Remote learning 2021
Information for young people and their families
We began learning together again on Monday 11 January 2021 with a Remote Learning model. This is currently set to last until 1 February, and is subject to review by the Scottish Government.
This page replaces the Covid FAQ information that was posted during the first lockdown in March 2020.
What is Remote Learning?
Education Scotland defines remote learning as learning that is directed by practitioners and undertaken by children and young people who are not physically with the practitioner while instruction is taking place. Remote learning involves a combination of ‘live’ interactions between teacher and learners, and also learning which takes place away from the direct presence of the class teacher. It may involve a range of learning experiences which take place in a variety of learning spaces, including outdoors and includes active and physical learning.
During this short-term period of remote learning, we will run the existing school timetable for all young people.
At the beginning of each day (8:45am) you should log in to your year-group Google Classroom and register yourself using a Google form that will be posted each morning. This information will be shared with the school office and your teachers. This registration will also include a weekly emotional check-in, Wellbeing Wednesdays, in addition to PSE each Monday.
Class teachers will also begin each lesson with a check in. At the beginning of each new class, visit your Google Classroom for instructions from your teacher. This will sometimes take the form of a Google Meet (audio, video or both), clear instructions posted to Google Classroom from your teacher or a combination of the two.
What is the school’s expectations of me?
We have all learned lessons from the first lockdown and have a greater understanding of what it means to work from home. Whilst Remote Learning is no replacement for what happens in the classroom, we expect you to approach learning with the same dedication and work ethic that you demonstrate whilst in school. You should aim to:
log in to your Google Classroom at the beginning of each lesson to access learning and resources
actively participate in all planned learning activities
engage with any Google Meets scheduled by your teachers (you can read about Google Meet’s features here)
submit work to your teachers for marking and feedback
respond and act upon teacher feedback to ensure continued progress
What might remote learning look like?
Your teacher is best placed to determine what learning will look like for their subject and level. Learning experiences will therefore vary depending upon the course and staff member. A few examples of how this could look has been listed below:
Live Google Meet scheduled at the beginning of a lesson to introduce the lesson or to check in with young people.
Live feed – where the teacher is live on camera or sharing lesson activity seen on camera
Live lesson delivery using Pear Deck and Google Meet (pupil can see the teacher’s slides and hear the teacher via Meet – all cameras are switched off)
Pre-recorded video content - narrated over an online presentation or screen-sharing activity.
Live chat via Google Classroom for support at timetabled/specified times, perhaps as follow-up to teacher sessions and independent learning tasks.
Group work making use of channels or groups spaces in G Suite to facilitate collaborative or group work.
Use of live digital polls/quizzes or feedback tools in order to generate discussion or provide later feedback (eg Google Forms, Kahoot, Socrative, Mentimeter or other tools)
Use of demonstrations such as using visualiser or second camera/device
Use of photographs such as worked examples/key moments in lesson and shared online
Check-in chat, introduction to later independent task
How can parents and carers help?
Parents and carers can support their child with learning from home by:
working in partnership with the school to encourage your child to actively participate in their online learning activities
supporting your child to follow their normal timetable where possible
supporting your child to engage in any scheduled interactions by their teachers
communicating any concerns with your child’s learning at home to their pupil support teacher
Douglas House – Vicki Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Randolph House – Douglas Downie – email@example.com
Stewart House – Susan Robb – firstname.lastname@example.org
supporting your child to access online learning platforms and learning tasks
accessing technical help and resources to support your child with online learning. A Parent’s guide to Google Meet can be found here.
Guardian Summaries will continue - please contact the school if you need to be re-invited
How will the school help?
As a school, please be assured that our priority is to fully support all families during this time. Our aim is to:
keep families updated with all changes relating to Covid-19
support parental engagement and understanding of what the remote learning model will look like
manage and support staff planning and delivery of all learning to all classes at all levels and stages
continue to promote Guardian Summaries as a way of keeping parents and carers updated: https://www.stirlinghigh.co.uk/curriculum/digital/google-classroom
Young people working from home will be recorded as Home Learning - Attendance and young people working in school (children of Key Workers and Vulnerable young people) will be recorded as Present. If you have let us know that your child will be in school and your circumstances change, please let us know. We will issue a new form every Wednesday to Parents and Carers of Key Workers to let the school know about attendance the following week as we know shift patterns can change.
If your child is unwell, please contact the school in the usual way - email@example.com - and an authorised absence will be recorded.
EMA payments will continue to be paid throughout this period of remote learning.
What if I attend college?
All college courses will move online and you should continue to engage with your course and lecturer. The college will communicate individually with young people depending on the course they are studying. SCOTS pupils should work to complete the first unit of work that has been added to the Google Classroom.
What resources are there to support my child?
There are a variety of resources available to support our young people. Our school website contains lots of useful information:
e-Sgoil is continuing their Senior Phase Study Support in the evenings and we recommend this for N5 - AH level study. Instructions for sign up are in year group Google classrooms and more information and the sign up sheet can be found here: e-Sgoil info
Young people in the Senior Phase (S4 - 6) will be very familiar with SCHOLAR: SCHOLAR Login
You can contact the school, in the usual way, by phone or email.
Stirling Council recently launched their own dedicated Schools Learning website which offers links to support and resources for families and young people and can be accessed using the link below.
Form teachers talked through this presentation during PSE on the first day back.