FAQs

Q: How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

We upload all learning resources to Class Charts, as well as meeting information for Zoom form-time sessions and the Zoom subject tutorials. Please visit the Class Charts page if you are struggling to access Class Charts.

Q: How many hours should my child be studying for each day?

Your child will receive one hour of work for each lesson they study in the week, including PE. Additionally, we recommend that students are reading daily and we ask that parents play an active role in establishing a reading routine at home.

Q: If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We have been allocated 170 laptops from the Department of Education and have been distributing them in an order of priority. See our Access to Technology page.

*Update* As of Wednesday 13 January, all 170 laptops have now been allocated. However, we will continue to do our best to support families so that they have the technology they need to access remote learning. Please contact the school if you need support.

Q: How will my child be taught remotely?

Lessons are uploaded to Class Charts. They are ‘narrated’ and include explanations of the work and instructions on what the teacher wants your child to do. They are pre-recorded and include everything your child needs to complete the work.

We also offer weekly drop-in Zoom subject tutorials for students so that they can ask their subject teachers questions. We expect students to come to a Zoom tutorial with their questions prepared so that the teacher can be most effective in helping those students who are struggling.

Q: Why has the school decided to not teach all lessons live?

We have adapted our approach to suit remote learning, when the amount of face-to-face time between teachers and students is limited. Pre-recorded ‘narrated’ lessons enable teachers to plan learning activities with all the explanations, instructions and resources that students need to work remotely from home. If students are stuck with work, they can email their teachers or attend a Zoom tutorial to speak to a subject teacher live.

We are also aware that many families share devices. A student may not always be able to ‘attend’ a live lesson at a specific time because someone else is already using a device. Pre-recorded lessons mean that a student can access their learning at a time that is convenient for them.

Q: During the period of national lockdown starting Tuesday 5 January, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Teachers have spent a lot of time designing the curriculum so that it builds on what students already know (‘prior learning’). However, some topics are more challenging than others to deliver remotely. Subject departments have sometimes adapted what they are teaching so that students can continue to acquire new knowledge and make good progress.

Q: What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We recognise that home learning creates all sorts of additional pressures and difficulties for families. We appreciate everything that you are doing to support your child with their education at this extremely difficult time.

We expect all students to engage with their learning every school day. We regularly track which students have logged in to Class Charts and contact home if a student is not doing so. We also track which students are submitting work to their teachers. We award achievement points when work is submitted. In addition, we collect examples of good work and celebrate students’ efforts with the rest of the school community, for example during form-time Zoom sessions.

Q: How will I be informed if there are concerns about my child’s engagement?

Heads of bubble monitor how well students are engaging with their work. They will contact home if there are any concerns.

Q: How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Teachers monitor all work that is submitted by students, though not every piece is assigned a mark or grade. Feedback is given on particular assessed tasks that are highlighted by the teacher.

We use quizzes, developed using Microsoft Forms, to help us to assess how much progress students are making, provide feedback and alter future lessons accordingly. These quizzes are on Class Charts, just like all other work.