Our Blended Learning Provision
Following government and DfE guidance to close schools in January 2021, online/remote learning has become the main avenue to continue teaching and learning for the coming months. Subject content is created to support learning, in line with our curriculum, and to keep students connected and engaged in their learning. Online learning materials include quizzes and recall activities that activate and test prior learning and knowledge in addition to online materials and activities that introduce new information.
At Holderness Academy, we are using a blend of: live teaching; pre recorded video or task/assignment based lessons for remote learning. All online/remote learning activities will need to be accessed through our single platform, Google Classroom. This will allow access to resources at any time, as we are aware that pupils may have to share electronic devices with others siblings or parents working from home throughout the day.
" I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the staff in these difficult times and would like to thank you all for everything you are doing to keep life as normal as possible for your students."
Year 11 Parent
Each day students will receive material by 9am for the lessons that they are timetabled for on that day. Students are advised, where possible, to follow their school day. In accordance with the timetable we expect remote learning will take students broadly five hours. All the student’s lessons will be provided through Google Classroom. All students have been shown how to use Google Classroom. Students have their login details on a sticker in their planners. This login is their email and password for their school account. Details and video instruction of how to submit work and use Google Classroom can be found under the Remote Learning tab on our website. If they wish, students can download the Google Classroom APP and use their phone to access their work, view PowerPoints and watch videos. In addition, game consoles can also be used to access Google Classrooms. Students can also take photographs of their work and upload these on Google Classroom. If students experience any technical issues please contact our IT support on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital or Online Access
Students and their families are supported in achieving access to work, digital devices and online access. Should circumstances change please contact us: email@example.com
The School Day
We advise students, where possible, to follow their timetabled day. This is for all Key Stages. A student’s teacher will be available during this lesson to answer questions and provide support.
08:35 - 08:50
|KS3 and KS4 Assembly or Tutor time. KS5 no Assembly or Tutor time, Tutors will directly contact students to check on Pastoral Welfare.|
|08:55 - 09:55||Lesson 1|
|10:00 - 11:00||Lesson 2|
|11:00 - 11:15||Break|
|11:20 - 12:20||Lesson 3|
|12:20 - 12:50||Lunch|
|12:55 - 13:55||Lesson 4|
|14:00 - 15:00||Lesson 5|
The Remote Learning Content
Learning is provided through a single platform; Google Classroom. Students can access their work, submit assignments, message their teachers and receive links for any live learning sessions through their subject classroom. Learning will be delivered through a combination of reading and written tasks, web based platforms, pre-recorded and live lessons.
Students will be set tasks and will be expected to ‘hand in’ their work as instructed.
Sixth Form students may achieve additional resources and communications through the Sixth Form Dashboard.
Ofsted: What Works Well in Remote Learning
"The experience as a whole worked very well, there was continuous support and I didn't feel like I was lacking in receiving work." Sixth Form Student
We will continue to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, there may be some adjustments to the sequence of subject content due the availability of specialist resources and equipment needed for some of the practical elements of the curriculum.
We recognise that some pupils, for example 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:
Weekly phone calls for all pupils on the SEND register
Daily contact for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan
Daily support from teaching assistants remains in place via Google Classroom
Annual Reviews are held remotely
The following link allows our students with Visual Stress to change the colour of their computer screen to their colour preference. https://ssoverlay.software.informer.com
For further information regarding our SEND Support please click here.
Pastoral Support and Welfare
Tutors employ a blend of strategies to engage with students in order to to monitor and track student welfare; this includes live tutor sessions. Pastoral Managers and Progress Leaders frequently engage with Year Group Google Classrooms via a live Google Meet and the stream option. Embedded throughout the program are opportunities to develop students' literacy skills and their skills as a Holderness Communicator, these include debate tasks, silent reading, staff reading and a new remote reading program.
There is an increased emphasis on raising the awareness surrounding mental health and e-safety through the tutor programme.
Students are encouraged to use the firstname.lastname@example.org email to raise any concerns about themselves or a friend.
"I would like to thank Holderness Academy for being very supportive and putting all the children's safety first. I feel comfortable that my son has been attending under these circumstances." Year 13 Parent
We continue to deliver the tutor programme. Tutors deliver a blend of activities that develop students' understanding of British Values, current affairs and our own ARRK values. Rewards are awarded electronically via Class Charts to students for their demonstration of the academy's ARRK values.
It is essential that students follow this programme of learning to ensure they continue to keep pace with the curriculum and maintain their progress.
We will report on a student’s engagement on a weekly basis, every Tuesday, whilst students work remotely. For students completing work on paper we ask that, if possible, students upload photographs of their work and the teacher will request that they hand in their work on their return. These students will also be contacted by their pastoral team to follow-up on engagement.
Sixth Form student engagement will also be tracked on a daily basis. Where there are specific concerns within a subject, staff will use the Action Plan system to highlight the issue and suggest an appropriate target of improvement. Students and parents can access the 'dashboard' to track this themselves. Where wider concerns exist, the pastoral team will follow-up.
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students. For example, whole-class feedback, quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms and verbal feedback during Live Lessons and digital recordings such as on Mote are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Each student will receive some form of feedback each week for each subject.
"We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the school in promoting alternative education provisions, during these unprecedented times. We couldn't ask for more and strongly acknowledge the staff for all their hard work and commitments."
Year 7 Parent
All live sessions are recorded. At the beginning of any live sessions students will be reminded of the expectations; all behaviour expectations remain the same as when in the classroom. The content of the lessons is private and not to be shared, everyone on the Meet are expected to show respect, if learning material is sent in advance students are expected to read it, all other devices must be muted or switched off, microphones are to be muted unless the student is speaking and students are advised to find a quiet place on their own preferable near their router.
Students will be informed of any live sessions via the stream on Google Classroom and it will be delivered during their timetabled lesson. Not all lessons will be live as it is up to the teacher’s discretion to decide how best to deliver the learning for that session.
Effective Online Learning Support
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