Remote Learning at Oaks Park High School
QUESTIONS ABOUT REMOTE LEARNING
We offer remote educational provision Monday-Friday, from 8.35am - 2.40pm, following our Remote Learning Timetable. We try to replicate a ‘normal school day’ as best as possible and we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
Our Remote Learning Timetable comprises of a combination of “live” lessons taught via Google Meet and lessons where work is set for students to complete via Class Charts and Google Classroom. Research conducted after the last national lockdown showed that a blend of live learning and task-based learning was most effective for students.
Our Remote Learning Timetable includes an online tutor time each morning from 8.35am - 8.50am followed by lessons in line with your child’s normal timetable. For Post 16 students, this may include a period 6 which runs from 2.50pm - 3.50pm.
The Remote Learning Timetables for each year group can be accessed via the website here: https://www.oaksparkhigh.org.uk/2846/remote-learning-timetable.
If a lesson is highlighted/coloured, this means that the lesson will be a “live” lesson. Please spend time going through the timetable with your child identifying their “live” lessons throughout the week.
Please note that although Year 9 normally have a split period 4 with lunch in the middle, for the purposes of the remote learning timetable period 4 lessons for Year 9 will be from 12.10 – 13.10pm
Accessing Remote Education
We use two key platforms for our home learning provision - Class Charts and Google Classroom.
Students should log on to Class Charts in the morning and should follow their usual lesson timetable for the day. All work for the day (including links to Google Meet for “live” lessons) will be set on Class Charts by 8.30am. These will be labelled as “Blended Learning” tasks. Please ensure that students click “sort by issue date” when looking at their Class Charts account so that they can view the work set each day.
Class Charts acts as a planner for students and parents. It is where teachers will post all the instructions for their lessons (remote or live), as well as Google Meet links to live lessons. It should be the first place parents and students go to in order to check their lessons for that day. Usually instructions on Class Charts will included a direction to a Google Classroom.
All resources needed by students for their learning will be posted within Google Classroom and students will be asked to upload/submit their classwork via Google Classroom for their teacher to check and give feedback. Students can also access the links to their live lessons by visiting the Google Classroom for that subject. It is very important that your child logs in on time for any live lessons so that they can be admitted to the live learning classrooms.
We would encourage students to keep their cameras on so that they can interact with their teachers and teachers can gauge students’ understanding and adapt their lessons as appropriate. For safeguarding purposes, teachers will record all “live” lessons taught by Google Meet.
Class Charts log in details were issued to all students and sent out to parents at the start of the academic year but if your child has any difficulties logging on to Class Charts, please contact your child’s year team.
Students can submit work by uploading it through Google Classroom. They can also upload photographs of written or practical work if they have not completed this online. Teachers can then provide feedback to students through Google Classroom where appropriate. Not all lessons will require work to be submitted. Teachers will make clear whether work should be submitted and how they would like it to be submitted.
Students will be provided with frequent verbal feedback during “live” lessons and will receive written feedback on work submitted via Google Classroom where appropriate. Teachers will feedback to their classes on specific pieces of work using whole-class feedback (as would normally happen when students are in school).
All departments will continue to assess students on a regular basis and will adapt assessments to ensure they are suitable for remote learners. Assessments will be used to pinpoint student progress and identify any areas in which students might need further support. We will continue to send progress reports home for students in all year groups as per our school calendar while students are learning remotely.
As always, please communicate with us directly. If you wish to speak with a particular teacher, please call the school or email the relevant Subject Leader.
Contact details for subject leaders can be found on our website here. https://www.oaksparkhigh.org.uk/1334/staffing-information
For general concerns, please contact your child’s Year Team. You can find a full list of email contacts on the same web page above. The school office will remain open to receive phone calls and messages if you would prefer to communicate with us this way.
We know that online learning is challenging for some students and will do our best to support your child.
Please remember that your child must be logged in to Google via their school Google account in order to access Google Meets. They can find links to their Google Meets in both Class Charts and Google Classroom.
If you experience any difficulties logging in e.g. issues with a password or your child cannot access a Google Classroom, or experience any difficulties with Class Charts, please email us as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please outline what the issue is, include a contact number, and staff will contact you as soon as possible to assist.
If you would rather speak to a member staff immediately, please call the school office who will direct your call appropriately. For general queries, please contact your child’s Year Team.
Where students are engaging well with their online learning, we will continue to reward them using Class Charts, as we would when they are in school. We have added an additional “Remote Learning” category to Class Charts which teachers can make use of. We have also added a function for parents to be able to reward their child for positive learning behaviours through Class Charts while they are learning from home. Where possible, we will continue to make contact home through postcards and phone calls to parents/carers.
Controls are in place to ensure that, as far as possible, students cannot disrupt others’ learning on line. This is very rare, but we will not hesitate to remove students’ access rights to their live lessons if needs be. This could be done on a temporary or permanent basis. If this action is taken, students will be provided with alternative work to complete during their live lessons.
We want to do as much as we can to support all students in being able to access online learning. Please contact your child’s year team and outline what the issue is. We will continue working out exactly what specific needs are and how we can support you and your child.
We have already allocated laptops and other technology in some cases. Please bear in mind that our resources are limited and we may need to prioritise certain situations above others.
Please be aware that online provision can be accessed via tablets and smartphones, as well as laptops.
We have also been made aware that students are able to access Google Classroom through an X Box or Play station device if needed. Please follow the instructions on the link below that show how to set this up.
If your child is unwell, or can’t complete their school work for any other legitimate reason, please contact the attendance team as per usual procedure, either telephone or email email@example.com
This information will be passed to relevant staff. Please contact us when your child is feeling better so we know to expect them in their live lessons. If we do not hear from you, pastoral teams will be in touch to check on the wellbeing of your child.
A register will be taken for tutor time and for each live lesson. If we note that your child is not present for a live lesson, we will contact you. Please be assured that we know there may well be a legitimate reason why your child was not present such as, for example, the need to share technology in the household. Often this will just be an email so that you are aware that your child has missed some learning time but, if there are ongoing issues, we will contact by phone to discuss matters with you and see how we may be able to help.
The normal pattern of setting homework is not being followed during the period of school closure. We recognise that students may take longer to complete their classwork when they are learning remotely and want to ensure that we prioritise our students’ mental wellbeing at this time.
However, for exam classes, teachers will make it clear during live lessons whether any work should be completed by students before the next lesson, or whether any additional independent work should be carried out.
Horizon Base remains open for all of our Ignis students.
The school has put the following in place for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who attend our mainstream provision:
- - Teachers are differentiating their lessons as much as they can for students with SEND.
- - The SEN team phones the parents of EHCP students once a week to check in and offer support with any issues.
- - LSAs are still delivering Speech and Language and Private Study remotely in line with EHCP plans.
- - We are providing some 1:1 sessions remotely for students who require a higher level of support.
- - Other therapists continue to offer remote interventions for their students.
- Our Assistant Psychologists are continuing to offer their interventions remotely.
We appreciate that, for some of our students, school is not only a learning environment but a place where they receive support for a range of issues including, for example, their mental health and emotional well-being. We also appreciate that the current situation may place particular pressure on some families and students for a range of reasons.
Should you have any concerns regarding the safety of your child or others, or any other serious matter that you feel you would ordinarily speak about with the Year Team or Safeguarding Team at the school, please telephone as normal or email your child’s Year Team. As always, if you have any immediate concerns regarding the safety of your child or others, please contact the Emergency Services on 999.
Relevant school staff will continue to liaise with external agencies where appropriate.
Please continue to contact your child’s Year Team if you have any concerns in this area.
There are also a number of services, both local and national, that are operating to provide additional support to young people at this time. You may find the following links helpful during this period:
Off The Record – counselling support for young people in Sutton.
Kooth – online support for young people with well-being and mental health.
The NSPCC also provide a guide to the current situation and managing a range of presenting difficulties and challenges which you can find here.
We very much appreciate that this is a difficult time for all, adults and children. Some children, particularly those with Special Educational Needs or other factors, may find the current situation especially difficult and NSPCC provide particular advice regarding how best to support your child here. If there is anything you wish to discuss, make contact with the SEN department by phone or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are concerned about the mental wellbeing of your child during school closure, please email or telephone your child’s Year Team at the school. You can also refer to the safeguarding information provided on the school website. If there is an immediate concern for the safety of your child or another child, always call the Emergency Services on 999.
We are awaiting information from some of the agencies we work with, such as CAMHS, to confirm exactly how they will be operating. However, we anticipate that all will move to online working with some face-to-face work where possible and safe (as they did during the last school closure).
If your child is already working with an external agency, they will communicate with you directly. If your child needs to receive support/intervention from an external agency during school closure, we will assist you in understanding how things work wherever necessary.