Information for Parents and Guardians:
So far this year we have had to react with agility to respond to the many demands that this global pandemic has placed upon us. We have offered a number of different ways for our students to continue with their learning.
We have moved quickly as a school community and the learning curve has been immense for students, teachers and those who are supporting their children from home.
Timings of the School Day:
- Face to Face Learning within student pods: - schooling has been able to continue as normal.
- Blended Learning: - we have provided a blend of teaching remotely for some students should they be isolating, whilst other students have received face to face learning within their student pods.
- Remote Learning: - all students are working remotely from home.
Adaptations to the School Day:
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We have created an opportunity for the Heads of Year and Tutors to warmly welcome the students in the morning. We are aware through our student voice that those students who start the day with a positive smile and a warm welcome maintain this positivity throughout the school day. Therefore we expect all students to attend the 08.40 am STAR Wake & Welcome Assembly.
We have removed the tutorial time, so that students can have a full one hour lunch break. Within this lunch break we will be providing further enrichment and wellbeing activities for the students. Please keep an eye on our Academy Facebook page.
Please continue to follow the guidelines for attendance, if you know that your child is unwell and cannot attend remote learning, please let our attendance office Mrs D Cloves know. firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also continue to call the academy 01304 820126 Option 1 and leave a message.
This information will be passed to your child’s Head of Year so that records can be maintained relating to remote engagement.
Our pastoral team will continue to monitor and track engagement of our Blended Learning.
Please read our addendum to our COVID-19 Attendance Policy: DCCA Covid-19 Attendance Policy Addendum (PDF)
Teaching and Learning Expectations:
Approach to Lessons:
- Teachers will continue to deliver high quality teaching and learning as per the academy policy – DCCA Culture for Learning Policy 2020. http://www.dccacademy.org.uk/policies/DCCA_Culture_for_Learning_Policy_OCT_2020.pdf
- All behaviour and student expectations should be in line with the behaviour policy - DCCA Behaviour and Behaviour for Learning Policy 2020 http://www.dccacademy.org.uk/policies/DCCA_Behaviour_Policy_[Including_Statement_of_Behaviour].pdf
- Students should follow the behaviour for learning guidance. Students should continue to adhere to Appendix B: The Home/Academy Agreement found in the policy above, using the DCCA Behaviour for Learning principles (A-E).
- Teachers and students will use a range of methods to access their online provision. Using Office 365 via the academy website: Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Mail.
- Teachers will use a range of methods for their lessons, for instance live teaching (online lessons via TEAMS), recorded teaching, using a range of resources/external materials (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers).
- Teachers may ask students to reference printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) and textbooks and reading books students have at home.
- Teachers may use a combination of approaches in their teaching, such as commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. They may plan long-term project work and/or internet research activities.
The DCCA approach to lessons is for regular live contact between teachers and students, but not five ‘solid’ hours a day of live interaction. With this in mind, a very significant majority of lessons will contain some ‘live’ aspect, although the length of this may vary dependant on the subject and the type of work being undertaken. This will help ensure a good structure to the day for all students.
As before, all live lessons and remote learning will take place via the academy’s Microsoft Teams accounts. Please do encourage your child to engage with the live lessons as much as possible.
No homework will be set for Years 7-11
Sixth form homework – Maximum 2 hours per subject per week, teachers will work with the students to set appropriate independent tasks to complete in non-contact lesson time.
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in the academy wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects, for example, where practical activities take place. This includes Design and Technology, Music and PE which have had adaptions due to practical learning and activities not being able to take place. Additionally, some practical experiments cannot take place, in Science for instance.
Planning will be maintained and teaching delivered in line with governmental guidance and expectations.
Key Stage 3 and 4:
Key Stage 5: As per the students timetable, plus suitable home learning to support the level of qualification
Students have access to the Curriculum Resources via Microsoft ONE DRIVE: DCCA School Resources
Digital and Online Access at Home:
We have supported many of our students, recognising that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to enable them to access remote education:
Engagement and Feedback:
Progress and Assessment:
- We expect all our students to engage with the remote education provided, we will check daily your child’s engagement with remote education.
- We are very mindful of mental health and well-being so want to work with our parents/carers to ensure a balance is achieved.
- Our pastoral team are working hard to ensure that contact is maintained with your child. Our pastoral team will inform parents and carers should there be a problem with engagement.
We will continue to assess your child’s work and progress. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on student work is as follows:
Additional Support for Students with Particular Needs:
- Within Teams we will use methods available such as the assignments section, where we can feedback to students.
- Assessment for learning will be used within lessons – for instance, hands up and chat function.
- Students can expect a level of formative assessment during most lessons and sequences of work.
- At the end of the term students can expect a summative assessment.
- We intend to continue with our reporting schedule and reporting home to parents/carers.
- Data and written reports will be communicated home via Sims InTouch. Parents are encourage to have the SIMS Parent App to ensure access.
We recognise that some students, for example some students with Additional educational needs and disabilities, may struggle 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:
Education Provision at DCCA:
ASPEN 2 Provision:
- We encourage all EHCP students to attend provision in the academy.
- The AEN department will continue to work with students and families who require support with online learning. Parents and carers can contact the AEN department via email or by contacting the academy for more information.
- Teachers will continue to use AEN student profiles to help support students working at home.
In Aspen 2 students have an adapted timetable to follow at home (or in school). They have up to 2 TEAMS lessons a day which also includes a class check in with their class teacher and TAs. Work is set on TEAMS using assignments, via emails to students (or their parents where suitable due to student’s needs) or has been posted in work packs. Work is adapted to each students individual needs and targets related to their EHCPs. As in DCCA, feedback and assessment is provided regularly either via TEAMS or email. Aspen 2 also hold a weekly virtual assembly to share good work and award Students of the Week.