As a school we have prepared for different teaching and learning scenarios in order to operate and adapt in the event of children needing to self-isolate; a year group or bubble being at home or a local or national lockdown. We will be able to have an immediate switch to online teaching and learning in any of these scenarios.
We will focus our attention on ensuring the following:
- Ashford School remains tightly connected as a community at all times.
- The high standards of education continue for all pupils at Ashford.
- Children and parents will be fully aware of the arrangements when the need for remote online learning arises.
- Understanding that parents will need to continue to work and will be required to manage the logistics of supervising children either while at home or elsewhere.
The community at Ashford School will do their best to support these challenges and will ensure they are flexible, patient and tolerant during these times.
Communication and Key Contacts
The respective Leadership team will communicate with parents regarding expectations for learning as necessary. Children will be required to follow the Online Home Learning Policy and will continue to abide by their ICT Policy, as signed when they received their School owned personal devices.
Mr Nick Tiley-Nunn – Head of Prep School – email@example.com
Mrs. Rosie Clifford – Deputy Head (Teaching & Learning) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Chris Neesham – Deputy Head (Pastoral) – email@example.com
Mrs. Sue Yeates – Head of EYFS – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Helen Gibbons – Head of Pre-Prep – email@example.com
As was the case during the initial period of lockdown, the wellbeing of the children remains a priority. There may be extended periods of time where we may have to revert to online learning, and this may be challenging for some children. Our Wellbeing Manager will continue to support any child that is currently accessing the service and form teachers will be in contact with children through daily registration sessions in order to support them.
Below is an overview of the Wellbeing Team’s Services for Prep School pupils during school closure:
- All students attending Prep during school closure will have access to Wellbeing Services. Our Wellbeing Manager, Lisa Ellis, will be in school all day on a Thursday. Parents can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they are concerned about their child’s wellbeing and Lisa will offer an appointment the same day. Staff will signpost any children in need of additional support.
- Play Therapy sessions at the Prep School will resume as soon as the school is able to reopen. In the meantime, our Wellbeing Manager will email parents with the offer of remote support for the family.
- Parent Consultation Services will continue remotely. Parents wishing to talk through concerns regarding their child’s wellbeing can request an appointment via email – email@example.com, and will be allocated an appointment which will be facilitated via Teams or via Telephone.
- Our School Chaplain, Rev Bellamy, is also available to offer spiritual guidance to students.
For more information on how to look after our mental health and wellbeing during these times, please click the following link.
Teachers will continue planning lessons and activities following our current curriculum and class content or skills. The normal School hours will be continued, and we expect that the children will be able to work independently completing the tasks assigned by teachers, including access to materials online. For younger children, they will require some support from an adult.
Technology has underpinned classroom-based learning at Ashford Prep School for many years and the transfer to virtual learning for children during lockdown has been a huge success. We are familiar with live remote teaching and we will continue to use Microsoft Teams. All children from Reception to Year 6 have a School iPad and these have proved invaluable at this time.
Our teachers have embraced digital marking and feedback through comments, voice and video feedback with Showbie and Seesaw.
If an individual child is at home: Work will be set and uploaded onto the relevant platform and the teacher will ensure the child is completing the work.
If a class or year group is at home: Children will be able to access work and log into Teams for Live lessons and videos.
Lessons and activities will be posted for timetabled lessons daily, from Monday to Friday. Lessons online will be shorter than traditional lessons in the classroom to allow children a break and teachers to be available for their next lessons. We will continue to teach using Seesaw and Showbie.
Registration will be taken at 8:30am in order to allow the form teacher to go over that day’s timetable. We encourage children to adhere to the published timetable as teachers will be on hand during these times to support. We strongly encourage children to cease use of their device at the end of the School day. It must be used purely as an educational tool.
The children will be following their usual form timetable. This will allow teachers to teach their normal timetable should a specific year group be at home. Lesson time will be slightly shortened to allow for a timetable offering balance and breaks between lessons as well as allowing teachers to move between lessons whether they are at home or school.
Children can log onto Seesaw or Showbie on their iPad. This can also be accessed from a home computer by a parent. Log in codes have been given to the children for subjects.
Please see the links on your child’s learning platform (Seesaw or Showbie) for the timetable of your child.
Support for Learning
· In Pre-Prep, pupils and parents will be able to use Seesaw to access materials and tasks. Through the use of Seesaw, they can upload completed work and receive feedback by the
teachers. Parents can send a message to teachers via the Seesaw App.
· In Prep, pupils will be able to use Showbie to access materials and tasks. Through the use of their folders, pupils can retrieve their lessons and complete tasks. Email can be used to seek support from teaching staff, but all must be aware that they will be committed to teaching and preparing lessons as well as potentially having their own health and wellbeing to deal with. Teachers may share resources via pupil email in the event of Showbie not being operational. Please refrain from requesting extra learning/work or private tuition as teachers will be at full capacity providing online learning for all children. We do have a back-up system should teachers and staff fall ill. The Accelerated Reading programme will be available for children to complete quizzes during School hours.
· Teachers will aim to pre-record voice and videos for certain lessons and/or conduct live teaching, where appropriate.
The Learning Environment
If working from home, children must work where there is good internet access and in a safe location known and approved by their parent or guardian. Children are expected to be dressed and presented appropriately in any live online sessions.
Safeguarding will remain as the top priority for staff, pupils and parents, even during periods of closure. All teaching staff have been directed to protect themselves by using Ashford School designated means of communication only. This will include correspondence via School email and/or School systems, as listed above.
· Staff may not give parents or pupils their mobile number or personal email address
· Staff may not invite pupils into their home or facilitate learning in a pupil’s home
· Staff may invite pupils into live lessons through Teams lessons which need to be approved by the parent
Review of Policy
The Online Teaching and Learning Continuity Policy is monitored by the Director of Educational Technology, Digital Learning and Innovation in conjunction with the Senior Leadership Team. This will be reviewed on an annual basis or more often if needed. This policy will be posted on the Ashford School website. Any updates and/or changes will be communicated to the staff, parents and pupils respectively.
Online Teaching and Learning Acceptable Use Policy for Pupils
The following policy is in conjunction with Ashford School ICT/Device policy and should be adhered to by all Ashford School pupils in relation to online home learning.
1) Pupils from Reception – Year 6 will have a School owned device that they can use at home to carry on with online teaching and learning. They must not share their passwords with each other.
2) Pupils will each be responsible for their own behaviour and actions when using the technology for their online studies. The School will use the following virtual learning environments with additional cloud-based applications to conduct delivery of online education: Pre-Prep – Seesaw, Prep – Showbie.
3) Showbie is an extension of the classroom and pupils will conduct themselves in a manner as they would do in School. This includes completing all work and tasks set by their teachers, asking for assistance from teachers during their designated times and interacting patiently
and respectfully with teacher and fellow pupils, in the online environment.
4) Pupils will make sure that all communication to teachers and/or others is sensible and done
with utmost respect, under these circumstances.
5) Pupils will not deliberately browse, download or forward material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If they accidentally come across such material, they should look to report it immediately to their teachers or parents.
6) Should there be live face-to-face sessions pupils should not record or take photos of their classmates or teachers. Under no circumstances should these be distributed onto various
social media platforms.
7) Pupils must report into online Schooling dressed appropriately.
8) Pupils should understand that these rules are designed to help keep them safe and to continue learning.