The information shared on this page is designed to support families with remote learning, which we call Brightstowe@Home.
More in-depth detail has been provided to parents and carers throughout the year through letters home and news updates. However, this page serves as a reminder of key points.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with us on by calling us on 0117 316 7330 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The remote curriculum
What is taught to pupils/students at home?
We will endeavour to deliver the full curriculum to children, in line with what ‘in person’ teaching would normally be in place. Our curriculum offer will remain broad, balanced, and mirror the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum.
There may be some adjustments that need to be made to the existing curriculum for more practical subjects. We thank you for your support and patience with this.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first few days?
In the instance that children need to engage in remote learning, due to self-isolation, bubble closure or whole school closure, we will work hard to ensure that no child is left without work to do. Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams using their Oasis Horizons iPad, to access their lessons and learning resources. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. We will continue to provide internet access for those students who do not have it at home.
Remote teaching and study time
How long can I expect work set by the academy to take my child?
While learning remotely, students will be expected to take part in remote learning from 0850-1500 each day.
They will follow their normal Brightstowe timetable of a 20 minute tutor period and 5 lessons per day, but these lessons will be shortened to 45 minutes each, in line with current best practice to maximise learning and minimise burnout from screen time. In addition, each day will include regular breaks and a 60 minute wellbeing period.
Accessing the remote education
How will my child access the online remote education?
Students will be able to log into Microsoft Teams using their Oasis Horizons iPad, to access their lessons and learning resources. Students will have access to teachers for support and guidance. We will continue to provide internet access for those students who do not have it at home.
If my child does not have access to online learning at home, how will you support us?
We have provided internet access to all families who do not have this at home and we will continue to do so. If your family’s situation changes and you need help with internet access, you should call us on 0117 316 7330 or email us at email@example.com
How will my child be taught remotely?
Students will follow their normal Brightstowe timetable of a 20 minute tutor period and 5 lessons per day, but these lessons will be shortened to 45 minutes each, in line with current best practice to maximise learning and minimise burnout from screen time. In addition, each day will include regular breaks and a 60 minute wellbeing period.
Most lessons will be wholly or partly live, but will always contain at least 10 minutes of independent work.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide?
We expect every student to engage in lessons as they would in the bricks and mortar classroom, and similarly our staff will be checking student understanding in the same manner as well. This could take the form of online quizzes, marking of work and so on.
Student behaviour practices are expected to be in line with those within the academy, and additional rules will be in place for things such as microphone and camera use, raising hands, or class conversation through Microsoft Teams.
We know that strong parent and carer engagement is important to make this successful, so we will do our best to let you know your child is getting on. Please note, however, that we also understand the pressures many parents and carers are under at the moment, as well as the challenges of supporting remote learning at home. Any feedback from us about your child’s engagement in remote learning is intended to help them do their best; it is never intended as criticism of parents and carers.
We ask that you support your child by creating a quiet place for them to attend lessons at home, and do not record any lessons for your own use.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
As well as monitoring attendance, we will be checking in with children during lessons and online-check-in sessions to ensure we have a good overview of their understanding and engagement. Online quizzing and assessment tools also help us to see how many children are actively engaging in lessons.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will be assessing your child’s progress through work submitted daily via Microsoft Teams, engagement through questions in lessons, using online quizzing/marking tools and other work. This will help us identify needs of individual students or classes quickly and effectively.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils 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 individually to support those pupils.
Self-isolating pupils (outside of national lockdowns)
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from that of the rest of their class?
Students will have access to live lessons as if happening in school, through a Microsoft Teams meeting.
We are working hard to make sure that students who need to work remotely from home are not disadvantaged. Please see our guides to accessing online learning below.
- To view and download our 'How to get started using Microsoft Teams' guide, click HERE.
- To view the Brightstowe@Home timetables for students when they are isolating, click HERE.
- To view and download our 'logins' document for students, complete with login instructions click HERE.
- To view our OasisZone guide click HERE.
- To view our GCSE Pod guide click HERE.
iPads for students - Oasis Horizons
To help with studying remotely, Oasis Horizons will provide every student and teaching staff member with an iPad for use inside and outside of school, while they are a member of the Oasis Academy Brightstowe family. They will bring their iPad in every day to school, just like any other piece of equipment, and be able to use them at home for homework and other activities.
We prepare students to use their iPads safely and stay safe in the community and online. We also ask parents/carers to e-sign an agreement (see documents below). For further details, including advice on setting up your iPad, please see our Oasis Horizons page.
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons letter
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons Home Use Agreement
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons Device Policy
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons Staying safe with your iPad
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons 'Discover our safe school Partnership App'
- Please click here for Oasis Horizons E-Safety