Outwood Academy Valley Remote Learning Audit

Remote education provision: information for parents

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.

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 are able to transfer immediately to remote learning through Google Classroom. Teachers will set appropriate work for their classes via the Classroom; this will include live lessons, pre recorded lessons and appropriate resources to ensure that learning continues in line with the normal sequence of learning.

Disadvantaged students who do not have access to technology can loan a laptop/chromebook from the school. In some cases, it may be possible for other students to loan a laptop depending on the Academy’s capacity and it may also be appropriate for paper copies of resources to be sent home for students to complete.

If your situation at home changes please inform the school so that our records regarding students’ access to technology and Wi-Fi access can be kept up to date. Please contact us at enquiries@valley.outwood.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. There may be some subjects such as art, music, drama, PE and design & technology that rely on access to specific resources and equipment that students do not have access to at home. In these cases, alternative work will be set that is linked as closely as possible to what the students would be learning if they were in school.
  • It is important that students continue to make progress in all their subjects, this is why we have carefully mapped the content for each subject to ensure that we can switch seamlessly to a remote learning approach should the need arise.

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:


Accessing remote education

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

If you are using online tools or digital platforms, either for delivery or for assessment, please share the names of these resources.

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:

In this section, please provide high-level information (where applicable, and ensuring parents know how to contact the school for further details) about:

If you have already informed us that your child needs access to a device to access online learning a laptop/chromebook will be issued to any student on our pupil premium register (Free School Meal children, other children may also be issue issued with a device where resources allow) for the duration of the Covid related absence. We do understand that circumstances may change and should this happen then please contact us by email at enquiries@valley.outwood.com A colleague from school will then contact you to address any issues and to resolve any barriers to online learning, including Wi-Fi access.

For those families who have requested printed materials; packs of work will be posted home or delivered (if appropriate). A member of staff will contact you to agree an appropriate way of submitting the completed work in order to get feedback from teachers. This could include regular phone calls, posting work back to the school or taking photos of the completed work via mobile phone and emailing it to the appropriate person.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Google Classroom is the ‘go to’ place for all students to access their online learning. All students have been taught how to use this platform and additional support if required is available via the ‘Online Learning’ section of the school website (parents/carerswill find video clips which explain for example, how to log onto Google Classroom, re-setting passwords, accessing and submitting work etc)

  • Live teaching will be used wherever this is practicable to do so. Students will follow their normal timetable of lessons.
  • Recorded lessons where the teacher has pre-recorded the lesson for their class and posted this in their Google
  • Classroom, this could include direction to national sites eg Oak or subject specific YouTube clips that are embedded in the content
  • Additional work is set by the teacher via Google Classroom which may include revision and quizzes to consolidate learning
  • In some cases where access to technology is a barrier then work will be printed for students and posted or delivered home for students to complete.

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?

  • All students are expected to engage with remote learning and those not engaging will be followed up by their teachers to identify any barriers & to establish what further support is required.

The following guides have been produced to support remote learning:

  • Parent/Carer Guide to Online Lessons – this document provides useful advice on how best to support your child with their online learning eg establishing routines, regular screen breaks, removing distractions etc)
  • Student Guide to Online Lessons – this document outlines the behaviours we expect from students during live lessons

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

  • A register will be taken by the teacher for all live lessons and absentees will be followed up regarding their non attendance.
  • Parents will be informed via text or telephone call regarding lack of engagement with remote learning. There is an expectation that parents/carers support their child in ensuring that they engage with the work that is set by their teachers
  • Class teachers will follow up any concerns with student engagement
  • For students who are accessing printed resources, their progress will be followed up via phone calls and other means which will be established at the start of the period of self isolation as outlined in the ‘Accessing Remote Education’ section above.

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:

  • Live lessons enable the teacher to obtain feedback from students in the same way they would in the physical classroom
  • Feedback via Google Classroom may be given to students regarding their progress and areas for development. This can take the form of written feedback or through the use of Apps which records the teacher’s feedback to the students which is then posted in the Google Classroom for the students to listen to.
  • Google Forms and other interactive quizzes are used frequently to quiz students to check for understanding.
  • Students will receive feedback via Google Classroom on the work they have submitted. This feedback will be in line with the school policy which means that the student will receive regular feedback from teachers in school.
  • All students will receive at least weekly feedback from their teachers

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 with SEND are allocated a key worker who will provide the link between home and school. Regular dialogue will occur via phone call, text or Google Meet to ensure that SEND students are able to access the work and if appropriate they will be given additional remote support from support staff who they are familiar with. Because work is set by the class teacher there should be no barrier to students being able to access the work set as teachers understand the specific needs of their students and will set work that is appropriate for their ability level.
  • TAs will join the lessons and support students through the comments dialogue box or in breakout rooms, as necessary.

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?

High quality learning will be set via the Google Classroom that is in line with the work that would be being covered in the lessons. Where it is practicable to do so, the lesson being taught in school will be live streamed for your child to access at the same time as they would normally access the lesson should they be in school. There will be some lessons where it is not appropriate to live stream the lesson, eg. PE, design & technology, dance etc as it is difficult to capture the learning during practical lessons. In these cases, work will be set that aligns closely with the content of the lesson.