How Woodroffe is working remotely?
The Government announced on the 20th March 2020, that Schools were to close until further notice. Since then Woodroffe have been providing a ‘virtual school’ that enables remote learning until we reopen.
Clearly this is new territory for all of us. The approach we are taking is very much to provide the best that we can for our students within what is sensible for staff and student welfare. This area of the website offers some guidance during this time.
Whilst working at home, it is essential to protect wellbeing. It is suggested that students have a clearly defined work area that they can work in and keep separate from other activities. It is sensible to stick to work hours, taking breaks and ensuring that students get some fresh air and daylight. They should not spend all the time on the computer and should not work late into the night. Getting dressed in the morning and eating well will help greatly.
New ways of working
Teachers and students are used to a classroom environment. Teachers will need to get used to working online with students. We recognise students have varying levels of IT confidence, IT access and supervision. We also all know IT can be problematic and in many households, devices are shared. If you have IT difficulties that the School may be able to assist with, please pause and check before contacting us but if the problems persist, do use the email address email@example.com which will be monitored.
How we communicate
Students will find all work set by teachers on Microsoft Teams. All Woodroffe students have free access to Office365 including Teams (please see Student Guide to Teams). This means students only need to check one place and should do so daily to see new work and communications. Students can ask questions by posting a message back to the class which the teacher will also see, or individual queries can be emailed. Students need to use this responsibly.
A manageable student workload
Work will be set at 8am on the day of a normal lesson reflecting the students’ timetable. It is important that students use their planners to write a list of the work for the day according to their timetable. Teachers will give instructions on Teams about work to be completed. Some work will be self-marked by students and some can be handed in on Teams for teacher feedback. Teachers and students are NOT expected to be online during normal lesson times.
A balance of online and offline tasks
To maintain a sustainable, varied and healthy diet of work, we aim to provide a mixture of online and offline tasks. Where possible, students should use their school exercise books for offline tasks.
How can I see how my child is progressing? Currently you need to do this with your child by looking at their assignments and seeing which are completed or outstanding. You can also see feedback from teachers by looking at Activity and filtering for ‘Returned’. We are working on an additional parent tool.
This is a great idea in theory but fraught with potential problems and safeguarding issues, so it will not be used with students. Staff are however using pre-recorded videos for some teaching.
If students are unwell due to Coronavirus or any other illness, there is no expectation that they will complete work online. If staff are unwell, there is no expectation that work is set so there may be a period when work is not set for a subject.
How to get help
- IT difficulties – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject issues – the subject teacher or Head of Department
- Pastoral matters – the form tutor or Head of Year
The safeguarding of students remains our top priority during the period of school closure. We will continue to work closely with parents/carers and external agencies to promote our students’ safety and wellbeing.
The effective sharing of information is now even more important so please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Safeguarding Team (https://www.woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk/information/safeguarding/) if you have any concerns, no matter how small. Please also refer to the websites under the ‘links’ tab.