Remote Learning

Remote Education Provision: Information for Students and Parents/Carers

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students, parents and carers about what to expect in terms of remote education during the current period of school closure for most students (currently up to 5th March 2021 inclusive).

The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to students at home?

The remote curriculum will require all students to follow their usual timetables (3 lessons per week for each A level/A level equivalent and 9 lessons for each BTEC Extended Diploma/Cache). This means that students can access all of the slots with all of their teachers. The Teaching, Learning and Assessment will be of the same high quality as students would receive if they were here in person, adapted to reflect the fact that students and teachers are working from home. Teachers will share their weekly plans with their students. Lessons will be a combination of live delivery and discussion, pre-recorded input and resources, whole group, small group and individual activities and structured guided learning, tailored to what is being taught in each subject at that time. The teacher will be on hand to support students throughout the timetabled sessions. Clear deadlines will be given for work to be handed in for assessment with instructions on how the work should be submitted. The normal College processes will be used in instances that students do not adhere to these expectations.

What do I do if I have internet access or technology issues at home?

The Learning Resource Centre is open daily between 8.45am and 4.00pm for students who do not have access to the necessary technology.  If you do not wish to come in, please contact your academic coach so we can make alternative arrangements to support your learning.

Will I be taught broadly the same curriculum as I would if I was in college?

Absolutely. We are continuing teaching the A level, BTEC/CACHE and GCSE specifications to ensure you are fully prepared not just for completion of the qualifications but to support your progression to University, Apprenticeships and Employment beyond. In some subjects, topics and units have been reordered so that those most suited to remote learning have been brought forward with the elements which lend themselves better to face-to face delivery delayed until your return e.g. in some BTEC units the theory is being covered remotely with a view to completing the practical elements at a later date. This also applies to subjects such as A level Science and PE. The exams boards have also made some tweaks to some of the specifications which teachers, of course, are factoring into their planning and delivery.

How do I access online remote education?

As part of our Remote Learning Strategy, all students have been instructed on how to access Microsoft Teams (Teams), where resources can be picked up, how their teacher will communicate with them and how work should be submitted. Teachers primarily use College email, tyber, moodle and Teams. Messages from Academic Coaches and from the Leadership Team are sent out on tyber so it’s good practice to check this every day.  If you experience technical problems, please contact your  Academic Coach via tyber messaging with details of the issues and they will pass them on to our specialist IT team who will call you back.

What are your expectations for my engagement from home?

Students are expected to be online and working in the time slots that they would normally be in College. The key expectations are:

  • Students should follow the College’s behaviour policy whilst working at home and always be respectful of the teacher and of each other
  • Students should check their timetable, tyber and the teacher instructions at the start of the day to ensure they are prepared.  If a teacher is absent, cover arrangements will be in place and details will be posted to all students on tyber.
  • Students are expected to be ready to start lessons punctually and be fully equipped with the resources they would expect to use in a face-to-face lesson at College.
  • In live lessons students should wait patiently in the ‘lobby’ until access is granted by their class teacher.
  • Respect that teachers are responsible for controlling when students are able to interact using the microphone.  Whilst a teacher is explaining the lesson, all students will be on mute to ensure there is no disruption to learning.  Class teachers will unmute the microphone to invite individual or class contributions.
  • Students must engage fully and submit work as directed by their teachers.
How will you check whether I am engaging with the work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We will be continually monitoring engagement in all of your courses.  If your teacher and/or Academic Coach have concerns about your attendance and progress they will contact you and highlight the interventions on tyber. Our aim will always be to work with you to get you back on track. Normal behavioural processes will be enacted when there are issues (commitment interviews, contracts and disciplinary panels).

How will you assess my work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students.  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 student work is as follows:

  • Formative assessment in lessons – whole group and individual
  • Short sharp testing with instant feedback
  • Peer feedback
  • Individual and/or group feedback on work submitted
I have additional learning needs. How will I be supported?

We recognise that some students, for example, students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may experience more challenges with remote learning. Issues should be raised in the first instance with the teacher so that reasonable adjustments can be made. If, despite these ‘in-class’ adaptations, there are issues with completing work in a particular subject area, please contact the College’s SEN Co-ordinator, Caroline Sweeney via additional-learning@solihullsfc.ac.uk.

Safeguarding and Mental Health

We recognise that our students are experiencing the pandemic and its impacts in different ways.  If you require safeguarding support or have concerns in respect of your  wellbeing, please contact the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Jamie Staddon via JStaddon@Solihullsfc.ac.uk  or your Academic Coach without delay.