Remote Learning Provision

Parmiter’s School is committed to providing an outstanding remote learning provision that ensures students continue to access a high quality education. This page will provide parents, carers and students with all the information they will need for remote learning. 

Parmiter's Remote Learning Provision

Parmiter’s is committed to providing an outstanding remote learning provision that ensures students continue to access a high quality education.  We have considered carefully our approach to remote learning, which we summarise  here.

 

Provision in the event of a full or partial school closure

1.       How will students access the remote learning provision?

All remote learning will be delivered via Google Classroom and students will follow their usual school timetable.  

To access Google Classroom, students will need a suitable electronic device, such as a laptop, computer, tablet or chromebook.  It is also possible to access Google Classroom through Games Consoles.  Mobile phones can be used if no other device is available, but are not ideal.  

To allow students to participate in live streamed lessons, the device needs speakers and a microphone (which will often be built into the device anyway).  It is helpful, but not essential, if the device has a camera.  

Whilst all learning material will be communicated via Google Classroom, students should also continue to check their school e-mail accounts.

If the lack of a suitable device is/becomes an issue for your family please contact Mr Cummings (Years 7, 8 & 9), Ms Hall (Years 10 & 11) or Mr Porter (Years 12 & 13) and we will endeavour to help.

2.       How will the day be structured?  How will students be taught?  What will they be taught?

Students will follow their usual school timetable.

 

Form Time

Students will be allocated one ‘live’ form time per week to allow for a more personalised, small group provision. Students will be allocated a specific day to attend and will need to join via the Google Meet functionality within Google Classroom by 8.35am. The allocation of which day to attend will be posted on the form Google Classroom. 

In addition to the ‘live’ form time, recorded content such as year group assemblies will be available via Google Classroom and can be accessed at any time. Students will be able to contact their form tutor via Google Classroom or email if they have any concerns or require any support.

 

Subject lessons

At the start of each lesson students must go to the relevant Google Classroom. 

The format of lessons will vary.  In all cases, there will be material available for students to use for study during the hour.  Lessons may also include:

  • live streamed sessions delivered via the Google Meet functionality within Google Classroom;
  • pre-recorded material. 

Where the lesson includes a live streamed session, it is expected that students will join the session.  Before accessing a live streamed lesson, we ask that students and parents/carers familiarise themselves with our expectations.  In particular, appendix 4 from our school ICT & e-Safety policy that details our expectations of student conduct, good practice and acceptable use when attending a live streamed lesson.  

If students are unsure how to access live lessons they can watch a ‘how to’ video here.

 

Curriculum

In the majority of subjects, students will continue to cover the planned curriculum albeit through remote learning.   Our departments sequence their curriculum to build on prior learning experiences and to develop the key skills and knowledge in a way that best supports progress.  However, it is not possible to fully replicate the experience of classroom learning and so it will be necessary for teachers to adapt some resources, activities and assessments.

Subjects that regularly involve practical activities, such as Art, Design & Technology, Music and Science will necessarily have to adapt activities to allow students to participate in learning without access to specialist equipment.  These departments have developed resources and adapted their teaching such that students can still experience the richness of these subjects, as well as continuing to develop skills and knowledge. 

For a few subjects, more significant changes to the face-to-face curriculum are required, for example Key Stage 3 PE and Drama and Key Stage 4 Games.  Students in Years 7 - 9 will follow a Film Studies programme during their Drama lessons; a provision we hope they will find engaging and inspiring.  Our PE department will continue to enthuse and encourage students to remain healthy and active, but necessarily have to adapt the curriculum to the home learning environment.   

 

Hours of study each day

As students will follow their school timetable, students in Years 7 - 11 will have 5 hours of learning material each day.  During any period of remote learning, students in Years 7 - 11 will not be set additional homework tasks, although there may be some instances when students are required to finish a task at the end of the school day.

Students will also be able to access optional extension tasks for each subject.  These are available for those students who have been able to complete the lesson tasks well within the allotted time and/or because they want the opportunity to extend their learning and complete further study or research in that subject area.

Students in Year 12 & 13 will be set tasks that extend beyond their timetabled lessons and so a minimum of 5 hours of learning is expected each day.

 

Learning environment

It is important that students retain good learning habits.  During any period of remote learning students ideally need an appropriate workspace and should be ready to start their day promptly.  They must have any exercise books or textbooks they will need for the day easily to hand.  On the days students have PE (Years 7, 8 & 9) or Games (Years 10 & 11) they should dress appropriately for joining in the physical activities offered by the department.


3.       Engagement and feedback

Attendance at live sessions is monitored by staff and non-attendance recorded.  Repeated non-attendance at live sessions will be followed up with students and parents/carers by Heads of Year. 

Deadlines and details of how and when work is to be submitted will be included in the lesson information on Google Classroom.  Frequency of submission will vary by subject depending on weekly curriculum time; this reflects normal school practice.

If work is not submitted, subject teachers will remind the student via a notification in the Google Classroom stream.  If the work is not submitted following this prompt, subject teachers will e-mail the parents/carers and Heads of Year will be notified.  Repeated late or non-submission of work will be followed up with students and parents/carers by Heads of Year.

Students will receive feedback in a variety of ways, as is normal school practice.  These may include:

  • automated feedback from a Google Quiz, or similar;
  • attitude to learning (AtL) grades or marks for teacher assessed pieces via Google Classroom;
  • personalised or whole class written feedback via Google Classroom;
  • verbal feedback during a live session;

The school’s reward system will continue, with students being awarded achievement points where appropriate.


4.      Additional support for students with particular needs

We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may find it more challenging to adapt to, and access, the remote learning provision.  We will work with parents and carers to support these students in the following ways:

  • All students with EHCPs have the option to attend school and complete their remote learning in our Curriculum Support department, under the supervision of staff.
  • All students with an EHCP have regular contact with their TA keyworker ​via email and/or telephone. Parents/carers of a child or young person with an EHCP will also receive regular communication from the SEN department via our Lead Teachers for SEN or the SENCO. 
  • Other students on the SEND register in KS3,4 and 5, who are identified by staff or parents as finding the current circumstances a particular challenge, will be contacted by members of the Curriculum Support department, who will be key points of contact for ongoing advice and support during the current restrictions.
  • Teaching Assistants are in school on a rota basis to work with students who are on site.
  • Mentoring via our Lead TA for ASD and our Lead TA for SEMH is being offered virtually for students who usually access this support in school.
  • Curriculum Support teachers will deliver their timetabled small group lessons via Google Classroom. 
  • We continue to hold online meetings with parents and external professionals, subject to availability. 

 

Provision in the event of a student self-isolating

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their year group remains in school, remote education will again be provided through Google Classroom.

For students in Years 10 - 13, students will join all lessons remotely via the Google Meet functionality in Google Classroom.  The only exception is Year 10 & 11 Games lessons.  Instead, we ask that you encourage your child to remain active during their absence from school.  There are a range of suggested activities available in their Google Classroom if they need ideas and inspiration.

For students in Years 7 - 9, students may be able to join lessons remotely via the Google Meet functionality in Google Classroom.  However, in some instances this may not be appropriate.  In this case, the learning materials for the lesson will be provided on Google Classroom under the ‘work for absent students’ topic.

In all cases, students are expected to submit work in line with the rest of the class.  Similarly, they will receive feedback from the teacher in line with the class.