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Cardiff Council

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Learning at home

The Welsh Government has provided guidance to help schools ensure the continuity of learning for all pupils during changing circumstances and different scenarios.

 
In line with Welsh Government guidelines, we have provided Cardiff schools with a series of expectations and guidance for the effective approach to distance learning.

Schools will be expected to provide distanced learning to pupils in all settings and should have a Blended Learning Strategy which: 
  • allows pupils to access learning through digital or other accessible methods in a practical and uncomplicated way
  • supports partners’ understanding of how distance learning can provide a range of learning experiences
  • supports parents and carers to understand their role in supporting their children with distance learning
 
If a school or setting provides live lessons, learning should be delivered in line with the Welsh Government live streaming guidelines.​​​​​​​​D​olen allanol yn agor mewn ffenest newydd

This should include:
  • clear explanations of any tasks pupils are required to complete
  • provision of high quality feedback to help pupils identify what learning has taken place
  • opportunities for ‘real time’ peer interaction and interaction with staff
  • assessment of pupil progress
 
To support our schools in delivering a range of remote learning approaches safely and efficiently, we have provided significant resources and training including:
  • providing teacher training in partnership with The Open University 
  • providing laptops to help with the delivery of online learning
If your child is required to learn from home and does not have access to an appropriate ICT device or internet access at home, please inform your school. They can make arrangements for you to loan a device or provide you with internet access.
Although it is hoped that parents and carers can help facilitate their child’s learning, they are reassured that they are not expected to become their teacher.

Your child’s school should communicate clearly how you can support, understand and engage in your child’s learning at home. If you are unsure how you are able to support your child, please contact your school.

Cardiff South Consortium has provided the following information to help pupils and parents understand the language associated with blended learning:

Blended learning

An approach to learning that combines face-to-face, distance, digital and online learning experiences. The face-to-face learning that takes place should complement the other aspects by using the strengths of each mode of delivery. This approach will allow children to continue to access school led learning whilst at home. Cardiff South Consortium has issued a road map to support schools in developing a whole school approach to blended learning. View the road map to blended learning.​​​​​​​​D​olen allanol yn agor mewn ffenest newydd

Remote or distance learning

Remote or distance learning allows learning experiences to happen from just about anywhere and may or may not involve a digital device and internet connection. This supports the well-being of all learners, including a choice of learning opportunities for social, physical, emotional development and tasks to promote their resilience. It allows individuals to learn when and where it is more convenient for them. Equitable distance learning does not have to mirror learning as it normally does in school.

Digital learning

Any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a learner’s learning experience. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalised learning experiences for learners.

Online learning

Education that takes place over the internet. It is often referred to as e- learning among other terms. However, online learning is just one type of “distance learning”.

Synchronous learning

Teaching where the teacher is present at the same time as the learner(s). This can take place face-to-face or online. You can view the Welsh Government guidance on live streaming.​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Asynchronous learning

Where teaching materials are provided and learners work through them in their own time. This could include a variety of media, including audio and video clips.

Direct teaching

Giving carefully considered explanation, questioning, worked examples, modelling, scaffolding, structured discussion and feedback.