Parent Voice Results

Parent Survey, February 2021

THANK YOU FOR THE OVERWHELMING POSITIVITY OF THE FEEDBACK WE RECEIVED REGARDING OUR REMOTE LEARNING OFFER. IN A TIME WHERE WE ARE ALL FACING CHALLENGES, YOUR APPRECIATION OF HOW HARD STAFF ARE WORKING TO SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN MEANS A GREAT DEAL.

Lovely Messages!

Below are a small selection of the many wonderfully supportive messages we've received. They really have brought a huge smile to our faces and are keeping us going, so thank you!

We asked you what is going well and this is what you said:

  • I think it’s amazing, so very well organised. The teachers are amazing. The work is great and even I’m learning on the way!! Love how some of the videos are humorous too.. well done.

  • The remote learning is going really well, and the teachers are an amazing help throughout the day. There is always someone to answer any questions that the children may have. The live meetings are such a great idea, not only is it good for my daughter to see her teachers, she also gets to see her classmates. She takes learning much more seriously now that this has been introduced. Myself and my husband are both working full time from home, so for our daughter to have more structure and interaction with the school is working very well for us all. The Bewbush Academy as a whole are doing an amazing job with remote learning - thank you :)

  • The daily video calls and pre-recorded videos have been very helpful. The teachers have been offering great support through Google Classroom.

  • Google Live Meets have been great to keep him on track and motivated.

  • Well structured. Really appreciate the pre-recorded lessons with guidance. The 3 meetings a day with the teacher is a great way to check in as well.

  • The live meets are great. Feel more connected to school and friends.

  • The feedback back from teachers has been fantastic.

  • It has been going really well. All 3 children have loved being able to see their teacher several times a day. It has been good for them to have the videos for lessons also. We have paper packs and online learning so it works very well for us.

  • They love the live meets. My daughter in year 3 loves the online games/contests like TT Rockstar and Sussex School Games.

  • We are very pleased with the learning. My daughter finds that having a time-table that she can follow just as if she was at school gives structure to her day. She finds it very accessible too and hardly ever asks me for assistance. What she appreciates the most is having the live meets with her teacher and other classmates. She says it makes her feel somehow still connected to/'in' school. We are very grateful to the teachers and their hard work.

  • I like the fact that they have a timetable with activities spreading from 9-3 p.m.

  • Having live meets through the day has encouraged my children to get on with the work set. They have particularly enjoyed PE and Wellbeing as these don’t feel like ‘work’ and break up the day for them.

  • He loves being read to by his teacher.

  • My little girl in Reception loves seeing her friends and teachers everyday and enjoys doing the morning phonic sessions and the afternoon story time.

  • Absolutely love the schedule with all the timings. My daughter loves joining the live meets, as she misses her teachers and friends. Very helpful to watch the videos before the live. The teachers are beyond amazing and so supportive. Is not easy but seeing teachers every day is really good for the child /my daughter.

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDREN AT HOME AND IN SCHOOL

Despite what you might have seen in the media about 'schools being closed', The Bewbush Academy has never been closed throughout any of the lockdowns. We are open to a significant number of our key worker and vulnerable children as well as providing remote learning resources for all of our pupils working remotely at home.


DATA IS BASED ON PARENTS WHO RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY:

Is your child learning remotely?

DATA IS BASED ON PARENTS WHO RESPONDED TO THE SURVEY:

How is your child completing the majority of their learning?

HOW REMOTE LEARNING IS TAKING PLACE.

We've been working hard with various charities, local companies and the Department for Education to provide devices to our children who were struggling to access Google Classroom from home. We are thrilled that a large majority of our pupils are now working online remotely. Teachers have prepared weekly paper packs for those who wish to continue learning offline.

HOW WE PROVIDE SUPPORT

We have been working hard to ensure we provide our parents and children with a wide range of support to help with remote learning and the survey showed that you have been making good use of this! Almost 80% of you have accessed one or more of the following services provided by our staff:

  • Accessed The Bewbush Academy Website

  • Received telephone and/or email support from our class teachers

  • Received a device provided by school (laptop or Chromebook)

  • Accessed telephone and/or email support from our Family Link Worker

  • Used our IT/Admin staff for telephone and/or email support

  • Spoke to a member of staff in person (socially distanced of course!)

THINGS YOU ARE FINDING CHALLENGING

You provided us with useful feedback about what you or your children were finding difficult about learning from home. We were very pleased to see over half of respondents reported having no difficulties or challenges accessing our remote learning offer at all.

Other parents reported difficulties with workload, children's focus and motivation and level of challenge, as well as having technical issues when initially starting to use Google Classroom.

BELOW ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES:

The work is too difficult or children need extra help - our dedicated teachers know your children very well and work hard to differentiate the level of work they expect children to complete to ensure the level of challenge is appropriate. We have also provided access to the SEN Google Classroom for those children that need it. If you feel this area needs to be explored further, please email your child's class teacher who will be happy to help. If your child needs extra support with an assignment, they can request to chat online with their class teacher and/or TA at the end of our scheduled Live Meets by posting a request in the Class Stream or mentioning it during a Meet (Google has a useful 'Hands Up' button to alert the teacher if your child is shy).

There is too much work to complete in a day - we understand that it can be challenging to schedule your children's work alongside your own daily commitments and have provided daily timetables for each year group to make expectations clearer. However, there is no reason why your child cannot work at different times across the day or complete an assignment on a different day if required. Try to focus on completing key curriculum subjects like Literacy and Maths each day and don't feel pressured to ensure you child finishes every assignment set as we all work at different paces!

Children have low motivation or find it difficult to focus - Every child at The Bewbush Academy belongs to a 'House' (Diamond, Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby) and can earn 'house points' for the work they submit or for demonstrating qualities like resilience or determination. Each week, the winning House is announced in a Celebration Assembly which recognises individual children's achievements to help motivate children learning at home. Make sure you child is aware of this and encourage them to earn as many points as they can for their House. Ensuring children have a quiet area of the home to work in with minimal distractions will help them to focus. Children should only be expected to concentrate for short periods of time (approx. 30 minutes) so regular breaks for watching videos, eating meals and having some physical activity have been scheduled into our suggested timetables.

Too much time spent at a screen - We take this point very seriously and following your feedback, we have implemented the #Bewbush Lockdown 20 - a list of activities that can be completed away from screens. This has been posted to all classrooms and feel free to post photos of your child taking part to our Twitter account using the hashtag #LockdownBewbush20. Also, each Friday, children's learning is now offline from 1:45pm onwards so we end the week with a screen detox!

Technical issues - If you are having any issues with Google Classroom or live Meets, please visit our Remote Learning Page which includes lots of guidance on how to log in, join Meets, complete work by editing documents rather than printing worksheets and uploading work for teacher feedback.

Missing school and friends - We can assure you that we will be opening up our school to all children as soon as the Government say that it is safe to do so, as we miss your children too! In the meantime, children can catch up with their teachers, TAs and friends by logging onto our daily Live Meets and by using the class stream to say 'hi'.


YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE APPRECIATED!

You provided us with a number of suggestions about how we could improve our Remote Learning offer further and we're keen to listen and act on your feedback.

All assignments should be loaded to classrooms early each morning - We carefully considered how best to release assignments over the course of the day to maximise children's engagement and ensure they pace themselves. However, we understand that this means some work may need to be completed at a later date and will continue to look at this.

Sometimes the sound is low while watching the lesson videos - We will cover this at our upcoming INSET day to make sure all staff know how to adjust their microphone settings so that the audio on videos is clear.

Consider increasing the length of time children spend in live lessons - All recent educational research suggests that whilst live lessons are great to allow children to check in with their teachers and peers, long live lessons are not the best way to maximise learning from home. A blend of pre-recorded video content, teacher feedback through marking and regular, short live sessions are currently seen as the best way to accelerate progress for children learning at home and this is why we've constructed our remote learning offer to reflect this.

Could you include more quizzes, educational games and story time? - We think these are great suggestions and many teachers are already including fun games and stories in their weekly planning. We are constantly working to make online learning as interactive, engaging and fun as possible and will aim to do more of this. All children have access to the Bewbush Bookworms site which has a huge number of prerecorded stories and non-fiction to suit all year groups.

As parents, I think we need to touch base with our child's teacher, to report how a child is doing - Your child's class teacher has been making phone calls home at least once a fortnight (sometimes this may come up as 'unknown number').

HOW WE CAN USE REMOTE LEARNING IN THE FUTURE

Homework being posted on Google Classroom or something alike, would be great - A number of you suggested continuing to use Google Classroom once children return to school to assign weekly homework tasks and we agree that this is a super idea. Watch this space!

I’ve enjoyed knowing and getting involved with the topics. Maybe an update every so often when the topic changes so parents can be kept in the loop - Many parents said they would like to use Google Classroom to remain connected to their children's learning. Did you know, all year group curriculum maps and other information regarding learning can be found on our school website?

CONTACT US IF YOU NEED SUPPORT

It is incredibly important to say that we recognise that home schooling is HARD and we think all our parents are doing a fantastic job supporting our pupils with home learning.


Please remember, you are not alone!


If you need any support or practical advice on how to help your child, please email your class teacher via Google Classroom or contact the school office on 01293 534897. You can also collect reading books, workbooks, paper, pencils and pens from the school office if required.


Don't forget to visit our Remote Learning page for lots of useful advice and guidance on home learning via Google Classroom.