ tab. These Assignments are also set in Class Charts so parents can view them.
  • Staff will usually provide feedback on Assignments to students within 1 week of the submission deadline e.g. if it is due in on Wednesday and submitted on time, students will have feedback before Wednesday of the following week.
  • MS Teams lessons will be a combination of recorded teaching (video/audio recordings or narrated PowerPoints made by teachers and uploaded to Teams) and lesson PowerPoints uploaded to Teams.
  • KS4 and KS5 students will also use revision guides provided by the Academy which they have at home for each examinable subject.
  • KS3 students will also use Knowledge Organisers for each subject provided by the Academy for each half term, which they have at home.
  • Year 7 & 8 students have an Academy issued reading book gifted to them at Christmas to support with Reading for Pleasure at home.
  • KS3 students can access a range of MEA Stretch activities to supplement the curriculum. They will support students to explore subjects further and deepen their knowledge. These are voluntary activities which supplement, but are not a requirement of, the core curriculum. Students can do all or some of them if they wish but they are not required to. They can be found here: https://www.manchesterenterpriseacademy.org.uk/2051/mea-stretch-ks3   
  • Educational websites - please see our website under Students & Parents/Subject Apps to Support Learning for links to apps/websites: https://www.manchesterenterpriseacademy.org.uk/2073/subject-apps-to-support-learning  

 

Engagement and feedback

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

  • Each week, all students are expected to attend and engage in all live lessons, work through the lessons uploaded onto Teams and complete and submit the Assignment set for each subject by the Friday of that week.
  • To do this they need to be engaging in their work from 9.00am-3.00pm each day.
  • Parents can support by setting routines to support your child’s education, including a regular bedtime and ensuring they have an alarm set so they are up and breakfasted in time for the start of the Academy day.
  • Students should be encouraged to eat and drink regularly and take mini breaks between each lesson.

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

  • We will check students’ engagement with remote education by:
    • Taking registers at each live lesson
    • Monitoring student engagement with Teams for each class which shows us if they have opened the resources and how much time they have spent active in each class Team
    • Recording Assignment submission via Class Charts
  • If engagement is a concern, we will inform parents and carers via telephone call. During this call we may request to speak to the student or arrange a time when subject staff can do this with a parent present.

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

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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Students are currently assessed remotely via weekly Assignments set on Teams.
  • Assignments are published on Teams each week for each class, which students should complete (once they have followed the lessons for that week) and submit to be marked. This may be a quiz, a short answer question, or an extended piece of writing. This will vary across subjects. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the teacher. Staff will provide feedback on this work the following week, in the Assignments tab in Teams. These Assignments are also set in Class Charts so parents can view them.
  • Staff will usually provide feedback on Assignments to students within 1 week of the submission deadline e.g. if it is due in on Wednesday and submitted on time, students will have feedback before Wednesday of the following week.

 

Additional support for students 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 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 in the following ways:

  • The work is adapted in a number of different ways so that students with SEND can access their learning. Every week students have access to narrated lessons by their class teacher so that the lessons are explained to them remotely. These lessons are also differentiated and set by their class teacher. Students also have access to live lessons across all of their subjects. This is delivered in different ability grouping to support all students with SEND.
  • Students in the Foundation Learning cohort (Year 7-9) have access to a personalised literacy programme (Lexia) that they can access at home. This will be monitored by a member of the SEND team and if support is required for the student the parent will be contacted and extra work to support the student will be provided.
  • Every week SEND students are contacted by one designated member of the SEND team. They can discuss any issues or concerns with the parents/carers around learning and any other issues they would like to raise. This is then passed onto the relevant staff with support from the SENDCo.
  • If parents require extra assistance to support their child with SEND they can have personalised 1:1 support with the SEND team.

 

Remote education for self-isolating students

Where individual students 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 students 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?

  • If only a small number of students are isolating but the rest of their ‘bubble’ is in the Academy, lessons will be uploaded for students to work through.
  • Lessons will be the same as for those in the Academy.
  • In the event of a child being well but sent home/required to self-isolate, they should continue with their learning from home by logging into their Microsoft Teams account and completing the lessons uploaded in their class Teams each day, in the Files section, for the duration of their absence. These do not need to be returned to their teachers and completing this work will ensure there are no gaps in their learning whilst they are absent.
  • Students will be set Assignments on Teams each week, which students should complete (once they have followed the lessons for that week) and submit to be marked. This may be a quiz, a short answer question, or an extended piece of writing. This will vary across subjects. This assignment is to be completed and returned to the teacher. It will be in the ‘Assignment’ tab. These Assignments are also set in Class Charts so parents can view them.
  • The Assignment will be the same as the Independent Study set for those students in the Academy.

     

    Ms J Evans, Vice Principal - Curriculum and Standards, has overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education.

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