information for parents at The St Marylebone CE School
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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?
Students will join their classes as normal through Google Classroom links. Teachers will post the lesson material on to their Google Classroom. Students will follow the same time table as in school and will be taught in their same classes with their same teacher. Students will be able to ask questions and seek clarification through the live Google Meet. Teachers will take registration for each lesson and follow up if students are absent.
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. The school timetable will be maintained throughout the period of remote learning.
Students should continue to follow their usual full timetable and their learning will be a mixed diet of live online lessons, learning resources, audio / visual materials and activities which take them away from the screen. There will be times when the lesson requires the students to step away from their screens and / or to work independently. We’ve listened to student-voice this week to inform this planning. We hope you understand also that there will be times when teachers are unable to offer live online lessons. In these instances, work will still be set for the class. This mixed diet is designed to support students’ learning, well-being, progress, independence and connection with each other.
Slightly changed timings of the school day
We have made a change to the times of the school day because, without everyone on-site, we do not need staggered lunchtimes and because we would like students and staff to have a slightly longer break for lunch, fresh air, movement and time to connect with family.
The changes are highlighted below:
8.30am: registration and form time
8.50am: Period 1
9.45am: Period 2
11am: Period 3
11.55am: Period 4
1.30pm: Period 5
2.15pm: Period 6
This will be in place from Monday 11th January.
Remote teaching and study time each day
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:
Key Stage 3 and 4: 6 hours
Key Stage 5: 6 hours
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All online learning will be provided via students’ Google classrooms. Students access this through the normal login page of rmunify.com.
Students access this as a normal part of everyday teaching.
If parents / carers have questions about the remote learning, please:
– first ask your child to show you on Google Classroom what they are doing.
– contact the subject teacher for a subject-specific question.
– contact the Form Tutor with a general question about learning or the child’s welfare.
– contact the Head of Year for a more serious concern.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Access to ICT for learning
We have identified a number of students who do not have access to technology or wifi at home. Where there is genuine need or hardship and we have not already supported you with this, please contact your Head of Year.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Students will continue their learning with a mixed diet of live online lessons, learning resources, audio / visual materials and activities which take them away from the screen. There will be times when the lesson requires the students to step away from their screens and / or to work independently. Teachers will be seeking to vary lessons with safe online tools that have been checked for safety and Data Protection compliance.
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?
Students are expected to login into registration every morning at 8:30 and then to every lesson via their Google Classroom. Students are expected to upload their work to their assignments as directed by their teachers.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Students attendance at lessons is recorded and parents are notified daily if students are not attending individual lessons and if they are not participating or uploading their assignments.
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, as is feedback on essays, whole-class feedback, presentations, peer review, marking of uploaded work, use of Google Forms and Google Classroom posts.
A calendar for reporting home to parents / carers is in place, as it is every year, as are Parents’ Evenings. These are the usual ways in which parents / carers are informed about their child’s progress and we are making these possible during the period of remote learning also.
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 pupils in the following ways:
Students will still be supported by LSA within lessons and some will be learning in school following the same teaching as those at home, so that there is a consistent offer for everyone. As far as is possible, LSAs work on differentiating and communicating the work for students, as they would in the classroom at school.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. In these circumstances, students follow the work posted on Google Classroom.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
While students are self-isolating their work will be set lesson by lesson on Google classroom. This work will be supplemented by recorded sessions and occasional online lessons where possible / feasible.