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Mount Tamar School Remote Learning Strategy

From the beginning of September 2021, Mount Tamar School had welcomed back all students, in all Year Groups full time. Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing. Time out of school is detrimental for children’s cognitive and academic development, particularly for our students, all of whom have Education Health Care Plans.

This impact can affect both current levels of education and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we need to ensure all students can access their curriculum throughout the year. We have been asked by the government to plan for the possibility of local restrictions. We have been and are continually working to ensure a continuity of education for any exceptional circumstances where there is some level of restriction applied to education or childcare in a local area.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) issued an overview of the tiers of intervention for educational settings when managing local outbreaks and implementing restrictions:

Tier 1: All pupils attend full time

Tier 2: Part time rota system in place

Tier 3: Most secondary school students studying from home

Tier 4: All schools back to full lock down

We had adopted this advice and are developing a comprehensive strategy to our approach to Remote Learning. This will include the support of individual and small groups of students who may be self-isolating/shielding to ensure they can access high quality resources during their period of absence.

For those that require online learning (even though a lot of parents and students have requested to receive the work through the postal system), we will be using Google Classrooms and Google Drive as our main platform for setting work, sharing resources, uploading completed work (where applicable), delivering pre-recorded and live lessons (where applicable), and hosting Q&A meetings with classes (where applicable).

In the event of a school closure, we will provide taught sessions to pupils on how to access and use this platform. We are confident that most of our students are already familiar with how to access and utilise this platform following school closure. This plan will ensure minimal disruption to the education of our young people during such a time.

On January 6th 2021 we returned into a full lock down, therefore we returned to the remote learning platform, sending some work via the postal system with the majority of the work being completed via Google Classrooms.

Google Classroom User Guide

In order to make the system effective, we have attached a video link to show how easy it is to use: see below.

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Google Classroom Parent and Carer Guide