Our Remote Learning Strategy

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Our Rationale

We are committed to providing the pupils across our schools with the best possible life chances, regardless of the challenges that we face as an education community. Our schools are currently evaluating and shaping their approaches to remote learning in ways they could never have imagined pre-2020. The challenges of COVID19 have meant our schools have had to work collaboratively to ensure that our remote provision is highly effective. We are proud of how our schools continue to adapt and reshape to these challenges.

We realise that the most effective approach to developing our remote learning offer is one that will serve our school communities both during, and beyond this pandemic. This will ensure that our strategic decision making will have sustainable impacts on the staff teams within our schools, so that they can then provide the best possible offer for the pupils within their school communities.

Our rationale is rooted in the belief that by developing a well-resourced infrastructure, we can provide our schools with the tools that they need to be successful. We then believe that by developing digital confidence across our workforce, we will be able to shape an excellent remote offer that is bespoke to each of the schools within our Trust. Lastly, we want to ensure that there is a sustainable legacy to our remote offer that can continue to evolve over time.

 

Our Aims

The trust is committed to providing the pupils across our schools with excellent opportunities for remote learning. We understand the challenges that have arisen during COVID19 and our remote learning strategy is driven by four key aims:

1. To create a strong infrastructure for remote learning with equality of access for all

2. To support teacher confidence through CPD and networking

3. To ensure that our remote learning offer is of high quality

4. To ensure that our remote learning strategy influences sustainable improvement

 

Not just a uniform approach

Each of our schools is very different and they will make strategic remote learning decisions based on the needs of their own community. As a Trust, we believe that this earned- autonomy model allows our schools to control key decision making in a way that works for them. They know their learners best and work hard to use the best resources that are available to them, enabling a strong and sustainable remote learning offer that offers value to their pupils.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that, ‘Approaches to remote learning vary widely and have different strengths and weaknesses’ and that, ‘Teachers should be supported to consider which approaches are best suited to the content they are teaching and the age of their pupils’. We trust our schools to make these decisions and offer support and challenge as appropriate.

Our schools are able to use the online platform and curriculum resource of their choice to support remote learning. This means that they can exploit existing school infrastructure and expertise that they have already acquired.

 

Our Remote Strategy 2020/21

By using our four core aims to underpin our strategy, we are able to create a cohesive and developmental approach delivering remote learning across our Trust as well as laying the foundations for the future. Each stage of our development is underpinned by our aims and are as follows:

  1. To create a strong infrastructure for remote learning with equality of access for all by     Laying the Foundations for Success
  2. To support teacher confidence through CPD and networking by Investing in People
  3. To ensure that our remote learning offer is of high quality thus developing Aiming for Excellence
  4. To ensure that our remote learning strategy influences sustainable improvement by Shaping the Future

Our schools will be at different places within each stage of our strategy dependent on their remote learning maturity. It may also be the case that schools look to return to different stages to secure future improvements. Our developmental stages will evolve over time as our schools acquire new skills and reflect on their offer. No part of our strategy remains static as we are continually learning.

Click here to view our full Remote Learning Strategy 2020/21 document