31 January 2021

WoW – overlap            CPD Focus – Remote Learning


This Week:

  • Reminder: CPD – Teams support from DTU, LCH, MRI and JMJ during highlighted KWV sessions. Please call/contact them via Teams during this time will all things ICT related. Many thanks to them for their continued support (and video tutorials for students and staff).
  • PTSA – Our PE trainee continues this week, Monday to Thursday.  She has a full timetable of intervention, teaching, support and observations.
  • Trainee/new staff induction CPD – PWA to confirm resources and time
  • Expectations – Please continue to remember to refer to these with students. They and their parents/carers have all been informed.
  • SIG – SLT Link meetings this week to discuss monitoring of quality of education and also feedback policies.




 Feedback - Plan - Teach


Link to this term’s CPD focus – Delivering Effective Remote Learning


Key Priorities

  • Delivering effective remote learning
  • Promoting wider reading within your subjects and reading for pleasure


In order to gain insight into a typical day for one of our students, a number of students were asked about their ‘diet’ in terms of online learning.  This purely fact-finding mission involved asking several students from each year (covering a range of priority cohorts) to provide information as to how they access learning for each subject: live lesson, visual instruction (PPT, worksheets, etc) or video instruction (including recorded presentations, Oak National Academy, YouTube videos etc). The discussions were very positive and students seemed very confident about their learning experiences. 


Overall, findings suggest a range of teaching approaches is being used to engage learners across all year groups. We all know that research shows that a mixed economy of synchronous and asynchronous methods are most effective but the following headline figures hopefully provide some food-for-thought:


69% of lessons each week are delivered in a ‘live’ format.

W Band: 79% of lessons are delivered ‘live’.

D Band: 58% of lessons are delivered ‘live’.


The majority of those lessons that are not delivered ‘live’, contain video materials so that students have access to multi-media resources.


Useful references:

Remote Learning Policy (to be updated to reflect recent changes – by the end of this week)

Teaching and Learning Policy (containing blended learning approach)

WLD planning template (updated December 2020)

British Educational Suppliers Association’s LendED platform also provides a searchable list of resources for remote education



Many thanks to all those who are sharing Top Tips to enhance T&L through Teams. Remember that the Teams Top Tips Map is saved in our CPD Library here.





Supporting SEND students (RHO)

This website is useful for strategies to support students with SEND during this period of remote learning.


TES 13 Hacks for Teachers Using Teams

This a really useful resource with lots of great ideas.


Dyslexia Friendly Practice for Remote Learning - JMA

Includes some useful tips for planning and delivering remote lessons but also for parents and students accessing work.


Engagement Tracking – MS Insights from LCH

https://outlook-1.cdn.office.net/assets/mail/file-icon/png/pptx_16x16.pngUsing Insights in Microsoft Teams.pptx

From LCH: ‘One thing I forgot to add in the video is where to find the excel spreadsheet after clicking export. If you go to the files tab on the left hand side of Teams under "calls" it's in there within the "downloads" section.’


Homework reports on ClassCharts


See this useful video tutorial.  It is saved in our CPD Library, here.


Microsoft Educator Community


Immersive Reader – lots of resources are available to promote inclusion to help students to become better readers.


Newspaper Generator – SWO

I stumbled across this and wondered if it was any use to any depts. You type your own text in and can make it look like a real newspaper clipping.


Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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