Parent/Carer Guide to Learning Virtually at Home
My virtual lessons allow pupils to access additional, educational opportunities through on-line teaching (using Zoom), videos, downloads and gives them the ability to upload their work and receive feedback.
Learning through Zoom
Zoom facilitates face to face contact, which enables children to see each other alongside their peers and myself while they learn in a small group. It feels like a small class, as we learn, share and praise each other throughout the lesson. There have been a number of questions about the security of Zoom as an app and I want to reassure you that my IT consultants have risk assessed the app and advised me how to use the app securely.
Each meeting will be set up separately, with a specific code needed to join and there will be a waiting room, so that I will only allow each pupil to join one at a time. I request that your son/daughter has their camera on when they join the room. These safeguards restrict access to members of the group only. This will be closely monitored on a regular basis to ensure the safety of your child.
A couple of other actions also need to be implemented, as follows:
Your son/daughter will be expected to be ready for their lesson a couple of minutes before it starts.
All participants should be in their daytime clothes in a family room. No bedrooms and PJs! If a child is in PJs or not in a family room, I will ‘exclude’ your child until they change/move rooms, then they can re-enter the group. I will not be recording our lessons, as this requires storage and a separate data sharing agreement for each child. Therefore, it is important that an adult is in close proximity, although I am not asking you to sit in on the lesson. I have a recent (16/5/20) current DBS (Number: 001698885890)
In order to ensure all participants in the group can hear, and to block out background ‘home sounds’, I will use the mute button with children who are not answering a question at that moment.
Hand raising is encouraged for permission to speak.
After the lesson
To get the most out of the lessons, I would encourage your child to share the content of their lessons with you. There is no expectation on parents, however experience tells me explaining content to someone aloud, helps reinforce learning
Academic Feedback/Pastoral Sessions
One academic feedback/pastoral session will be scheduled each month for parent/carers; however I am happy for you to get in contact with me at any time through the month using the enquiry form or my email.
• Urgent contact can be made by leaving a message on 0791 3708868.
• Please inform me via email or text if your child is ill.
Communication should initially be through the contact form on my website, through which I will receive your details and enquiry, and will then be very happy to call you and talk through your questions and needs. I can also be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refunds and Cancellations Policy
1:1 and Group customers will be invoiced a Half Term in advance at the point of booking. No refunds will be given, however if 24 hours notice is received due to illness, it may be possible to rearrange the lesson.