Remote learning

There may be an occasion where, for myriad reasons, students cannot come into Newton Abbot College to access their learning. This could affect an individual, year group or whole cohort of students if the College had to shut. In the event of such occasions, decisions to close the College are made based on the best interests of student and staff safety.

Potential reasons for why students might not be able to access onsite learning includes but is not exhaustive to:

  • long term illness
  • Staff shortage
  • Pandemic
  • Environmental issues
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for students who aren’t in school
  • Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  • Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection

In order to be fully prepared for any of these situations and ensure as little disruption to student learning occurs as possible, the Newton Abbot College Remote Learning Guidance and Emergency School Closure plan (especially in the case of long-term closures) is outlined below.

This Remote Learning & Emergency College Closure Guidance aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for students who aren’t in school
  • Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  • Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection

The work set will either closely resembles that being covered in college or be match what would have been taught in the classroom dependent on the circumstances of the absence. The approach will depend on the circumstance and year group of the student absent.

Individual Abscence

An individual absence refers to an absence that is not a whole year group or whole class and where the teacher will still be responsible for teaching at least part of the group in College.

    Work will be set on the College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE - See appendix) where students will have access to a wide range of curriculum appropriate resources so that they can continue with their learning from home as best they can.

    The work set closely resembles that being covered in college in the hope that when a student returns, they should not have any significant gaps in the skills, knowledge or understanding when compared to their peers.

    Roles and Responsibilities - Students

    Students will be responsible for:

    • Taking time to navigate around the online platform and check log in details are working. Go to the correct year group and subject area to access resources
    • Completing the lesson activities and spend as close to the usual lesson time for each subject each week on the learning, if individual students are well enough to do so
    • Communicating with parents on what has been covered at home
    • Communicating with subject teachers for subject specific issues or IT support in the event of a technical problem via email: info@nacollege.devon.sch.uk
    • Saving the work completed to a laptop/ Chromebook or in a handwritten form so that;
      • Short term absence (2 – 3 days) - the learning can be brought into college upon return
      • Up to 2 weeks - Any assessments that are completed in class will be completed and submitted online or on paper format
      • Long term – Assessments and evidence of key notes submitted at regular intervals

    Roles and Responsibilities - Parents

    Parents will be responsible for:

    • Communicating the reason for absence and anticipated length of absence to the College
    • Checking the student username and password is working from home for the VLE and for SMHW. College username (e.g 20jsmith), College email address (e.g 20jsmith@nacollege.devon.sch.uk) plus the password set by the student
    • Looking through the learning material, preferably with the student, locating the correct year group and relevant subject
    • Contacting the College in the event of a problem gaining access to the learning materials, or if there are any concerns about the learning provision: info@nacollege.devon.sch.uk
    • Encouraging the absentee to complete learning as best they can within the specific set of circumstances

    Large Group Abscence

    A large group absence refers to;

    • A whole class or whole year group are absent from the College for a period of time. Staff will still be required to be in College within their normal working hours and will be required to continue to teach those students in College in other classes or year groups as per their timetable.
    • Where this is the case, you will be informed when the situation is communicated to you.

    Where it is a whole class in one subject or a whole year group all work will be set on SMHW. For the first day this might be to complete work from the VLE, however after this the work will be set one day in advance (After 12pm and before 6pm). Teachers will provide guidance, support and feedback to students completing the set work in a timely fashion.

    Roles and Responsibilities - Students

    In addition to the roles and responsibilities in an individual absence, Students will be responsible for:

    • Ensuring they are contactable during the school day
    • Complete and submit work to the deadline set by teachers
    • Seek help if they need it, from teachers or ALCs
    • Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work

    Roles and Responsibilities - Parents

    Parents will be responsible for:

    • Making the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
    • Seek help from the school if they need it info@nacollege.devon.sch.uk
    • Checking via SMHW that the work is submitted and any feedback given


    Whole College Absence

    All work will be set on SMHW one day in advance (After 12pm and before 6pm) Teachers will provide guidance, support and feedback to students completing the set work in a timely fashion.

    Roles and responsibilities - Students and Parents

    Student and parental roles and responsibilities are as per individual and large group absences

    Additional Support Provision

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

    It is the parental responsibility to inform the College if students are unable to complete the work due to online issues. The College will then;

    • Provide a Chromebook or similar where this is deemed to be the most suitable action or where available
    • Provide the materials in paper form
    • Provide text books to complete similar work to that provided by the VLE or teacher.

    Additional support for students with particular needs

    We recognise that some students, for example some 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 dependent on the duration of the absence and circumstances of the absence we will work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways;

    • Provide additional support materials
    • Provide differentiated materials
    • Provide additional staff support

    How to access the College Virtual Learning Environment

    Students can access the College VLE through the College website. To do this click on the SharePoint black log in button.

    This will enable students to access their College emails and by clicking on the red box staff can access their folders.

    A guide on how to log on to the College online systems is available on the Home Learning page.

        A downloadable guide for the College Remote Learning procedures is available here.

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