These protocols aim to ensure that live lessons with pupils at home, are safe, secure and continue to model the high standards set by our school with our pupils.

This is guidance for running live lessons and how to do this safely and best engage the pupils.

Principles of live teaching

  • Adhere to the school’s staff and pupil behaviour policy (code of conduct) – professional attire, language etc. Treat a live virtual classroom just as you would at school.
  • Turn your camera on and have your camera at eye level.
  • Stay muted unless you’re talking to reduce background noise.
  • Make sure you sit in a well-lit room and ideally not a bedroom.
  • Be mindful of what’s going on behind you. Think about having a solid wall behind you, not a mirror or turn on a virtual background.
  • Do not post pictures of your virtual class on social media or elsewhere online.

Parental consent

Please be aware that you are consenting for your child to take part in a call that features video and audio facilities.

  • The title of Zoom meetings will be scheduled with the lesson and year group
  • We will share the link to meetings with you in advance
  • We will give pupils a few minutes to file in at the start, please aim to be prompt.
  • Teachers will have control over the screen sharing facility
  • The Waiting Room feature will be used to protect our Zoom virtual classroom and keep out those who aren’t supposed to be there, as we allow them access one by one to the virtual classroom
  • The chat facility will be controlled by the host
  • Removing a participant due to behaviour or they are unknown – If someone who’s not meant to be there somehow manages to join our virtual classroom, we can easily remove them from the Participants menu.
  • Password-protect the classroom: We will create a password and share with our pupils via school email or our school platform so only those intended to join can access a virtual classroom
  • Disable join before host: Pupils cannot join class before the teacher joins and will see a pop-up that says, “The meeting is waiting for the host to join”.
  • We will always exit the live meeting for all at the end

Additionally, teachers have a couple of in-meeting options to control your virtual classroom:

  • Disable video: Turn off a student’s video to block distracting content or inappropriate gestures while class is in session.
  • Mute pupils: Mute/unmute individual pupils or all of them at once. We will also be setting up all meetings with the Mute Upon Entry facility in place.
  • Attendee on-hold: An alternative to removing a user, you can momentarily disable their audio/video connections. Click on the attendee’s video thumbnail and select Start Attendee On-Hold to activate

Our first and ongoing virtual lessons

  • We will spend some time at the beginning checking that pupils understanding their audio and video. This may be through a quick game at the start of the call!
  • We will discuss online etiquette and expectations of the pupils in their first virtual class and periodically revisit this topic.
  • We will take time to promote questions, comments, and reactions from the class. We will show them how muting and unmuting works and support them with asking questions or sharing comments aloud.

If you have any questions regarding these protocols or other topics related to student privacy, please contact the class teacher through their normal email addresses.

And most importantly, we are aiming to have fun with this new technology and engage in social interaction virtually, that we are all currently missing