Blended and Remote Learning

Greenbank aims to ensure that all students are able to participate in meaningful learning both on and off the college site that supports them to achieve their goals when traditional classroom based learning is not possible.

Remote and blended learning will be delivered when students are not able to attend college in person for health or other personal safety reasons, or where national guidelines must be followed for personal safety reasons for example during COVID-19 Lockdown. 

However, in times of local or national lockdown, Greenbank will continue to use its best endeavours to provide face-to-face education for those students with an EHCP or who have parents/guardians/carers who are ‘Key Workers’.

Definition of Blended Learning

Blended learning is the creation of a learning environment where face-to-face and online teaching and learning work side by side, with the purpose of giving students a more diverse and engaging learning experience. 

Definition of Remote Learning 

Remote learning is where the student and the tutor are not physically present together in a traditional classroom environment and information usually provided using online technology. 

In order to provide effective blended and remote learning Greenbank aims to:

  • Use ‘Google classroom’ as the preferred learning platform across the college in order to support effective interaction, assessment and feedback.
  • Deliver programmes that are equivalent to on-site teaching programmes and mirror these as far as possible.
  • Ensure the curriculum is well planned and structured and tutors provide frequent and clear explanations of content through a combination of live teaching, pre-recorded sessions, presentations and additional resources.  
  • Ensure students working off-site have meaningful work for each of their timetabled sessions.
  • Ensure appropriate contact with the course tutor either via live streaming, one-to-one video call or other chat facility so that students do not feel isolated.
  • Ensure all students can access appropriate off-site learning.
  • Ensure students can access learning using their personal login and are aware of how to stay safe online. 
  • Continue to monitor Greenbank’s network for security purposes and ensure all staff comply with “Keeping Children Safe in Education” guidance.
  • Continue to ensure that students working remotely have access to the Student Welfare Coordinator and Safeguarding Officers.
  • Provide access to laptop/tablets as far as possible to students who have limited access to online learning off-site. Parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to contact the college if computer access is a challenge. Students without computer access will be required to complete a bursary form and equipment will be loaned on a case by case basis.
  • Provide appropriate learning support where required.
  • Ensure every student following a Study Programme has been allocated a specified member of staff to act as their support link.
  • Ensure guidance and support on how to use and access remote learning tools and content is available for both students AND parents/guardians/carers where required. 
  • Provide printed resources, such as worksheets and workbooks by post with return envelopes for students who struggle to access work online. 
  • Monitor and review student engagement and delivery methods and implement alternative strategies where appropriate.

Quality Assurance Manager, Pauline Sharma, has overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of teaching and learning including remote education.

When working remotely, students should log into Google classroom at the time of their usual lessons to receive instructions from their tutor. Students are expected to complete work as they would do in class and present it for marking.


Useful Links

Parent’s Guide to Using Google Classroom

Students’ guide to logging onto College email