Remote Learning Information and Guidance

We are determined at CVEA that all students will be able to continue to learn during the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The remote learning curriculum we have carefully designed will provide both teachers and students with a valuable educational medium that can continue to connect all parts of our learning community, to enable us to continue to deliver a high-quality education for the students we serve. The main platforms used for the setting and delivery of all remote learning will be through a blended use of Class Charts and Microsoft Teams. The information found on this page has been produced to support staff, students and parents whilst working remotely from home.

We will regularly update the contents of this page in line with the latest guidance provided by the Department for Education and the government. If you have any queries with regard to remote learning at CVEA please contact [email protected] and we will ensure your query is answered.

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 subjects like PE cannot operate as normal. However, adjustments have been put in place where students can access virtual workouts from home to maintain fitness levels.

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 students broadly the following number of hours each day: Key Stage 3 and 4 - 5 hours per day.

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

  • The main platforms used for the setting and delivery of all remote learning will be through a blended use of Class Charts and Microsoft Teams. Teachers will use Class Charts to set the lessons and attach all relevant lesson martials. These may consist of voice over PowerPoints, word documents, web address links to additional resources etc. Microsoft Teams will be used to deliver the LIVE element of lessons (further help and support with this can be found in the links at the bottom of this web page).

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

  • Students that requires access to ICT equipment and internet access to support remote education should email Mr M Appleton [email protected] If we are unable to provide access to ICT equipment and internet access we will work with families to ensure we support your child in the best possible way to support their remote education.

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons and online support using the chat function within Microsoft Teams)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Voice Over PowerPoints produced by CVEA staff.
  • Textbooks and reading books students have at home
  • Commercially available websites and apps supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement?

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

Teachers will monitor the engagement of students within each lesson using Class Charts. Engagement will be monitored using the following system:

  • Green= Student has attended the LIVE lesson and completed work.
  • Yellow= Student has attended the LIVE lesson ONLY.
  • Blue= Student has submitted work, but NOT attended the LIVE lesson.
  • Red= Student has submitted NO work and has NOT attend the LIVE lesson.

A weekly email from Heads of Year will be sent to parents in relation to the codes above.

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

Feedback to your child’s work could include the following:

  • An email from the class teacher which will could give examples of good pieces of work and comments for improvement.
  • Instant verbal feedback during lessons.
  • Instant written feedback in the chat function of Microsoft Teams.
  • Self assessment of tasks, such as marking a starter activity.
  • Automatically generated feedback from the completion of online quizzes.

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 studenys, for example some students 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 students in the following ways:

The following measures have been put in place to support our students with additional needs including vulnerable children and children with SEND. This is aligned as close as possible to the in-school processes we have in place:

  • Bespoke contact for identified SEND children to support access to independent remote learning.
  • Adapted nurture provision to ensure identified SEND students are still accessing a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Ongoing CPD for staff to ensure they understand how to design remote learning activities to support students with additional needs.
  • “SEND support at home” hints and tips sheet shared with students and parents.
  • Students at CVEA who are at Tier 2, LAC, CIN or CP have been supplied with a laptop/dongle from CVEA if they have required it.  All professionals from Together for Children (TfC) working with the families were asked to request a laptop from TfC in line with Government Guidelines and also the local offer from TfC.
  • Student’s engagement in remote learning to be monitored by heads of year and the SENCO. This happens via daily monitoring of lesson attendance/completion.
  • Teachers are available during each lesson via either the TEAMs chat function or live on video call to support and interact with students with additional needs.

Useful Links:

Microsoft Office 365

All students have access to Microsoft package through their school email log in.

See below for instructions to create or open documents. Once you create a document it is saved automatically into your one drive account for you to share with staff. Any documents you get sent you need to download them and save them into your one drive then you can access them and save them. 

What to do if you don’t have Microsoft Office on your laptop or computer at home

Log onto RM Unify:

  • Go to Mail
  • On the top left hand corner click the little square of dots.
  • The below menu will appear.
  • This is how you access Office 365 – just click on the application you want to use and it will open up in the browser.

CVEA TEAMS Desktop User Guide

CVEA Accessing Teams on a Mobile Device

Remote Learning Lead:

Mr L Tumelty (Junior Assistant Vice Principal)