This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to learners and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local/national restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. In the event of a local outbreak, the PHE health protection team or local authority may advise a school to fully or partially close temporarily to help control transmission.
Calthorpe Academy has an established contingency plan for this eventuality. This may involve a return to remaining open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers and providing remote education for all other learners, or it may involve remote education for certain year groups for a period of time.
For details of what to expect where individual learners are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
A learner’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.
At Calthorpe Academy, our ultimate aim is to try and follow the intended curriculum for learners working from home. This will be complemented by tasks that promote their physical and wellbeing. Our strategy is to provide personal learning packs and where applicable this will be supported by online face to face sessions or pre-recorded sessions.
Our remote education offer ensures that learners continue to engage in learning, including skill maintenance and developing home and community-based skills. Where applicable, these learning opportunities will require adult support.
The class teacher or their line manager will make contact to support families in implementing the tasks set. We will work with parents and carers to agree an ambitious yet pragmatic approach to supporting children and young people with complex needs to access appropriate remote learning and support, where they are not able to be in school.
All learners will have access to work from the day after being sent home whether in the case of individual bubbles isolating or a wider lockdown situation.
We broadly aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in PE lessons, learners may be set a series of challenges to develop their personal fitness and for art, this will be linked to our enrichment curriculum and focus on promoting learners wellbeing.
Therefore, learning from home will focus on developing learners’ knowledge, skills and mental wealth and tasks will be set within the following areas:
Integrated within Focus 1 and Focus 2 tasksSupporting learners with the maintenance of routines, structures and behaviour
Focus 1: Core + Foundation subjects
Supporting learners to revisit learning and then build upon their knowledge, skills and understanding
Focus 2: Physical and wellbeing
Supporting learners with their physical health and wellbeing
Learning at home will broadly follow the number of hours each day:
These hours include skills maintenance, home and community-based learning and tasks linked to promoting learners physical and mental wellbeing.
Remote learning tasks and accompanying resources will be provided by the school. The class teacher or their line manager will make contact with families/the learner on a regular basis over a telephone call or via Microsoft Teams. This contact will provide clear explanations and support with the implementation of learning tasks and ascertain feedback in order to plan for the next steps in learning. Where utilised, learners will be provided individual logins to access online platforms such as Mathletics and Headsprout.
We recognise that some learners may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those learners to access remote education:
We utilise the following approaches to teach learners remotely. Approaches are personalised to reflect individual need:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches include:
Where individual learners 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 learners both at home and in school.
Learners who are self-isolating will access all work via paper-based content. They will receive feedback on the work completed. Attempts to include live elements/interaction will be made where possible.