Home learning, your views
255 parents, representing 383 pupils replied to our home learning surveys (40% of all pupils and 60% of our disadvantaged pupils). Main findings:
- virtually every pupil has access to the internet and a device, although half are sharing it with another family member. There were no differences between disadvantaged and other pupils.
- most pupils are accessing learning 5 days a week for 2 to 3 hours each day. Disadvantaged pupils and other pupils are spending similar amounts of time learning each week.
- 96% of pupils get help at home from a parent or sibling.
- Oak National Academy (90%), BBC Bitesize (80%) and links from Year Group Noticeboards (67%) are most common, supplemented by other learning away from a device and other online learning.
Views about our approach and ideas to improve are mixed:
- 30 parents thanked the school or thought we have the right balance;
- 13 expressed disappointment, especially in comparison to other local schools.
Barriers to learning at home include:
- working parents, juggling home learning with their own work commitments;
- shared devices;
- feelings of being 'time poor';
- too many links on Year Group Noticeboards and/or lack of clarity about what should be prioritised;
- Oak National Academy lessons are dry and dull;
- parents unable to motivate their own children;
- children not being capable of learning on their own;
- email letter to pupils is not personal enough.
Parents would like:
- video conference style lessons from Fielding teachers (50 responses);
- more personal contact from the class teacher by video conference, pre-recorded video or short audio message (36 responses). Some would like one to one contact daily or weekly;
- opportunities for children to socialise with one another on-line;
- work books and/or work sheets to complete at home;
- individualised work, matched to children's own needs;
- less choice, more directed and more more structure.
School leaders and the Governing Board have reviewed the school's approach and are making changes from Monday: