REMOTE EDUCATION PROVISION: INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts [or bubbles] to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
THE REMOTE CURRICULUM: WHAT IS TAUGHT TO STUDENTS AT HOME
Heston Community School is committed to providing students with meaningful and ambitious work each day, covering the majority of the curriculum. Learning will be well-sequenced, so that knowledge and skills continue to be built incrementally. Students will be provided with clear explanations of new content delivered by teachers or through high-quality resources.
In the event of a whole class, whole year group self-isolation or whole School closure, lessons will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. Students will follow their full curriculum in all subjects, except Core PE, KS3 Dance and Drama. During these practical lessons students should exercise, catch up on work or read.
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT WORK SET BY THE SCHOOL TO TAKE MY CHILD EACH DAY?
The School will provide students with a minimum of 5 hours of learning, as per the DfE directive. Following our normal timetable, a double lesson will have 70 minutes of live teaching and 30 minutes of independent learning. A single lesson will have 35 minutes of live teaching and 15 minutes of independent learning.
HOW WILL MY CHILD ACCESS ANY ONLINE REMOTE EDUCATION YOU ARE PROVIDING?
Microsoft Teams is the School’s main platform for remote learning, and your child may also be directed to use other elements of the Microsoft platform, such as OneNote and Assignments.
If your child’s teacher is absent, they will be alerted via a daily email and should access their work via SMHW/Satchel:one.
IF MY CHILD DOES NOT HAVE DIGITAL OR ONLINE ACCESS AT HOME, HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT THEM TO ACCESS REMOTE EDUCATION?
If a student is struggling to access our online provision they should contact their Learning Coordinator via email or by calling the School on 0208 572 1931.
HOW WILL MY CHILD BE TAUGHT REMOTELY?
Whilst the primary platform for remote teaching is live lessons on Microsoft Teams, teachers may use a range of other software for delivery or assessment including SMHW/Satchel:one, BBC Bitesize, Oak National Academy, Mymaths, Educake, Kerboodle or Geogebra.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR MY CHILD’S ENGAGEMENT AND THE SUPPORT THAT WE AS PARENTS AND CARERS SHOULD PROVIDE AT HOME?
We expect students to log into and engage in all live lessons via Microsoft Teams. If your child is unwell, please contact the School on 0208 572 1931.
The following will support your child in successfully learning at home:
- A good routine and structured day: students should follow their normal timetable, including attending Form Time. Students should be up and ready to start learning by 08:30
- A workspace with minimal distractions
- Time away from screens: exercise, getting fresh air, spending time with family and reading a book are all good ways to support your child’s well-being
HOW WILL YOU CHECK WHETHER MY CHILD IS ENGAGING WITH THEIR WORK AND HOW WILL I BE INFORMED IF THERE ARE CONCERNS?
Students are registered in every live lesson. You will be contacted if your child is not attending unless you have informed the School that your child is unwell.
HOW WILL YOU ASSESS MY CHILD’S WORK AND PROGRESS?
Teachers will use a variety of techniques to assess your child’s understanding within a live lesson. In addition, KS3 students will be required to submit one piece of work per half-term and KS4 & 5 students two pieces of work for teacher assessment. 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 are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.
HOW WILL YOU WORK WITH ME TO HELP MY CHILD WHO NEEDS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM ADULTS AT HOME TO ACCESS REMOTE EDUCATION?
We recognise that some students, for example students 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 students in the following ways:
- SEND students will be allocated a keyworker to facilitate their learning and support their wellbeing, through regular contact and in lesson support
- SEND students have been offered a place in our onsite provision
- SEND students receive extra small group interventions with bespoke resources
- SEND students are supported in the use of assistive technology such as live captioning as appropriate
- SEND students are receiving Speech and Language Therapy and Braille sessions virtually
- SEND students onsite receive a wellbeing session at least weekly.
REMOTE EDUCATION FOR SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS
Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, students will be provided with work in English, Maths and Science for the first day of their isolation by following the links below. Post 16 students should work from their subject specific Independent Study Guides. Students will then be able to join their normal lessons from home via Microsoft Teams.
Follow the log in below to access Mymaths.
Use your own username and password and complete the “number skills” questions set by Mr Bussunt. https://login.mymaths.co.uk/login
GCSE Resit Link
A-Level – Complete work from Independent Study Guide
GCSE Resit – as above
|A-Level and BTEC – Complete work from subject specific Independent Study Guide|
*Do not print the documents – please just write your answers on paper and then mark and correct
Covid Lateral Flow Test
To support public health efforts during the return to school in March 2021, the School is offering staff and students access to Lateral Flow coronavirus [COVID-19] testing in the week commencing 08 March 2021. This will help deliver the School and national priority of keeping as many students and teachers as possible in school. Testing will protect our community and help minimise the spread of the virus and the disruption this causes in educational settings.
The Government has requested that all students should complete three Lateral Flow Tests at School and then students will be issued with Home Test Kits, to be used twice a week.
The School is strongly encouraging all staff and students to take up the offer of the Lateral Flow Test. The consent form below must be completed prior to testing.
Home Testing from 22 march 2021
Local Authority Communication
DfE Guidance Documents
Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
08:00 to 18:00 – Monday to Friday
10:00 to 16:00 – Saturday and Sunday
Further guidance can be found in the links below: