Feedback following the home learning survey completed by parents and carers. We hope this helps answer some of your questions and queries.
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 where national or 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.
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.
If we return to post-lockdown schooling and we have students who are then sent home to isolate, we will ensure that they will be sent home with a reading book. This will allow staff time to get resources and activities online.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
We have established ‘Principles for Remote Learning’ which will be adhered to.
Key Stage 3 / 4
We expect all students to follow their timetable which is 5 sessions a day lasting 40-45 minutes each. Additionally we have an online extra-curricular activity programme for students to engage with individually or with their families. The curriculum pages of the academy website have a wider reading area for each subject. This is for students to access who have a particular interest in a subject.
We use Google Classroom as a way to communicate with students and set work for classes.
We also use Mathswatch and Educake for assessing within Maths, Science and Geography.
Google stream will be used by teaching staff to communicate with classes.
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:
We will provide devices and internet access to families who do not have them. All enquiries should go to Mrs Fraser-Kelly at the academy.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- online presence from teaching staff every lesson for KS4 students
- recorded teaching
- reading books students have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- work which is created by staff at the academy and set for classes online
- We expect all students to follow their timetable each day and attempt the work set for them to complete. Students should contact their teaching staff if they are stuck or need help or support.
- We would encourage families to engage with their child’s home learning. We would encourage them to talk to their child about their learning and we have sent home questions to support this.
- We celebrate student success in a variety of ways: AIR points are issued and we send Edulink messages out praising good work. Each week we have subject specific “Remote Learning Stars” and Heads of Year nominate their “Stars of the Week”. There are whole school and departmental “Shout Out” videos on social media every week to recognise the achievements and efforts of our students.
- Class teachers will monitor lesson by lesson who is submitting work. Any concerns will be raised with the child’s family.
- If a child is not engaging with any online learning, concerns will be referred to the Head of Year.
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 student work is as follows:
We will use a variety of methods to assess, as we would within a classroom. These methods include:
- Live marking during a Google Meet
- Comments on classwork in Google Classroom
- Questioning using a variety of software eg menti / whiteboard.fi / kahoot
- Questioning using chat
- Allowing all students to edit the same document in Google Drive
- Reading / looking through complete work
- Google forms
- Subject specific websites – eg Mathswatch and Educake
We recognise that some students, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:
- 1-1 support from a member of the SEND team
- SEND support for students in school
- SEND support for students in Google Meets
- Regular phone contact to support as needed
- Differentiated work and materials
- IT support for families as needed
- Regular welfare calls and access to SENDCo throughout the week if needed
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.
Students who self-isolate will follow the timetable they would follow if they were in the academy.
Staff will ensure work is set in accordance with the timetable and that it is assessed as regularly as students who are attending.
Google Classroom (G Suite) Access
You will need to enter your username . This is the same username you use to log on to the school computers within school followed by @newhouseacademy.co.uk
So Joe Bloggs, who came to school in 2017, would have the username 17BloggsJ@siddalmoor.org
If you have any concerns or worries you can contact your teacher through Google Classroom or Edulink. If you cannot get through to your teacher you can contact the Head of Department for that subject through Edulink or email. A list of staff to help you is here:
Head of Department
English – Mrs Fraser-Kelly Fraser-KellyN@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Maths – Mr Buckley BuckleyC@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Science – Miss Cullen CullenS@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Geography – Mr Mair MairJ@newhouseacademy.co.uk
History – Mr Pye PyeP@newhouseacademy.co.uk
RE – Ms Cowburn CowburnS@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Technology – Mr Hirst HirstS@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Expressive Arts – Mr Woolham WoolhamC@newhouseacademy.co.uk
iMedia / IT – Mrs Nelson NelsonE@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Business Studies – Miss Hart HartA@newhouseacademy.co.uk
Art and Photography – Mr Graham GrahamS@newhouseacademy.co.uk
MFL – Mrs Harris HarrisH@newhouseacademy.co.uk
PSHE – Miss McMahon McmahonM@newhouseacademy.co.uk
PE – Mr Jeffrey JeffreyC@newhouseacademy.co.uk
If you have concerns about your wellbeing of mental health you can contact your Head of Year directly and they will access appropriate support for you.
Head of Year
Your Guide to Google Classroom
Google Classroom user information document as a PDF file
If you are having issues accessing Educake for Science or Geography please email your teacher on Edulink.
Other sites and home learning links
|Business Studies||www.businessed.co.uk - Work specifically related to the Edexcel 9-1 Business|
|Business Studies||www.senecalearning.com - Work specifically related to the Edexcel 9-1 Business|