What is our Remote Learning Policy?
The school ethos is we CARE: its foci on “ambition” and “co-operation” are designed to reflect the everyday learning experiences in classrooms, and the commitment students need to have to succeed.
We aim to reflect this as much as possible in our remote learning plan. It is designed to be an inclusive plan that recognises technology has a key role but understands that not everyone has access to the Internet or their own laptop or tablet all the time. As a result, we will try to make where possible and in advance, 'paper only' resources available.
However, the school has now allocated over 150 laptops to young people who suffer financial hardship or other technological disadvantage in Years 8 to Year 11 and will always look to expand this where possible.
This is something we are committed to and would encourage any families who feel their children require additional technological support to contact their Head of Year in the first instance.
Covid-19 has been a hugely disorientating experience for many but one of the real opportunities to come out of it has been the push and stimulus for schools to research, invest and implement new technologies which enhance teaching and learning, whether on site or off site.
From 22nd October, the government set out what it calls the “Remote Learning Continuity Direction”. This is a legal requirement for schools to provide immediate remote learning for any individual or groups of pupils who cannot attend school due to Covid-19, including isolation owing to having been a close contact.
Please note this only applies to Covid related absences and not any other absences.
It is important to note that the legal requirement does not specify the “type” of remote learning, e.g. if it needs to be electronic or on paper – however HEHS, as set out below, will be using the very latest technology on our cloud-based VLE utilising Microsoft Teams.
The curriculum we will set will follow our normal curriculum plans and schemes of learning and will have the same ambition and quality as if the work were being set in a classroom. We will be conscious of the need to plan and scaffold work set to ensure all students can access activities and provide additional support, e.g. remotely for pupils with SEND or EAL.
During any school closure, we aim wherever possible for the 'virtual' school day to 'mirror the life of the school' for the student which promotes wellbeing, structure, and routine.
The school will always therefore endeavour to follow the normal school day and timetable (see more below) and there will be regular interaction. Lessons will always have live elements to them, but we recognise that sometimes staff and students may not be able to deliver/follow the lessons on a live basis and hence we will provide recordings of all learning activities.
Remote learning, even when live, is NOT the same as live teaching and parents and students need to appreciate this in their expectations of such live interaction between the school and the child.
We will always be conscious of safeguarding considerations for staff and students when using remote learning and advise accordingly (see FAQs for Parents).
We are excited to announce that we have now transferred from Show My Homework to Microsoft Teams which is an application of the Microsoft Office 365 platform. In the event of any school closure, students will receive a live or pre-recorded lesson (see the 'How do we access remote learning section' tab).