Remote Learning @ Mount St Mary’s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please sign in to Google Classroom to submit your work.

For those who have difficulties accessing the work please contact remotelearning@mountstmarys.org or the relevant Year Office.

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

Currently all student lessons are available on Google Classroom from 9am the day the lesson would normally be on the students’ timetable. For some lessons this is a proportion of the timetabled lessons in order to take into account students’ individual working context.

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?

Currently we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. All students are receiving broadly the same curriculum albeit it differentiated for their pathway and class.

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

4-5 hours per day

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

Our vehicle for delivery is Google Classroom in order to facilitate higher quality feedback, maximise student engagement and provide better potential to enhance lessons over the coming months. Google classroom can be accessed on PC’s, Laptops, Tablets, Mobile Phones and via Games Consoles such as Xbox/PlayStation.

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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:

In the first instance, we have provided hard copy work as soon as is possible for students to complete the same remote learning offline as those that are working online.

Initially we had a big barrier to online provision as only of 40% of students has WiFi internet access during Lockdown 1 – spring 2020. As of 28/01/2021 80% of students have WiFi internet access and all students have access to a device and internet in order to access online learning. Any need for additional support will be closely monitored to ensure no students is unable to access remote learning. Any one requiring additional support can email a welfare email address or contact the relevant Year Office with their need. If students need hard copies or to return hard copy work please contact the relevant Year Office.

How will my child be taught remotely?

To support our community best we are providing Google Classroom based lessons which include a PowerPoint with new information, high quality explanations and instructions, a Red Zone task and a possible link to a video clip or a link of recorded teaching.

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

We expect students to complete work as close to their normal timetable as is possible or within an appropriate window for where this cannot be the case. Students will require a quiet workspace and access to a laptop/device and internet.

Where arrangements have been made for hard copy work to be completed students will require space to complete that work and be available to communicate collection times with school in person.

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

Google Classroom is monitored by class teachers, Faculty Directors and Year Leaders.

Teachers are checking Google Classroom daily and responding to completed work and/or questions that students have submitted.

If there is a concern around engagement with work students will first receive a ‘nudge’ from their teacher where they will be offered additional support and a chance to say if they have a barrier with the work.

Parents will be contacted by Pastoral staff or the class teacher by phone to offer verbal support to students to help them complete the work.

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

Students will have all their submitted work acknowledged by teachers. This is to provide motivation so students can see teachers are checking the work they send in. All work is read to help us amend and enhance future lessons and ensure misunderstandings can be built into future learning either remotely or when we are back in school.

For specific pieces of work teachers will give more detailed PIN feedback for students to reflect on and to complete their “Next Steps”. This is exactly the same as in school. Students should read the feedback from their teacher which will have Positive areas highlighted and suggest Improvements. The teacher will give a clear Next Step task for students to complete and this should be completed by the student and the work resubmitted.

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 students, for example some students 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 in the following ways:

All students will receive additional contact from their Key Worker. Key Workers and Learning Support Staff have been added to each Google Classroom in order to see the work being set and offer additional verbal support.

Where students require additional resources they can ask their Key Worker who will upload them to a dedicated Individual Support Google Classroom area.

Key Workers are able to see student work before it is submitted and talk through Red Zone tasks so that students have a chance to improve it working with their Key Worker.

In some circumstances Key Workers have modified lessons or given a particular focus for students to work on for example using the correct punctuation as practised in small group interventions.