Parent/Carer Google Meet Protocol for Live Sessions

The purpose of Google Meet calls are:

  • To have face to face contact with as many pupils as possible in the class

  • To allow teachers to share learning overviews with the pupil

  • To check in to see how learning has been going

  • To show and share learning with the class and celebrate achievements during the week

Teachers may also use these opportunities to share stories, answer questions, lead very short teaching sessions, or to explain some tasks in more detail.

PLEASE NOTE: These sessions are for pupils, not adults/parents


  • Please help your child set up and access the Google Meet lesson/session via the invite sent to you (or Google Classroom when this comes online very soon)

  • Please make sure that your child is ready 5 minutes before the start of the meeting, to ensure they are on time

  • Please ensure your child is appropriately dressed for the meeting

  • Please be mindful that family members are also appropriately dressed (in the event they wander into a camera shot!

  • Please ensure other family members are out of camera shot and do not take part in the video call

  • Please talk to your child about the appropriate way to behave in any meeting - in the same way as if they were in school with a member of staff. If a child is behaving inappropriately, the school may need to suspend their session temporarily or suspend their school google account

  • Please DO NOT film the session on other devices - this is a safeguarding and potentially a GDPR issue

Guidance and Support for Parents/Carers

  • Please let your child have some privacy. They need to be able to take part without worrying about you overhearning them

  • Plug in and close all other tabs: Video conferencing uses a lot of machine power. It’s a good idea to keep devices plugged into the mains power

  • Do a practice run: role playing is a great way to prepare your child for what’s expected in the video class environment. If you have two devices, you could use FaceTime and video-chat as if you’re leading the class. Pretend you’re the teacher and ‘invite’ them to a meeting

  • Set expectations for how your child should behave on camera: face the screen; mute yourself when not speaking; unmute yourself when ready to talk; turn off the camera if you need to blow your nose, etc

  • Children should behave appropriately, just the same as if they were in class

  • Children may need headphones, pens and paper to take notes. 

  • Choose a neutral background: broadcasting from the bedroom isn’t appropriate for a class setting. If they must, help them set up a space where they can have a little peace and quiet but doesn’t show too many personal details

  • Don’t take devices into the bathroom: just as when they are at school, pupils should go to the toilet before class. 

  • Be respectful of others: as in class, we expect our pupils to be polite to the teacher and to others. Remind them that this is an unusual time for
    everyone, and to be appropriate and kind to each other


Ms J Richards
Assistant Head - Year 9, 10 and 11