Remote Learning

The Abbey School will be using Microsoft Teams to deliver our remote learning provision.  The lessons on Teams will sometimes ask students to use online learning packages Mathletics, Readiwriter and Rapid Readers.

On this page you will find helpful videos to support you in your use of Teams, Mathletics, Readiwriter and Rapid Readers. All of these packages can be found in the quick links section at the top of this page.

All students have been given their login details but they can get a reminder from the school when necessary or you can request a copy using the form below. 

From time to time we understand that you may need to email teachers. This is fine and you can find staff contacts under the About us section on this website. However where possible please email staff on the days that they work, information of staff work days can be found towards the bottom of this page. 

 

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?  

If your child is off school isolating, the work will still be set on Microsoft Teams as an assignment.

They will be asked to follow their normal school timetable rather than the remote education one.

The approach to feedback and the need of hard copy materials will be the same as above.

Tutors and members of the pastoral team will also contact parent/carers and the child to check on the well-being of those involved.

For more details, see the Remote Learning Policies. (The Abbey School & WMAT)

 

If you need further support please fill in the form below.

Remote Learning - Further Information for Parents

Remote education provision: information for parents  

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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: what is taught to pupils at home 

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. 

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? 

On the first day of remote education, students are expected to access the “Day 1 Remote Education” Team on their school Microsoft Teams account. On here there is an assignment to complete with a variety of lessons and activities attached to it.

 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school? 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical elements of subjects may have to be taught on the return to school.

 

Remote teaching and study time each day 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day? 

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day: 

Whole School – 4 hours per day* 

*This may vary depending on individual pupil needs. 

See Remote Education timetables on the website. 

 

Accessing remote education 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? 

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Office 365
  • Mathletics & Readiwriter
  • Rapid Reader

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education? 

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education: 

  • Surveys and phone calls home have ascertained who needs digital devices provided by the school. If the digital device situation changes, get in touch with the school who will assist.
  • Surveys and phone calls home have ascertained who needs Internet connection devices provided by the school. If the Internet connection device situation changes, get in touch with the school who will assist.
  • Providing the above has not worked, or hard copy material is needed, the school will provide materials needed to access the work set.
  • Pupils providing work via hard copies will have their work collected by a member of staff. The date and time will be arranged via a phone call home. Parents/carers can also post or drop work off to school.

 

How will my child be taught remotely? 

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely: 

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)

 

Engagement and feedback 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home? 

  • Pupils are expected to engage with all aspects of remote learning following the timetables provided. Some pupils require a more specific routine which will be sent out individually.
  • The school is aware of various demands and priorities at home, and expect the whole school community to the best they can. To support with this, the work is uploaded by 8:00am each day and does not have to be completed in the order stated on the timetables.
  • The school will best support and advise parent/carers homeschooling. The set timetables as well as the top tips sent out and on the school website offer support. The pastoral support team are also available to advise and arrange various levels of support, to enable all pupils to engage in their remote learning.

 

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns? 

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants monitor and give feedback on all pieces of work. Teachers and the network lead also run reports to monitor engagement.
  • If there is a concern, tutors, subject teachers or a member of the pastoral team will call home to liaise with parents/carers and offer support and advice for each individual situation.

 

How will you assess my child’s work and progress? 

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows: 

  • Teachers and Teaching Assistants provide feedback using the feedback feature on Teams for each assignment.
  • Teachers use automatic marking software such as; Microsoft Forms, Mathletics, Readiwriter and Kahoot!
  • Teachers verbally feedback during live lessons/sessions.
  • The depth and frequency of feedback follows the marking and feedback policy.

 

Additional support for pupils with particular needs 

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education? 

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways: 

  • As a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) & learning and additional needs (LAN) school, our whole remote approach is based around supporting SEND/LAN pupils.
  • If it is deemed individual pupils require more support, the following may take place: a more individualised timetable will be offered, pupil offered time in school, interventions take place via Microsoft Teams.

 

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?  

If your child is off school isolating, the work will still be set on Microsoft Teams as an assignment.

They will be asked to follow their normal school timetable rather than the remote education one.

The approach to feedback and the need of hard copy materials will be the same as above.

Tutors and members of the pastoral team will also contact parent/carers and the child to check on the well-being of those involved.

For more details, see the Remote Learning Policies. (The Abbey School & WMAT)

 

Microsoft Teams Video Guides

Family-and-Guardian-Guide-to-Microsoft-Teams.pdf

How to Access Office 365

How to Access Teams from the Office 365 home page

Teams: How to navigate between teams lessons

Teams: How to Join a Meeting

Teams: How to access Assignments

Teams: How to edit an assignment

Teams: Uploading work to an assignment

Teams: How to turn in\hand in an assignment

Teams: How to view and respond to feedback

Teams: How to download the Desktop App

Immersive Reader: How to use with assignments

Immersive Reader: How to use with word

Immersive Reader: How to change the language

How to access emails

 

Mathletics Video Guide

Readiwriter Video Guide

Staff Working Days

 

Full time (Monday - Friday)

Mr Hacker

Ms. Stevens

Ms. Parker

Ms. Gardiner

Mr Jackson

Mr Kennedy

Miss Burke

Mrs Ellis

Mr Vadi

Mr Baldwin

Ms Barkess

Mr Gregory

Mr Moore

Mr Clyde

Mr Molloy

 

Part time

Staff Member

Working Days

Mrs Rotherham

Monday - Wednesday

Mrs Price

Thursday - Friday

Mrs Shead-Jones

Monday – Wednesday

Mrs Currie

Monday – Wednesday

Mrs Long

Monday & Wednesday (11am onwards)

Mrs N Smith

Wednesday – Friday

Mrs S Smith

Monday - Friday (Mornings Only)

Mrs Child

Tuesday and Thursday

Mrs Hyland

Monday, Tuesday & Friday (AM only) Wednesday (All Day)

Day 1 Remote Education

Day 1 Remote Education

If your child has been told to isolate, or the school has had to close then, on the first school day they are off, they will need to access the Day 1 Remote Education Microsoft team and complete the work set on there.

Day 1

Day 1 remote

 

After the first day of Remote Education work will be set on Microsoft Teams following the timetables below.

Remote Education Timetables

Year 7Year 8&9

Year 10&11

Virtual Learning Academy

The WMAT teaching and learning team has adapted the FLOW model of teaching and learning for use in remote learning. 

For more information click the link to the FLOW Online Website

 

FLOW Online

 

Remote Education Policy