Remote Learning

Remote education provision: information for parents and carers

Updated Document for Remote Learning from March 2021 Onwards

DfE OIEA Updated March 2021

Email remote work/remote work related queries to [email protected]


In accordance with statutory guidelines, the Department for Education (DfE) ask that schools provide information on remote education provision. It is aligned to the expectations for remote education, to which schools must have regard under the temporary continuity direction given by the Secretary of State for Education. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if Covid-19 local/national restrictions require them to remain at home and/or if they need to self-isolate.

If you are looking for technical help accessing remote learning please contact the following:

Technical Support:

ICT Support – [email protected]

General Support:

Oak Head of House – Mr Henderson – [email protected]

Maple Head of House – Mrs Chady – [email protected]

Ash Head of House – Miss Hughes – [email protected]

Willow Head of House – Mr Clarkin – [email protected]

The remote learning policy can be accessed here:

Remote Learning and Intervention Policy 2021

Remote education provision: information for students, parents and  carers

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education. For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page. A student’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.

With 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. All students will continue to follow their timetables and the lesson times remain the same. By the start of the lesson work and all information for how to access any live lesson (through Microsoft Teams) will be posted on Satchel One (Show My Homework).


Year 7 timetable Jan 2021

Year 8 timetable Jan 2021

Year 9 timetable Jan 2021

Year 10 timetable Jan 2021

Year 11 timetable Jan 2021

Online Expectations

Tutor Time

Tutors will use this time to share activities for the week, carry out well-being checks on students and answer any questions students may have.


Students will receive a blended learning package of live online lessons via Microsoft Teams and independent study via Satchel One (Show My Homework). Lesson content will follow the programme of study outlined within each Department’s curriculum plan. Independent study will be set on Satchel One in line with student timetables. Students are expected to submit work completed at the end of each lesson and know how to do this. Roughly half of all lessons in each subject will be taught live. This may vary on the nature of the subject or content being taught at any given time.

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 students broadly the same amount of hours as in their timetable which is 5 hours per day plus homework.

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
  • Live online lessons will take place using Microsoft Teams.
  • Independent study will be set on Satchel One (Show My Homework) in line with student timetables.
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. OIEA has provided laptops, dongles and supported some parents with access to further data. If you need support with digital or online facilities please refer to the bullet points below and contact the academy staff member listed:

  • If your child does not have access to a device at home for their remote learning, please contact their Head of House lead or the school either through the ‘contact’ facility on the website or by calling reception on 0115 9303 724.
  • If your child has a device but is struggling to access their remote learning, please contact their Head of House lead.
  • Students with limited IT access can request paper packs/workbooks which can be posted from the academy by arrangement from their Head of House lead – see details above.
  • If your child has completed the work sent through the post you can return it via the stamped addressed envelope provided, it will be given to the relevant staff (please ensure you write the teacher’s name on each piece of work).
How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live online lessons will take place using Microsoft Teams. Students will receive live teaching and feedback during the lesson.  Students can ask questions and receive answers regarding the learning that is taking place during the lesson.
  • Pre-recorded live teaching may include:
  • OIEA teacher recorded lessons.
  • Oak National Academy and other nationally recognised online lessons as well as commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
  • Independent study will be set on Satchel One in line with student timetables. This may then direct to another website, online platform, textbook or reading book.
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities.
  • Students with limited IT access can request paper packs/workbooks which can be posted from the academy by arrangement from their Head of House lead or via main reception- see details above.

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?
  • Students are expected to be contactable during the school day, to join in and fully engage in every lesson. All students should submit their completed work at the end of each lesson to [email protected]
  • Establishing a school-like routine, following the school timetable provided above.
  • Students should seek help if needed, from teachers or teaching assistants and alert teachers if they are not able to complete work.
  • We ask that parents check their child’s timetable and ensure that your child is attending their live lessons as well as completing the work set alongside these lessons.
  • We ask that parents ask their children to talk you through the subjects and the work they are being set and check that work is being done to the best of their ability.
  • We value the support given by parents/carers to their children when working remotely. We ask that parents/carers make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise cannot complete work, and to seek help from the school if needed via your child’s Head of House.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
  • Registers are taken for every lesson.
  • Staff will check whether your child has attended their online lessons on a daily basis (if appropriate).
  • We will collate attitude to learning/engagement scores weekly for each subject and following up as necessary. The pastoral team in each house take the lead in contacting parents if there are concerns surrounding lack of engagement to offer support in improving student engagement.
  • We do expect parents to check that their child has completed work set each day and contact us in the first instance for support as necessary.
  • If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a pupil, parents/carers will be contacted by phone to assess whether school intervention can assist engagement.
  • Students who complete all their work set and attend all the lessons will receive class charts points and/or postcards home.
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 student work is as follows:

  • Individual feedback will be shared via our learning platforms. Specific assessments may be self-marked or marked by instant assessment via the learning platform or website.
  • Feedback through questioning during live lessons.
  • Feedback through online quizzes set either through Microsoft Teams or SMHW.
  • Feedback through the submission of longer pieces of work via Microsoft Teams or SMHW.
  • Students will receive some form of formal feedback weekly for core subjects (maths, science and English) and on a fortnightly basis for non-core subjects.

Additional support for students 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 students, 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:

  • Our SENDCO, Mrs Marriott [email protected] will work with families to identify the level of tailored support required for each individual student.
  • Students needing additional support from adults will be set work that is accessible and has been adapted for their level of need;
  • The academy SEND team will be available to offer additional support.
  • Where appropriate, Teaching Assistants will attend Live lessons to support students.
  • Our SENDCO will ensure that provisions are available for any students with EHC plans to attend lessons on the school site.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual students 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 students 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?

Your child will have immediate access to work via TEAMS as soon as you have rung in.  They need to log onto this to complete the lessons as per their normal in school timetable.

  • They need to complete the work as per their normal timetable
  • They need to submit their work via email to their [email protected] email group (this has been sent to them via email)
  • We will check daily whether they have accessed TEAMS, if they have not they will receive a call the next day, we will check their submissions weekly and any child not completing the expected amount of work will be called on the following Monday.
  • If they if they are year 10, 11 or part of a whole class that has to self-isolate they may be invited to their lesson through a Teams meeting by their subject teacher, they will be sent an email telling them this will happen.
  • If they complete all the work set we ask students to use SENECA to develop their knowledge base in each subject and topic area they are currently doing in school.

Technical help with remote learning

Using Satchel One (Show My Homework)

You need to use student calendar view.

Using the student calendar function support page

Question: Why does my work appear in a long list? It’s really hard to locate today’s work!

Show My Homework defaults to a ‘to do’ list which orders work by date it is due. What is the ‘to do’ list?

You can look at work set in a different way and more user friendly way. Find out more here.

Question: How to I submit my work online?

Click here for guidance on how to submit work online

Question: My teacher has set a quiz how do I answer it?

Click here for a guide to show you how to answer quizzes

Any other questions? Click here

Using Microsoft Teams

This is the platform we use for live video calling lessons with teachers

Download Microsoft Teams app for tablets, phones and desktops here

Question: What is Teams and how to I start?

Click here to find out how to get sign in and get started with Teams

Question: How do I know when I have a live lesson?

Firstly,  your teacher will tell you when setting the work in Show My Homework when your live lesson is and will add the link to the Teams meeting too. You can just click that link and it will take you straight to the meeting.

To get a view of all the live lessons you have each day/week you need to click on calendar in Teams. This will show all the meeting invites you have been sent.

Contact Details:

Technical Support:

ICT Support – [email protected]

General Support:

Oak Head of House – Mr Henderson – [email protected]
Maple Head of House – Mrs Chady – [email protected]
Ash Head of House – Miss Hughes – [email protected]
Willow Head of House – Mr Clarkin – [email protected]

Subject Specific Support:

English – Mrs Spalding – [email protected]
Science – Mr Cross – [email protected]
Maths – Miss Evans – [email protected]
Humanities – Mr Siddons – [email protected]
Modern Foreign Languages – Miss Ferns – [email protected]
Music – Mrs Selby – [email protected]
Dance – Miss Hill – [email protected]
Drama – Mrs Lowe – [email protected]
Art, Design Technology and Hospitality – Mr Underhill – [email protected]
Business – Mr Jenkins – [email protected]
Computer Science – Mrs Williams – [email protected]
PE – Mr Bamford – [email protected]

SENCO – Mrs Marriott – [email protected]
Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning – Mrs Pape – [email protected]