Remote education: Information for students, parents and carers

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 students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home

A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should students expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of being sent home?

Our immediate priority is to ensure continuity of learning for our students. To achieve this, in the first day or two following a lockdown or attendance restriction announcement from the Government, students can expect to be set work on an appropriate online platform. The platform may vary depending on its compatibility with the subject area being taught. 

Students should check their college email address for instructions from their tutor. 

Following the first few days of remote education, will students be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in college?

We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in College wherever possible and appropriate. However, we will need to make some adaptations in some subjects with a large technical focus requiring access to specific equipment and materials that would normally be available in our workshops and classrooms. 

Where adaptation is required, students can expect online learning to focus on theoretical areas of those programmes with the intention of catching up with practical work when they return to campus. 

How long can students expect work set by the college to take each day?

Foundation Level - Workpacks sent home and supervised by tutors. 
Level 1 - As timetabled
Level 2  - As timetabled
Level 3  - As timetabled

Accessing remote education

How will students access any online remote education you are providing?

We use a large variety of digital tools to deliver online learning, with platforms chosen to suit the needs of each subject area. 

Students will be advised how to access the tools they will use to learn by their subject tutor, and should check their college email address for instructions. 

If a student does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Since September 2020 we have offered to lend tablet devices to students so that they have a dedicated, non-shared, device at home through which to access online learning. 

In addition, we have a small number of routers and dongles which will help students get devices online. 
To request a device or for support with online access, students should send an email with their full name, student ID number, and the name of the course they are studying. Alternatively, please call us on 01634 383000. 

If students require printed materials, or need to submit work for assessment offline, they should contact their course tutor directly to make the required arrangements.

How will students be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely
• predominantly live teaching (online lessons)
• recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by tutors)
• printed paper packs produced by tutors (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
• textbooks and reading books students either have at home or that be accessed electronically through our Learning Resource Centres
• commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
• long-term project work and/or internet research activities 

Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for students’ engagement and the support that parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect 100% attendance of students, and full engagement with timetables as scheduled. 

We will use parents’ evenings to outline support that parents and carers can provide at home. Every parent of a 16-18 student will be offered a parents’ evening slot, and we welcome direct contact from parents and carers. 

How will you check whether students are engaging with their work and how will parents be informed if there are concerns?

We will check attendance by marking registers for timetabled sessions. At the end of each week Heads of Department will be provided with a list of students who have not attended during that week and will contact students to discuss their attendance. 

If phone calls to students are not possible, we will contact parents either through telephone or letter.

How will you assess student work and progress?

Feedback will be provided on assessed work through the online platform it was submitted on. 

We will also check student progress, knowledge and understanding through direct questioning, quizzes, surveys and breakout rooms in live lessons. 

Additional support for students with particular needs

How will you work with parents to help students who need additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

SEND students will receive a weekly phone call from their personal tutor to check that they have received learning packs, are making progress with them, and to check their wellbeing. 

SEND students will be invited to attend campus at the discretion of their personal tutor if a need for further support or assistance is identified. 

Remote education for self-isolating students

If students are not in College because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

Students who are self-isolating will be contacted by their course tutor to set work that they can complete remotely. 
Where appropriate, tutors will dual-teach present and absent students at the same time using online meeting facilities. 

Students returning from isolation will be offered additional support on their return to College to catch up with the rest of the cohort.