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Remote Learning Policy

Intent

Brighter Futures Academy Trust is first and foremost a place of learning, where individuals are valued and encouraged to do their personal best. Through this policy, we will outline the provision for remote learning (online) for pupils that are unable to attend school due to self-isolation, but are otherwise fit and healthy and able to continue learning.

Aims

This remote learning policy for staff aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who aren’t in school
  • Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  • Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection

Roles and Responsibilities

2.1 Teachers

When providing remote learning, teachers must be available between 9.00am and 3.30pm.

Where teachers are isolating at home they are still required to work their normal hours and contact their line manager on a daily basis.

If they’re unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should report this using the normal absence procedure

Work will be set, submitted for assessment and assessed through Class Dojo

When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for:

  • Setting work for pupils on a daily basis. Work must be uploaded before the start of the usual school day.
  • Providing feedback on work. Work must be checked daily and feedback given as appropriate.
  • Keeping in touch with pupils who are not in school via Dojo or email
  • Attending virtual meetings as and when required.
  • Planning lessons that are relevant to the curriculum focus for that year group and endeavor to replicate this through video clips and tasks for home learners.
  • Any resources used, including websites and worksheets, should, where possible, be shared with pupils. Staff will do this electronically and it will be the responsibility of families to print/use these resources at home.
  • Should a staff member require support with the use of technology, it is their responsibility to seek this support in school and Senior Leaders will ensure that support is given promptly.
  • Monitor pupils home learning and provide additional support where necessary.
  • Provide high quality learning.

2.2 Teaching assistants

When assisting with remote learning, teaching assistants must be available during normal timetabled hours.

It is the TAs responsibility to contact the class teacher on a daily basis to receive direction. Where the teacher is unavailable then it is the TAs responsibility to contact their line manager for guidance.

If you are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, you should report this using the normal absence procedure.

2.3 Subject leads

Alongside their teaching responsibilities, subject leads are responsible for:

  • Considering whether any aspects of the subject curriculum need to change to accommodate remote learning
  • Working with teachers teaching their subject remotely to make sure all work set is appropriate and consistent
  • Working with other subject leads and senior leaders to make sure work set remotely across all subjects is appropriate and consistent, and deadlines are being set an appropriate distance away from each other
  • Monitoring the remote work set by teachers in their subject – explain how they’ll do this, such as through regular meetings with teachers or by reviewing work set
  • Alerting teachers to resources they can use to teach their subject remotely

2.4 Senior leaders

Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the remote learning approach across the school
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning
  • Monitoring the security of remote learning systems, including data protection and safeguarding considerations.
  • Monitoring the provision for vulnerable children.
  • Monitoring the impact of teaching and learning.

2.5 Designated safeguarding lead

The DSLs are responsible for following usual safeguarding/child protection procedures during substantive working hours.  There is the expectation that they will be available outside these hours in case of emergency.

Supporting teachers with the vulnerable families.

Supporting the vulnerable families with home learning.

2.6 LGB

The governing board is responsible for:

  • Monitoring the school’s approach to providing remote learning to ensure education remains as high quality as possible
  • Ensuring that staff are certain that remote learning systems are appropriately secure, for both data protection and safeguarding reasons

2.7 Pupils and parents

 In the event of home learning class teachers will post work for the children under the portfolios section.

What will happen if my child is isolating?

  1. Work for the first day will already be on dojo
  2. Work will be posted on a daily basis by the class teacher. This will be the work the rest of the children are already completing in class. 

What happen if the whole class is isolating?

  1. Work for the first day will already be on dojo
  2. Work will be posted on a daily basis by the class teacher. This will be the work that we would be teaching if we were in school.

What will happen if the school is closed?

In the event of whole school closure work will be posted on a daily basis.

We will also be using this to post homework in initial stages to support everybody becoming familiar with the system.

 

What we need parents and children to do

  • Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
  • Seek help from the school if they need it – if you know of any resources staff should point parents towards if they’re struggling, include those here
  • Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff

Live learning

As a trust we have taken the decision to not offer Live learning as part of our remote learning. This is due to safeguarding issues.

Contacting Teachers

The home -school partnership is important to us and we believe that by working in partnership with parents is essential.

Please note that if school is still open teacher will be teaching and therefore will not be available on dojo. In the event that you need to pass a message to the teacher please use the usual form of communication by phoning the school office.

In the event of closure the class teachers will be available during the teaching hours from 9.00am till 3.30pm.

  1. Data protection

3.1 Processing personal data

Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data such as email addresses, as part of the remote learning system. As long as this processing is necessary for the school’s official functions, individuals won’t need to give permission for this to happen.

However, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online.

All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Keeping the device password-protected – strong passwords are at least 8 characters, with a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. asterisk or currency symbol)
  • Ensuring the hard drive is encrypted – this means if the device is lost or stolen, no one can access the files stored on the hard drive by attaching it to a new device
  • Making sure the device locks if left inactive for a period of time
  • Not sharing the device among family or friends
  • Installing antivirus and anti-spyware software
  • Keeping operating systems up to date – always install the latest updates