NCLT Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents/Carers and Students
This statement is intended to provide information to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education in the following circumstances:
- Whole-college closure or entire cohorts studying from home
- Individual students self-isolating
- Teachers self-isolating
- Teacher absent and unwell
- Remote Education for Whole-College Closure or Entire Cohorts Studying from Home
Where there is a local or national lockdown requiring students to remain at home, NCLT will offer them access to remote education. The remote learning offered will be of high-quality and aligned as closely as possible with in-college provision, including our 12 teaching for learning principles.
Wherever possible, lessons will be delivered via Microsoft Teams at the same times as on the normal college timetable. Students will be invited to join these sessions via their Microsoft Teams calendar. Teachers will remain on Teams for the duration of the lesson for 1:1 tutorials or to answer questions while students complete any work set. Cedar registers will be completed to record attendance in remote lessons.
Over the course of a week, and where practicable, online lessons will provide:
- Meaningful and challenging work provided in all subject areas
- Frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered live or through previously prepared videos or PowerPoints with a voiceover
- Opportunities to monitor student progress through questioning, retrieval practice tests/quizzes and other assessments
- Feedback to students on completed assignments or tasks using digitally facilitated methods or whole-class feedback where appropriate
- Opportunities for students to complete some of the lesson activities independently
- Support for students during lessons through the use of the Chat and Breakout Room functions on Microsoft Teams
- Assignments and tasks to be completed for Directed Independent Learning (DIL) outside of lesson time set for DIL
- Systems for checking whether students are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern.
To make the learning experience more engaging, as well as make it easier to check levels of understanding, students could be asked to:
- Answer questions or contribute to class discussions using their microphone where possible
- Move into virtual breakout rooms using the Breakout Room function on Teams
- Turn on their cameras, when appropriate, and use the Together Mode function on Teams
- Respond to live quizzes and questions using e.g. Socrative, Quizizz or Microsoft Forms/Quizzes
- Organise and manage their workloads using apps like Microsoft To Do
- Remote Education for Individual Student(s) Self-isolating
Where a student or students are unable to physically attend a lesson in college they will be able to access the lesson through Microsoft teams.
Remote students will be active participants and contribute either to the Chat feature or by unmuting themselves on Teams during the lesson at suitable points. The teacher will include student(s) in questioning to check understanding and give them opportunity to ask questions during the lesson.
For group work in lessons, students may be asked to join Breakout rooms on Microsoft Teams to work with others and allow the teacher to “drop in” to support them.
For students unable to attend or are too ill, then the lesson will be recorded on Microsoft Teams for them to watch back on Stream when they are able to.
- Remote Education When a Teacher is Self-isolating
Where a teacher has to self-isolate and cannot attend college the teacher will deliver the live lesson from home via Microsoft Teams at the same time as on the normal college timetable. Students will be invited to join the session via their Microsoft Teams calendar.
The teacher will start off the lesson with all students together to introduce what they are going to be working on and will remain on Teams for the duration of the lesson for 1:1 tutorials or to answer questions while students complete the work set. They then meet together again just before the end of the lesson. Cedar registers will be completed to record attendance in remote lessons.
- Remote Education When a Teacher is Absent and Unwell
Where a teacher is unwell and unable to deliver a remote lesson online through Microsoft teams, work will be set and distributed via email and Microsoft Teams.