4 January 2021

Remote Education

In the event of students needing to self-isolate, or in the event of partial/whole school closures, teaching will move to Remote Education.

Although a student’s first day or two of being educated remotely may look and feel different from their usual lessons in school, all students already have access to Google Classrooms for their chosen subjects or courses. If you or your son/daughter have any issues relating to the use of Google Classrooms, please check our Google Classroom Support page.

SJH staff are ready to move to Remote Education at very short notice to ensure that there is no break in students’ learning. 

Will students follow the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We plan to teach the same curriculum remotely as we would if students were in school, wherever possible and appropriate, for all Key Stages. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, where staff have identified that a new topic is not well suited for delivery remotely, they may re-sequence their planned lessons. 

Study times and teaching schedules

All students will follow their normal school timetable (a copy of which can be found on the SIMs Parent App).

Below is an overview of the weekly sessions/lessons students will be required to complete: 

KS3 and KS4

• A Google Classroom lesson which corresponds to every lesson on their normal timetable 
• A weekly physical challenge for students to complete for Core PE
• Weekly feedback to students on their progress

KS5

•  3 double lessons per week per A level/BTEC option, corresponding to normal timetabled lessons

• 2 additional hours study per week, per A level option
• 1 double lesson per week for GCSE / FS Maths and English

Remote Education for KS5 vocational students will be delivered via our Training Provider partners’ online learning platforms

We will use the following platforms to support remote education: 

• Google Classrooms
• Hegarty Maths
• Seneca Learning
• Oak National Academy lessons/materials
• GCSEPod 

In the event that your child does not have access to the internet or a device, please contact the following staff: 

KS3
– Mrs D Stanton – Assistant Principal – d.stanton@sjhcsc.co.uk 
KS4 – Ms K Williams – Assistant Principal – k.williams@sjhcsc.co.uk
KS5 – Mr J Dunkerley – Assistant Principal – j.dunkerley@sjhcsc.co.uk 

How will my son/daughter be taught remotely?

In the event of students needing to isolate or a partial/full school closure, we will use the following methods to support students in their remote learning: 

• All lesson materials uploaded to the relevant Google Classrooms.
• Each lesson will include a clear ‘instructional phase’ from teachers (either containing an audio/video phase to explain crucial elements of the lesson).
• Access to a range of online learning platforms and resources including; Hegarty Maths, Oak National Academy lessons, Seneca Learning and GCSE Pod.
• All Year 11 students will have access to revision guides to support their remote education and ongoing revision

Engagement and Feedback

To support our students and teachers in the event of school closures, we request the following support from parents/carers to ensure any break to normal schooling has minimal impact. 

• Ensure students register in their Pastoral Google Classroom between 08:30am and 09:15am every day
• Ensure students follow their normal timetable where possible and complete all set tasks
• Contact the college if you/your child has any difficulties in accessing their online lessons
• Contact the College if your child does not have access to a suitable device
• Contact the College in the usual way if your child is unwell and unable to access their remote lessons or if you have any concerns around Remote Education

Student Engagement 

Teachers will provide weekly feedback for each subject/course studied by students which will include recognition and praise for excellent engagement and effort. Students will also receive feedback on how to improve or develop their knowledge/skills.

Where students are not engaging as we would expect, teachers and/or pastoral staff will contact parents and carers to establish if there are any barriers to online education or if there is any additional support needed from the College.

Assessing students’ work during Remote Education

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 such as Google Classrooms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

- Lessons will use retrieval quizzes which may be self-marked via Google Forms.
- Group feedback may be given on set assignments and tasks
- Specific feedback for students on certain class activities and set tasks 

Additional Support for Students with specific needs

We recognise that some pupils, for example those 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 pupils in the following ways: 

• Staff from the SEND team will be available to advise how to support their child with their remote education
• Students and parents will be able to request specific support from members of staff
• Teaching staff will ensure that lessons are differentiated, where appropriate 

Remote Education for self-isolating students

Where individual students or groups of students are required to self-isolate while the remainder of their year group is in school, the following arrangements will be in place: 

• All lesson materials uploaded to Google Classroom for students to keep up with lessons and the content covered
• Support staff will make contact with individual students to offer additional support and to check they are able to access the set work 
• Those students unable to access online materials or online learning platforms, paper copies will be provided to ensure students do not fall behind
• Where students are absent due to a Positive Covid test result, work will be set as outlined here but there is no expectation that students complete set work unless well enough to do so