Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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?
We will signpost parents/ carers, via text, email or letter, to the Class Pages on the school website where key information about the work set will be posted. We will aim to quickly migrate to Google Classroom and provide daily learning opportunities using this platform.
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?
We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, where the resources required may not be available at home.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education (including both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently, will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Primary school-aged pupils
Key Stage 1: 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children.
Key Stage 2: 4 hours a day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- Google Classroom – Children have been provided with a username and password.
- SeeSaw - Younger children (in year Reception and Year 1) will also use a more simplified online learning platform called SeeSaw.
Please contact the school office if you need help accessing the usernames and passwords or logging on to either system.
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:
The school has a limited number of laptops that we are able to loan to families if they do not have a device at home that allows them online access.
Parents must sign a loan agreement form to ensure the laptop is kept safe, and used only by the child and for the purposes of online learning.
The laptop, bag and charger must be returned to school in full working order when the school requests the equipment back.
If you do not have Wi-Fi connection at home, please contact the school office and we will be able to support you with this.
If a pupil requires printed material, please contact the school office to discuss this arrangement. The school may be able to support you or your child in how to access the online materials.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live teaching (online lessons with their teacher via Google Classroom)
- Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, audio/video recordings made by teachers)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers – depending on the age and needs of individual children
- Online reading books
- Activities provided on class pages on the school website
- Short-term project work and / or internet research activities.
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?
- There is a set timetable with allocated face-to-face meeting slots with a teacher for every class every day. If this varies due to staff absence or staff being unable to lead the online session we will try to let parents know beforehand.
- The school has published a video on how to access Google Classroom and the assigned work on the school website, for parents/ children to view
Children are expected to attend the daily face-to-face session with the teacher at the allocated time.
If your child is late, it disrupts their learning and the learning for others, and they will miss part of the session.
- Follow the protocols set by the school for keeping your child safe online.
- Parents/ carers of younger children (Reception to Year 2) may need to sit with their child during the session to help the child maintain their focus.
- Parents should try to ensure children have a set place to do their remote learning where they can sit comfortably, away from distractions with appropriate light.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Attendance will be monitored through attendance at the daily face-to-face sessions. If a pupil does not attend the online face-to-face session, staff will make a telephone call to enquire about the reasons for non-attendance and to see how the school can support.
- The teacher also monitors those children who have not handed in work and follows this up with children and parents as required.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- The teacher will address any common misconceptions with the group in Maths and English the next day.
- There may be opportunities for pupils to self-mark their work with the teacher.
- On occasions the teacher may need to give individual feedback to a child.
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 to support those pupils in the following ways:
- Class teachers will provide more individualised work for children with SEND as required to ensure they are able to access the online learning in a way that meets their individual needs. This support may be delivered by Teaching Assistants, including 1:1 support staff who normally work with key children at school.
- Class Teachers may provide extra materials, like practical resources and reading books, to support children with SEND who are working at home.
- External therapist have been informed of those children with an EHC Plan who are learning at home and will make contact with these families directly to provide support.
- The SENCO and other senior staff, will monitor provision for children with additional needs and work with staff to provide work which is appropriate for their needs.
- Parents should contact the school if they feel their child requires any other additional support with their learning.
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?
The pupil will be referred to materials set on Google Classroom alternatively work will be provided via the school website on their Class Page.
If the above are not possible a pack of work will be provided that can be posted through the home door.