COVID-19 UPDATE

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

How will my child access any online remote education?

All the timetabled lessons are being taught remotely, including personal development and achievement sessions along with assemblies. This service is provided via the Microsoft Teams platform.

The assessments, i.e. homework, class tests, progress tests and exams, along with the teachers’ feedback are also provided via Microsoft Teams.

The teachers and students have been trained on how to use this platform and the full-time members were provided with a secure laptop.

All the students are taught a planned and well-sequenced syllabus with meaningful and ambitious work in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback, regardless of their location.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live teaching
  • recorded teaching
  • set tasks with targets
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. For example, SAM Learning for GCSE students or guided YouTube videos.
  • project work and research activities

How is engagement and feedback promoted?

We encourage the students to contribute as much as possible during class discussions and clear misconceptions or problems by asking for clarifications. To promote engagement between the students and teachers, we encourage the students to use their microphone and video facilities.

The teachers regularly asses the students via class tests, homework, progress tests and exams. Feedback is provided directly to the students and via reports to both parents and students. The assessment outcomes are recorded on our Information Management System and the Director of Studies regularly monitors the students’ progress.

Any concerns and the steps required for students to progress are reported to the parents and students directly.

Please note that the SAM Learning digital platform automatically provides detailed assessment outcomes and feedback to both teachers and students.

Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in college?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in college wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations as guided by the government and exam boards. For example, Component 2 of Art A-Level was cancelled and we are waiting to hear what the arrangements will be in respect of assessment and grading of the Component 1 personal portfolio. Hence, we are currently only focusing on Component 1.

We have been advised by the Independent Schools Council to stop new syllabus coverage around Easter and focus on revision. Depth may be becoming more important than breadth during this pandemic. The government’s consultation document indicated that there may be optionality in the exam papers the boards may send towards the end of the academic year. This will allow students to answer questions on the syllabus they have covered. The final guidance on this and how grades are to be calculated has not been released yet.

Remote education for self-isolating students

We believe that technology provides the teachers with several different, and effective options when delivering a syllabus. For example, visual aids help students understand concepts more efficiently.

Hence, we require students to use their Regent laptops on campus and when attending lessons remotely. This allows the teachers at Regent to take the same approach to teaching regardless of where the group, or an individual student is learning from.

Using the approach described above, whether an individual student, a group or all of the students are required to self-isolate, they will gain the same quality of consistent and effective learning support as they would have done on campus.

Remote education

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

Remote education

How will my child access any online remote education?

All the timetabled lessons are being taught remotely, including personal development and achievement sessions along with assemblies. This service is provided via the Microsoft Teams platform.

The assessments, i.e. homework, class tests, progress tests and exams, along with the teachers’ feedback are also provided via Microsoft Teams.

The teachers and students have been trained on how to use this platform and the full-time members were provided with a secure laptop.

All the students are taught a planned and well-sequenced syllabus with meaningful and ambitious work in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback, regardless of their location.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live teaching
  • recorded teaching
  • set tasks with targets
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. For example, SAM Learning for GCSE students or guided YouTube videos.
  • project work and research activities

How is engagement and feedback promoted?

We encourage the students to contribute as much as possible during class discussions and clear misconceptions or problems by asking for clarifications. To promote engagement between the students and teachers, we encourage the students to use their microphone and video facilities.

The teachers regularly asses the students via class tests, homework, progress tests and exams. Feedback is provided directly to the students and via reports to both parents and students. The assessment outcomes are recorded on our Information Management System and the Director of Studies regularly monitors the students’ progress.

Any concerns and the steps required for students to progress are reported to the parents and students directly.

Please note that the SAM Learning digital platform automatically provides detailed assessment outcomes and feedback to both teachers and students.

Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in college?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in college wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations as guided by the government and exam boards. For example, Component 2 of Art A-Level was cancelled and we are waiting to hear what the arrangements will be in respect of assessment and grading of the Component 1 personal portfolio. Hence, we are currently only focusing on Component 1.

We have been advised by the Independent Schools Council to stop new syllabus coverage around Easter and focus on revision. Depth may be becoming more important than breadth during this pandemic. The government’s consultation document indicated that there may be optionality in the exam papers the boards may send towards the end of the academic year. This will allow students to answer questions on the syllabus they have covered. The final guidance on this and how grades are to be calculated has not been released yet.

Remote education for self-isolating students

We believe that technology provides the teachers with several different, and effective options when delivering a syllabus. For example, visual aids help students understand concepts more efficiently.

Hence, we require students to use their Regent laptops on campus and when attending lessons remotely. This allows the teachers at Regent to take the same approach to teaching regardless of where the group, or an individual student is learning from.

Using the approach described above, whether an individual student, a group or all of the students are required to self-isolate, they will gain the same quality of consistent and effective learning support as they would have done on campus.

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