Remote Learning


Guide to Home Learning

Thank you for supporting your child and the school community by as we enter our second school lockdown.  We hope that you and your family are well and coping in these difficult times.  We know that many of you have been through this before with us but we thought it would be helpful to review the guidance on remote learning.  Please see below for some suggestions and common questions for how you can help your child get the most out of working at home.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first days of pupils being sent home?

You can find your child’s timetable on the parent or student version or the on-line system Show My Homework just by clicking on the “Timetable” in the menu.   All of the work will be set on Show My Homework (SMHW) for each lesson.  You can access this via your Parent log-in or use your child’s login.   If you don’t have this then please get in touch through and we can get it to you.  Email your child’s tutor.  Every student has been sent an email giving details on how to log on via their school email.  If they cannot log on to their school email then please contact the IT support team .


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Year 7, 8, 9, 10                   Five hours per day.

Year 11, 12, 13                   Five hours per day minimum and more set as appropriate to the course.            

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

We are requesting that all work is set and submitted through Show My Homework as it makes it easy for us to monitor whole-class submissions and quickly spot anyone who is having problems.  Students can send in photos of work completed and scanned work as well as Word documents. You can, of course, ask to see these submissions to reassure yourself that work is being completed. Teachers will acknowledge this and feedback weekly.

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

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home.

If you need a laptop or a computer so your child can access their work, please email us at with the subject headed ‘devices for remote education.’  We have a limited number of computers available and we need to priortise to the families in the most need. 

Engagement and feedback

Students can complete the work set for them by their teacher during the time they would have that lesson.  A degree of flexibility is, of course, needed here, especially in households with more than one child and a limited number of devices.  A clear and regular routine is best to keep your child focused and learning.  Your child may prefer to start the day with a PE lesson, if that is on their timetable, and complete their academic subjects later in the day.  This is fine.  Use a routine that works best for your household.  They do not need to complete the lesson at the time.  The on-line broadcasts are to augment the work set on SMHW not to replace it and if the student cannot join live then the recorded lesson remains on Microsoft team to watch later.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

If students are not completing work, teachers will contact them via SMHW comments section to give them a reminder.  If work continues to not be completed (no work for a subject at the end of a given week), teachers will email and may contact home.  The students name will be passed to their form tutor who will discuss the issue with the parent/carer during their conversations.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Teachers will offer acknowledgement and short feedback at least once a week on the work submitted.  Teachers will also offer feedback on diagnostic assessment as according to their normal departmental policy which is usually every four lessons or so depending on the subject.


Additional support for pupils with particular needs

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:


  • Teams virtual sessions 1:1 with your child’s TA (where applicable)
  • Work set over SMHW is differentiated by your child’s teacher to ensure it is accessible to them.
  • Wellbeing packs are delivered weekly to students who were receiving additional support.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Teachers will set work for any child in their class who is not in lessons because they are self-isolating.  This work will cover the same curriculum content as the lesson missed by the student and will be on SMHW.


Email sent to students:

Dear students,

Those of you that have mastered home learning and how to submit work  – stop reading!

Work is being set on SMHW as a ‘Classwork’  which will appear in pink on your SMHW calendar and To-do list.  Help is below.   I have checked and every student has access – it is your username and password which is your responsibility to remember and learn.  Even if you can’t login then you can still see what is set via the calendar. You need to login to submit work – this is only way we are using.   See below.

Submit your work on SMHW.  Follow this guide.


Remember you are in charge of your learning success.  Everyone need to do their best in these difficult times.  If you are stuck, work at it and think, look up the information before asking your teacher.  You need get good at being a student and being independent.


Dr Fox


Accessing SMHW:

Follow this link

Reset your password  here and use your school email account

Every student in the school can access their account using this method.  If you have not used your school email for the SMHW account or you have used your parents account then access it that way instead.  Once you have done this you must change it to your school email address – it is the only way we can help you.

You can also access your timetable from SMHW too to find out what you have that day.

You can see all the work set here on the calendar for all staff without logging in.   Classwork will appear pink.