This page contains all the key information students and parents need to know how the school will support you if your child needs to access Remote Learning.
Please see the bottom of the page to download our Remote Learning document for Parents
Students needing to access Remote Learning due to isolating please follow the information below.
Remote Learning Expectations
Microsoft Teams - accessed through RM Unify login here: RM Unify
- Each Class has its own section on Teams — known as a TILE
- Students can join virtual lessons here and access their work/tasks
- Students need to follow their normal timetabled lessons
- Log on to Microsoft Teams and click on the relevant Class Tile.
- To access Class Resources go to the 'Files' section of each Tile where you will be able to find all uploaded work
- There are also Knowledge Organisers across the whole curriculum for Years 7-11 which support students with their studies. Knowledge Organisers can be found here
Please see the attached guide below for help logging onto Microsoft Teams
ClassCharts will continue to be used to log homework, behaviour and make announcements
Using your College email
All students have access to their college email account through RM Unify.
Students can look up members of staff and email them should they have any questions during remote learning.
We appreciate that for many students, this will be a whole new experience of learning. We ask that as parents and carers, you support us in our efforts to continue to deliver quality lessons with the same level of engagement and commitment to learning that we expect in college.
- Students would not enter a classroom without the teacher present. We therefore, as that students wait for their teacher to start the online lesson before they join themselves.
- Students should keep their cameras and microphones switched off unless the teacher instructs them to use them. Students can use the hands up button if they wish to communicate with the teacher or other students.
- We ask that all students show the same level of respect for their teacher and classmates as is expected in college.
- ClassCharts will be used to aware praise points as well as noting any unacceptable behaviour should this arise.
Staff who have already experienced delivering virtual lessons have commented that they have been fun and engaging, and have enjoyed getting to know their students better on a different learning platform.
If you need to contact a member of staff please use the Contact Us page of our website.
We know that this can be an incredibly stressful time for families. Please do contact us if there is anything we can do to help. We do not have all the answers right now but will do our best to fix problems and support our community as we know they do us.
- Start times, breaks and lunch at school are at clear times. Maintaining this routine can help maintain a positive work ethic. Avoid spending the day in your pyjamas!
- This will make it easier to focus on your learning, without other distractions.
- Spending extended time working at home is unfamiliar territory. Talking about how things are going can help pre-empt any problems.
- There will be more screen time than normal whilst working at home. You may have to share devices with family members, and setting time limits in advance can help manage this successfully. Equally, spending time offline is important to maintain a sense of balance in the day.
- Your wellbeing is enhanced by physical activity, so do make time for this.. This can really help if you are feeling anxious, which is completely normal whilst you are working from home.
- It will be a big adjustment working from home every day, and having done it before does not necessarily make it easier. Talk about how things are going. The international and local situation is highly changeable. It is normal to feel uncertainty about this too. Be conscious of how much of the news you watch and talk about what you are watching. Do devote enough time for this.
- Escape, relax, unwind. Look after yourself. Remember how much you enjoy reading your Accelerated Reader books – look out for library updates and new books coming online.
- Please discuss e-safety with your children before they return to the remote Learning programme. Lots of resources to help you do this can be found on our website under ‘Safeguarding’.
Please see the attached documents below for help with access remote learning.
We remain committed to our Recovery Curriculum
What is Recovery Curriculum?
Professor Barry Carpenter has developed the Recovery Curriculum, as a response to the losses described above. It is a way for schools to help children come back into school life, acknowledging the experiences the children have had. We want children to be happy, feel safe and able to be engaged in their learning. We have decided that a way to achieve this for the children is to acknowledge the importance of helping them lever back into school life using the following 5 Levers.
- Lever 1: Relationships – we can’t expect our students to return joyfully, and many of the relationships that were thriving, may need to be invested in and restored. We need to plan for this to happen, not assume that it will. Reach out to greet them, use the relationships we build to cushion the discomfort of returning.
- Lever 2: Community – we must recognise that curriculum will have been based in the community for a long period of time. We need to listen to what has happened in this time, understand the needs of our community and engage them in the transitioning of learning back into school.
- Lever 3: Transparent Curriculum – all of our students will feel like they have lost time in learning and we must show them how we are addressing these gaps, consulting and co-constructing with our students to heal this sense of loss.
- Lever 4: Metacognition – in different environments, students will have been learning in different ways. It is vital that we make the skills for learning in a school environment explicit to our students to reskill and rebuild their confidence as learners.
- Lever 5: Space – to be, to rediscover self, and to find their voice on learning in this issue. It is only natural that we all work at an incredible pace to make sure this group of learners are not disadvantaged against their peers, providing opportunity and exploration alongside the intensity of our expectations.
Barry Carpenter, CBE, Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University explains why a Recovery Curriculum is necessary to successfully transition children back to school. Click here to read more
In order to return students to education and ensure they enjoy their time at school as well as achieve the best outcomes possible we have developed an overarching plan that addresses all of those levels suggested by Barry Carpenter.
The College is regularly updating its Risk Assessments for when students are in College or for remote learning. If you would like further information please contact Mr Allen at the College.
The latest information from the government is here