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.
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?
Your child will already have access to a number of online resources for work that they can access independently, these include;
- Mathletics – Full Maths curriculum coverage with explanations, activities and help
- TT Rockstars / Numbots – Recall activities for times tables / number bonds (addition facts)
- Nessy – Spelling and phonics activities tailored to the child’s ability level
- ePlatform – Digital Library of eBooks and audiobooks
- MyStickers – Your child’s digital reward platform
Your child will also be sent an exercise book, pencil, question packs, and reading book to complete work when not online.
*Some children will already be confident with, and completing home learning on, our two main platforms for remote learning – Google Classroom and Seesaw.me. If this is the case, they will be able to immediately access the Remote Lessons described below.
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. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example;
- Music – especially some Curriculum Objectives which describe use of instruments
- Physical Education – especially some Curriculum Objectives that refer specifically to performing team/group skills
- Outdoor Education – some Curriculum Objectives may not be able to be resourced at home, or be safe without qualified supervision
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 remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day: 5 hours.
The school day will remain the same for pupils at school or at home: 9am-3.15pm (with 1hr for lunch)
Pupils will be expected to register online at 9am every school day and complete work in time with the school timetable.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We will be organising our remote education provision through Google Classroom. Through this your child will be able access live lessons with Google Meet and ask questions through Google Chat. We will also be using Seesaw (Tapestry in Year R) to aid younger pupils in completing and submitting age-appropriate work.
All of these platforms can be accessed across multiple devices, including; PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, web-enabled TVs, and some games consoles.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Our goal is that, if not in school, pupils should be able to access the same high-quality teacher interaction and progressive curriculum content.
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:
• We are able to loan laptops or tablets to pupils, as well as IT peripherals such as webcam and keyboards
• We are able to issue devices, or credit, that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles)
• Where necessary pupils can access any printed materials, to be submitted to the school, needed if we are not able to establish online access
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How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
• live teaching (online lessons)
• recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
• reading books pupils have at home
• commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
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?
In this section, please set out briefly:
• We expect pupils to ideally engage with their learning concurrently with the school day. Where this is not possible, pupils are expected to complete the work of the school day out of sequence.
• Our expectations of parental support will vary depending on the year group. For the most part this will mainly involve setting routines to support your child’s education and ensuring they are engaged when completing independent work.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
• We record pupils’ engagement with remote education every timetabled lesson/activity
• Where engagement is a concern, we will inform parents and carers through telephone contact by our Family Support Worker to try to support
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:
• Live verbal feedback (through Google Meet)
• Live digital feedback (through Google Chat)
• Written digital feedback comments (on Seesaw/Tapestry post or work shared to the Classroom Stream)
• Graded marking and feedback (On Google Classroom Assignments)
• Automatic Marking on digital platforms (such as Mathletics and Nessy)
• Adapted lessons planning (including ‘pick up’ and ‘intervention’ groups where additional teaching is required
Pupils will receive feedback on their work, where appropriate, before the next lesson in the curriculum sequence. However, as described above, this does not mean that a written comment or grade will be given for each activity.
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 still plan differentiated work based on their knowledge of the pupils’ individual needs.
• SEND pupils will still be overseen by the SENDCo and any reviews/assessment will continue to take place as necessary. Meetings with external agencies will continue remotely.
• Class-based interventions will take place remotely as timetabled and delivered by the same member of staff.
• Non-class-based interventions (such as Speech & Language and ELSA support) will continue to take place remotely.
• If appropriate, vulnerable pupils may be invited to attend sessions at school. This will be kept to the absolute minimum to ensure that they are able to appropriately access the curriculum.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Simply, there is no difference. We aim to ensure individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback whether attending in person or learning remotely.