Remote Learning Guidance

In the event of self-isolation, partial or full closure, SSA is committed to providing continuity of education to its students and will do so through a process of remote (online) learning.

Microsoft Teams

All remote learning, including homework, will be provided via Microsoft Teams.

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Students Self-isolating

Students who are self-isolating will access the school curriculum via Microsoft Teams. All lesson resources will be uploaded in line with student’s timetables. Students should upload completed work at the end of each lesson for their teacher to provide feedback.

Partial/Full Closure

In the event of a class or year group bubble being asked to self-isolate or a full-school closure:

  • Teaching staff will deliver teacher-narrated PowerPoints or a live lesson from school for students to access remotely via Microsoft Teams. There may be the additional use of online resources aligning with the SSA curriculum e.g., MathsWatch, Tassomai, Bitesize
  • All remote lessons will be delivered as per the students’ normal timetable to allow them to continue in the routine provided by in-school learning
  • Teaching staff will provide assignments for students to complete by a set deadline

Remote Learning Expectations

SSA Staff will…

SSA Students must…

SSA Parents/Carers must…

Provide narrated PowerPoints or live lessons in line with the student’s timetable and the curriculum

be available during lesson times to answer student questions

Follow their timetabled lessons each day, including attending form time at 8.40am every day apart from Wednesday

Alert the school if your child does not have internet access and/or access to an appropriate device at home for remote learning

Provide feedback on assignments that have been submitted on Microsoft Teams to monitor the progress of students. Feedback may include; rubric marking, written feedback, marked quizzes

Complete all assignments on Microsoft Teams by the deadline set by their teachers

Communicate with the school if there is any issue with the remote learning provision

Endeavor to call home for any students who are not engaging on Microsoft Teams

Respond to teacher feedback

Discuss any issues with your child and encourage them to raise any concerns with their teacher


Ask for help via Microsoft Teams or email if needed

Help your child to plan their day and ensure they follow their timetabled lessons, with screen breaks, where appropriate.


Read and adhere to the SSA Remote Learning Acceptable Use Agreement.

Check your child’s work at the end of the day to ensure it is to a good standard


Read for at least half an hour every day.


Engagement in Learning

The expectation is that students engage fully with their remote learning and attend all form time from 8.40am all days except Wednesdays. Where this is not the case, teachers and the Pastoral Achievement Team will contact families to offer any necessary further support and reiterate the expectation of engagement with remote learning.

Access to Remote Learning

We want to ensure all students have suitable access to the remote learning provision. Where this is not the case, we ask parents to contact the school by emailing the school office. 

We will also be checking access to remote learning during welfare calls which will be made regularly.

All requests for devices or internet dongles will be passed to the student’s Head of House. If this request is approved, arrangements will be made for the device to be collected from the school reception.

The student and the parent/carer will sign a declaration that states the device will be used for legal and sensible purposes only and must be returned to the Academy should/when the child leaves the school. A record of the laptop serial number is kept to identify which student has been provided with which device.

SEND Provision

We recognise that 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 to support those pupils in the following ways:

  • Students that would usually be supported by a teaching assistant in their lessons will continue to receive support in their remote lessons
  • These teaching assistants will make additional contact with students after remote lessons to answer their questions, check for understanding and clarify misconceptions
  • Differentiated lessons and resources will be provided to support specific learning needs or reflect student’s current attainment levels
  • Paper resources will be sent home for students, where parents have identified that they are unable to access digital lessons
  • Students will be encouraged to use Lexia and Symphony Maths daily to enhance their literacy and numeracy learning from home
  • Educational games, books and craft activities will be being sent home to encourage learning through a range of mediums
  • Teaching assistants and SEN teachers will have regular contact with both students and their parents/carers to check on their well-being, coach in understanding how to access online learning and remove any barriers to learning
  • Students within the Wave 3 provision will receive daily ‘live’ lessons
  • Students that receive input from external agencies will continue to receive support from professionals and, where necessary, SEND assessments will being carried out virtually
  • Students with Education Health Care Plans/High Needs Funding are able to carry out their learning from school, where parents have expressed this is their preference