The period since 23 March 2020 has been one of great innovation in remote education. A wide range of approaches has been developed, tested and refined. Despite the challenges, remote education has made a significant contribution to enabling students to continue to learn and progress. Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate our school has the capacity to offer immediate remote education.
Throughout these challenging times, it is vitally important that our school continues to improve the quality of our remote education provision. As we all get used to the new normal, remote teaching has become an embedded part of our daily lives here at Frederick Gent School. Our challenge is to deliver a coherent curriculum to pupils at home and in school, providing both high quality, innovative online and offline resources. Our experienced staff are now used to working in a different way, using technology and creative teaching techniques to ensure continuity of education for all our learners.
Parents/Carers we need to ask you to complete an online survey to ascertain if you accept/not accept your child to be involved with remote learning lessons for this academic year. Also please take a look at the Parental User Agreement:
Parental User Agreement Nov 2020
Please select the year group survey of your child and leave your response.
Year 7 online survey – https://forms.gle/7JixUyp13hCWfm6m6
Year 8 online survey – https://forms.gle/zHkga5AoXrZZPhP1A
Year 9 online survey – https://forms.gle/ZzWMAXVj6DDsD2m97
Year 10 online survey – https://forms.gle/QhNJxomesfABynBy6
Year 11 online survey – https://forms.gle/bxvcGWuiNT8ovms97
Expectations of Remote Education
FGS Phase 1; Any students who are Self-Isolating or Quarantining will be set work through Satchel One (Show My Homework). Students may be sent a zoom link so that they can virtually attend the lesson which is taking place in school.
In school, normal timetable to be followed. Face to face teaching, but with social distancing.
FGS Phase 2; Students will be on a 2-week rota system. 2 weeks in school followed by 2 weeks at home.
Full-time on site provisions available for all vulnerable children and for the children of key workers. Students working at home will follow their normal timetable with work set on satchel one (Show My Homework). Students will be expected to take part in live lessons on zoom. Live lessons will last for 10-30 minutes followed by time for the completion of independent work. After the initial teacher input of 10-30 minutes the teacher will keep the Zoom meeting running for pupils to come back to ask for any extra help. Lessons will be recorded and the recordings will be saved in the appropriate file on the Z drive.
FGS Phase 3; On site attendance limited to Vulnerable children, key workers & Selected year group(s). Students working at home will follow their normal timetable with work set on satchel one (Show My Homework). Students will be expected to take part in live lessons on zoom. Live lessons will last for 10-30 minutes followed by time for the completion of independent work. After the initial teacher input of 10-30 minutes the teacher will keep the Zoom meeting running for pupils to come back to ask for any extra help. Lessons will be recorded and the recordings will be saved in the appropriate file on the Z drive. Students working in school will be provided with ICT access so that they can complete the same work as students working remotely.
FGS Phase 4; On site attendance limited to Vulnerable children, key workers. Students working at home will follow their normal timetable with work set on satchel one (Show My Homework). Students will be expected to take part in live lessons on zoom. Live lessons will last for 10-30 minutes followed by time for the completion of independent work. After the initial teacher input of 10-30 minutes the teacher will keep the Zoom meeting running for pupils to come back to ask for any extra help. Lessons will be recorded and the recordings will be saved in the appropriate file on the Z drive. Students working in school will be provided with ICT access so that they can complete the same work as students working remotely
Remote Education for Parents
Click here – Information about remote education – Frederick Gent School January 2021
Frequently asked questions
How do i get a device to read instructions to me?
Click here for more information on Assistive technology
Help, my child has forgotten their password or log in details
Please call the main school reception who will be able to help with this. Please do not select the phone option to go to the year group office or pastoral team as these phones are not being manned as staff are working from home and your message may not be received.
Where do I find zoom links for live lessons and how do I access zoom?
The links will be within a task on Satchel one (Show my homework). Students will need to either click on the link or they may enter the meeting ID and passcode directly into zoom.
Do students need a zoom account?
No. They should be able to click on the link or use the ID and passcode.
Why are zoom links being set for the wrong days?
When staff set work in satchel one (ShowMyHomework) they may give students a few days to complete the work. When you look at the work in satchel one it lists it with the due date rather than date that the work was set. Please look for the lessons that your child is due to have that day rather than the date.
What time are the zoom lessons?
Live input will take place in each lesson. Unless staff have clearly stated a time this will be at the start of that lesson e.g. 8.45am for period 1.
How long will live/zoom lessons be?
These will be for between 10 and 30 minutes. Staff will use this time to teach new material and to take questions. Following the live input staff will leave the chat facility in zoom open so that students can ask questions or seek support
How much time should my child be spending working and how do we manage this?
Students should work to their normal school timetable. Live lessons will be scheduled to this. If they have maths period 1 then they should do their maths work period 1 and then change subject at the start of period 2. This helps students to manage their working time and to keep a structure to the day. Students should remember to also take their break and lunchtime as they would in school. This provides them with a much needed break and time away from the screen. If you are concerned that your child is spending too much time on their work please contact their pastoral team by contacting school reception.
Do students need to have the camera and microphone on?
It is always good if staff can see the students that they are teaching as this supports the interaction and engagement. However, we are aware that some students find this very difficult due to anxiety or learning needs. In these circumstances staff will be happy to communicate with the students through the chat facility. Staff may ask students to turn on the camera so that they can check it is the student attending the lesson.
What do I do if I don’t have a suitable device at home for accessing remote education?
Please contact Mrs Skelton (email@example.com) as we may be able to lend you a device.
Why was my child not admitted to a live lesson?
This may be for a number of reasons. For example, if they have signed into the lesson using someone else’s name e.g. a parental name or a name used in a quiz, staff will not be able to identify that they are part of that class and in that case they will not be admitted. Please check that your child is using their full name when signing into the lesson. Some (see LLD disruption question) students may have been banned from attending live lessons due their behaviour. If there has been an issue with your child’s behaviour the school will be in contact with you in the usual ways. If you are unsure why your child has not been admitted please contact the school.
Why are you recording attendance on the zoom lessons?
Monitoring attendance on zoom lessons is allowing us to identify students who may need additional support either with learning or for safeguarding reasons. Students who have not engaged with learning and who we have not been able to contact through other means may need safeguarding support. It is also allowing us to identify areas where the remote education offer could be further developed or where there are issues with access due to hardware of software.
What happens if students misbehave on live lessons?
As per the user agreements, which all parents were issued, students may be removed from live lessons if they are not engaging positively. This will be recorded as a behaviour issue and the school behaviour policy will be followed. Students may then not be accepted into live lessons. Lessons are recorded so we are able to ‘watch back’ to investigate behaviour concerns.
Do I have to print the work off?
No. Students can complete the work on the sheets which are sent in satchel one (show my homework), on an appropriate piece of software such as word, or on paper on in their books.
How do we submit work?
Staff will have given students information on how to submit the work within the task. Work can be submitted within satchel one or by emailing it to the member of staff. If the work has been completed in their exercise book or on paper they can take a photograph or scan the work and send this to the member of staff. If photographs are sent it is important to check that the image is clearer enough for the work to be marked.
What do I do if satchel one is unavailable and we cannot access any work?
In this case you have several options. Your child can spend time going back through any work they have completed and do some revision. They could support their literacy and spend some time reading. Alternatively, there are a wide range of websites and resources which they can access to support their work. These include:
Oak national academy https://classroom.thenational.academy/
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Free Science lessons https://www.freesciencelessons.co.uk/
Seneca Learning https://app.senecalearning.com/courses?Price=Free
Or complete a Joe Wicks PE session!
Why has my child not had 5 live lessons today?
If you are concerned that your child has not had 5 live lesson links, then please get in touch. It is worth pointing out though that some lessons, for example PE, are issued as a general task at the start of the week. This may explain why your child only has 3 or 4 live lesson links.
What do I do if I am relying on mobile data and this is becoming too expensive?
As you may be aware the major mobile providers have agreed to offer reduced price data to support schools. Pastoral teams will be getting in touch but if you wish to ring in to let us know you have an issue please do. We can then contact the mobile providers on your behalf.
Why is the time the Zoom meeting started different to my child’s lesson time?
Staff will want to make sure that everything is set ready for a prompt start. They may start a zoom meeting 10-15 minutes ahead of the actual lesson start time to make sure everything is working and that resources are all in place too. Unless the meeting invite states otherwise you should assume the meeting will start at the normal lesson time.
Pastoral; Pastoral support will be offered to all students during any time of Remote Learning. Support is vital, individual tutorials can happen online, or by phone, with students continuing to be in contact with their Tutors, Achievement Leaders and Achievement Leader Support Assistants.
IT Access; Access to the internet and a suitable device for all students is key for the effective delivery of Remote Learning. Audits have been completed and the appropriate equipment will be provided to the students who need these. Devices can only be ordered when local coronavirus restrictions are confirmed by the DFE.