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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Covid 19: Remote Learning

Students who are absent during lockdown can access remote learning via an online space that the school has set up for them. The centre is using this system to provide students with quality online learning including activities, worksheets, videos, a structured timetable and links. The resources will be developed and updated throughout the week and ongoing support is being provided so students are able to make full use of the system.

Students will need to login to RM Unify to access their centre Google account, which they can use to view their individual online learning spaces. The centre has provided students with their login details. Please go this page for more details

Remote education provision: policy for parents and staff

This information is intended to help students, staff and parents or carers know what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require many or some students to stay at home. The centre will remain open to all of our students throughout the current lockdown.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home

The centre aims to follow the same programme of learning as much as possible and this will include all of the main subjects such as Maths, English, Science, Maths, PE, PSHE, Humanities, Art and ICT.

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

All students have been provided with personalised online learning spaces. Students will need to know their RM Unify usernames and passwords to access these spaces. The centre has sent out instructions on how to access these spaces and are supporting students so they are able to make full use of this remote learning. In some cases, paper based learning packs will be delivered to students so they can continue learning while they remain at home.

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 as much as possible. Some practical subjects such as PE and Horse riding cannot be taught remotely in the same way, but our provision of such learning has been disrupted during the pandemic so we are already arranging alternative activities in these areas of the curriculum.


Remote Teaching and Study Time Each Day

How long can I expect work set by the centre to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students approximately 4 to 5 hours each day in line with the amount of time they would spend at the centre.


Accessing Remote Education

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

Our centre is providing personalised online learning spaces that make use of Google Sites and Google Drive so it is easy as possible for students to access remote learning, and for the centre to provide and give feedback to the work that is completed.

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 pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to be able to access remote education:

  • Students may have limited or no access to online remote learning due to not having use of a suitable computing device (laptop, desktop, tablet) or Internet access (WiFi, 4g data). In such cases we will identify these students and organise access by applying for DFE laptops, extra data and sourcing alternative devices that have been donated by partner schools. Loaned devices will be issued to students on temporary loan agreements until the end of the school year (subject to review) and have suitable software installed such as Windows or versions of Chrome OS allowing students to access the online learning spaces. The devices will have WiFi and be loaned out to students once we are satisfied they have access to data though home WiFi connections or 4G data over smartphone hotspots.
  • In some cases, students may prefer to make use of paper based learning packs that will be delivered to students so they can continue learning while they remain at home.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences


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?

  • We expect that students login every weekday to access learning.
  • We expect that students will follow their school timetable when working at home from 9.30am until 2pm.
  • We expect that students will complete the work and activities that have been set for them as they work at home.
  • We encourage students to develop healthy routines to help them learn at home such as getting enough sleep, working at a desk or suitable table and reducing distractions during the day.

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

  • Tutors are in regular contact with students and their families to check in with them and to encourage them to engage with the learning and make good use of their time.
  • Our data manager will run a report every Friday and we can see how many times students have made use of their online learning spaces. If there are issues then tutors will be informed and they will contact students by phone to support their use of remote learning.
  • If students are making use of paper based learning packs then a member of centre staff will arrange a time every week when they will collect and deliver work. Completed work will be marked and feedback will be given to students.

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

Feedback will take place on a weekly basis and can take many forms, which may include:

  • Typed comments in documents for work that students submit online through their online learning spaces
  • Written comments in work that students complete in their paper based learning packs
  • Live feedback to students through phone calls and live lessons
  • Socially distanced home visits (outside) from tutors and centre staff to check in on students


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:

  • Our students have been provided with personalised online learning spaces. Individual and general guides (printed and video) have been provided to our SEND students. The individual guides give usernames, passwords and step by step instructions to access and make use of the learning spaces. Each learning space has a shortened web address, making it easier for all students, including those with SEND, to access the online learning spaces.
  • The resources on each learning space are tailored to meet each student’s learning needs.
  • Extra support is available to SEND students and their families in terms of regular phone calls, live lessons and socially distanced home visits.

Remote Education for Self-Isolating Students

Where individual students need to self-isolate the approach to remote learning is consistent with the centre’s approach to educating larger numbers of students at home. This means that all online or remote learning is personalised and differentiated to meet each student’s individual learning needs. The centre has been making use of the online learning spaces during face to face provision so students are familiar with how to access remote education in the event of self isolation or absence for any reason.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school as much as possible. Some practical subjects such as PE and Horse riding cannot be taught remotely in the same way, but our provision of such learning has been disrupted during the pandemic so we are already arranging alternative activities in those areas of the curriculum.

What are the remote learning expectations of my child if they go to the centre for part of the time on a reduced timetable?

The changing nature of the pandemic and government guidelines mean that your child’s on site timetable may change temporarily with very little notice. It might mean that your child may attend the centre on a reduced timetable and they will still be expected to learn for the same amount of time overall, which is four to five hours every weekday. For example, your child might be asked to attend the centre for two hours a day on a temporary basis. In this situation, your child will be given an additional two to three hours of personalised work each day to complete at home using their online remote learning space or a paper based resource pack. This mixed approach is commonly described as blended learning.

What do you expect of my child during a live lesson?

A live lesson uses online conferencing software for students and teachers to meet in real time using the Internet. Your teacher might arrange for you to participate in a live lesson. It is possible that the live lesson might involve more than one student, but it will mostly be a one to one meeting with your teacher. There are a few guidelines for students to make sure the meeting goes well for everyone concerned.

  1. Please make sure your video is turned on before you join a live lesson unless your teacher tells you to switch it off.
  2. Your teacher might ask you to share your screen so please close any other Internet tabs before the live lesson starts.
  3. Please have a neutral background to your screen.
  4. Always wear appropriate clothing during all live lessons.
  5. Lessons will last approximately 20-30 minutes.
  6. Tell your family what you are doing so they know not to interrupt accidentally.
  7. Use appropriate language at all times (avoid swearing or using offensive language) – whether you are speaking through the microphone or typing in the chat box.
  8. In the event that you take part in a live lesson with a group, if you have any concerns about the behaviour of others, please ask a parent/guardian to communicate with the teacher via email or call the centre.