Information about learning when self-isolating when school is open

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As we’re sure you’re aware, the last year in education has been exceptionally difficult for everyone, for many reasons. 

It is also shown in educational studies across the country from Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education), the SSAT (Schools, Students and Teachers Network) and the EEF (Educational Endowment Foundation) amongst others, that remote learning strategies have a difficult-to-measure and varied impact on student progress and wellbeing. The Chief Inspector of Schools, Amanda Spielmen, published the Ofsted findings today- 15th December 2020- which outline the impact of the lockdown and self-isolating upon learning and progress. You can read the full report here.

In primary schools, where students only have one teacher per class, live lessons have broadly happened regularly and with relative ease (although we know it has not been easy for our primary colleagues). 

In secondary schools, where each student has up to 15 teachers at different times across a two-week timetable, it has been exceptionally difficult to roll out live lessons when classes or year groups have been sent home to self-isolate. We have always provided task-based learning consisting of research tasks, videos, pre-recorded presentations, quizzes, worksheets and assessments, but live lessons have been more difficult to roll out. 


At LIS, our live lesson strategy takes into account the following factors: 

  1. Safeguarding is of paramount importance to us. Not all live lesson platforms were GDPR compliant during the first lockdown and posed risks to our students. We decided to wait a little so that we could learn from the experience of trials elsewhere. After much research, we bought a package with Google for Education that gives us greater control over who is and isn’t able to attend lessons.
  2. Not all schools can provide live lessons for all students. According to the Ofsted report, very few schools have provided live lessons for all lessons when a class or bubble has had to self-isolate.
  3. Not all students have individual access to a device and/or stable internet connection all day long from home. We do not want to further disadvantage these learners by insisting that all their lessons take place online.
  4. The impact of increased screen time has a detrimental effect on the mental health of everyone, especially young people.
  5. Re-planning all of the lessons teachers already have so that they are suitable for online learning takes a huge amount of time that we simply don’t have under the Covid circumstances. There is a wealth of quality-assured, pre-recorded lesson content available through the government’s online school; The Oak National Academy which we have been encouraging students to use throughout this term. A sample of students who have used this content to learn from home and guide their independent learning in general have reported to us that they found these lessons easy to use and understand. They also reported in some cases that this style of learning helped them feel more confident in bridging the gaps in missed learning. Pre-recorded lessons can sometimes have a more positive impact upon student progress than live lessons. 
  6. Learners have different needs. Providing for these different needs remotely, through live lessons, is an impossible task for teachers. We have found other strategies that are better for supporting learners with different needs.
  7. In order to provide quality education through remote platforms, we wanted to ensure that all of our staff were properly trained on using all of these new technologies before we rolled them out, which is still ongoing. We made the decision that two teachers need to be present in an online lesson so that safeguarding, behaviour management and technical troubleshooting is easier to manage. This drastically affects our timetable. 

With all this considered, there are different circumstances under which live lessons will go ahead and we have created a ‘remote learning timetable’ that students can access on their RM Unify homepage from school and at home to show this. This timetable is based upon their normal timetable but also factors in the eight points above, so looks a little different to their normal one. 

 

Please check below for the circumstances under which live lessons will be applicable for your child:

Situation A: my child is one of some members in a class who are self-isolating, but their teacher and the rest of the class are in school.

Does my child have a live lesson? Yes, your child should be able to join most of their lessons via the Google Meets link, but this may not be possible for all lessons, so they’ll have to check in with the teacher on the day. Please remember that if they are allowed to ‘beam in’ to a lesson, and to protect the students in the room, they may not be able to see anything. 

Where does my child find other remote learning resources? On their teacher’s Google Classroom and Show My Homework

Situation B: my child is a member of a class in school, but their teacher is self-isolating.
Does my child have a live lesson? YES, SOME lessons will be live lessons. A cover teacher will help set up the lesson and their teacher will teach from home.
Where does my child find other remote learning resources? All other work will be set by the teacher via the cover teacher. The teacher may also use Show My Homework/Google Classroom.

 
Situation C: my child is a member of a class who is in school, though some are self-isolating. Their teacher is also self-isolating. 
Does my child have a live lesson? YES, SOME lessons will be live lessons for those students who are in school. A cover teacher will help set up the lesson and their teacher will teach from home.
Where does my child find other remote learning resources? All other work will be set by the teacher via the cover teacher. The teacher may also use SMH/GC.

 
Situation D: my child is a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, but their teacher is in school.
Does my child have a live lesson? YES, SOME lessons will be live lessons.  The class teachers will teach from within school and host the Google Meets lesson for the class. Students will log onto RM Unify, check the remote learning timetable and use the link to join a lesson. If they misbehave, the teacher will remove them immediately and they will not be readmitted
Where does my child find other remote learning resources? All other work will be set by the teacher on GC and SMH, but students may also be able to see this on the remote learning timetable. Information will be duplicated on the year group Google Classroom so that nobody misses anything. 


Situation E: my child is a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, and their teacher is asked to self-isolate.
Does my child have a live lesson? YES.  Some lessons will be live.
Where does my child find other remote learning resources? All information and links to live lessons will be set by the teacher on GC and SMH. Information will be duplicated on the year group Google Classroom so that nobody misses anything. 

Situation F: my child is a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, and their teacher is unwell.
Does my child have a live lesson? NO. Teachers who are ill do not work from home. 
Where does my child find other remote learning resources? All other work will be set via the cover teacher. 

Situation G: the school is closed as part of a national or local lockdown, meaning their entire class/year group and teacher are not in school.
Does my child have a live lesson?
YES, SOME lessons will be live lessons.  The class teachers will teach from home (sometimes with another teacher and another class) and host the Google Meets lesson for the class. Students will log onto RM Unify, check the remote learning timetable and use the link to join a lesson. If they misbehave, the teacher will remove them immediately and they will not be readmitted. 
Where does my child find other remote learning resources?  All work will be set by the teacher on GC and SMH, and students may also be able to see this on the remote learning timetable. Information will be duplicated on the year group Google Classroom so that nobody misses anything. 


Summary:

If your child is asked to self-isolate, please ask yourselves the questions below and check the list above to determine what their learning will look like whilst they are out of school:

  • Is my child the only person in a class or year group self-isolating? This will affect their access to live lessons.
  • Is their teacher self-isolating? This will affect their access to live lessons.
  • Is their teacher unwell? This will affect their access to live lessons. 

If live lessons are applicable for your child:

  • Make sure they read over the instructions below to join live lessons.
  • Make sure they know all of the codes and login information for all of their Google Classrooms and Show My Homework.
  • Make sure they plan in advance and check the tech to avoid any last minute connectivity issues.
  • Make sure they understand that they will be removed if they misbehave and will not be able to log back in.
  • Make sure that they ask their teachers if they are having any problems.


 

 

 

Instructions on joining live lessons

If your child is having difficulty accessing live lessons, please check Google classroom for further information. If they are still having difficulties, please email info@littleilford.org.  

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