Welcome to the Remote Learning section of our website
Our Remote Education plan aims to replicate normal school life, should the need arise to move to Remote Education. Unexpected school closures, severe weather conditions and local incidents could all result in our offer being provided remotely.
Below are a series of questions and answers for both students and parents to help with accessing Unsworth Academy’s curriculum at home.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Heads of Progress will endeavour to collect work from staff to be completed at home. This may include workbooks, exam papers, revision guides or any other teaching resource used to support learning. We may also guide learners to online provision to support their study from home.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
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, it may not be possible for your child to access the practical elements of a technology subject such as construction or food technology. If this is the case, the teacher will provide linked pieces of work that can be completed by learners at home that continue to develop their subject knowledge in the relevant area.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
All children at Unsworth Academy are provided with an iPad and a charger to try to eliminate these barriers. If there is no internet access at home, please speak to the relevant pastoral manager and printed materials can be arranged.
How many hours each day of work are pupils expected to do?
Pupils will receive 5 hours of taught provision. Our timetable will run from 9.05am-11.05am, 11.25am – 1.25pm and 2.05pm to 3.05pm and pupils will be directed to work during this time. Staff may set homework too for pupils to complete after this time for pupils to complete independently.
This provision is the same for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils. Teachers will be available during these times to respond to questions and queries from pupils. However, they may not receive immediate responses from staff due to commitments in school.
How does my child access remote learning at Unsworth Academy?
Staff may set work in a number of ways. These include via email (see below for information), via SatchelOne, via Teams, or via Showbie. Students will need to access their school email to log in to all of the above systems.
This can be accessed by clicking visiting Office 365 on a webpage or by clicking the Outlook app on their iPad. Your child’s email is the year that they started at Unsworth Academy (e.g., 2023 is ‘23’) following by their first initial followed by their surname e.g., email@example.com. If your child has forgotten their password for their email then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org who will pass your email on.
What type of work will my child be completing for remote learning?
Your child will receive a range of resources to support the curriculum that they are following. This may include:
- A worksheet to complete
- A presentation to watch/ follow
- An educational video clip to watch
- An online quiz to complete to test knowledge
- Recorded teaching (Oak National Academy or other appropriate platforms)
- Revision materials or textbooks
- Long term project work and/or internet research activities
What are the additional arrangements for pupils with additional needs?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some 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:
- EHCP Pupils have been invited in to work with their key workers
- Key workers of those children keep regular contact
How will my child receive feedback on the work that they complete when working from home?
Your child may be asked to submit their work online or email it back to their teacher. Feedback may not be given straight away on every piece of work submitted. Staff will, however, try to provide feedback when they can. Staff may provide feedback in a variety of ways, including:
- Verbal or audio feedback
- Written feedback (shared in response to the submitted work)
- Whole class feedback
- Highlighted targets for improvements
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide from home?
Pupils are expected to engage with all remote learning set wherever possible. Any failure to complete work can impact the progress your child will make and may make return to school more challenging.
As a parent or career, providing support and engaging with your child regarding their learning can help to support positive learning habits whilst working at home. For example, having regular routines and expectations regarding work completion can avoid children falling behind and feeling overwhelmed.
How can I look after my child’s mental health when they are working from home?
- Talk to your child
- Listen to your child
- Clear routines and structure are important but be flexible where needed
- Focus on their mental health and ease the pressure
- Get them to connect with others
- Exercise and get fresh air if possible
Seek help if you need it – you can still contact your child’s Form Tutor or their Pastoral Manager if you have concerns about your child’s mental health even if they are not in school. Young Minds also have a Parents’ Helpline which is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25. Call for free on 0808 802 5544 from Mon - Fri, 9:30am - 4pm.