Remote / Blended Learning

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

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

In the event that we have to move to remote learning pupils will follow their same timetabled lessons via Microsoft Teams. Instead of lessons being 1-hour long lessons will be between 30 and 40 minutes.

Lessons will start within 5 minutes of the normal start time to allow everyone to log on and for the teachers to set up. The work for the lesson, worksheets, and extension work will be set via SIMS InTouch in order that pupils stay abreast of the work and the programmes of study.

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 wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

There will be some required changes to the following subjects:

  • Art – Schemes of work have been adapted to cater for pupils not being in the Art studio. Pupils will require the following equipment pencil, pen, rubber, sharpener, and paper/ drawing pad.
  • PE – Schemes of work have been adapted to offer a combination of practical and theory lessons. Pupils will still be required to log into Microsoft Teams at the beginning of every lesson. The register will be taken and the teacher will inform pupils of what will be happening in the lesson. Practical lessons will be pre-recorded and pupils will be able to access the link to the video via SIMS InTouch. Some lessons will require pupils to record their progress via electronic forms, all links to lesson resources will be provided via SIMS InTouch.
  • Drama, Music, and Hospitality Schemes of work have been adapted to cater for pupils not being in the Drama, Music, and Hospitality rooms. Pupils will be required to log into Microsoft Teams every lesson. Support work and resources will be provided via SIMS InTouch.

Remote teaching and study time each day

At Thomas More, we expect all pupils and students to part-take in a minimum amount of study time each day. The recommended time for each key stage is outlined below:

  • KS3, Year 7-9 4 hours per day (5 x 40-minute lesson)
  • KS4, Year 10-11 5 hours per day (5 x 40-minute lesson, and individual study time)
  • Sixth form 6 hours per day (timetabled lessons, and individual study time) 

Accessing remote education

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

  • Pupils will be able to access all of the online remote lessons via Microsoft Teams.

Joining a remote lesson in Microsoft Teams

  • Additional lesson resources including presentations, worksheets, extension tasks, and homework will be provided via SIMS InTouch.

SIMS InTouch overview

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 access remote education:

We first begin by identifying and calling parents/ guardians of pupils that have not accessed our online learning environments.

If you have not been contacted and do not have access to a computer or laptop, parents can contact the Heads of Year. The school will handle each application on a case-by-case basis, and if accepted a laptop will be issued.

If you do not have access to the Internet please contact the school for further assistance.

If printed materials are required, they can be requested from the Heads of Year and posted to the families. Application for printed materials with being handled on a case-by-case basis by the Head of Year.

How will my child be taught remotely?

At Thomas More we use a combination of the following approaches to teaching our pupils remotely:

  • Live teaching (online lessons)
  • Online resources provided to pupils via SIMS InTouch
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
    • MathsWatch
    • SENECA
    • Oak National Academy

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?

At Thomas More, our expectation is that pupils attend all of their timetabled lessons. Registers will be completed and recorded on SIMS for every lesson.

We expect parents to set up routines that are similar to a normal school day, and support the learning needs for your child’s education. A safe learning environment is essential. This includes a table for a pupil to be able to work on. Pupils and students will also need the technology to be able to access the lessons, and plenty of support and encouragement to attend and engage with lessons.

Attendance officers, Heads of years (HOYs), and the Leadership team (SLT) will be monitoring pupil attendance on a weekly basis and will be following up on pupils that are not attending lessons.

Text messages, letters, and phone calls home will be made to pupils that are not attending lessons frequently.

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

At Thomas More, we take the progression of our pupils very seriously. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. We will endeavour to provide as much verbal and written feedback whenever possible. In combination with online lessons we will also provide alternative methods of communicating progress including:

  • Whole-class feedback
  • Quizzes marked automatically via Microsoft Forms, Kahoot, or Quizizz

Pupils will receive some form of feedback from each department on a weekly basis.  

Additional support for pupils 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 SEND department will continue to work with all SEND pupils to ensure that they can access the curriculum, and will tailor the support of the pupil to meet their needs.

If there are any parents that have any further concerns please do not hesitate to contact our SENCO.

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Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remain in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils 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?

Teachers will do their best to deliver blended online lessons for pupils online and in the classroom. This invariably causes some problems that will affect the quality of delivery. Teachers will spend part of the lesson delivering content to pupils online this will be at the beginning of the lesson. The teacher will remind pupils online; where to find all the lesson resources via SIMS InTouch. The teacher will then work flexibly between the class online and in the classroom in the school for the remaining 40 minutes online lesson.