Remote Learning

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Schools, colleges and early years settings have responded to the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, rapidly developing their remote learning strategies and support for families during the current restrictions.

The partnership of educators, voluntary and public sector partners in the Ipswich Opportunity Area has developed a strategy to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on children’s outcomes. You’ll find links below on local and national offers and support:

  • Support for families – we have commissioned CF Education to provide intensive support for primary school families who are struggling with remote education.  More details are here. You can make referrals directly to CF Education using the referral form attached or download here Schools should refer no more than 3 families in the first instance. 
  • Support for Year 11s (mentoring) – we have adapted our “What A Difference A Day Makes” programme to offer online support to Year 11 pupils.  Schools can nominate up to 20 students who would benefit from mentor support to cope with the changes of the current year, improve their independent learning, keep up their numeracy skills and smooth their transition to FE/6th Form.  Ipswich schools can complete the response form and return to . More details are here. 
  • Support for teachers – teachers who would appreciate support to adapt existing classroom- based resources to online formats can sign up to a range of sessions – ideal for teachers with strong established practice in the classroom who are new to remote teaching – creative ideas to quickly and simply adapt your resources.  Details here, you can book a session here
  • Support to develop your remote learning strategy – school leaders can book a bespoke consultancy meeting with Nick Templeton, our local EdTech Demonstrator, to get advice on creating, developing or improving your school strategy. Details here, book support here. 
  • Tutoring – the tutoring offer from the National Tutoring Programme partners may be relevant for some of your pupils during the current period of disruption. A number of providers that can provide remote tuition, including some specialising in tutoring pupils with SEND have capacity to support your students at the subsidised rate immediately.  We’ve organised a breakfast meeting at 8:30am on the 21st January to hear from them. Email for the Zoom link. 
  • CPD for teaching assistants – we have recruited 16 Remote Learning Support Assistants to IOA schools and colleges to support students and families.  This group meet for training, to hear about new opportunities, and to share good practice in remote learning on Thursday afternoons.  More details here. To nominate a member of your staff to join these sessions send me their name and email address.  

Coming up: 

  • Support for EAL children and families, particularly in digital literacy and coping with the demands of home learning 
  • Support for Year 11s in Maths – contact Charlie Dawson for more details now
  • We will roll out an out-of-hours remote learning helpline for Ipswich families in the next fortnight, manned by our team of remote learning support assistants.  A number will be made public soon to share with Ipswich families. 

Helpful links: 

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