Remote Teaching Week

Dates for your Diary

Firstly just a reminder that there is no college on Friday 27 November or Monday 30 November due to a Closure Day and an INSET Day.

Secondly we will be running a live remote teaching week from 14th – 18th December for mainstream 16-18 students.

Please also note that teaching will finish for the Christmas Holidays at lunchtime on Friday 18th December.

Live Remote Teaching Week

How This Will Work

Students will not be attending their lessons on the college site that week – instead, these will be delivered live (as per their regular timetable) but remotely.

There will be a couple of exceptions to this – where controlled assessments or the delivery of pre-release material is timetabled and needs to take place under controlled conditions. Relevant students will be made aware of this by their teachers.

Students that have real barriers to remote learning at home will be offered help in advance to overcome these challenges. Please email progressmentors@portsmouth-college.ac.uk if you feel your son/daughter might face such barriers.

If any students still face barriers to remote learning by December 14th and need to be in College to work, they will be offered a socially distanced space in the building to study.

Our Reasons For This

  • If we can reduce student contact from Friday 11th December, we increase everyone’s chances of avoiding transmission in the run up to Christmas, and increase the chance of people being able to have some much needed family time during this holiday.
  • We need students to be confident with remote learning and to engage with it.
  • We know that isolation of both staff and students is likely to continue through the rest of the Winter, and so remote delivery will need to continue and to keep developing.
  • The week allows us to continue to identify any issues regarding access to remote learning, including equipment, WiFi, work spaces etc
  • Longer term, these remote learning techniques can certainly be developed further, for example in the promotion of and engagement with flipped learning. This includes the possibilities afforded by remote collaborative student learning through flipped tasks as homework.

Please Note

Registers will still be taken remotely and support staff will still be chasing up attendance and engagement with the sessions.

Our Wellbeing and Focus teams will still be on hand to give students that need it additional support and guidance

Adult Education and SEND provision

Separate arrangements will be made for this provision, again with a view to meeting student needs but also reducing student – staff and student – student contact from the w/c 14/12.

This will be communicated directly to Adult Education students and to the parents of SEND students.

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