Remote Home Learning

During this period of Covid-19, we recognise the importance of effective home learning provision and how crucial it is in ensuring that our students do not fall behind in their learning and progress.

In the event of a school closure or extended period of absence, students will be expected to engage with two main learning platforms:

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Satchel One

Below are some guides on how these platforms work and instructions on how to get set up on them. Satchel One in particular has a helpful app for parents so that you can see what work students are set and get live updates on the positive praise students receive while at school.

Parent / Carer Guide to Remote Home Learning

Home learning presents us all with formidable challenges. We are all learning how to do things differently for a while. Across the RGTS community of students, teachers and staff there is a wide range of comfort with technology. Even the most digitally-savvy young people may struggle with the educational technology that we have put in place. This is unchartered territory for us all but we must support each other to ensure the best outcome for our young people. The guidance below will help support parents/carers in constructing a positive Remote Home Learning environment for students.

1. Establish routines and expectations

It is important to develop good habits from the start. Create a flexible routine and talk about how it’s working over time. Chunk your child’s days into predictable segments. Help students get up, get dressed and be ready to learn at a reasonable time. Adjust schedules to meet everyone’s needs but don’t default to allowing them to stay up late and sleep in. (However, a ‘duvet day’ now and then can be a treat).

2. Choose a good place to learn

Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Keep doors open, and practise good digital safety.

3. Stay in touch

Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms and virtual learning environments. Live surgery times are available on the ‘Remote Home Learning’ page which will tell you when your child’s subject teachers are available by the MS Teams chat function. Form tutors and HOYs are also available by MS Teams chat or via email. If you do not have the email address of a teacher, you can contact them via info@rgtrustschool.net

4. Help students “own” their learning

No one expects parents/carers to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content-matter experts. Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice.

5. Begin and end the day by checking-in

In the morning, you might ask:

  • What classes/subjects do you have today?
  • Do you have any assessments?
  • How will you spend your time?
  • What resources do you need?
  • What can I do to help?

At the end of the day you might ask:

  • How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
  • What did you discover? What was hard?
  • What could we do to make tomorrow better?

These brief grounding conversations matter in checking that students can process instructions they have received from their teachers and in helping them organise themselves and set priorities – older students too. Not all students thrive in home learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functions that are essential skills for life. Parents/Carers are good life coaches.

6. Establish times for quiet and reflection

For families with children of different ages and parents/carers who may also be unexpectedly working from home more often, it’s good to build in some time for peace and quiet. Siblings may need to work in different rooms to avoid distraction. Many families will need to negotiate access to devices, priorities for wi-fi bandwidth and schedules throughout the day

7. Encourage physical activity and exercise

Living and working at home, we will all need some room to let off steam. Moving (independently and together as a family) is vital to health, wellbeing, and readiness for learning. It’s a great opportunity to practise exercising “alone-together” with digital workouts and online instructors.

8. Manage stress and make the most of an unusual situation

We are going through a time of major upheaval to our normal routines and ways of life and there’s a great deal of anxiety in the world right now. Emotions may be running high and children may be worried or fearful. Parents/Carers may be stressed too and children are often keenly aware of trouble. Children benefit when they get age-appropriate factual information and ongoing reassurance from trusted adults. Websites that provide this are: 

9. Monitor time on-screen and online

Remote Home Learning does not mean staring at computer screens for seven and half hours every day. Teachers will aim to build in variety, but it will require some trial and error before everyone finds a balance between online and close-space, offline learning experiences. Work together to find ways to prevent “down time” from becoming just more “screen time”.

10. Connect safely with friends and be kind

The initial excitement of school being closed will have now faded and your child may have started to miss their friends, classmates and teachers.  Help your children maintain contact with friends, through social media and other online technologies, but ensure you monitor their usage.  Make sure your child is polite, respectful and appropriate in their communications and that they follow school guidelines in their interactions with others.

11. Reporting Issues

If you do face any issues during this home learning period, RGTS teachers and support staff are on hand to help. Please see below the contact details of the relevant departments, as well as the school’s revised opening hours:

School Revised Opening Hours: 9am – 3.00pm

School Contact Telephone: 020 8312 5498

General Enquiry or Issue: Info@rgtrustschool.net 

Issues accessing online platforms: IT-Support@rgtrustschool.net

Guidance for Families not Attending School due to Covid-19

For those students who are unable to attend school for a short period of time, it is important to us here at RGTS, that they can continue their learning whilst at home. At the moment we will not be uploading lessons each day to the website as we were before however we have compiled a range of useful, age appropriate resources to support pupils with home learning.