Remote education (also known as remote learning or distance learning) is the education of students who are not physically present at school and therefore cannot meet in a traditional classroom setting.
The recent coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021 saw the closure of all schools across the country with many schools implementing for the first time a programme of remote education for their students. At St. Mary’s we were proud of our remote education offering and throughout the initial school closure period our dedicated class teachers sent home a PDF document of weekday learning tasks to parent/carers via the school’s PACT email system. As the school closures continued we moved to delivering our remote education using a digital learning platform. This enabled our teachers to provide learning tasks directly to the children and through scheduled live video meetings throughout the day our staff were able to interact with the children face-to-face, which helped maintain student engagement and provide more focused learning.
St. Mary’s is keen to continue enhancing our provision of remote education, particularly if there are further school closures to come. We believe this will be achieved by developing our online classroom experience by fully utilising our digital learning platform.
We have partnered with Office 365 Education from Microsoft to provide our digital learning platform and our children at St. Mary’s conduct most of their remote education activities through Microsoft Teams for Education.
Microsoft Teams is your child’s digital hub! It brings classroom conversations, content, resources and apps together in one place. More information about how St. Mary’s will use this platform as part of our provision for remote education, including our expectations for users, can be found in our school’s Remote Education Policy below:
All of our pupils at St. Mary’s have their own user account for using Microsoft Teams (and Office 365). To access their account each pupil needs their unique user ID and password. This can be obtained from your child’s class teacher.
It is important that your child remembers their user ID and password so they can access Microsoft Teams quickly and easily. If your child forgets these details you will need to contact their class teacher.
Microsoft Teams can be accessed in many ways depending on the device being used. Follow the steps below according to which device your child is using:
→ Smartphones and tablets: download the free Microsoft Teams app
iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads)
→ Computers and laptops: use web browser or install the app
To ensure that all of our users understand our expectations for using Microsoft Teams and to follow appropriate online behaviour for our setting, especially when participating in video conferencing (meetings), we have put together a code of conduct for each type of user: