Remote access to education – information for students
This statement will provide clarity and transparency over the provision of remote access to education which will be provided by Shrewsbury Colleges Group during the period of National Lockdown and for any times that students are self-isolating.
How will students be taught remotely?
SCG commits to providing remote education to all students, that is 16-18-year olds, adults, apprentices and higher education students.
Remote learning and support will be delivered using the following:
- Live lessons delivered through Microsoft Teams (MT)
- Recorded lessons streamed through MT
- Accessing assignments through MT or Moodle or through email
- Submitting work teachers through MT, Moodle, Turnitin or email
- 1-1 support through MT calls, phone calls or email
- Tutorial support through MT calls, phone calls or email
- Safeguarding support from the college safeguarding team for students identified as vulnerable and recorded on the college safeguarding system
- Emotional health and well-being support through the college mentors for students in need of support
What are the expectations of students during remote learning?
Existing student timetables will continue to be followed and registers will be taken for all planned lessons. Students will be required to either:
- attend live lessons,
- or if the lesson is not being delivered live, to make direct contact with their teacher or tutor via Microsoft Teams, telephone or email during a timetabled lesson to confirm engagement in the learning scheduled for that lesson.
Students will continue to complete assessments in line with the scheme of work. Feedback will be provided for assessments in line with normal college arrangements.
Will the lessons be adapted to remote learning?
Schemes of work will be followed as planned where this is appropriate to remote education. Where it would be more appropriate to modify the scheme of work, for example, to deliver a theory unit remotely in place of a practical unit which requires access to specialist facilities, the sequencing of delivery will be adjusted, and the scheme of work changed.
Where specialist equipment is necessary on a course, wherever possible the college will provide the specialist equipment for the student to use at home, for example, provision of a laptop with specialist software.
Where the specialist equipment cannot be provided, for example, in fabrication and welding, the scheme of work will be adapted, and the sequencing of delivery changed. Theory units will be completed remotely, and practical units will be delayed until the return to campus in line with government and awarding body guidance.
Circumstances where remote education is not possible
The college gathered data at the start of the year from full-time students in relation to:
- student access to devices at home;
- student access to the internet at home;
- and student access to an appropriate place to study at home.
Students without access to a device will be contacted to confirm that they still need access to a device and if so, a device will be provided for their use whilst government guidance prevents attendance at Campus.
Students without connectivity or an appropriate place to study are considered to be vulnerable and will be expected to attend campus each day they have timetabled lessons where they will be provided with a personal study space and device.
Students with special education needs have had their individual plans reviewed and appropriate individual measures put in place in response to lockdown.