Remote education provision: information for parents  

This document aims to set out our expectations for remote learning, should the need arise. 

Remote learning may occur for a number of reasons; 

·         a children has to self-isolate as a result of a positive Covid test 

·         a child has to self-isolate a s result of a member of their household having a positive Covid test 

·         the closure of a school class or bubble following a positive covid test at school 

·         local lockdown restrictions 

·         national lockdown restrictions 

 

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home 

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? 

For the first day of remote learning families should familiarize themselves with the school’s website section entitled ‘Home Learning’. Here you will find wide range of resources and web links to ensure that your child’s education will continue immediately. 

Your child may also be sent home a reading book, exercise book or paper based activities to complete at home. 

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school? 

Following the first day, we wll adapt the curriculum so that it Is as similar as posisble to that of being in school. Each day 5 activities will be set: 

  • Maths 
  • Reading 
  • Writing 
  • Creative 
  • Physical  

Where possible these will relate to the long and medium term curriculum plans for these subjects. There will also be a greater emphasis on well-being with regular activities set to foster the well-being of children. 

Remote teaching and study time each day 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day? 

In line with national recommendations, we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 three hours a day and in Key Stage 2, four hours a day. 

Accessing remote education 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? 

All children have been given a Google Suite login and details have been shared with parents. Remote learning will be assigned via Google Classroom by 9.00am each day. 

Children will be able to complete the activities and ‘turn in’ their work through this platform.  

Class live lessons and drop in sessions will be arranged through Google Meet and email correspondence through Gmail. 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education: 

  • Chromebooks or iPads will be available to borrow for the duration of remote learning. 
  • If internet coverage is not possible we will arrange for paper packs of work to be available from school or delivered home on a weekly basis. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely: 

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • drop-in and catch up live sessions
  • independent work (5 activities as listed above) refreshed each day

Engagement and feedback 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We hope that all children will participate fully in the remote learning set out by the teacher each day.

However, we recognise that different family circumstances may result in some activities or lessons not being completed.

Parents should try to establish a routine for their children’s online learning and encourage good working habits. If this becomes difficult or is not appropriate for your child, please contact the class teacher, SENCo or Headteacher to make adjusted curriculum alternatives.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work, feed back to them and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Children are expected to ‘turn in’ the five tasks each day as well as attending the live lesson. Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.A child’s independent work turned in, will be reviewed and responded to by either the class teacher or a nominated teaching assistant.

Parents and children will be given the teacher’s school email address and can contact them directly if necessary.

If engagement becomes a concern then a range of approaches may be taken including emailing pupils or parents, telephone conversations, online video meetings through Google meet or other platform, home visits (whilst remaining covid compliant), involvement of the Headteacher or SENco, involvement of the county safeguarding team and LADO.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers on a one to one basis to support those pupils. 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils 

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school. 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?  

Whilst individual children are self-isolating, the five daily activities listed above will be set. This will include the use of

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences