Virtual Teaching Expectations

BACK 05-01-2021

The Government and DfE have set out standards for remote education in their publication dated 04/01/2021.  Below, we outline how we meet these standards.

Government expectation How we are meeting the requirement
‘set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects’ We facilitate teaching virtually 1:1 across the whole curriculum, wherever this is accessible to students.  We continue to hold high expectations and work with our students to stretch their learning and challenge them to improve across the curriculum.  Where students are not able to access such virtual education, we liaise with parents/carers to facilitate learning at home in the best way for each individual.

‘set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum: secondary: 4 hours a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year’

Students generally follow the same timetable at home as they would in school.  This means that each student is provided with 4 hours’ learning, as well as attempts to facilitate and encourage social time.  Where students are working towards formal qualifications this year, they are provided with the opportunity to do further work, as they would be within school.
‘provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos’ Wherever possible, each student is taught ‘face-to-face’ virtually.  This enables us to explain content using the same teaching methods we do in class.  Where students are not able to access such learning, we provide links and differentiated explanation tailored to each individual.
‘have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern’ For those students who are not ‘seen’, parents/carers will receive daily welfare calls to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the student.  Where engagement is an issue, this will be raised and discussed with parents as soon as possible and joint solutions sought.
‘gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks, and provide feedback, at least weekly, using digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate’ Feedback is provided directly as soon as work is returned, be that via email for those who cannot communicate on Teams, or via Teams for those who can. 
‘enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding’ We continue to differentiate all work provided to our students as we would in normal circumstances.  We appreciate and take on board parent/carer and student feedback and are proactive in ensuring our teaching meets the needs of each student.