Remote Learning at gatehouse green

This statement outlines the principles and strategies regarding remote learning at Gatehouse Green Learning Trust. Remote learning is the name for the work that students complete at home when they cannot attend school during the Covid-19 crisis or other enforced absence. 

Principles

  • It is fundamental that high quality teaching and learning continues if a young person is self-isolating or our schools have to close.
  • Remote learning must take into account the needs of the young people we teach, whether in terms the learning needs they have or their access to technology.
  • Remote learning should, as far as possible, follow the planned curriculum of our schools. Our curriculum is well planned and sits at the heart of what we do.
  • We agree with the findings of the EEF that ‘the quality of remote teaching is more important than how lessons are delivered’. 
  • We encourage our staff to set work collaboratively to reduce their workload. Working with other subject experts or similar year group teachers means that the workload can be shared and ultimately more effective work can be set.

Strategies

Remote learning can take many forms but we have asked our schools to carefully consider the following strategies.

Ensuring young people receive clear explanations

  • Remote learning instructions must be simple and clear for our students to be able to understand the work they are expected to complete. 
  • Teacher voice improves the impact of direct instruction, whether that is delivered in a video or narrated slides.
  • Students should not be sat at a screen for five hours a day.  Students require opportunities for independence and challenge.

Supporting growth in confidence through scaffolded practice and simple resources

  • Tasks will be set in well sequenced simple steps so that students can engage with remote learning easily.
  • The resources we use for remote learning will be the most effective to teach that particular content. We recognise that sometimes this might be the simple sharing of a photocopied resource.

 Enabling young people to receive feedback on how to progress

  • Young people need to feel that their effort is acknowledged, praised and critiqued just as they do in the classroom.
  • Feedback on how to progress is fundamental for our young people. This can come in a large variety of forms. For example a result on an online test, a teacher explanation of common misconceptions or self evaluation based on success criteria.

 Maintaining excellent student support and a sense of community

  • All of our schools deliver effective student support. This will continue for our young people through the use of remote mentor sessions, phone calls home or support to vulnerable families. 
  • Our student support will be tailored to the individual learning and wellbeing needs of the student.
  • We also believe that it is even more important to maintain a sense of community. We will strive to maintain aspects of school life online through assemblies and competitions.

Suggested resources

The following list is not exhaustive but we have recommended our staff across the trust use:

  • Oak National Academy
  • Seneca Learning
  • BBC Bitesize