Remote Learning Statement

From the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, across Northern Star Academies Trust we have been working hard to support our students, parents and staff through these unprecedented times - whilst acknowledging that individuals will be living through their own very different experiences.  

Some aspects of our education system will be permanently changed by this pandemic, but to navigate the uncertainty generated by the challenges and ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of lockdown or self-isolation, each of our schools has produced a bespoke and personalised Remote Learning Plan. Each of our Primary school’s plans offer remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and would require hard copies of work and resources. Both of our Secondary School use a common technology framework and an agreed platform for sharing and collaboration. We have chosen to use the Microsoft 365 suite, as Microsoft Teams was already very well embedded in one of our schools and has rapidly been developed in the other.

Each of our school’s Remote Learning Plans will be applied in the following instances:

  1. A pupil or a household member needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive
  2. A whole bubble (class of pupils) is self-isolating because of a positive case of coronavirus

Each plan complies with the expectations and principles in the DfE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools.

Each of our school’s plans aim to mitigate the effect of extended school closure on students’ learning and support parents to navigate the challenges of home education. They also support teachers to share resources and collaborate remotely, helping to reduce individual workload and pressure.

To find out more about how your child’s school is delivering remote learning, please have a look on their school website. You can expect to find the personalised plan for your school along with any support and guidance. In addition, NSAT have a set of remote online learning protocols and a Student Acceptable Use of IT Policy designed to keep all pupils safe.

October 2020

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