Becket Keys School remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about
what to expect from remote education when we are in a period of local or national restrictions which
require students to remain at home.
Becket Keys Church of England School is highly committed to outstanding teaching and learning and will
work tirelessly to ensure that all students can continue to make excellent progress when working remotely.
We prioritise student safety and have carefully considered systems in place to ensure that students are
safe on-line and teach these skills daily in our lessons.
Remote learning may commence for a variety of reasons and this document intends to explain all of these
in some detail: National Lockdown, Local Lockdown, Cohort Lockdown, Partial Lockdown and self-isolation
due to infection. For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating (but the rest
of the cohort are in school), please see the final section of this document. The majority of the material
here is addressing imposed lockdown of significant numbers of students or indeed the whole school.
We start with some practical tips for parents.
5 Practical Tips: how can I help from home?*
- Make sure your son/daughter has eaten breakfast and is ready before 8:30 for the first lesson to start
with all that is needed: technology, paper, pens.
- Check written work as often as you can. Every 20 minutes would be ideal, but every 30 or 60 minutes is
also fine. Sign your initials in the margin, that way, when you come back you can see what they have
completed since you were last there. It will also show teachers that you are checking! Even if you can
only do this for 30 seconds a few times a day it will make a big difference!
- If there is a live lesson going on, listen to the teacher for a few minutes and ask your son/daughter
to explain what is being taught. If a question is asked, encourage him/her to respond to the teacher or
give you the answer to the question. Compare it with the answer given by another student.
- If a video has been provided, pause it and ask your son/daughter to explain the content. It would be a
good idea to rewind and watch again if a good explanation cannot be given.
- See what else is open on the desktop. It can be tempting for some students minimise and maximise
between schoolwork and other distractions. You can look at the ‘history’ on the browser to check this
What else can I do?
- Ask if there is extension work. Check with the teachers if your son/daughter is regularly finishing
early. You can send teachers a message via: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php
- Check what is happening on screens in “free time”. It would be good to get away from screens during
down time. SnapChat, Instagram and WhatsApp are a dangerous waste of time. Limit these to an hour per
day. Netflix and YouTube are also tempting ways to while away the hours. What is being watched? How many
episodes? One or two episodes a day is more than enough. Make sure that these things are not disrupting
I’m doing all this: what else can I do?
- Chesskid.com is an excellent free
site to learn to play chess.
- Duolingo.com is another free site
where students can practise their language skills.
- Go out together for a walk, bike ride or run and send your mileage into us so we can add it to our
Mass Marathon around the World challenge.
- Encourage reading for up to 2 hours a day. If you have a reluctant reader on your hands, look into
audio books or read together.
- uk.smartickmethod.com, IXL and MathsWatch are all great Mathematics websites. You can never do too much Maths!
- The BBC have a whole series www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize for
students in Lockdown. It is excellent.
Wicks has numerous free workouts on YouTube.
- Oak National Academy are offering many video lessons
made by real teachers and used by real schools! Well worth a look.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home?
A student’s first day or two of being educated remotely at the beginning of self-isolation or
local/national restrictions might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary
actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
Note that full details of the school’s curriculum are available on our website for each subject and year
group. If the content of the remote curriculum is different this will be made clear by subject teachers.
What should students expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of being sent home?
In the event of a local or national restriction, students will be expected to follow their normal school
timetable. Lessons will almost all be on Microsoft Teams with occasional links to other software, as
appropriate to give students variety.
If your son/daughter has been sent home to isolate while school is operational, he/she should also follow
the normal school timetable. Lessons should be accessed via Microsoft Teams - again almost all will be
available subject to suitability (for example PE may be challenging). Students will complete the same
tasks as other students and will be able to interact with their teacher. If their normal teacher is not
available, we will continue to try and use Microsoft Teams. However, tasks may be set for students to
access on ShowMyHomework.
Our intention is for remote learning to be available from the first day, although it may on occasion take
a second day to be fully up and running.
Work should be submitted via Microsoft Teams or Show My Homework.
Following the first few days of remote education, will students be taught broadly the same curriculum as
if they were school?
As far as practicable, students will receive the same curriculum as would be the case in school. Tasks in
practical subjects such as Art, Design and Technology, Drama, Food, Music, PE and Science will be adapted
when necessary for home schooling.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students
broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged students not working towards formal qualifications this year
At least 6 hours per day including homework demands.
Secondary school-aged students working towards formal qualifications this year
At least 8 hours per day including homework demands.
Accessing remote education
How will students access any online remote education?
We will use Microsoft Teams for Live Lessons. Every student has been trained in school to log in and we
have run trial sessions for all students in all year groups before Christmas. It is possible to get
support if you need it from our office: email@example.com.
We will also use Show My Homework for communication regarding lessons. This app (which is familiar to
everyone) will be used every day for students to see which lessons they have and to receive feedback.
Students can also use it to contact their teachers in addition to the website portal here: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php
We also use You Tube for recorded lessons, the school VLE for saving resources that are used for lessons
(www.becketkeys.org/vle.html) and various subject
specific websites such as MathsWatch and Active Learn. If you have any issues using
these tools please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutor time will continue to take place every day for every student and this will always be available on
Microsoft Teams. This is an important time for a daily check on learning, provide support for well-being
and to offer a time of daily worship and prayer.
Lessons should be accessed using a device suitable for the task. The same applies to completing work. In
most cases this will be a laptop or PC, however, other devices are also very suitable. We have guidance
available about using X-box and PlayStation machines - please contact us if you need this. Many students
use phones and iPads very successfully. Students should also be in a location where they are able to
If we do not have digital or online access at home, how will you support us to access remote education?
We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following
approaches to support those students to access remote education:
- We will lend suitable devices to students who do not have access to one which can be for their sole
use during the school day.
- We have a limited number of devices which enable a suitable internet connection which can also be lent
to students. Students require access to a connection which means they are able to fully engage in
lessons which have video input, whether live or recorded, throughout the school day.
- We have a limited number of Data SIM cards which can provide 4G access. There are some mobile phone
companies who are offering free data top ups for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please contact
us if you think you would qualify for this. More details are here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-increasing-mobile-data
- In general, we will avoid printing materials, or receiving hard copies of work, as both the remote
curriculum and the facility to submit work are available electronically whether students are in school
or at home.
- If you do not have access to a suitable internet connection, and we have run out of devices which
enable one, students may be classed as ‘vulnerable’ and may be able to attend school. Please contact the
school, if this is the case.
You should contact us via email@example.com for further
information. Alternatively, please call us on 01277 286600.
How will students be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach students remotely:
The range of approaches we will use to teach students remotely are
- Live lessons
- Recorded lessons
- Activities set during lessons, or to cover a series of lessons or for homework, some of which require
access to websites.
Each student will receive a blended approach, the nature of which is likely to vary from day to day.
However, Show My Homework will communicate on a daily basis which lessons students have and what they need
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for student engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should
provide at home?
Our expectations are that parents ensure:
- students follow their normal timetable and attend on time.
- students engage fully with all activities which are set.
- they read and engage with all communications which come from the school, including from their subject
teachers and form tutor.
- they contact the school if they have concerns or issues.
If you wish to contact the school about a curriculum issue you should contact the class teacher via: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php. Heads of department
can also be contacted this way, but the first port of call should be the class teacher.
If you wish to contact the school about a pastoral issue you should contact your son/daughter’s form
teacher via: www.becketkeys.org/contact.php. You can
also contact the Head of Year via this portal, but the form tutor should be the first port of call.
If you are not sure whom to contact, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our administration team will
direct your message to the right person. Please be aware that this could slow down the process as our
office team are stretched at the moment.
Periodically, the school will contact you to complete a survey to gain your overall feedback. At any
time, you can report your views to OfSTED via the ParentView portal. We are very grateful to all the
parents who have taken the time to tell OfSTED how pleased they are with our provision. Thank you! www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk
How will you check whether my son/daughter is engaging with work and how will I be informed if there are
We will do this in various ways:
- taking a register for each live lesson, every day.
- monitoring and marking work submitted by students as appropriate. In general work will be marked
within 5 working days, and often sooner.
- subject teachers will contact you via email or telephone if there are issues with the completion or
the quality of work. Remember that teachers may be working from home and may therefore withhold their
number when calling.
- the school will contact you on the day (certainly within 24 hours) if there is a serious issue with
engagement or attendance.
- feedback will be given on Show My Homework on a regular basis which will give you a good sense of
- the school will also send home reports to give a grade for conduct, character and effort.
How will you assess work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students.
For example, quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are excellent and highly effective.
Sometimes feedback will be given to a whole class or to groups within the class as students outcomes may
be similar. If you have the Show My Homework app on your phone, you will be notified when your
son/daughter receives feedback or makes a comment to a teacher.
Our approach to feeding back on student work is as follows:
- Where a teacher is presenting a live lesson, students are able to receive immediate verbal feedback on
learning and tasks.
- Some tasks will be marked, and feedback given as appropriate. Through this, students will receive
feedback on their work for several subjects every week.
- Some tasks, such as online quizzes, are marked automatically and the outcomes available instantly.
- Feedback will be given to individual students, or via the whole class, as appropriate depending on the
- Heads of department check the feedback that is provided by staff on a weekly basis to ensure that it
is of sufficient quality to help students progress and to retain good levels of engagement.
If your son/daughter needs stationery (new books, pens, paper etc) please contact us, we can supply this
for you. Alternatively, you can simply buy suitable items yourself - we will accept that not every student
will have the 'official' Becket Keys book during these times of great challenge! Learning is
more important than the colour of a front cover!
Additional support for students with particular needs
How will you work with students who need additional support from adults at home to access remote
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 we will work with parents and carers to
support those students in the following ways:
- subject teachers will adapt the curriculum, including resources and tasks as appropriate, as would be
the case in school.
- subject teachers will also liaise with the SEND department for advice and guidance as necessary, also
as would be the case in school.
- our SEN department will be making regular telephone contact with home, staff will produce
differentiated materials, and they will advise teachers on methods that are proven to help students with
SEN (particularly those with EHCPs).
Remote education for self-isolating students
Where individual students need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school,
we will ensure that every lesson is delivered on Microsoft Teams. Students will be able to watch and
(often) engage in the lesson that is being taught in school. Although this is not ideal, it does offer a
good alternative to being in school.
If there are occasions when a teacher is unable to offer a live lesson on Microsoft Teams, an alternative
activity will be provided via Show My Homework.
*Thanks to Katharine Birbalsingh for her article which inspired much of this advice. Find the article