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Remote Learning

We are confident that our Remote Learning Plan will allow us to fulfil our school vision of
‘Achieving Individual Excellence in a Caring Community’, even during a period of partial or full closure.
We hope that the information on this page will provide all the help and information parents need to understand more about how we will communicate, expectations of the learning experience and how families can support their children.

Communication with parents

1) Message on this page of the school website regarding which groups are studying at home and which groups are at school

2) Email message from InTouch to all parents

distance learning - latest update

All year groups will be back in school for lessons from Wednesday 10th March


Senior leader responsible for Remote Learning - Mr McTiernan  (

Government Guidance  

The Government has issued guidance about the different tiers of opening that schools may experience in the coming months (NB the tiers for schools is different to the tiers for national measures):

The full guidance is here:


At Haydon School this means:

Tier 1:

Control measures as outlined on our September Starts update are in place: 

Subsequent to the control measures above, the wearing of face masks is now compulsory in secondary schools for staff and students in communal areas and on school transport.

We will take immediate advice from Public Health authorities if a case of Covid-19 is confirmed in school. It may lead to the requirement for students to wear masks at school. It may also involve some or all students in a year group being asked to isolate at home. If a whole year group is required to isolate, learning will continue for them in accordance with the ‘Expectations of Remote Learning’

Tier 2:

This can involve a rota system, likely to be a year group having 2 weeks in school and 2 weeks at home. Unless cases in a particular year group mean they should isolate first, the year groups will begin Distance Learning in this order: 9, 8, 7, 10, 11. Children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.

Tier 3/4:

If a ‘local lockdown’ is announced, some year groups will begin Remote Learning. Government guidelines will be announced to identify which year groups will remain in school. Children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.

Tier 4 (National Lockdown):

Only children of Key Workers and vulnerable students will remain in school.


the role of technology (digital Access) 
  • We recognise technology has a key role to play in remote learning, but understand that not everyone has access to the Internet or their own laptop or tablet all the time. 
  • We therefore distributed the laptops made available to us by the Government during summer 2020 and during the current academic year, as well as our own laptops for students in need. 
  • If you believe you may be eligible for a laptop, please let us know via the email: and we will try to help, though we may not be able to do this in every case.
Expectations of Distance Learning  (Whole year groups)
  • Where possible, students are asked to follow the time and sequence of their usual timetable at home and access their lessons live through Google Meet and the resources through Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google Classroom.

  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • Following the usual timetable provides a structure to the day for students, and helps to ensure an even amount of time is dedicated to each subject as it would be if students were present at school. Attendance will be recorded.

  • If a student misses a live lesson, they should contact their teacher via Satchel (Show My Homework) and ask for any work to catch up. 

  • Feedback on student work during Remote Learning will be by a combination of comments on Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google Classroom and individual and whole class feedback via Google Meet. Teachers cannot comment on every piece of work that is submitted, and will identify key pieces of assessment just as they do when students are in school. 

  • Students should check back on Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom to see their teachers comments. Their teachers will be teaching lessons to other year groups throughout the day, so responses will take time.

  • Parents monitoring progress

  • The SIMS Parent App allows parents and guardians to monitor attendance to live lessons and give you easy access to termly reports. If you do not have the Parent App, please contact us on the following email: ​


Expectations of Distance Learning
(for individuals or small groups of students self isolating) 
  • Resources relevant to the curriculum, for each year group in lower school (7-11), for students self-isolating, will be updated regularly and be available to students via Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom. 

  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • Parents are advised to look at high quality resources from Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize to supplement the home learning of their children.

  • Students in year 12 and 13, who are self-isolating, will (when practical) be able to join the lesson in school via Google Meet. 

  • Students should regularly check Satchel (Show My Homework) or Google classroom for other tasks set by the teacher.

School  Monitoring Progress  (Contacting home) 

We monitor students’ use of the learning platforms and completion of activities. Parents will be contacted by staff if their child is not engaging well with remote home learning.

Parents - Monitoring Progress
  • To monitor your child/ren’s progress, we strongly recommend that you download the free Satchel (Show My Homework) app for your phone/tablet. If you have forgotten your details use the information here to help you. 

  • If your child has forgotten their password use the information here to help you. 

  • Satchel (Show my Homework) allows parents to access the homework their child/ren have been set and also the feedback from teachers.

sen support

Students with Education, Health and Care Plans will be invited into school as much as possible during Remote Learning. This enables us to help students access the learning activities. Activities will be differentiated by teachers and teaching assistants and appropriate support provided.

Our SEND Page also has a range of resources and advice - Click Here

Pastoral support

We recognise that students respond in different ways to this new working arrangement. Many take to it very smoothly. However, those who find independent work difficult will find this challenging and need more support.

Our Learning mentors and counsellors will continue supporting students during Remote Learning. Form Tutors and Heads of Year will support students through live Google Meet form sessions and phone calls.

Tips for Parents and Students 
  • Establish routines and expectations: start times, breaks and lunch at school are at clear times. Maintaining this routine can help maintain a positive work ethic. Avoid spending the day in your pyjamas!

  • Identify a clear physical space in which to work: this will make it easier to focus on your learning, without other distractions.

  • Talk about the plan for the day, and the lessons ahead: spending extended time working at home is unfamiliar territory. Talking about how things are going can help pre-empt any problems.

  • Set times to be on and offline: There will be more screen time than normal whilst working at home. You may have to share devices with family members, and setting time limits in advance can help manage this successfully. Equally, spending time offline is important to maintain a sense of balance in the day.

  • Remember to exercise: Your wellbeing is enhanced by physical activity, so do make time for this. This can really help if you are feeling anxious, which is completely normal whilst you are working from home.

  • Talk about things on your mind: it will be a big adjustment working from home every day, and having done it before does not necessarily make it easier. Talk about how things are going. The international and local situation is highly changeable. It is normal to feel uncertainty about this too. Be conscious of how much of the news you watch and talk about what you are watching. 

  • Read a book: Escape, relax, unwind. Look after yourself.



Please discuss e-safety with your child/ren before they return to the Remote Learning programme.  These NSPCC resources will help you do this.

school contacts 

Here is a list of the school contacts you may need if you have any problems during distance learning.

Staff email contact lists

SMHW (school contact): 

Google (school contact): 

Student laptop enquiries: 

SIMS Parent App issues: 

If you have any questions about our Remote Learning approach please contact :
Mr McTiernan -