Remote Learning At Ninestiles

We are an aspirational and inclusive academy that champions the values of respect, commitment and achievement.  We facilitate great learning and exceptional progress through an inspirational, knowledge rich curriculum.  We improve life chances for our students by tackling disadvantage and removing barriers to learning to ensure all students achieve their potential. Students leave our academy as self-respecting, compassionate global citizens.




Information for Parents


  • Covid-19 restrictions may sometimes require large groups of children (or ‘bubbles’) to remain at home.
  • The information here explains what parents and carers can expect from remote education if this happens.
  • Details about what you can expect when individual pupils are self-isolating are in the final section of this information.
  • This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
  • For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: What is taught to pupils at home?


Will my child be taught the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?


Our ambition is to continue teaching our pupils the same high-quality, knowledge-rich, age-related curriculum as if they were in school but remotely. This will be from within the first day of being sent home.


  • Students at Ninestiles will follow their normal timetables for their scheduled daily lessons.
  • They will be taught their school-based curriculum through a balance of 2 live lessons and 2 pre-recorded lessons via Microsoft Teams.
  • Class channels have been created for all groups and students have a shared space where they can access all resources including assignments. All year groups can access their Remote Learning Timetable via the links below:


What are the expectations for remote learning and how many hours will my child spend each day?   

  • From the first day of being sent home, students will follow their in-school timetable, albeit remotely. They will spend a minimum of 5 hours daily on learning. They will be expected to attend every virtual lesson.
  • Pupils should follow the school’s behaviour policy whilst working at home, and we ask parents to support us in monitoring and enforcing these expectations whilst pupils are studying at home. The key expectations are:
    • Pupils should check their lessons at the start of the day to ensure they are prepared. If a teacher is absent, cover arrangements will be in place and details will be in the students’ online calendar in TEAMS or via the Team Class Channel.
    • Pupils are expected to be ready to start lessons punctually, and be fully equipped with pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, exercise books or paper and any other resources they would expect to use in a face-face lesson at school.
    • Pupils should wait patiently in the ‘lobby’ until access to their lessons is granted by their class teacher.
    • Pupil device cameras must be turned off for safeguarding reasons.
    • Pupils must not use the chat facility unless instructed to do so by the teacher. The chat facility is to be used to either ask or answer a question.  It is not to be used a chat room and dialogue between students and should be professional in tone.    Where pupils repeatedly fail to follow these guidelines, their chat facility will be removed. 
    • Respect that teachers are responsible for controlling when pupils are able to interact using the microphone. Whilst a teacher is explaining the lesson, all pupils will be on mute to ensure there is no disruption to learning.  Class teachers will only unmute the microphone to invite individual or class interaction.  Pupils must not call out to other pupils in the class.
    • Pupil profile icons must be appropriate to the school setting – any images that are not will be removed.
    • Pupils must engage fully and submit work as directed by their class teachers.


How will my child access remote learning?

  • As part of our Remote Learning Strategy, all pupils have received training on how to access Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) through the portal link:

This can also be accessed via our academy website:

If you are unsure or need help accessing the learning, please contact our IT Team on 07904 676956.

  • If problems persist with accessing remote learning, please contact your child’s tutor in the first instance for further help.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will the school support them access remote education?

  • We are committed to supporting our students in accessing their online learning through the most suitable method possible.
  • We have worked with families to identify any students who do not have access to a suitable device at home or internet access and wherever possible have arranged for a laptop or 4G router to be loaned to these students for the duration of remote learning.
  • Where we are unable to support families in securing effective access or where identified students may benefit from hard copy learning, we have provided paper-based home learning packs for students.
  • If you require more support in this area, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 0121 628 1311 or by email


Will the structure of the lessons be different?

Although the medium of delivery has changed for teachers and students, the fundamental aspects of effective teaching and learning will be the same in lessons.   

  • All lessons will begin with a Retrieval Task (to re-visit prior learning), followed by an introduction of new learning which will be supported with clear explanations.
  • Questions will be used to check for understanding.
  • Opportunities will be provided for students to apply the new knowledge and skills independently.
  • In line with our commitment to improving students’ literacy our Academic Language programme will be taught in period 1; this should be completed in their Academic Language Booklets.
  • Students will also receive scheduled guided reading sessions as part of our Love to Read commitment. Please encourage your child to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts at home. 

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live lessons
  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, Oak National Academy lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets)
  • follow-up tasks to be completed by pupils
  • practical activities that do not require access to a laptop or tablet
  • independent work
  • online resources (e.g. Accelerated Reader, Hegarty Maths, Educake)


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their learning and how will I be informed if there are concerns?


We will be monitoring attendance to live lessons by using a daily register for all live lessons.  


  • Parents will receive an email from the school if their child has not attended their timetabled live lesson.
  • We will check your child’s engagement with the pre-recorded lessons by using Microsoft Form quizzes and the Insight App.
  • All lessons are structured to incorporate a short quiz after each lesson.
  • Teachers regularly check their classes for engagement and completion. Parents will be contacted by phone should their child fail to follow our remote learning expectation as outlined in expectations above.  


How will teachers assess my child’s work?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual students.  

  • Students will receive a range of feedback during and after lessons.
  • During lessons, student learning will be assessed using formative assessment such as targeted questioning.
  • Students will be required to complete low stakes quizzing activities such as a Microsoft Forms quiz after the lesson so that teachers have an indication of the progress of their students.
  • Assignments will be set via Teams and feedback will be provided either individually or as whole class feedback.


How will the school help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

  • We recognise that some of our pupils have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home.
  • We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils.
  • To help with this provision, SEND students will have access to a Teaching Assistant during their remote lessons if this was part of the in-school support arrangement prior to Lockdown.
  • Teaching Assistants will endeavour to attend all timetabled lessons alongside the teacher and will be able to use breakout rooms to provide additional support for students if and when needed.
  • However, if your child requires further support or you have concerns, please contact our SENDCO, Aimee Clay at


If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

  • Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, their remote education will be different from the approach for whole groups as outlined above. This is due to the challenges of teaching individual pupils at home and the rest of their peers in school. If your child is self-isolating due to family circumstances, we ask that you keep in close contact with school. We will provide pre-prepared materials for remote learning, including paper copies where require
  • Where individual pupils are self-isolating and the majority of their peer group is also at home, remote learning will take a similar format to that stated above.
  • If your child is unwell, we would only expect them to join in the learning when they are fit to do so. Please let the office know if this is the case.


Safeguarding and Mental Health

  • These are difficult times and each day brings new challenges. It is so important that you check in regularly with your child.
  • Your child will be spending more time online during lockdown and it is important that you make them aware of the dangers.
  • You will find some useful guidance on online safety in your child’s school planner. Please take time to discuss this with them.
  • We have a range of support materials on the safeguarding section of our website and further guidance is also available by following this link:
  • Please make time and space to talk with your child as they may be anxious about the current situation.
  • If you require support or have concerns in respect of your child’s wellbeing please contact the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs Liburd by emailing or by calling 07496 881294.


We hope this has helped to clarify our approach to remote education. If you have any further questions or queries, or indeed any positive comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.