OVERVIEW – updated January 2021
Please find below details and resources to help your child engage in their remote learning over the coming weeks during this exceptional time.
We fully appreciate how challenging these times are for all families. We understand that for many, juggling work, childcare and facilitating education is difficult. We know that you may well be dealing with sick or vulnerable relatives, you may be sick yourself and on top of this, you may have serious financial concerns.
St Joan of Arc Catholic School is committed to providing high quality remote learning to all students. Please find specific guidance below which details our remote learning provision:
St Joan of Arc's Remote Learning Provision
Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents and 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.
The remote curriculum
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever possible and appropriate. However, there may be some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical and collaborative learning undertaken in specific subject areas may need to be adapted as necessary. Any change or addition to learning which would have taken place ‘in school’ will be implemented so as to ensure quality of learning is still maximised and student progression is enabled
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Students are requested to undertake learning in-line with their timetabled lessons each day - unless of course ill-health dictates that they are unable to complete schoolwork. Students in years 7-11 have 5 lessons per day, each lasting one hour. This provision matches the learning students would have if they were in school and fulfils the remote education expectations stipulated by the Department for Education.
Students in years 12 and 13 will have study periods integrated within their timetable and must use these periods to complete tasks set at the discretion of their teachers alongside purposeful independent study. A minimum of 5 hours of learning is expected to be undertaken each day combining lessons and study periods.
To best support the wellbeing of students and to ensure a manageable remote workload, we will avoid setting additional homework tasks during a period of whole-school remote learning.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Most lessons will commence ‘live’ with a class Google Meet. Students access the link to the live Meet via their Google Calendar or the Google Meet homepage. In circumstances where no Meet is scheduled, students should visit the respective subject area in Google Classroom at the start of any lesson – work posted will appear here and will have been scheduled for the start of the lesson.
Teachers will adopt a range of approaches to deliver learning, depending on the class group and subject. The combination and variety of approaches should ensure learning remains versatile, engaging and motivating for all students. The consistency of approach in terms of the central use of the Google platforms means that students can feel reassured by the systems in place that their learning is easily accessible, coordinated and effectively structured.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Remote learning will be delivered via the school network, so students will require access to a suitable electronic device with the ability to access the internet. Every student at St Joan of Arc has a Google login and has received training in how to access and use Google Classroom and Google Meet. The Google platforms will be used in combination by teachers as students follow their daily school timetable.
Good daily practice for every student
Between 8.15 am and 8.30 am each day, all students should log into: http://rs.joa.herts.sch.uk/
From the right-hand menu, students should open firstly Google Calendar (to check when any Meets are scheduled) and then Google Classroom (to check for new posts which will appear at the top of the class Stream). If they open Calendar first and then Classroom, they won’t need to enter log-in details again (and this will continue to be the case if they keep a Google product open).
It is strongly advised to open Google Mail at this time (to check email, but also because Meet and Classroom notifications are emailed) and Google Meet (as the homepage also lists the day’s scheduled Meets).
TCT and Assembly
Tutor Contact Time will run across the school on a Monday and Friday via Google Meet. This will give students the opportunity to connect with their form tutor on a twice-weekly basis. Students are encouraged to contact their form tutor directly if they have any concerns or require any support.
In addition to the ‘live’ form time, a whole-school ‘Assembly Live’ will run via ‘the Chaplaincy’ YouTube channel every Wednesday from 12.15-12.30. This enables the whole school to come together every week, to provide a time for faith and reflection and to celebrate our community.
‘the Chaplaincy’ is the YouTube channel run by Dcn Liam Lynch for all students at St Joan’s, so we would recommend all students subscribed for engagement and easy access.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Please contact the school directly in these circumstances so that support and provision can be requested and arranged as necessary.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect all students:
to follow their daily timetable, engage in learning and submit tasks accordingly, just as when they are in school.
to adhere to the St Joan of Arc Google Meet Student Expectations.
To be proactive in seeking support if they are unclear on what they should be doing.
We ask all parents and carers:
- to support the education of their child by setting effective daily routines to ensure they are able to access learning in line with the school timetable. This should include encouraging a transparency about learning being completed at home – for example, checking with their son / daughter when Google Meets are scheduled.
- to ensure their child has access to a space that is as quiet as is reasonably possible and ideally in the vicinity of an adult.
- to develop independence of approach by encouraging their child to try to think through problems or issues on their own as far as possible
- to encourage their child to communicate with their teacher (emails must use their school email address) if they have genuine difficulties or require support
- to ask questions that help their child find solutions e.g. ‘where could you find the information for that?’ or ‘what will this work look like if it is your best effort?’, or perhaps ‘what would your teacher say/think?’.
- to ensure their child takes breaks according to the school timetable and uses this time to get some fresh air, to eat and drink healthily and to engage in some reading for pleasure and non-screen social activity.
- to encourage their child to be active for between 30 - 60 minutes per day in moderate physical activity or recreation activity.
- to ensure their child engages in the wider school provision: tutor contact times (Monday and Fridays) and the school assembly (Wednesdays) in order to maintain a sense of connectedness with the rest of the school community.
How will you check whether my child is engaging and will I be informed if there are concerns?
Attendance at live sessions is monitored by staff and non-attendance recorded. The pastoral team will follow up accordingly where concerns regarding low attendance are evident.
Teachers will continue to monitor participation in learning and will intervene where there are concerns in relation to this, for example where requested tasks have not been submitted. Where concerns are evident, teachers will initially remind the student and will notify parents and carers as necessary.
The school’s Green Card / Red Card system will continue to run and positive affirmation will be encouraged via the awarding of green cards for excellent levels of engagement, participation and quality of learning evidenced through work. Equally, red cards will be given where pupils are not engaging in their work. These will be monitored by form tutors and the pastoral team and responded to accordingly.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback will take many forms and will be dependent on the subject, task and stage of learning of the student. Feedback will be affirmative in the main and provide clear direction on how a student can progress and the regularity of feedback will remain broadly in line with that given if students were in school. Feedback to students may take place verbally during Meet sessions and / or in response to learning tasks completed.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
We recognise that some students, for example, some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may find it more challenging to adapt to, and access, the remote learning provision. We will work with parents and carers to support these students in the following ways:
All students with EHCPs have the option to attend school and complete their remote learning in school under the supervision of staff.
- All students with an EHCP have regular contact with their TA key worker via email and/or telephone. Parents/carers of a child or young person with an EHCP will also receive regular communication from the SENCO and/or Education Support Team.
- Other students on the Education Support List in KS3,4 and 5, who are identified by staff or parents as finding the current circumstances a particular challenge, will be contacted by the SENCO and/or Education Support Team , who will be key points of contact for ongoing advice and support during the current restrictions.
- Teaching Assistants are in school on a rota basis to work with students who are on site.
- Students who usually access support in school are being offered this support virtually.
- The Education Support team will work in conjunction with the subject teacher to support students in their timetabled lessons via Google Classroom.
- We continue to hold online meetings with parents and external professionals, subject to availability.
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?
Students are requested to undertake learning in-line with their timetabled lessons each day - unless of course ill-health dictates that they are unable to complete schoolwork.
Students should access learning tasks via Google Classroom. They should submit completed work this way also (unless their teacher has guided them to another learning platform).
Students are able to request support from a teacher, either via a post to the class stream (so the class can see and reply) or via a private message option attached to each assignment (only the teacher can see and reply). Teachers will use these functions to offer help to students self-isolating - this may be during the lesson itself, but is largely dependent on the nature of the lesson and the number of students self-isolating within the class.
Teachers may request students to join a lesson ‘live’ via Google Meet. This will not be applicable to all classes and when used, will supplement learning provided via Google Classroom. Students will be advised by their teacher when they should connect to a ‘Meet’ lesson. Students must adhere to the ‘St Joan of Arc Student Expectations for Google Meet’ - this has been shared with all students via Show My Homework
We are aware that working from home all day may be challenging for self-isolating students and teachers will be mindful of reducing or modifying homework accordingly.
Parent Guides - Home Learning
The following link provides helpful advice and guidance for parents: