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Remote Learning - Parent Information

The Phoenix Collegiate school is dedicated to providing high quality remote learning in support of our students.

We are committed to:

Actively engaging all students with tangible learning opportunities which adhere to schemes of learning, thereby equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to excel in their studies.

Delivering engaging education to students, whether they are physically in school or accessing the education remotely from home. 

Developing opportunities to enable staff to foster student relationships so as to ensure student mental health and wellbeing is supported is essential to us at the phoenix Collegiate.

Remote Learning Curriculum:  What is taught to students?

Students will follow the same broad curriculum at home as they would do normally within the school.  Students will follow their normal timetable which is on Class Charts.  The timings of the school day can be found above.

 Remote Teaching and Learning: How much learning does my child do each day?

While lessons will resemble the 55 minute lessons on the timetable, due to parental feedback we encourage teachers to give the students respite from the screen for a 5-10 minute break, whereby students are encouraged to take in fresh air and stretch their legs.  We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the same amount of hours as if they were studying within the school.  We understand that access to technology may be an issue; so students may have a mixture of online learning and learning away from the computer.  It is also important that students continue to read both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop literacy skills during this time.


How does my child access remote learning?

Students are taught by accessing online ‘live’ lessons; these will be delivered via Microsoft Teams and the student will log in with their school details which have been provided.

Webinars, letters and guidance documents have been provided and we encourage every family to click on the link below.

Click here for MS Teams Student Guide


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

Where possible the school will provide a loan of a laptop to access the online lesson and resources and or WiFi/ dongle.

If your child is unable to access Teams due to a lack of digital devices in the household, then please contact info@phoenix.sandwell.sch.uk to inform us stating the child's full name and tutor group.

If your child is having technical issues or log in difficulties, then please contact ict@phoenix.sandwell.sch.uk stating the child's full name and tutor group.

How will my child be taught remotely? 

Staff will use a variety of approaches to teach students remotely:

• “Live” Lessons will be the commonality across all lessons which directly follow the students’ timetable, and department scheme of learning.  The ‘live’ aspect of the lesson we feel is important as it promotes opportunities for students to check understanding, ask questions, and benefit from important human interaction.
 
• There may also be occasions whereby pre-recorded lessons for students are utilised which could be a film and/ or PowerPoint based and involve voice recorded teacher instruction so that students can work at their own pace with clear modelling and explanation from the teacher.

• Staff may use links to high quality external produced resources such as GCSE pod, Mathswatch, Century-tech and Seneca.

• In light of the pandemic many agencies are developing new resources which are continually coming online and staff may provide links to external support materials e.g. Oak National School which the government have been tasked to support online learning nationally.


Homework: Teachers may set pre-reading or small structured research tasks for homework, but we will be asking students to complete memory challenges during our lockdown to improve their long-term memory. There will be different strategies expected to be completed over a two-week period and they will be emailed to students weekly as a reminder.

Where will resources for the lesson be placed?

All lesson resources will be placed into MS Teams (and not on classcharts).

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect the same high level of engagement from your child for remote learning as we do in the school.  Students should be ready to learn and on time at the start of every lesson with the correct equipment and resource.  The teachers will follow the same behaviour policy praising students and rewarding excellent work during online lessons using positive house points through Class charts.

How will you check student engagement?

Our online learning platform allows teachers to keep track of attendance, engagement and completion of work.  We feel that it is important that students are rewarded for their efforts during these periods of learning online at home and the majority will receive positive house points.  Parents may be contacted by text, email or telephone call from class teachers or The Heads of House if there are concerns about a child’s engagement, online behaviour, or if they require additional support.  As parents you can see this on the Class charts app.

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

Our approach to assessing work remotely is very similar to that within the classroom.  We place high regard on ensuring that students receive timely and high quality feedback.

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students.  For example, we use questioning which can either be feedback verbally or through the comments, use of hands up to check understanding.  Whole-Class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.  In response to students and parent feedback we are placing an emphasis on scaffolding learning with careful consideration of pace and have found low stakes testing can check student understanding of any misconceptions and also help identify how they can make improvements to their work.

Parents Evening

We have made excellent feedback on our Virtual Parents Evenings using School Cloud and have found the following benefits:

• The format supports the confidentiality.

• It is easily accessible for parents to engage through a range of their home devices (We have seen some excellent attendance by families).

• Greater efficiency and ability to speak with more families in the window of time.

• The avoidance of que jumping

• The parents evening will offer will support our students and offer valuable feedback.

Students with additional 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 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:

In some cases a teaching assistant will assist the student remotely in online ‘live’ lessons.  Work will look to be provided at a suitable level for a students ability and where necessary the student will be provided with additional help such as scaffolds and models to help complete the work.

What is the situation if the area is not in lockdown and my child needs to self isolate?

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the format of the remote education provided will differ from the approach for whole groups.  The resources for each lesson will be uploaded to Teams so that students can access all of the learning.  If you wish to discuss your individual child’s needs regarding remote learning please get in contact with your child’s head of house.

Some teachers may invite students into their lessons through teams. Your child would be contacted by the teacher if that was the case.

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

This will depend upon the number of students isolating and the resources available in school.  Where possible the student will follow their usual timetable and in some may be invited into live lessons.  Students will access their lesson resources directly from their class Team and teachers will give feedback on their progress and learning. 

Mrs M Bytheway
Phoenix Collegiate
Clarkes Lane,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands,
B71-2BX

T: 0121 588 8384E: info@phoenix.sandwell.sch.uk