Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. 

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

In the event that a “bubble” of students has to be sent home to learn remotely, Herne Bay High will take every step to mitigate any learning losses.  Within a day of being sent home our aim is for the students to have access to a full, virtual, school day, beginning with mentor time at 8.45am, followed by 6 lessons as per the normal school day and ending in an afternoon mentor session at 3.00pm.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, it may not be possible to deliver some of our more practical subjects in the same way remotely, although subject leaders for these subjects are working hard to overcome the challenges that delivering a practical subject remotely present.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day:

Years 7-9

Students will have 6 virtual lessons per day.  

Years 10 & 11

Students will have 6 virtual lessons per day delivered through Microsoft Teams.  

Years 12 & 13

Students will have 14 lessons per fortnight for each of the subjects they have chosen for A-level.  Teachers will also set independent study to support these lessons as appropriate


Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

All remote lessons will be delivered through Microsoft Teams.  If any student has any problems accessing any aspect of technology or remote learning they will need to request support through our helpdesk:

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

Herne Bay High has made available both laptops and internet access dongles for parents through the government scheme.  

In addition to this HBH has made available further laptops to parents identified as being in need.

If you, as a parent, are struggling to access remote learning then please contact your relevant year team so that they can provide further assistance.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

At Herne Bay High students will be taught predominantly using a “live” teaching approach to remote learning.  Our aim as a school is to mitigate the learning losses incurred by the isolation of students from school.  Please note, however, there may be occasions when it is not possible to deliver a “live” timetable, due to staff illness or other extenuating circumstances.  In these instances work and resources will be posted to the relevant Teams class page.

All students have access to Microsoft Office 365 from any device using their student login, including access to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is the platform by which all remote learning is accessed.  On this platform teachers will:

  • Calendar “live” lessons according to students’ school timetables.
  • Upload resources to support students in their remote learning
  • Set work for students to complete remotely
  • Provide feedback to students


Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Our expectations of students whilst working remotely are as high as they are of our students when they are in school.  Registers are taken for each virtual lesson and attendance to these virtual lessons, along with the completion of work set, is closely monitored.  The pastoral year teams work hard to support year groups and bubbles isolating and will work closely with parents to ensure any concerns over student engagement are shared with parents and carers.  Herne Bay High will also continue to report formally on engagement according to our reporting schedule.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Whilst students are learning remotely we will continue to closely monitor their engagement.  Teachers will register students each lesson and share any concerns with the relevant year based pastoral team.

Pastoral teams will continue to work closely with parents and students to ensure any concerns over engagement with learning are addressed.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Student work will be set on Teams, either through the Class Notebook or Assignments.  Teachers will assess and feedback here using a variety of methods, including:

  • Individual written feedback, via Teams
  • Whole class feedback
  • Quizzes

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults 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 to support those pupils in the following ways:

Our team of Learning Support Assistants will provide support remotely for students with SEND, making regular phone calls to ensure students are able to access the curriculum.

Lessons and resources will also be adapted by the SEND team to support students’ access to the curriculum.

Additional resources will be made available to students who are struggling to access the remote curriculum.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above? 

In many instances when individual students are required to self-isolate we will deliver a “hybrid” model of learning, where the teacher is delivering to the class and students self-isolating will be able to access the lesson live.

On occasions when this isn’t possible work and resources will be available on Teams for students to access the work set.