Remote Learning

Remote Learning – January 2021

Our students know that the most important thing that happens at Addeys is learning and this applies whether you are in the classroom or not – beyond the school gates and into the future.

We know that it is important to use a variety of activities to engage students in their learning – whether this learning happens in the classroom or at home. These methods of delivery include pre-recorded lessons; live lessons; quizzes; written tasks and assignments; feedback from teachers; and good student: teacher communication. We continue to work hard to develop a creative and ‘blended’ style of learning which is accessible to all students, challenges them appropriately, and which fully supports our curriculum.  

Addey’s Guiding Principles for Remote Learning

  1. Remote learning works in parallel with other methods of delivering the curriculum, including face-to-face teaching, home learning, and independent study
  2. The aims of our Hearts of Oak curriculum are to develop learning behaviours, well-being, life-skills and values – extending beyond the school gates, and beyond subject knowledge. This applies to all learning – remotely, or in school.
  3. The Compelling Learning behaviours underpin learning now, and for the future– they support students learning in, and out of, the classroom.
  4. We build learning over time, sequencing knowledge and concepts, checking for understanding, and providing feedback along the way
  5. We use a combination of tools and learning activities to engage students in remote learning – just as we use a range of activities, tasks and techniques in the classroom
  6. We are aware of barriers to remote learning, and act to reduce them
  7. We monitor engagement in learning and intervene where necessary
  8. We keep parents and carers informed about their child’s attendance and engagement, and work in partnership with them

 

1. Remote learning works in parallel with other methods of delivering the curriculum, including face-to-face teaching, home learning, and independent study

Remote learning, broadly speaking, is learning which takes place outside of the classroom when the teacher is not in the same location as the student. For many years, our students have been engaged in remote learning such as home learning, revision and independent study. With students now learning away from the classroom every day, remote learning is currently their only mode of learning.

 

2. The aims of our Hearts of Oak curriculum are to develop learning behaviours, well-being, life-skills and values– extending beyond the school gates, and beyond subject knowledge. This applies to all learning – remotely, or in school.

 

hearts of oak

 

Our vision is that all of our students become successful, happy and healthy individuals who are exceeding their potential and are positive influencers of social change, especially in our local community of Deptford.

 

Our ‘Hearts of Oak’ curriculum supports students to become Compelling Learners who are happy and healthy, who possess the Addey’s family values and the skills of Change Makers.

 

Through remote learning, our curriculum continues to focus on developing learning behaviours, life-skills, and well-being. We offer more than just subject lessons, with a pastoral programme, well-being activities and extra-curricular activities.

 

 

3.The Compelling Learning behaviours underpin learning now, and for the future– they support students learning in, and out of, the classroom.

Compelling Learning is the name we give to the learning we want for our students. We want to develop a love of learning and to equip our students with the skills and behaviours to support them in life-long learning.

The Compelling Learning behaviours are:

compelling learning

We provide opportunities for students to develop and use the same learning behaviours when engaging with remote learning as we do when they are learning in the classroom. These are the behaviours we encourage and recognise in our students every day.

 

4.We build learning over time, sequencing knowledge and concepts, checking for understanding, and providing feedback along the way

Our subject curricular are carefully sequenced to support students to build their learning over time. Teachers plan carefully sequenced learning activities which support students to build their learning over time, whether they are learning in the classroom or engaged in remote learning. Our subject leaders carefully adjust their subject curricular considering what lends itself best to remote learning. They ensure prior learning is strong enough to build on and we introduce new content at the right pace. Whether in the classroom, or through remote learning activities, we look to build learning in the same way. We ensure that students commit key facts to their long-term memory. We support students to build on their factual foundations to; apply knowledge to new contexts, connect different areas of knowledge together, and express their understanding to others.

Remote learning timetables can be accessed here

 

5.We use a combination of tools and learning activities to engage students in remote learning – just as we use a range of activities, tasks and techniques in the classroom

We know that the best types of remote learning are not always digital. We recognise the strengths, and the limitations of live lessons. Whilst we appreciate their benefits, we are very much in agreement with Ofsted that “live lessons are not always more effective than [other] methods”

Just as in the classroom, checking for understanding and providing feedback to students are an important part of remote learning.

In planning for remote learning, teachers will carefully select a range of tools and activities, and sequence them in a way which best supports learning over time. These activities could include:

  • Pre-recorded lessons
  • Lessons from online resources such as BBC bitesize and Oak Academy
  • Subject-specific learning platforms such as Hegarty Maths and My GCSE Science
  • Live lessons
  • Quizzes
  • The completion and submission of written tasks and assignments
  • Engaging in, and responding to, teacher feedback

 

6.We are aware of barriers to remote learning, and act to reduce them

Some of the barriers to remote learning faced by our students include, but are not limited to:

  • Students being at home alone
  • Students caring for younger siblings
  • Self-motivation and organisation
  • Students not having access to a quiet place to work
  • Students may have limited access to the internet
  • Students having no, or limited access to devices such as laptops or tablets

We endeavour to do whatever we can to support students and their families to remove, or reduce, as many barriers as we can.

We have produced an Addey's way for remote learning, which provides students with step-by-step advice on how best to manage their remote learning independently.

At the end of this page, you will find simple guides to accessing some of our tools for remote learning such as Microsoft teams, emails, and Show My Homework

 

7.We monitor engagement in learning and intervene where necessary

Whether learning is taking place in the classroom, or remotely, we monitor students’ engagement in learning on an on-going basis. We use this information, alongside contextual information, in deciding on the most appropriate way to intervene and to support students to increase their engagement.

 

8.We keep parents and carers informed about their childs’ attendance and engagement, and work in partnership with them

We work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that their child attends school and engages in learning. This doesn’t change when children are at home and engaging in remote learning. We expect students to log-in to Show My Homework every morning and to engage with all of the pastoral and academic activities every day. We work with parents and careers to ensure that their child can engage with remote learning every day.

 

Short guides to accessing remote learning tools

How To Set Up Your Personal Device For School

As we have to work from home it is important you able to access the school system from your personal device. In this sway you will find out how to set up your personal device for school. https://sway.office.com/FO3RWmm0S0XGXONe?ref=Link

 

Microsoft Teams: How to for Students

You can use teams on almost any device, by simply going to teams.microsoft.com from a computer or downloading the app on your mobile device. Click here for a short and simple guide https://sway.office.com/FO3RWmm0S0XGXONe?ref=Link