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How classroom.cloud and NetSupport School can help with your remote and in-school learning provision

Schools in England are now required to provide high-quality remote education for students, while also meeting their Ofsted responsibilities and social distancing needs.

With NetSupport’s solutions we have you covered, helping you solve all your in-school and remote learning challenges.

Remote learning

Remote education legal requirements for schools in England

In October 2020, the Government made it a legal requirement for schools in England to provide high-quality remote education to students who are absent from school, either because of the need to self-isolate due to Covid-19 or where local restrictions oblige them to stay at home. Additionally, social distancing measures are included to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

classroom.cloud is a focused teaching and classroom management tool. Cloud-based and easy to use, it helps teachers monitor and instruct in a school classroom or with remote learners – and can help schools meet the technology-based remote education expectations and social distancing needs, that the Government outlines, in the following ways:

In developing [remote learning] contingency plans, the Government expects schools to…

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“teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject”

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The Student Toolbar can help teachers reinforce the points that are going to be covered in the lesson.

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“give access to high quality remote education resources”

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Teachers can quickly launch resource websites and applications across all connected students’ devices, so everyone sees them at the same time and learning time is maximised.

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“select online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use”

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Teachers and students can move between conventional in-person learning and remote schooling – ensuring a high quality and consistent learning experience in any scenario. Teachers can use surveys and/or a random select question mode to assess progress and provide real-time feedback – while the chat, messages and help request features support interaction and collaboration.

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“recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support and so schools should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum”

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Designed for accessibility, classroom.cloud was described by the EAF as “…the guidance tools the teacher has are especially great for special education – control of the screen, quick launch and other tools make it possible to help students, who might struggle in focusing or who need help in accessing suitable resources.”

When teaching pupils remotely, we expect schools to:

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“set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects”

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Teachers can enter lesson objectives into the Student Toolbar, so students can keep track of what they need to do in each lesson.

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“set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum:

– primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort

– secondary: 4 hours a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year”

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As an easy-to-use solution, teachers can use classroom.cloud to deliver learning content and maintain contact with individual students, groups or the entire class.

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“provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos”

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Teachers can share their screen and audio to help explain lesson activities, and provide a link to a video exemplar via a message to students (for them to access at a later time) or, alternatively, launch it directly on their screens.

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“gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work”

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Teachers can track understanding and progress with surveys, chat with individuals to explain concepts and inform them when their work will be checked.

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“enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding”

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Students’ understanding of concepts can be gauged across the whole class via surveys. The teacher can drill down on the results and direct supplementary explanations to any students who are struggling.

Social distancing:

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"The overarching principle to apply is reducing the number of contacts between pupils and staff"

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classroom.cloud also supports social distancing for in-school students, as teachers can deliver instruction across multiple rooms, monitor students’ screens and keep them on task from afar – while students can request help without having to leave their desks.

Going above and beyond

It is also crucial that schools still provide a safe learning environment. With classroom.cloud, teachers can use lists of ‘allowed’ and ‘restricted’ websites to ensure that students remain on task and protected from inappropriate content.

In addition, its eSafety toolkit ensures further safeguarding with its Keyword and Phrase monitoring, Keyword Cloud and contextual intelligence-based Risk Index tools that inform and alert staff to trending topics and any associated risks.

In-school learning

Ofsted EIF framework and social distancing

With the virus still circulating, schools are doing their best to keep students socially distanced during lessons in line with Government guidance, while also ensuring their education is as minimally disrupted as possible and remains of high quality, as per Ofsted’s EIF framework.

NetSupport School provides a feature-rich set of teaching, learning and classroom management tools for use within the school classroom to enhance learning and education outcomes.

It supports social distancing within the school, as teachers can deliver instruction and assessment across multiple rooms, monitor students’ screens and keep them on task from afar – while students can request help without having to leave their desks.

It also continues to support Ofsted EIF requirements in the following ways:

Ofsted EIF

Quality of education:

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“Teachers present subject matter clearly, promoting appropriate discussion about the subject matter they are teaching.”

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Teachers can show their screen so everyone can see what is being explained. They can also show a video or replay file to elaborate, plus use a virtual whiteboard to illustrate. They can also use audio mode to support teaching of languages, music and more.

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“They check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. In doing so, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary, without unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches”

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“They check learners’ understanding systematically, identify misconceptions accurately and provide clear, direct feedback. In doing so, they respond and adapt their teaching as necessary, without unnecessarily elaborate or differentiated approaches” A thumbnail view of students’ screens reveals who is ok and who is struggling with a task. Teachers can undertake surveys to gauge understanding across the class or use the AfL-based Q&A mode with five different question types to engage students and see where learning gaps are. For direct feedback, teachers can use the chat tool with a student – or share a student’s screen with the rest of the class to demonstrate good work.

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“Over the course of study, teaching is designed to help learners to remember in the long term the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts”

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The Student journal is a comprehensive summary of a lesson compiled from the teacher’s and student’s notes and is perfect for revision or those who have been absent. To help students remember, teachers can leave a recording of the concept they have just demonstrated on students’ devices for their reference and send video exemplars to the class for them to reference later on.

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“Teachers and leaders use assessment well, for example to help learners embed and use knowledge fluently or to check understanding and inform teaching. Leaders understand the limitations of assessment and do not use it in a way that creates unnecessary burdens for staff or learners”

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Using the Test Designer, teachers can create and run customised tests (8 different question types) that are auto-marked – and can display individual results back to each student immediately. To help ease teachers’ workloads, NetSupport School stores any tests the teacher has created for future editing and reuse.

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“Teachers create an environment that allows the learner to focus on learning.

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Thumbnail view allows teachers to keep students on task – while ‘approved’ and ‘restricted’ website and application lists minimise opportunities for distraction.

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“The resources and materials that teachers select – in a way that does not create unnecessary workload for staff – reflect the provider’s ambitious intentions for the course of study…”

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Designed with teachers, for teachers, NetSupport School provides easy-to-use instruction and classroom management tools, with the majority available in a single click. Work can be sent to and collected from students quickly and easily, and tests can be auto-marked, saving time for teachers.

Behaviour and attitudes:

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Relationships among learners and staff reflect a positive and respectful culture. Leaders, teachers and learners create an environment where bullying, peer-on-peer abuse or discrimination are not tolerated.”

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NetSupport’s eSafety tools can help staff support a safe learning environment. Its ‘SafeSearch’ feature prevents inappropriate content being returned in search results, plus, its keyboard monitoring tool allows teachers to identify any inappropriate or bullying behaviour. In addition, teachers can capture how students feel via the Student Feedback mode.

Personal development:

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“At each stage of education, the provider prepares learners for future success in their next steps”

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NetSupport School helps teachers deliver technology-enhanced learning using a variety of different tools, which all help to equip students with the foundations of technology knowledge and experience they need for the future.

Leadership and management:

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““Leaders focus on improving staff’s subject, pedagogical and pedagogical content knowledge to enhance the teaching of the curriculum and the appropriate use of assessment. The practice and subject knowledge of staff are built up and improve over time”

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A key part of this aim should also be to help staff improve their knowledge of and confidence with technology (TPCK). To support this, NetSupport School includes three graded user modes for teachers (Easy, Intermediate and Advanced) to work through as they build their own skills with classroom management and instruction technology.

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