Expectations for Remote Learning
Since Spring 2020, Esher High School has invested significant time in the training of our teachers to ensure they can make best use of both Microsoft Teams and the Office 365 environment.
What can my child expect?
Lessons are delivered live and we call this "remote learning", as the vast majority of our students and staff will be joining their lessons from home. Students should expect to follow activities shared live, completing their own notes as they follow and respond to other activities that take them away from the screen and returning to submit their work after an agreed time. Students are encouraged to actively seek further guidance during the live lesson, should they feel they need it, to ensure they are productive.
All students follow the timetable below:
We have kept lesson timings to mimic the 5 period day with a break and lunch over the same time span of the normal school day. Each lesson has been reduced by 15 minutes to allow students a few minutes to finish off any work they might be doing and take the opportunity to move away from their screen before the next lesson. The curriculum taught at Esher High School, largely follows what would be delivered on site (with the exception of some of the practical based subjects) where teaching tends to focus on theory. The PE department, for example, have set activities that students complete at home.
Esher High School has also made a significant investment in new IT infrastructure over the last year to ensure that our students have access to the Office suite including Word, Excel and many other online Apps, as well cloud storage for their documents and files. In addition they have access to their school emails through Outlook and have EdulinkOne (quick links top right hand corner of the website) which enables them to see messages, their timetable and other key information. All of this is there to ensure that our students are equipped for future education or training and that they can hold their own with peers from other schools locally and on a larger scale.
What should I do if my child can't access Remote Learning?
If your child needs support with their learning, please email email@example.com, or contact your child's Head of Year. If IT is proving a barrier to learning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the problem, for example, if your child doesn't have a laptop. We will do our best to provide the necessary equipment as soon as possible, through the government scheme.
What do we expect from students and their parents supporting them at home?
- Stick to the routine of the school day.
- Find a location where your child can study, eg, kitchen table or using a keyboard and mouse plugged into their X-Box and television.
- Discuss your child's work and praise their efforts.
- Encourage them to read regularly - we know when students are away from the school environment, their reading speed can slow down, so it vital to try to prevent this.
What will teachers and other staff do to support your child's engagement?
- Teachers and other staff will praise effort and acknowledge where things have gone really well.
- Teachers will be present for the duration of the 45 minutes (unless there is a good reason) ready to answer questions.
- Teachers will model expectations for the work set or give a clear indication as to what they are looking for.
- Teachers will contact home, in the first instance, if your child misses their lessons.
What will teachers and other staff do if your child isn't engaging in their lessons?
- A register is taken each lesson. If a child is persistently absent from a subject and contacting home has not yielded any results, we will contact the Head of Year (copying in the Tutor), who will call home to see what further support can be offered.
How will my child get feedback on their learning?
- Teachers will ensure that students receive praise each lesson verbally and by awarding achievement points. They will also ensure that answers shared by students either through the chat or via their mics are acknowledged.
- Students will get feedback on the quizzes they complete, where both a mark and comment are possible. The teacher will decide if a comment in addition to the mark is needed.
- At various points over a unit of work, students may get written, audio or video feedback embedded into their electronic assignments. These comments are likely to focus on what has gone well, actions students might need to take now or things they will need to consider in future assignments.