This is a guide to help the Academy and our families plan for the possible closure, or partial closure, of the school and the move to remote learning. It may therefore change, as more information becomes available and local and national circumstances change.
It is grouped into three distinct areas:
- Tiered – planning based on the government’s 4 tiered approach for the management of schools under COVID-19.
- Staffing – planning based on the Academy’s staffing circumstances, as staff isolate with symptoms, or confirmed cases.
- Remote – planning based on students’ learning either in a blended learning fashion, or full remote learning fashion.
The government has set out a framework for the approach schools should take, for managing the risk of COVID-19. In this framework, the guidance states that the government anticipates that education and childcare provision will usually remain fully open to all. However, where some level of restriction to education, or childcare is required, the use of tiers for the management of school openings. The tiered approach, the government has asked schools to be ready to implement, is as follows:
- The default position for areas in national government intervention is that education settings will remain open.
- An area moving into national intervention with restrictions short of education and childcare closure, is described as ‘tier 1’.
- Secondary schools move to a rota model, combining on-site provision with remote education.
- They continue to allow full-time attendance on site to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers. All other pupils should not attend on site except, for their rota time.
- Secondary schools, would allow full-time on-site provision only to vulnerable children, the children of critical workers and selected year groups.
- Other pupils should not attend on site. Remote education would be provided for all other pupils.
- Schools allow full-time attendance on site only to priority groups: vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
- All other pupils should not attend on site and remote education to be provided for all other pupils.
As staffing levels change due to staff, or their families, having to isolate with symptoms, or confirmed cases, the Academy may need to operate on a reduced provision. This may involve some, or all, years in the Academy moving onto a rota system of sometime in the Academy and some time working remotely at home.
However, every possible effort will be made by the Academy to stay open and continue to provide full onsite provision to students. Should the Academy move into a tiered approach, the students’ offsite would learn using the Academy’s remote learning solution.
In order to offer remote learning, Amington will be utilising a hybrid model of teaching. This is discussed by Doug Lemov in his field notes and involves having a balance between synchronous and asynchronous teaching.
Synchronous learning is where we are all learning at the same time but in different places. A MS Teams live session is a good example of a synchronous learning environment – we are all logged in at the same time and the teachers is talking to students live.
Asynchronous learning on the other hand, is where we are learning neither in the same place nor at the same time. Sending a class an assignment to complete on MS Teams on their own, is an example of asynchronous learning.
MS Teams is the Academy’s remote learning solution and the model would work as follows:
- Students have 2 live lessons a day
- These may be presented live, or recorded in advance with the teacher live on the chat function, to answer questions
- Students have a live lesson at 10.30am and another at 1.00pm, each lasting approximately 1 hour
- Following the live lesson, students will be set an additional hour of follow up work to complete for each lesson, which builds upon the learning in the live lessons
- This means students have a minimum of 4 hours of work to complete for each day
- Should student want more work they can do the following:
- On their Year Teams page, click ‘Isolation Work’ on the left hand side and complete the additional work set
- Go to the website and under the ‘curriculum tab’ click the ‘extended learning’ link for more revision websites
- Go to the website and under the ‘curriculum tab’ click the ‘learning links’ for subject specific learning topics
- Message their teacher on EduLink and request additional work
Our remote learning plans will continue to develop in response to any central government changes and the sustained impact of COVID-19. We will of course, continue to support our students through these unprecedented times and attempt to limit the impact of coronavirus on their development.