The second priority of Portsmouth’s education strategy is to “implement a digital learning strategy for the city that supports learning both at school and at home.”
This page brings together key information and resources for schools to support this aim, including support for all aspects of digital learning, not just that provided remotely.
The key actions for Priority 2 can be found here.
TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING REMOTE LEARNING
Remote learning toolkit and policy for schools
Our remote learning toolkit for schools was published in September 2020 to support schools to develop their remote learning offer.
Our model remote learning policy was also published in September 2020 to support schools with their remote learning policy. The policy can be downloaded and adapted as needed.
Guidance on remote learning published by the Department for Education
- Getting help with remote education: guidance, resources and support for teachers and school leaders on educating pupils and students during COVID-19.
- Remote education good practice: offers suggestions to help schools meet the expectations for remote education set out in the guidance for full opening.
- Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: guidance for all schools in England.
- Review your remote education provision: framework to help schools and further education (FE) providers in England identify strengths and areas for improvement in their remote education provision.
- Providing remote education information to parents: optional template to support schools when publishing information about their remote education provision on their websites.
- Supporting your children’s remote education during COVID-19: information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.
We have created launch packs for Google Classroom and Google Meets to enable you to get your remote provision started.
The pack includes a letter to parents, a parental agreement form, and guidance for both staff and students on how to access live lessons on Google Education.
Watch an explanation video of the launch pack to find out more.
Remote learning: survey pack for parents and pupils
The Key Support have released a survey pack for you to gather views from parents and pupils on your schools’ approach to remote learning, so you can find out what’s working and what you could change to make it even better. In their survey pack for parents and pupils, you’ll find:
- A statement bank on home learning and wellbeing
- Open-ended questions on what the school is doing well on, and how you could improve
- Template letters for pupils and parents.
Download the survey pack here.
We have created a Microsoft Form survey for you from the pack questions. Click here to create a copy and adapt as you require (requires a Microsoft account).
Top tips for DigiSafe learning
Top tips for DigiSafe learning is a simple poster we have developed for you to help your staff members stay safe. Just add your transparent school logo.
Download an editable copy of the poster here.
As part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, the National Online Safety website adds a new platform guide free every week for schools to share with parents.
Live lesson etiquette slide
Games console access
We have created graphics for you to share on your social media channels to let students know that they can access remote learning through a games console. An explanation, poster and social media image are included. Download the graphics here.
TOOLS FOR DEVELOPING THE SCHOOL’S DIGITAL STRATEGY
Webinar: developing a digital strategy
Our first Portsmouth webinar on developing a digital strategy was held in July 2020. A recording is available to watch here.
In the webinar, we talk through safe remote learning. The resources mentioned can be found on the SWGfL website.
City Digital Picture (November 2020)
View the survey results here.
TACKLING DIGITAL DISADVANTAGE IN PORTSMOUTH
FURTHER ADVICE, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES
PEP teacher exchange: resources and advice
The PEP teacher exchange: resources and advice group is a private Facebook group where trainee and established teachers in Portsmouth can share resources, ask questions and get advice.
- Purple Mash at St. John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School
This case study explores the development of the digital learning platform Purple Mash at St John’s from March 2020, and its impact on teaching and learning since fully re-opening in March 2021.