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 if 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 and The Bridge School Remote Learning Policy.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

All students are expected to access Microsoft Teams for Education at home. This can be accessed using a PC, tablet, laptop or mobile phone. All students have login details. If your child has forgotten their password, please call your child’s keyworker.
Your child can access Teams through our school website or by going straight to:
www.office.com

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make adaptations in some subjects. For example, our vocational subjects will focus on theory and coursework.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year – Three hours per day
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year – Three to four hours per day

Accessing remote education

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

Access to Microsoft Teams through your Office 365 account. A remote desktop is not needed as Teams works across almost all devices with an internet connection (desktop & mobile) via a web browser or downloadable app.

To get Microsoft Teams on a computer, go to www.office.com and log in with your school email address and password.

To download the Teams app on a mobile or tablet device, access your devices’ app store and download the Microsoft Teams app. Then, log in with your school email address and password. You will have received this in the post, but please ask your child’s keyworker if you’re unsure.

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

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. Please contact your child’s keyworker if you do not have suitable access. The Bridge School is happy to provide and deliver work packs if required.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
a combination of subject assignments and some live teaching (online lessons)
recorded teaching (Oak National Academy lessons and video/audio recordings made by teachers)
printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
revision guides, textbooks and reading books for home use
commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (such as Corbett Maths)
occasionally some students will be asked to produce project work and/or internet research activities

Engagement and Feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Staff can expect students learning remotely to:
Be contactable during the school day – although consider they may not always be in front of a device the entire time.
Complete work to the deadline set by teachers.
Seek help from teachers if they need it.
Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work.

Staff can expect parents and carers with children learning remotely to:
Make the school or their child’s keyworker aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work. If a family does not have access to a device, please make school aware. We can provide workbooks instead.
Seek help from the school if they need it by contacting their child’s keyworker, or use the school social media accounts or website to access help sheets.
https://www.thebridge.halton.sch.uk/microsoft-teams/
Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff.
Report any technical issues to the school as soon as possible.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Teaching and learning staff will be logged in to Teams during school hours.
Teachers and tutors will ensure that suitable work is set for your child. Your child can contact their teachers through the Teams chatroom.
We have the facility through Teams to see which students are logging on and completing work set.
Your child’s keyworker will contact you if your child is not accessing their set work.

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

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. Due to the numbers of learners at The Bridge School, staff are able to assess progress on a daily basis. Teachers and tutors will use Teams to directly communicate with students and to offer curriculum support.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

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 pupils, for example some pupils 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. If you are experiencing difficulties, please contact your child’s keyworker in the first instance.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, remote education will be provided but will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
The Bridge School will ensure individual students self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback. This work will be delivered through Teams and through work packs which can be delivered home (at the request of a parent or carer).