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Remote Learning

Remote learning is an integral part of our curriculum. It enhances student learning, improves achievement and develops students' study skills. It requires careful planning and integration into the scheme of work of each curriculum area.

Remote learning is work that is set to be done outside the timetabled curriculum. It contains an element of independent study in that it is not usually directly supervised by a teacher. It is important in raising student achievement.

Not all remote learning is done at home. In fact, for some students who find it hard to work at home, or for some tasks which may require resources more readily available at school, it is necessary or desirable to complete remote learning at school.

Aims

Remote learning enables students to:

  • consolidate and extend work covered in class or prepare for new learning activities
  • access resources not available in the classroom
  • develop research skills
  • have an opportunity for independent work
  • show progress and understanding
  • provide feedback in the evaluation of teaching
  • enhance their study skills eg planning, time management and self discipline
  • take ownership and responsibility for learning
  • engage parental cooperation and support
  • create channels for home school dialogue.

Remote learning schedule

Students should be given at least one week to complete remote learning. There is a schedule of nights on which students are expected to complete remote learning for each subject to help with their forward planning. Teachers must ensure when they set remote learning that the time period for completion straddles this day of the week (they do not need to set it on the day within the schedule but must allow students to complete it on the scheduled day).

Key Stage Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3 English Maths Science Humanities, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages Expressive Arts, Design Technology, PE and other subjects
4 English Maths Science Option Groups A and B Options Groups C and D

Incentives

House Points are awarded for achievement and sustained effort with good remote learning.

Sanctions

When remote learning is not completed, teachers support the student and ensure the tasks set meet the student's needs. If this is so, then sanctions should be used.

Detentions are set for non-completion of remote learning. When detentions are set for remote learning, students must have the remote learning re-assigned to them in planners so that they know what to do in the detention.

Students' responsibilities are to:

  • listen to remote learning instructions in class
  • copy down instructions for the task and deadline date into the remote learning diary
  • ensure that remote learning is completed and handed in to meet the deadline
  • attempt all work and give their best
  • inform the class teacher of any difficulties.

We encourage the use of Google Classroom to set remote learning. This means that full instructions for each piece of remote learning can be viewed by both students and parents/carers.

A 'Flipped Learning' approach to remote learning is encouraged. This is where students are introduced to the learning material before class, with classroom time then being used to deepen understanding through discussion with peers and problem solving activities with by teachers.

Extra credit optional remote learning

Students are encouraged to complete the following examples of extra credit optional remote learning:

  • Literacy - 1 hour reading per week (fiction for preference)
  • Numeracy - 1 hour Mymaths per week (student selected topic)
  • Health and fitness - 1 hour of sporting activity per week
  • Social and community -1 hour of charitable work, volunteering or similar selfless activity
  • Cultural - Visit to a museum, theatre or arts production (not cinema), visit a historical landmark, zoo, national monument, nature reserve or similar.

House points are awarded by form tutors for completion of extra credit optional remote learning, in addition to those awarded for remote learning set by subject teachers.

Remote Learning and Working

Follow the links below to access Windsor Academy Trust remote learning and working guidance.