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Remote Education Provision: Discovery Academy

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and 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.

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. Pupils will follow their normal curriculum and timetable. Lesson will be scheduled into the pupil’s Microsoft calendar and delivered live via MS Teams.

  • Lessons will consist of 50 minutes live MS Teams lesson and then a 50 minute independent or facilitated task.
  • Each year group has a weekly assembly with their Head of Year and the ‘Wellbeing Teams’ site is updated regularly.
  • A program of ‘virtual’ clubs and extra-curricular activities is now available.
  • Reading is still a key focus and students are encouraged to listen to Mrs Belt’s daily read which can be found on your child’s year group ‘Wellbeing’ Team in the post area each day.

The following subjects will follow an adapted curriculum:

  • PE have signposted a menu of tasks, both theory and practical which can be done in their PE timetabled time or at another time in their day. There is a huge range of resources available online including ‘PE with Joe’. The PE department regularly posts sporting challenges from the City Sports Association and weekly challenges from the PE staff.
  • ASPIRE, Art, Creativity and Performing Arts teachers will meet and greet the students on Teams and will then signpost them to the lesson, narrated PowerPoint and task needed to be completed. Teachers will be available by chat if questions need to be asked.

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

5 hours of learning per day

Accessing remote education

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

Lessons will be scheduled and delivered on MS Teams. Other digital platforms and tools will also be used for delivery and/or assessment. These include Hegarty Maths, MS Forms, Desmos, Quizziz, Whiteboard.fi, DFM, Educake, GCSE Pod, YouTube.

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:

  • Parent can click on the floating link on the Discovery Academy website to inform the school if they do not have suitable online access. Alternatively, parents can contact the school by phone.
  • The Academy has issued a large number of laptops and internet dongles. We have also provided multiple devices to families where they have more than one child at the Academy.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

The core principles of effective teaching and learning remain the same for remote learning. Lesson will be well planned and sequenced. They should incorporate a welfare check, clear modelling and instruction, scaffolding, questioning, feedback and the opportunity for practice.

  • Live online lessons via MS Teams for most subjects. Other digital platforms and tools will be used within these lessons for delivery and/or assessment. These include Hegarty Maths, MS Forms, Desmos, Quizziz, Whiteboard.fi, DFM, Educake, GCSE Pod, YouTube. Exceptions to this are:
    • PE have signposted a menu of tasks, both theory and practical which can be done in their PE timetabled time or at another time in their day. There is a huge range of resources available online including ‘PE with Joe’. The PE department regularly posts sporting challenges from the City Sports Association and weekly challenges from the PE staff.
    • ASPIRE, Art, Creativity and Performing Arts teachers will meet and greet the students on Teams and will then signpost them to the lesson, narrated PowerPoint and task needed to be completed. Teachers will be available by chat if questions need to be asked. To support students:
    • An English and Maths exercise book has been sent out to pupils. Teachers will be encouraging work to be submitted online but paper and books may be required.

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?

  • A register will be taken each lesson by the teacher to record attendance. Any non-attendance will be followed up and a member of staff will contact parents to find out why they have not attended and to offer support if needed.
  • If a student persistently misses lessons we arranged for a home visit to be made by the FSW.
  • If we have further concerns around lack of attendance to live lessons then we refer to the EWO who contacts families via phone or home visits.
  • To support student who persistently fail to engage in online learning we are inviting some students onto site to complete work in our onsite provision.

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

When students are attending the live lesson but are not engaging with their work, parents will be contacted by text, or by phone directly by the classroom teacher.

To support your child’s online learning and progress, we expect all parents to collaborate with the academy by doing the following: 

  • Engage with and respond to all communication from the academy. This includes reading all emails and texts that are sent to parents and answering calls from the academy’s staff during the working day.
  • Ensure your child is ready to learn before the start of the school day. This includes making sure your child is awake, has had breakfast and has their equipment ready to start learning.
  • Make sure your child has a distraction-free environment to learn in. This can include keeping background noises to a minimum, ensuring your child has turned off their notifications and is not getting distracted by other people.
  • Monitor your child throughout the school day to make sure they are focused and engaged. This will include checking your child is logged into Teams and is completing work set by their teacher.
  • Check your child’s engagement with their learning. Asking your child the following questions will help you connect with their learning online.
    • What lessons do you have today?
    • What have you been learning in your online lesson?
    • What work have you produced?

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:

Marking and feedback varies by age group, subject, and what works best for the pupil and teacher in relation to any particular piece of work. Immediate feedback will be given through chatroom discussions, one-to-one interaction tools, interactive touch-screen questioning and adaptive learning software. Verbal feedback, MS Forms quizzes, whole class and individual written feedback and automated feedback will be provided as per the individual faculty assessment policies Parents Evening (Virtual) and reports to parents will continue as per the school calendar.

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:

  • Year 7 and 8 Nurture classes take place on site.
  • All EHCP students invited into school for on-site provision
  • Children with additional needs have appropriately differentiated work in place for them and are supported by TA’s either on site or in TEAMS classes wherever possible.
  • Developing use of breakout rooms on MS Teams to support children with additional needs – this enables them to have a separate exposition that is suited to their needs.
  • TAs have created SEN Year TEAMS to allow them to provide drop-in support for SEN students during less structured time.
  • Children with additional needs receive regular phone calls from the SEND team to discuss how they are getting on and what can be done to support the learning.
  • Staff have been provided with guidance regarding effective practice for engaging SEND learners and supporting them making progress in live lessons.
  • Reasonable adjustments to provision for SEND students have been made with work packs and physical resources sent home as required.

First two days of Remote Learning: 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 remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Lesson will be scheduled into the pupil’s Microsoft calendar and delivered live via MS Teams. We may make some adaptation to the curriculum provision in the initial two days due to staffing or other organizational constraints.

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?

  • All pupils will have the resources from each of their lessons uploaded into the class Teams.
  • Pupils at Key Stage 3 will have access 2 live lessons per day delivered via Teams. The timetable of lessons will be published on the website.
  • Pupils at Key Stage 4 will have access to the live streaming of lessons being delivered in school.

IT Help and Support

For example, issues with your Academy laptop or accessing Microsoft Teams. Please contact the Academy on 01782 882100 or Click here for IT Support

For general how to guidance, please watch the videos below.

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