Ellesmere College: COVID-19
Remote Education Statement
This information is
intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents about what
to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require
entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
- Our updated COVID Whole School Risk Assessment (published December 21 2020) can be accessed here: COVID Whole School Risk Assessment
We use Microsoft
Teams to deliver our lessons and our pastoral care online.
All pupils have an
Ellesmere Microsoft account and email
All pupils have
access to MS Teams via their Ellesmere network login and to our Virtual
Learning Environment called Frog
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we would if pupils were in school
and follow the same times for the start of each academic lesson. However,
we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.
For example; PE is not scheduled at the usual timetabled time. Pupils are
expected to participate in fitness activities on their normal games afternoon
and make use of the activities and exercises we have provided on the Health
& Wellbeing page they can log into on their Frog landing page.
Subjects with practical elements: Art, Drama, Design, and Science have been
adapted so practical elements can be either done at home or experience through
The method of
teaching online is a combination of the following
teaching online lessons
teaching made by teachers for pupils to watch
and worksheets provided either via our VLE Frog or emailed
and reading books pupils have at home
software that we use such as MyMaths, Kerboodle, Clickview, GCSEPod, and a
range of video clips.
Where a pupil is
outside the UK and there is a significant time difference (more than four
hours) the tutor will discuss the times of lessons that can be accessed on line
and liaise with teachers for those that cannot be attended. Work will be
accessible on our VLE Frog and is to be uploaded or emailed as per the
teacher's instruction. Help for those lessons will be provided by email.
Where the time difference is less than four hours pupils should attend most of
their lessons following UK time.
Where a pupil has no device to use or where they have
constant internet connection issues parents are to contact the school, ideally
via their child's tutor. The tutor will discuss with senior management to agree
an appropriate response to enable learning to continue.
Assessment and marking is done electronically by use of the
feedback facility in Frog, various subject software uses and via email.
Pupils will receive weekly feedback on the work they have completed.
Our half termly assessment week continues and period grades
will continue to be issued each half term to indicate achievement for that
period of learning.
Parent's meetings have moved to online and parents are
informed, by letter, in advance of the meeting about the date and time and sent
an attachment with guidance on how to access the parents portal to book their
appointment and access the meeting.
We fully understand
that 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. We liaise with parents
through the child's support for learning teacher to identify the most
appropriate way to support those pupils that suits the needs of the individual.
When pupils return
to school we may still have the situation where a pupil has to self-isolate. If
the child is not feeling unwell they are expected to follow their timetable and
either access the lesson via Teams and should message their teacher on the
first day of isolation to inform them they need to connect via Teams or if home
circumstances make that difficult they will liaise with their teacher by email.
The work will be available on the school VLE Frog and can be submitted
for feedback via Frog or teacher email.
February 5th 2021
Ellesmere College - Covid Risk Assessment
Our updated COVID Whole School Risk Assessment December 21 2020 has been published and can be accessed here:
COVID Whole School Risk Assessment
December 21 2020
Ellesmere College: Back to School September 2020
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