Parent Letter on remote teaching 12.03.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

In the event that ESW is instructed by the Government, or an agency of the Government, to close one or more of the secondary schools in the Trust, we want to be able to continue with the education of our students.

There are a couple of ways that we will be able to do this. One way is by using our Show My Homework platform where teachers will be able to upload Powerpoints, lesson resources and where appropriate short teaching video clips. Another way of us being able to deliver the curriculum is through remote lessons.

This document, and the supporting document “Remote Lessons – Student Guide” detail how this will be facilitated.


1. Overview Teaching staff will be able to deliver classes to students at home using Skype for Business on their staff laptops. Students will be able to use a number of devices, e.g. PC, Apple Mac, iOS, Android to connect to a Skype call initiated by their Teacher.

2. Planned “go-live” of remote lessons This solution will “go-live” to certain year groups, or to the whole school, depending on the length of time the closure is expected to be. Remote lessons will be delivered according to the existing school timetable.

One-week closure For a one-week closure ESW IT Services will support the proposed solution for Year 11 and Year 13 classes. • Day 1 – No lessons teaching staff familiarization with Skype and teaching staff to create Skype meetings. • Day 2 – Remote lessons for Year 11 and Year 13 commence and continue thereafter

Two-week closure For a two-week closure ESW IT Services will support the proposed solution for Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, and Year 13 classes. • Day 1 – No lessons teaching staff familiarization with Skype and teaching staff to create Skype meetings • Day 2 – Remote lessons for Year 11 and Year 13 commence and continue thereafter • Day 3 – Remote lessons for Year 10 and Year 12 commence and continue thereafter

Longer than two-week closure For closures that are expected to last longer than two weeks, ESW IT Services will support the proposed solution all year groups. • Day 1 – No lessons teaching staff familiarization with Skype and teaching staff to create Skype meetings • Day 2 – Remote lessons for Year 11 and Year 13 commence and continue thereafter • Day 3 – Remote lessons for Year 10 and Year 12 commence and continue thereafter • Day 4 – Remote lessons for Year 9 and Year 8 commence and continue thereafter • Day 5 – Remote lessons for Year 7 commence and continue thereafter

3. Ongoing IT Support ESW IT Services will provide support over the phone to help with users who have any issues. Students, parents and carers will be able to contact IT Support by ringing the main school number of a secondary school that has been closed and by pressing option 9.

4. Other key systems Foldr Foldr can be used by staff and students in secondary schools to access files and resources saved on school systems from home. This is accessible through the school website. In the event of closure none of us can predict the availability of staff. There could well be members of staff unable to work through illness, or needing to look after people who are unwell. Therefore, we will provide further updates through the normal school communications of parent email, our website, Facebook page and also by emailing the students KCC email address.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Tina Graham Principal