2020 marked what was perhaps one of the most remarkable points in living memory for the UK education system, when in March, schools across the world closed to all but very few students. In the weeks following the enforced school closures, schools had to rapidly adapt in order to continue to provide education to students, in spite of no longer being able to teach them face to face.
Fundamentally, Ashton on Mersey School is unapologetic in its advocation of the importance of academic education. While we do many other important things within our school community, our purpose first and foremost is to ensure that all of our young people leave with a set of qualifications that reflect their potential.
With this in mind, the decision for us was very straightforward: our young people learn best when taught by our excellent staff. If we cannot do this face to face, we will do it remotely. Ashton on Mersey was an early adopter of remote teaching in the period of Covid-induced enforced closures and delivered a full curriculum online via Googlemeet from April 2020.
Extensive remote learning will apply particularly in a situation whereby the school is closed for an extended period of time and a high proportion of students and teachers are healthy and/or able to work from home. We will always do our best to respond to the personal circumstances, and try to balance high expectations and rigour with common sense and humanity.
Our position will always be that, for the vast majority of young people, the best place for them to be is in school. Remote learning will only ever be a stop-gap until classroom teaching and learning can resume, and if children are well and safe to be in school, that is where they should be. There is no obligation for any school to provide continuity of education to students who absent themselves from school in contravention to school or government guidance.
Ashton on Mersey offers a remote education which supports classroom activities for all pupils in the form of regular homework assignments and activities. This is delivered via our Student Portal VLE which can be accessed via web portal (www.bromcomvle.com) or via the Bromcom Student Portal App. Please see guides attached below.
We also use the Google Classroom platform to supplement the activity on Student Portal. This allows all pupils free access to Google software and enables a virtual classroom for every subject each pupil studies.
Visibility and information regarding remote learning can be accessed by Parents and Carers via the My Child At School App (MCAS). Please see guides below.