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The Charter School

North Dulwich

Remote Education

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Please find below an outline of what your children can expect during the period of remote learning.

 

The Curriculum

  • We aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • Subject Teams may adjust the order in which topics are taught during this period to prioritise those topics which are more straightforward to teach remotely.
  • Year 11 and 13 students will continue to be taught the full curriculum for all their subjects.
  • Year 10 and 12 students will also continue to be taught the full curriculum and should assume that content taught now will be assessed in their full GCSE and A-Level exams in the summer of 2022.
  • All students will continue to be prepared for informal low stakes assessments, formal module assessments and practice exams where appropriate.
  • We have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects to make remote learning appropriate for a home setting - for example in practical subjects such as Music, Art, Drama, PE and DT where it is more difficult to replicate the experience in school.    
  • There will be no Monday Period 6 Maths for Year 11.
  • Latin and Mandarin continue to be taught through Period 6 and asynchronous recorded lessons.

Remote Education Timetable (including study time each day and homework)

  • Students should attend morning registration at 8.45 each day. 
  • Students will be following the same timetable as they would in school:

Time 

Activity

08.45

Online Tutor Time Registration. ALL STUDENTS attend.

09.00 - 10.00

Period 1

10.00 – 11.00

Period 2

11.00 – 11.20

Break 

11.20 – 12.20

Period 3

12.20 – 13.20

Period 4 

13.20 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.00

Period 5

  • Lessons will be planned to last 55 minutes to allow students to sign in for their next lesson.   
  • The school day will end at 3.00.
  • Students will also be set appropriate homework in line with our normal homework expectations.

Sixth Form students should spend five hours in lessons for each subject, each week.  On top of this, they should be completing five hours of homework/independent work on each subject – approximately 30 hours of schoolwork per week.

KS4 Students should complete all necessary homework set by their class teachers to support with the preparation for GCSEs.

 

Accessing Remote Education

  • All lessons will be taught using Microsoft Teams and all resources will be uploaded onto the relevant class Team.  All students have been trained in using Teams in the Autumn Term. 
  • Classwork and homework should be submitted through Microsoft Teams. 
  • Students should not need access to a printer to complete their work.
  • Exercise books, paper and textbooks can be collected from school where needed or posted home.  Please contact your child’s subject teacher or Year Leader in the first instance.
  • We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. The school is committed to supporting every student’s education and well-being through this period of lockdown. If your child has difficulty accessing online work because they do not have a laptop or good access to the internet please contact Mr Simon Williams, Deputy Head Teacher at swilliams@charternorthdulwich.org.uk or by calling 020 7346 6610.

 

How Your Child Will Be Taught Remotely

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:

  • Live teaching with the teacher delivering the lesson synchronously through Microsoft Teams and being present and available during the lesson.  Typically, these lessons will consist of an introductory section where the teacher will recap past learning, teach new knowledge and skills and model how to apply these. After that the students may be asked to work independently or enabled to work in pairs/small groups.  The teacher will be available to answer questions as they arise throughout the lesson.  Towards the end of the lesson, the teacher will bring the class back together to review their work and plan the next steps. We anticipate that the majority of (but not all) lessons will be taught live. 
  • Recorded teaching- a pre-recorded lesson consisting of the class teacher explaining the work over a Power Point Presentation.  These will be uploaded onto Teams and should be accessed at the appropriate lesson time.
  • Instructions to complete a worksheet or a booklet or read printed or online material (e.g. textbook, article) and answer questions.
  • Instructions to access an educational website such as Hegarty in Maths.
  • Instructions to complete practical work and/or internet research activities for example in Art or DT.

Engagement Expectations for Students.

  • Students should attend daily registration at 8.45.  This will support them to be ready to learn in lessons from 9.00.  This is also an opportunity for the students to come together with their tutor group and hear any notices. 
  • Students should attend their weekly assembly.
  • We expect students to attend all lessons according to their school timetable and to be on time to them.  Lessons are planned to last 55 minutes so that students can access the next lesson on time and get together any resources they might need.
  • We expect students to behave according to the Remote Learning Agreement shared with them in lessons and tutor times.  Students should be on time, mute themselves unless asked to contribute and make appropriate use of the chat function.  They are subject to the same behaviour expectations as in school and will be sanctioned if they behave inappropriately.
  • Teachers will complete an incomplete work slip if the student does not submit work by deadline and parents/carers will be notified of this by text and an emailed letter.  Year Leaders and Assistant Head Teachers may follow this up with a phone call to check the necessary support is available. 

 

How Parents and Carers Can Help with Engagement.

Parents and carers are vital in supporting their children through what can be a challenging experience for them.  Routines are everything. 

  • Please keep your child to their usual school routines.  Make sure they are ready to attend morning registration at 8.45 each day.  As lessons may involve showing themselves on camera, children should be dressed for the day and sitting somewhere where they can work effectively.
  • At the end of the day please check they have submitted all the work expected for that day. 
  • If you receive an “incomplete work” notification, encourage your child to complete and submit the work as soon as possible.  Contact the relevant subject teacher if you have questions regarding the work.

 

How Teachers Will Check Students’ Engagement.

  • Teachers will take registers each lesson and monitor each student’s engagement in the lesson on Teams as well as recording an incomplete work slip if work has not been submitted. 
  • The attendance officers for KS3,4 and 5 will also identify attendance issues and continue to contact families who need support.
  • Parents and carers will also receive a message every time an incomplete work slip is filled in.
  • If the student is marked absent during the morning sessions (without a medical reason) a member of the school staff will contact home to check the reason and offer any necessary support.  

 

Assessment

Your child will have their work and their progress assessed in a number of ways but in general we will keep to our usual pattern of assessment.  For example:

  • Teachers may use quizzes, questioning and retrieval practice to assess what children have learned.
  • Teachers will continue to follow the school feedback policy to provide regular feedback on student work, either individually or to the whole class.
  • Teachers feedback may be written or spoken – for example in the form of recorded voice feedback.
  • Students will be prepared for low stakes assessments, more formal assessments and practice exams as mentioned above.

 

Additional Support for Students with Particular Needs

 

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:

  • Any child with an EHCP or who the school consider a “vulnerable” learner will be invited into school to work.  They will be supported by members of the Learning Support Department.
  • If a family would rather keep a child with an EHCP or a “vulnerable” learner at home to work, the school will designate a member of the Learning Support Department to liaise on a regular basis with the child to support their learning. 
  • Please contact our SENCO Rachel Howes at rhowes@charternorthdulwich.org.uk if you would like further information about how we support children who have an EHCP.

Well-Being and Enrichment

Mental and physical health are very important in this period.  We also recommend:

  • Following the PE Department’s recommendations for physical exercise and taking part in their enrichment activities.
  • Taking part in any of the extra-curricular activities organised by the school such as The Charter Challenge, The Charter Award and other enrichment activities posted on the Teams page of the Year group.
  • Encouraging your child to take their daily outdoor exercise.
  • Having a break from screens briefly between lessons and at the end of the school day
  • The School library is still open. Students can reserve books online through the website and can then come to collect the book from reception the next day between 3.30pm-4pm.
  • Setting aside time for reading - please see The Charter School North Dulwich Library site for book recommendations and library related activities

Remote Education for Self-Isolating Students/ Students Who Are Il

  • If your child normally attends the in-school provision but is not in school because they are self-isolating, they should follow the remote learning programme like all students at home. If you require any further support with this, you should contact your child’s year leader or Key Stage Assistant Headteacher.  Your child will need to complete the work set at the usual time.
  • Live lessons are recorded so that students who are unable to attend due to illness (confirmed by the parent) can catch up once they have recovered and are fit to attend school again.
  • If your child is having difficulty with work during this period, they should contact the class teacher or their Year Leader by email or through Teams. 

Using Microsoft Teams

Virtual Learning for all students will be set using Microsoft Teams, an interactive online learning platform which allows teachers to create resources for students to access at home and then set assignments for them to hand on.

You'll find a Guide to accessing MS Teams at the bottom of this page or watch the video below. 

 

 

If students have any issues accessing the online learning resources, please contact your teacher directly via email. For example, if you have forgotten your passwords simply email the teacher and they can reset them.

If you do not have access to a computer and the Internet then we need to know as soon as possible. Please email info@charternorthdulwich.org.uk. If you have any questions regarding access to Virtual Learning resources, please email this address too.