Remote Learning Strategy

 

Remote Learning at Ark Blake Academy

Our goal: Pupils continue to engage in rigorous learning at home, following their timetable and the Ark Blake Academy curriculum as far as reasonably possible in any remote learning scenario.

The information has been separated into three scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Individual pupils are at home to self-isolate
  • Scenario 2: Groups of pupils are at home due to the implementation of a rota or a House bubble needing to work from home
  • Scenario 3: All pupils are at home due to a lockdown or outbreak that closes the whole school

Please note that the tiers referred to below are for school provision only and do not relate to national risk levels.

Scenario 1: Individual pupils are at home to self-isolate (7 or 14 days) or until negative test. They are well enough to access the curriculum from home.

What will happen?

Upon learning that your child will be required to self-isolate, you will receive an e-mail from our Attendance Administrator with details about your child’s remote learning. This e-mail will include a Remote Learning Plan for your child to follow at home.

How much work should my child complete?

As far as is reasonably possible, your child should aim to follow their school timetable daily. You will find their timetable in their planner.

How will my child receive feedback on their work?

When your child returns to school, they should bring the work they have completed to show their teacher. Their teacher will then be able to provide feedback and check their understanding. If your child would like feedback while working at home, they can contact their teacher directly through Microsoft Teams. Alternatively, please contact Mr B Davis who will arrange for their subject teacher to make contact.

Who should I contact in the case of questions or difficulties?

If you have any questions about your child’s Remote Learning Plan, or have any difficulties accessing any work, please contact Mr B Davis (Associate Senior Leader) at b.davis@arkblake.org who will be happy to help you. Your child may also contact their teacher directly through Microsoft Teams.

Where can I find additional learning materials?

Ark has developed SpArk which is a library of materials to support your child’s learning at home. You can access SpArk at www.ark-spark.co.uk using your child’s Ark Blake e-mail address. SpArk does not replace your child’s Remote Learning Plan, but will be of a support if you require additional materials.

Scenario 2: A House bubble must work from home whilst others remain in school, or a rota is implemented. (Tier 2)

What will happen?

In this scenario, when your child is at home they will continue to access their lessons using Microsoft Teams. In the event of us implementing a rota or sending a House bubble home, we will e-mail you with confirmation of your child’s Remote Learning timetable. This timetable will outline when your child will be required to attend school, when they will be required to attend ‘Live Lessons’ through Microsoft Teams, and when they will need to complete work independently.

How do I use Microsoft Teams?

Your child has already received training on how to use Microsoft Teams. However, you can download a ‘User  Guide’ guide at the bottom of this page. If you would like further support with using Microsoft Teams, or encounter any issues, please contact Mr B Davis at b.davis@arkblake.org.

What if my child does not have access to a computer or the internet?

Microsoft Teams is free with your child’s Ark Blake e-mail account, and it can be downloaded to laptops, computers, tablets, smartphones or accessed through a web browser. If your child does not have access to any of these devices or home, or does not have access to the internet, we will provide paper learning materials and make regular contact by telephone. If you are concerned about access to technology, please contact Mr B Davis at b.davis@arkblake.org to discuss this further.

What if I am a key worker or the parent of a vulnerable child?

Vulnerable children and the children of key workers are entitled to attend school even in the event of a rota being implemented. You will be contacted by e-mail with confirmation of your child’s timetable.

Scenario 3: A lockdown or outbreak closes the entire school. (Tier 3)

What will happen?

In the event of a lockdown that closes the entire school, you will be e-mailed with a detailed timetable for your child to follow. This timetable will make it clear when your child will receive ‘Live Lessons’ with their teachers through Microsoft Teams, and when they will be expected to work independently.

What if my child does not have access to a computer or the internet?

Please see our response to this question under Scenario 2.

What if I am a key worker or the parent of a vulnerable child?

Vulnerable children and the children of key workers are entitled to attend school even in the event of a lockdown that closes the entire school. You will be contacted by e-mail with confirmation of your child’s timetable.

 

If you would like to discuss any of the above, please contact Mr B Davis at b.davis@arkblake.org.

 

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