Students are expected to log onto Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each lesson. They can then engage in live ‘chat’ with the member of staff who can offer support and guidance around the work that has been set. As of this week, we have also introduced live audio sessions to our Home Learning package. Research suggests that one of the factors that has the largest influence on a student’s ability to learn effectively at home is the quality of teacher explanations. We, therefore, believe that the addition of live audio sessions will further support our teacher’s ability to explain the assignments (classwork) set to our students.
All classwork (found on the assignments tab) is expected to be available at the time of the lesson. We have asked our staff to begin the live audio within the first ten minutes of the lesson. This allows staff to arrive at their teaching room, settle and register any students who may be in school. During this time students working from home should open the classwork set and begin to read through any instructions. The live audio session that follows will then vary depending on the individual teacher’s situation. Some teachers may feel it is appropriate to deliver a short live audio session but remain available on the ‘Chat’ function for the remainder of the lesson, whereas other teachers may stay on the live audio for the duration of the lesson. When appropriate, staff will inform students that the live lesson is coming to an end, and this will take place to allow staff time to complete the Home Learning attendance check, award Achievement Points and finish the lesson with those students still in school.