What did remote education look like during Covid?
During Covid, teachers and support staff worked hard to support those at home, by adapting our KTS curriculum meaning pupils could engage from home and continue to make progress. At KTS we were very aware that many of our pupils are unlikely to be able to access remote education without adult support. We considered carefully the expectations in relation to remote learning and the significant demands it placed on families.
We overcame digital barriers and distributed either tablets, or laptops where needed, meaning all pupils had the chance to engage. We developed the use of our digital platforms including, where appropriate, Purple Mash and Education City, where teachers could set work for pupils at their individual level and give feedback. Where appropriate, we are also offered live lessons, either on an individual basis or as a group, through Microsoft Teams.
We liaised with other professionals including Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists to ensure those pupils at home continue to receive support, for example sensory programmes were shared with home and resources, such as symbols and therapy programmes were shared with parents.
Teachers and teaching assistants were in contact with families through email, phone calls, video calls and doorstep visits. Where appropriate work was marked and feedback was given, families were given the opportunity to record progress and share this with teachers. Pupils were set individual home learning targets, so families are aware of their child’s ‘next steps’.
What does remote education look like now?
Should a pupil be off school for an extended period of time, we use the successful elements of the Covid remote/home learning offer, to continue to support pupil's education at home. This is arranged between the class teacher and families and is personalised in order to best meet the pupils additional needs.
KTS Academy, Marshall Drive, Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland, TS12 2UW
Tel - 01287 677265