Learning at home can be challenging for both students and parents, and so clarity of what Andalusia Academy will be providing, and what will be expected of students will support this to be an effective process.
The underpinning principles behind our remote provision remain the same as in class teaching; explaining difficult concepts, clear modelling of answers and providing accurate and timely feedback. The remote curriculum will continue to deliver the normal planned in school curriculum.
We will continue to set work and teach to the full timetable, meaning every lesson will have work set on the day of which that lesson would have normally taken place.
Our remote curriculum aims to be as inclusive as possible and is designed with the knowledge that not every student’s home learning set up is the same. Therefore, we have designed a flexible and balanced curriculum diet of independent study, teacher designed activity and live lessons.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, (in Technology & Art, subjects may decide to teach different topics or units that do not require practical input). All other subjects will continue to follow the normal curriculum.
Accessing Remote Education
MS Teams is used to manage tasks, activities, locate resources, view timetables and receive lesson invites and also to attend live lessons. If you do not have access to a device or internet at home please contact us.
How does teaching take place remotely?
‘Blended Learning’ is used, which offers traditional teacher instruction and explanation whilst providing students more control over time, place and pace of their learning.
Using Blended learning
Every lesson will be registered using Microsoft teams.
Teachers will then introduce and explain the lesson activities.
Activities may be completed live during the lesson or instead, set to complete ‘offline’ and then later submitted.
Activities will be similar and, in many cases, the same as normal in school activities, which may include:
- Student/Teacher Q&A
- Use of video or external websites
- Modelling of answers
- Knowledge testing autonomy
Engagement and attendance
A register is taken for each lesson. When a child misses one lesson from a subject, their teacher will contact them through MS Teams.
If a student misses two lessons within a week from a subject, a telephone call or email from the school will take place to inform parents of missed learning and see what can be put in place to support this.
Additional support for students with particular needs
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:
Students who have an EHCP will be invited to attend school in person and be supported by the SEN team. Those that do not wish to attend school will be supported by the SEN team and their key worker daily, to ensure students understand their work and are able to continue to make progress from home.