Online learning information - Codsall Community High School
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Online learning information

Remote Learning

This page summarises the learning activity at Codsall Community High School during periods of national lockdown or individual isolation. This information complements the procedures outlined in the school’s Online Learning Policy

Lesson format

Students are expected to attend online lessons delivered by the teacher in accordance with their normal timetable – this would usually be 5 hours per day. The “timetable” feature of students’ Edulink app does not accurately report lesson times at present (this is due to it being tied to our normal, non-staggered timetable which we have suspended for the autumn and spring terms). The correct timings for lessons are published on the school website here: www.cc-hs.com/school-day

All lessons are conducted using the BigBlueButton video conferencing feature of our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Guidance on how to join a live lesson is given here: Live Lesson Guide vle.cc-hs.com

The link to our Moodle platform is: https://vle.cc-hs.com

Homework & classwork for students

Teachers will use their live lessons to inform students about the classwork task(s). This could include participating in live assessment activities with feedback (replying to a poll, using the student’s microphone to answer a question, typing a message in the lesson’s two-way chat box), working on a task on paper at home (such as answering a science question displayed on screen, or writing an essay). Teachers may also use the Edulink app to set offline work for students to complete.

Where teachers require students to upload work for them to mark, this will usually be done using the assignment tool on Moodle. Guidance on how to upload work to Moodle can be found here: How to upload work to Moodle

Teachers may also use online quizzes, question & answer sessions or learning activities on educational websites to which school departments subscribe to assess and monitor students’ progress.

Monitoring students’ engagement

Each lesson, staff will take an attendance register to monitor which students are attending online lessons. Parents may monitor their child’s attendance using the Edulink app. An “X” code for each lesson indicates that a child has attended and engaged online; an “N” code indicates that either the child did not attend or that they did not fully engage. Senior leaders and pastoral leaders at the school will routinely monitor students’ engagement in learning and will make contact with home using automated text messages or by telephone as necessary to ensure all students are able to continue their learning during lockdown.

Where students are expected to submit work and they fail to do so, teachers will use our existing school procedures to make contact with parents and inform them of this so that students can catch up on missed work.

Rewards & Sanctions

If students show outstanding effort and behaviour in online lessons, staff will use school software to award a Reward Point. Likewise, poor behaviour in an online lesson will result in a student being given a Behaviour Point. These points can be monitored by parents on EduLink and feed into our whole-school rewards system.

Communication

If teachers need to communicate with students outside of a lesson – for example, to advise of a change to the lesson time – they will primarily use the messaging facility of the Edulink app, which can send messages to students and parents as required. Students are able to reply to these messages to seek guidance from their teachers. Students may, exceptionally, be directed to use teachers’ school email addresses by some staff.

Parents who wish to make contact with the school should email (office@cc-hs.com) or telephone reception in the first instance, who will be best placed to direct queries to the most relevant person.

Accessing remote education

Most students will be using their own devices to access learning resources over the internet, from their home. The school has identified a number of students who, due to internet access or the lack of a suitable device, have struggled to access online learning; for these students, we have been able to arrange for the loan of appropriate equipment. If any families’ circumstances change and parents find that their child does not have a suitable device to access learning, they should email our IT helpdesk at helpdesk@cc-hs.com or contact school reception in the first instance so that the loan of equipment can be arranged.

Support for students with particular needs

Students with special educational needs and disabilities are offered additional support to help them engage with learning during periods of lockdown. This will include telephone calls to monitor their welfare and attendance at in-school sessions as required.

Students who are vulnerable, including those with an Educational Health Care Plan, who are not clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to attend school as part of the Critical Worker Vulnerable Children supervision. Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is the primary point of contact for queries relating to students’ SEND requirements: edv@ch-pb.com

Privacy & safeguarding

Lessons are not routinely recorded; if teachers do record a particular lesson, this will be for the purposes of assisting an absent student to catch up or to provide the opportunity to students to review and revise a more difficult lesson theme in their own time.

Before recording any aspect of a live lesson, teachers will announce to the class that they intend to record and seek any objections; teachers will ensure that no child’s web cam is showing a feed or microphones ‘live’ for the duration of the recording.

Lessons take place on our Moodle/BigBlueButton virtual learning environment which includes username/password authentication and appropriate access restrictions.

Teachers will make use of a range of websites and online resources to deliver their lessons; these will be reviewed by staff before directing students to them to ensure they are age-appropriate.

Parents and students may wish to make use of the following advice sources to help keep children safe:

  • Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online, which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to find support and advice
  • guidance on staying safe online which includes information on security and privacy settings
  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
  • If parents become aware of any matters that may impact a child’s safety or wellbeing, they should contact the school immediately so that the most appropriate support and intervention can be put in place.