This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents/carers about what to expect from our remote education, as part of our ‘Blended Learning’ approach, 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.
The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to students at Home?
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of being sent home?
- All learning will be available through Google Classroom.
- Live lessons will begin as soon as possible, where appropriate, phased in from Day 2.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
- As we have had a blended approach since the first lock down, the same curriculum will be taught in the remote setting.
- Some practical subjects may delay some elements, but the Scheme of Learning in these subjects has been adapted to allow for this.
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 students approximately, the following number of hours each day:
|Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 :||We are following our school timetable, so all students will have access to their 5 hours of learning.
Tutor time is at 8.30 followed by 5 lessons with break and lunch at the normal times.
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- The remote part of our online learning is all through Google Classroom. Online lessons and content will be available through student’s login.
- Communication to students will be through Google Classroom and via email.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will the School support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. All parents/carers have been contacted to confirm students have access to software and hardware. Where needs have arisen we have:
- distributed school-owned laptops accompanied by a user agreement or contract;
- provided data cards where WIFI or data is restricted;
- provided printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, to structure learning, supplemented with other forms of communication to keep students on track or answer questions about work.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We entered this school year with a Blended Learning focus, understanding that remote learning was likely. Schemes of Learning were adjusted at the start of the year to allow recall and consolidation from previous learning and they continue to be adjusted where necessary during any remote period.
Each week, a summary will be available on our website and social media to inform and familiarise parents/carers to what students are working on.
Within our remote provision, we are using a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
- Live teaching (online lessons).
- Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers).
- Online text books.
- Quizzes and online worksheets.
- Question practice.
- Group work.
- Long-term project work and/or internet research activities.
- Video clips and links (e.g. GCSEpod and YOUTUBE).
- Paid for platforms by the School (e.g. mymaths and SENECA).
Engagement and Feedback
What are the School’s expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents/carers should provide at home?
- All students should follow their timetable and engage with all work. Please allow them access to internet and a quiet place to work, where possible.
- Any problems please do not hesitate to contact the School.
How will the School check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- All students will be registered in the remote lessons and lack of attendance will be recorded in school with behaviour points (Behaviour Grid sent home with adaptations) and a message sent home.
- Tutors/reception team will alert staff if parents contact to inform the School that their child will not be engaging with remote provision at any time. Please do therefore let us know of any problems.
How will the School assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual student. Remote lessons will contain verbal feedback as well as feedback in the chat box. This facility also gives the opportunity for students to ask questions.
Feedback will also take place on Google Classroom for known and planned activities. There is a comment box, which allows students to reply to staff comments and allow a learning conversation.
Online tasks and testing will also take place using Google Forms and other platforms to allow some summative assessment as well as the formative assessment above.
Additional Support for Students with Particular Needs
How will the School work with me to help my child, who needs additional support from adults at home, to access remote education?
We recognise that some students, for example, students 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/carers to support those students in the following ways:
- Specific teaching and learning strategies shared with all staff to accommodate remote learning of SEND needs.
- Individualised profile of needs for Students with SEN updated appropriately.
- ALL EHCP Students are invited to be in (this is a rolling invite if they do change their minds).
- TA supporting in online lessons where possible.
- Weekly calls for well-being and checking in for access and support and ensuring they have all the resources etc.
- SEN friendly instructions on how to submit work available (step by step).
- Weekly calls from key worker (where appropriate).
- TA supporting in school for interventions for those students on site.
- Annual reviews moved to online.
- Speech and language therapy continuing online.
- Lexia intervention available online.
Remote Education for Self-Isolating Students
Where individual students need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school, remote education that is provided for these students, will differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school.
Please click here to download a PDF version of our Education Provision
Government Update on Supporting Your Children’s Education During Covid-19 – www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-your-childrens-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Enfield Grammar School 16-19 Tuition Fund
The ESFA has made funding available to sixth form colleges and schools to support students who have had their learning affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tuition Fund is ring-fenced for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus.
The funding can be used to provide small group tuition for 16-19-year olds on a study programme where their learning has been disrupted and they have a GCSE Maths and / or English grade of 4 or below at age 16. Although the support is targeted based on prior attainment in maths/English, the funding is not limited to support in these subjects, and will be provided according to need across a variety of subjects.
Support is being prioritised where students will benefit most from small group tuition, and particular regard is being given to the requirements of disadvantaged students and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Enfield Grammar School has committed to using the Tuition Fund that the ESFA has made available, sessions will be limited to no more than 5 students and will take place in addition to the normal planned timetabled hours.
ESFA guidance related to the Tuition Fund is available here
Examples of some of the support that Enfield Grammar School will be offering are:
- GCSE resit preparation
- Support for SEND and High Needs Students
- Vocational support where assessments were deferred
- Vocational catch-up sessions for knowledge and practical skills development
The school will use the funding as follows:
- Recruiting tutors to work with students in small groups to support teaching and learning.
- Increasing the hours of some existing staff.
- Run 1 to 1 or small group sessions in addition to the existing timetabled hours.
- Support will be offered and provided based on the individual needs of each student.
Enfield Grammar School Commitment
The school is committed to ensuring that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund by:
- Producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support the most disadvantaged students.
- Publishing this statement on the school website.
- Recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided.
- Delivering the extra tuition and spend the allocated funds in the academic year 2020/21
- Notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed
Students, please make sure you keep up to date with all your work (Google Classroom) and that you sign in to any online live lessons that are scheduled.
Click the links below to view the documents with your school work summaries:
Coronavirus Information: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
Coronavirus Government Guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Covid-19 Testing Update – 17th March 2021 – TWICE WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING AT HOME FOR STUDENTS
Following the completion of onsite Covid-19 testing at School, students will be moving to twice weekly rapid testing at home and therefore, this week, your son will receive his home testing kits.
Up to 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading it without knowing. Getting into a regular habit of testing twice a week will help stop the virus spreading, keeping your family and friends safer.
We encourage you to ensure your son tests himself twice a week, three to five days apart, in the morning, before school if possible and if not, the evening before.
Your son should also continue testing twice a week, at home, throughout the Easter school holidays. Extra testing kits for this purpose will be given to your son before the end of term.
These tests do not replace testing for those with symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.
Reporting Results – It is very important that results of tests are reported online straight away, even if your son’s result is negative or void. It is easy to do this at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
Results can also be reported via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.
If your son tests positive for Covid-19 following a test completed at home, your household must isolate and your son should ensure that he takes a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the positive result. If this PCR test is positive, then please inform the School and follow national guidelines.
Twice Weekly Testing for Parents, Households and Bubbles – Regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles.
The Government is encouraging all families to participate in twice weekly testing to help stop the spread.
Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by:
● Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
● Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
● Attending a test site to be tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home.
To find out more on school household testing, visit Households and bubbles of pupils, students and staff of schools and colleges: get rapid lateral flow tests – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular Covid-19 testing.
Covid-19 Testing Update – March 2021
The mass testing centre that was organised (logistics & systems) and was delivered by EGS staff, all of whom volunteered to train up and deliver has been efficiently and successfully run over the last 2 weeks. It was a massive effort from our senior leadership team all the way across teaching, support and office staff. We now are delighted that all our students are back and ‘normal’ school life has begun.
Covid-19 Testing Update – 12th January 2021
As I am sure you are aware, the Government has asked schools to have their Lateral Flow Testing Site up and running as soon as possible.
Our test centre is now operational and we have started testing our staff over the course of this week.
We will be testing the students of critical workers / those individually invited to attend School (where consent has been provided), commencing on Thursday 14 January.
Government guidance states that all students should be initially tested twice with a 3-5 day gap between each test to improve accuracy. Therefore, we will ensure that this is factored into our testing programme and we would appreciate it if you could reinforce to your son the importance of attending School for his second test. We will inform each student of their second test date after they have completed their first test.
We will continue to plan for mass testing of all students upon their return to School after half term.
We will keep you fully informed of any updates that we receive from the Government, as this is an ever-changing picture.
As always, thank you for your continued support.
C Lamb – Headteacher