Update: Remote learning during school closure
From Monday 4th January 2021 until further notice, the school is closed to all students except those who are vulnerable and those who are the children of key workers. All other students will continue their learning from home.
From Monday 11th January, all year groups will have a blend of live lessons, recorded lessons and other tasks as part of their remote learning timetable. It is extremely important that you read the instructions on this page for how to join live lessons and how to read the remote learning timetables. To support remote learning, we have had to change the timings of our school day and you can see the changes on your timetables, and in the table below.
Students view their remote learning timetable on the RM Unify tile called 'Remote Learning Timetable'. There is also a video in this file explaining how to access remote learning resources. Please watch the whole of this video for all the details about how to access your lessons. If anything is unclear, please contact your teachers directly via Google Classrooms - you should already be a member of each of your Google classrooms.
If any student fails to attend a scheduled live lesson, the student's parent will receive an automated response from the school, so please respond if there is a technical issue that the school is unaware of and we will get back to you. All other information about remote learning, including our school's rationale, can be found below.
As you are probably aware, reading is one of the most important ways of supporting your education and we vehemently encourage you to avail of the many online library resources our school has to offer. All of the information about how to access these resources, how to borrow online and how to request titles we don't have can be found on the school's library page here.
Remote Learning frequently asked questions for parents and students
Thank you for your continued support under these exceptionally difficult circumstances.
Information about learning when self-isolating when school is open
Tuesday 15th December 2020
Please check below for the circumstances under which live lessons will be applicable for you:
Situation A: I am one of some members in a class who are self-isolating, but my teacher and the rest of the class are in school.
Do I have a live lesson? NO
Where do I find other remote learning resources? On their teacher’s Google Classroom and Show My Homework.
Situation B: I am a member of a class in school, but my teacher is self-isolating.
Do I have a live lesson? YES, SOME lessons will be live lessons. A cover teacher will help set up the lesson and the teacher will teach from home.
Where do I 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: I am a member of a class who is in school, though some are self-isolating. My teacher is also self-isolating.
Do I 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 the teacher will teach from home.
Where do I 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: I am a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, but my teacher is in school.
Do I 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 do I 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 on RM Unify. Information will be duplicated on the year group Google Classroom so that nobody misses anything.
Situation E: I am a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, and my teacher is asked to self-isolate.
Do I have a live lesson? NO. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough staff to ensure this can be done safely.
Where do I find other remote learning resources? All 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 on RM Unify. Information will be duplicated on the year group Google Classroom so that nobody misses anything.
Situation F: I am a member of a whole class or year group who is asked to self-isolate, and my teacher is unwell.
Do I have a live lesson? NO. Teachers who are ill do not work from home.
Where do I 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.
Do I 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 you misbehave, the teacher will remove you immediately and you will not be readmitted.
Where do I 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.
If you are asked to self-isolate, please ask yourselves the questions below and check the list above to determine what your learning will look like whilst you are out of school:
- Am I the only person in a class or year group self-isolating? This will affect your access to live lessons.
- Is my teacher self-isolating? This will affect your access to live lessons.
- Is my teacher unwell? This will affect your access to live lessons.
If live lessons are applicable to you:
- Make sure you read over the instructions below to join live lessons. These instructions can also be found on RM Unify and your year group Google Classroom.
- Make sure you know all of the codes and login information for all of your Google Classrooms and Show My Homework. Make sure you also join your year group's Google Classroom for general information.
- Make sure you plan in advance and check the tech to avoid any last minute connectivity issues.
- Make sure you understand that you will be removed if you misbehave and will not be able to log back in.
- Make sure that you ask your teachers if you are having any problems.
Our rationale for remote learning is below. This information can be also be found on the parents’ page:
As we’re sure you’re aware, the last eight months in education have 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The impact of increased screen time has a detrimental effect on the mental health of everyone, especially young people.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 your RM Unify homepage from school and at home to show this. This timetable is based upon your normal timetable but also factors in the eight points above, so looks a little different to the normal one.