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Secondary Phase - Remote Working Arrangements
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
On this page we explain the arrangements we are putting in place to help students learn from home, including using remote working software such as Microsoft Teams.
Click HERE for a guide to using MS Teams.
Click HERE for a guide to accessing MS Teams and joining a live lesson.
The guide to using MS Teams also outlines the expectations we have of students while working remotely, and guidance on how they can contact teachers. For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
If you have issues accessing your online learning resources, then please contact ICT-Support@harristottenham.org.uk or call 0203 772 4243 and press the IT support line.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?
Pupils will be taught on Microsoft Teams. You can download our remote education timetables below.
Enrichment - see this week's activities
We have introduced enrichment sessions to the remote learning timetable for all KS3 and KS4 pupils. The activities on offer will change each week and these will be communicated on the website and in tutor time.
Click HERE to see enrichment activities for week starting Monday 1st March 2021.
These sessions are not live lessons taught on Teams but self-directed time for pupils to complete any extra work they may have or one of the activities offered each week.
The intention here is to provide pupils with a range of options which are both fun and educational, whilst broadening their learning opportunities. The enrichment activities are optional but there will be prizes for those pupils who complete the most and tutors will be checking pupil progress in tutor time.
Parents - frequently asked questions
My child does not know their username and password for Microsoft Teams
This is the same username and password that your child uses to log in to the computers at school, it is based on their first name and last name and finishes with @hfed.net (eg Joe Bloggs, firstname.lastname@example.org).
If they cannot remember their username and password, please let their form tutor know when they call later this week and they will assist you with this.
Please note: HATO no longer plans to use the Show my homework platform as it does not allow for live teaching during this period of remote learning. We will be using MS Teams instead.
My child does not have access to a device or internet
Tutors will be calling the homes of their tutees this week please let them know of any issues regarding connectivity or lack of devices.
HATO teachers will be designing their lessons to be “mobile first” meaning they will be as accessible as possible on all devices including phones/tablets, as we realise not every pupil will have access to a laptop.
The school has approximately 250 devices which we plan to issue to pupils, but with a school population in excess of 1000 pupils it is unlikely we will be able to provide every pupil who needs a device with one.
How does my child access Microsoft teams and join a live lesson?
Please see the links to two guides towards the top of this page. These cover how to use MS Teams and join a live lesson.
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:
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
For live lessons, we use Microsoft Teams and some subjects also use this for setting homework and assignments.
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. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
We have surveyed all students and have some understanding of which students might need to borrow a laptop. We will therefore try to utilise this information in order to provide a laptop on day one of isolation.
If students are unable to access the internet, then paper-based resources can be sent home for the duration of the isolation period.
If students do not have online access, they can submit their work on paper when they return to school, or it can be posted to the school for the attention of their Head of Year.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
live teaching (online lessons)
saved resources on Student SharePoint
printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
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 engage with their lessons according to the timetable we set out. Where they are self-isolating or where a bubble is sent home, this will be in line with their normal timetable. In the case of a full-school closure, we may need to make amendments to this timetable to ensure high levels of engagement and reduce screen fatigue.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Engagement with live lessons is monitored daily through our own, bespoke tool that provides student by student engagement percentages.
When a student does not engage, they will receive a phone call from their form tutor but might also be called by another teacher.
If the concern is about quality of work, rather than engagement, students will be called by their class teacher.
Failure to engage over a number of days may result in a home visit from our safer schools officer.
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, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
Immediate feedback can be given to students orally through questioning, as they would in a normal lesson, or a student might write in the chat function during the lesson which can then be commented on.
We also use Microsoft Forms to provide students with surveys that can give instant feedback about whether they have learned and can recall new material.
Students can submit work via email, or Teams, particularly in KS4 and KS5.
Any work that is done in a book, or on paper, will also fall into the usual cycle of whole class feedback.
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:
We can clearly track engagement of students with SEND and targeted calls home are made when engagement is not high.
We ensure that students with SEND are carefully talked though how to engage with live lessons.
We have a SENDCO and number of trained Support Staff who currently work with staff on how to best adapt their online teaching for students with SEND.
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.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Students can access their live lessons in the same way, joining the rest of their class remotely. They can ask questions and be questioned and submit their work by mail or though teams.
Teachers strive to teach both those in their class and students isolating at home, however, there might sometimes be a delay in students being admitted to the lesson as staff settle their class and take the register.
Online learning support
If you have issues accessing your online learning resources, then please contact ICT-Support@harristottenham.org.uk, tel 0203 772 4243 and press the IT support line.