Remote Teaching

A student’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.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. This includes all the student’s examined subjects, tutor time and PHSCE as well as Cultural Perspectives (for Year 12), Societies, Assemblies and Lab. Sports will only be run for those activities which are permitted under government or Public Health England guidance. 

Students should follow their regular timetable with the same timings as if they were in school. We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly four to five hours each day. Homework and prep should take students an additional sixteen hours a week.

MS Teams is used to deliver the curriculum and learning and students also submit their work and assessments through it. All students have access to MS Teams through their Harris Federation account. Emails can also be used as a back-up. Students are given a guidance document which sets out principles, Dos and Don’ts as well as advice on how to make the most of remote education.

The range of approaches used to teach students remotely include:

live teaching (online lessons)
recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers)
activities and tasks which the student undertakes with the teacher available through MS Teams for support and guidance
textbooks and reading books which students have been issued with before remote education began
websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (none requiring payment by students or parents)

Students should engage with all the lessons and teaching provided by their teachers. They should also respond to their learning both as a habit (of reflecting on what is going well, what needs to be improved on and adjusting their approach in this light), and as individual pieces of response (particularly after the half-termly assessment week).

Parental support is expected in ensuring their child sets and keeps to a regular routine which will enable them to engage fully with the remote learning.

Teachers will monitor students’ engagement through MS Teams, both in terms of work submitted and participation in timetabled lessons. Where there are concerns the teacher will raise these with the student’s parent/carer directly or through their Head of Department or Faculty. The student’s Tutor and Head of House will be kept informed and may themselves also contact parents where there are multiple of serious concerns.

Students will receive ongoing feedback on their learning, at least once a week per subject. Feedback will take many forms including live instruction based on what the students have produced, whole class feedback, example answers, quizzes marked automatically, short written comments on work submitted through MS Teams. The regular system of half-termly assessment weeks in addition provide students with opportunities to produce a significant piece of work for which they will receive feedback, either whole-class or individual or both.

We appreciate that some students may not have suitable online access at home. In these cases we are able to lend students equipment e.g. laptops and provide access to the internet. Any parent or student may contact the school through enquiries@harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk or through the student’s Head of House to arrange. We also invite into the school those students whose circumstances make remote education difficult. Any student or parent should contact their Head of House if they believe this would be helpful for them.

We understand 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 invite those students in to work on site.

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the remote education provided will differ from the approach for whole groups, due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. Teachers may not be able to offer live lessons but they will make all the resources and tasks available through MS Teams and are available through email. Self-isolating students should submit work as much as they can so their teacher can assess their progress and receive feedback each week. The expectation is that self-isolating students will keep in contact with their teachers. Teachers will monitor these students engagement and contact parents where there are concerns.

Area Person to Contact
Problems with IT, Teams, emails or SharePoint
IT technician
Feeling down, feeling bad, feeling lost, need to let us know how you feel and general welfare
Tutor as first point of contact
Head of House
Want to have a quick or long chat
Tutor as first point of contact
Head of House
Problems understanding the subject material, things not making sense
Teacher as first point of contact
Head of Faculty or Department
Want to know more about the subject material
Teacher as first point of contact
Head of Faculty or Department
Safeguarding
Ms Scott
c.scott@harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk
Ms White
Experiencing symptoms which may be COVID-19, or you have taken a test and have the result
attendance@harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk
Sick or ill attendance@harriswestminstersixthform.org.uk