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Remote Education Provision

Hailey Hall School


Parent Information

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’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.

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

In the first instance, pupils with access to IT facilities or who have been provided with a laptop from school will be able to access our online learning portals (teacher dashboard, Mymaths and SAM learning) on which staff will set appropriate work.

In the case of pupils who either do not wish to take a laptop or who prefer to work on paper, our remote learning pack will be handed to the pupil where appropriate, Covid-19 regulations allowing.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child Following the first few days be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We will be broadly delivering the same curriculum as in school, either by following the scheme or work or by delivering the ‘catch up’ curriculum from last year’s school closures.

This is reliant on facilities and subjects. For example, Design Technology or Food Technology cannot be taught in a practical context. Teachers of practical subjects will generally focus on theory elements of their subject when practical topics cannot reasonably take place.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

KS3 and KS4


Accessing remote education

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

We will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver remote lessons and tasks will be set via Teacher Dashboard on Office 365, Mymaths and SAM learning

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:

  • Laptops are made available to any pupils who do not have sufficient access.
  • Advice has been sent to parents on how to access Teams via some games consoles.
  • Advice has been sent to parents on how to get extra data free of charge from the major phone networks in case they do not have home broadband.
  • Pupils who do not wish to engage in IT based learning are provided with paper based learning packs to cover the curriculum areas and lessons times that would normally take place.

How will my child be taught remotely?

  • For the most part, pupils will be taught ‘face to face’ via Microsoft Teams. You should normally expect teachers to deliver for 10-20 minutes in order to deliver the topic or explain the task, then set pupils on task for the remainder of the session.
  • Teachers and teaching assistants will be available throughout the session to assist and answer any questions where required and a plenary will be held at the end of most sessions to check and summarise learning. This plenary may be in the form of a discussion or may be a set question.
  • As mentioned, pupils who have requested learning packs will be expected to follow these.

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?

  • Pupils should be engaged in learning Monday to Friday from 10am to 2.30pm
  • Formal lessons finish at 1.50pm and the 1.50-2.30pm slot is dedicated to our whole school ‘Prep’ session. Pupils should be engaged in Reading, Mymaths, SAM Learning and at least 1 session a week on current affairs. The timetable for this is included as an appendix at the end of this document.
  • As parents, we would appreciate your support in motivating and keeping abreast of your child’s learning and engagement.
  • If your child is learning using the remote learning packs, please keep the school informed on their completion in order for us to provide further work.
  • If your child is not able to engage in learning for any reason, please contact the school as you normally would in the case of illness or absence.
  • If you have any concerns or need support, please contact your son’s teacher or form tutor in the first instance or Mr Thurley on if the issue is related to remote learning issues.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • Registers are taken each lesson and absences will be addressed by individual teachers in the case of single lessons being missed and the form tutor in the case of days being missed.
  • The school’s existing points system will be used to monitor engagement.
  • Parents will be contacted weekly to update on progress, engagement and behaviour.

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

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 pupil work is as follows:

  • Pupils completing paper based packs will have their work marked once it is received by your child’s teacher.
  • Home learning pupils will receive verbal feedback during Teams meetings and work submitted on teacher dashboard will be marked and fed back in line with the school marking policy.

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 one to one provision 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:

  • Most lessons online will include a teaching assistant to support individual learners via teams.
  • Pupils with one to one support will continue to be supported online and as part of the weekly feedback, we will continue to monitor and adapt individual activities.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils 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 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?

  • Where available, they will be supported by staff via Teams. This is reliant upon staff isolating at the same time, as otherwise, they would be teaching their normal timetable.
  • Whether in the case of staff supporting via Teams or otherwise, all staff will set work via our online learning portals mentioned earlier for their own subjects and will mark and feed back using the same methods.
  • Pupils working on paper based packs will proceed as previously mentioned.

Prep timetable

This should be carried out daily and can either be for 40 minutes before period 1 or following the end of period 5:

  • Monday: Current affairs. This will include reading the news, watching the news or discussing national and international news.
  • Tuesday: Mymaths. Work is set via our online learning portal for pupils to complete. If there are any issues with this, please contact Mr Thurley.
  • Wednesday: Reading. Pupils can read online, books, magazines or newspapers.
  • Thursday: SAM Learning. Work is set via our online learning portal for pupils to complete. If there are any issues with this, please contact Mrs Martin
  • Friday: Revisit. Pupils can choose which of the 4 activities above they would like to engage in during Friday prep.

Hailey Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7PB

Tel: 01992 465208