The Academy of
Central Bedfordshire

Remote Provision

Guidance for Students, Parents and Carers – Provision for Jan-Feb 2021 Partial School Closure

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency for pupils and parents/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 of this page.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Our aim is to ensure that students are able to continue their learning with as little disruption as possible. We are pleased to be able to offer students and families a range of support, depending on the circumstances.

Remote teaching and study time each day

Students on remote learning access their full timetable through remote live lessons, planned and delivered by their teachers. Additionally, students will be set activities that they can complete independently more flexibly such as reading and homework. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

The school is ensuring 5 hours of remote education per day by providing: 

  • Live Google Meet lessons (4 hours for KS3 and KS4) 
  • 1 hour of independent work
  • 2 x 15 minutes keyworker sessions 
  • 1 x 15 mins Pastoral sessions
  • A weekly ‘celebration assembly’ via video link also allows students to interact with the wider school community of students and staff. 

In planning lessons, staff have been encouraged to blend learning with ‘nurture’ due to the extraordinary circumstance in which teaching is being delivered. All staff at ACB receive regular training around trauma, attachment and ACEs and have used this knowledge to inform the way they interact and work with students during lockdown. 

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

The school will set up work via Google Classroom or email. Pupils can ask for help by commenting on work when they upload it, or sending an email to their teachers. We have well-established routines and systems in place to deliver and monitor remote learning, and detailed guidance can be found below.

Learning Effectively From Home (for students)

  • Log in to Google Meet/Classroom each day (check your email or your calendar for your timetable). 
  • Be logged on each morning by 9:45 for your keyworker session. You will follow your live lessons on your timetable as normal and your class teacher will set work for you to complete independently. 
  • Lessons will be set up for 30 mins to allow you a 10 mins ‘screen’ break in between lessons where you can rest, have a snack and move about. Live lessons will finish at 3pm and then you’re free to complete your independent work. 
  • Whilst the live lesson will run for the whole 30 minutes, class teachers will plan activities where you have to work independently for a period of time. This is important as we don’t want you staring at the screen for long periods of time.
  • Delivering a live lesson is not easy, so your participation is really important. If there are opportunities to speak over the mic or use the chat function, do so.
  • Remember, this is still a lesson so the same behaviour expectations apply as they would if you were in school.
  • At certain points, your class teacher will ask you to submit work. This will allow them to review your learning, address any misconceptions/errors, to give class feedback and most importantly to monitor your engagement.
  • Not all work submitted will be given feedback. Class Lessons for Y9, Y10 and Y11 will follow the same timings as the usual school day.

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

Pupils are expected to engage in each of the sessions they have been timetabled for. Our attendance team will ensure a prompt call or text to inform parents of missed sessions. Keyworkers and pastoral team will also be in contact with parents and carers should concerns arise.

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:

  • Ensuring all pupils access their curriculum in a preferred style (Google Classroom, paper-based resources, verbal engagement during sessions).
  • Each remote session is delivered by two members of staff to ensure extra support when needed
  • Work is differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils

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:

  • Should your child require a laptop/chromebook, or internet connection to access the remote provision please contact the school at admin@acb.beds.sch.uk or calling 01582 343878 (Kingsland Campus), 01462 410450 (Stotfold Campus).
  • Should your child require paper based resources please contact the school or your child’s keyworker. Work will be collected regularly (fortnightly) for marking and feedback.

Keeping your child safe

To support safeguarding and wellbeing, free school meals vouchers are disseminated to all eligible families, and these are topped up weekly by the school. All CP children and families are contacted by the DDSL’s twice per week, and all CIN children and families once per week. Close multi-agency working has allowed for regular communication between school and wider professionals, including supported escalation with students who have not been spoken to after 7 days, and a weekly meeting between a Co-Headteacher and the Social Care Team to review students on a case-by-case basis in terms of risk in the home and appropriate provision.

Consideration is given to online safety for students and staff, and several measures have been put in place (Virtual provision guidance shared with all staff) and an addendum written for the ACB Safeguarding policy. All online sessions take place with two members of staff, including ‘1:1’ sessions with some students. Appropriate training has been given to staff as needed in terms of delivering live lessons via Google Meet, and various staff researched and shared different apps and ways of adapting this style of teaching so as to best meet the students’ individual needs and maintaining a positive learning experience and engagement.

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