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
- Weekly Home Learning tasks are already posted on the school website and in each Year groups Google Document. Children isolating can have access to this learning as well as providing catch up homework to those children in school.
- The Home Learning sheets cover the curriculum that would be taught in school.
- There is also a suggested timetable for Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two on the school website to show how the day's learning could be planned.
- In cases where a class, Year group or the whole school are working remotely, live teaching and catch up sessions will be timetabled.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
- Weekly home learning have been uploaded on the website, as well as the Google Classroom, for children that are isolating whilst school is open. Therefore, this would be available with immediate effect. The first two days may not have live teaching to allow staff to get prepared and organised.
- If children are sent home directly from school, they will be given an exercise book and a resource pack (which will be returned back to school).
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 have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we may use Oak Academy teaching videos that are of the same genre for Literacy but of different context. In foundation subjects, we may find the closest unit that fits with our curriculum.
- Wherever possible, live teaching will be provided. A timetable and links will be shared with parents and carers so that they can join the live teaching.
- The amount of learning will replicate what the children would have been learning in school.
Remote Teaching and Study Time Each Day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The expectation is that children will study for the same amount as they would in a usual school day. Please see the suggested timetables for each phase on the school website. (Curriculum tab - weekly school closure homework.)
Accessing Remote Education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- Children can access online home learning via the school website and Google Classroom.
- The child will need to log into their classes Google Classroom, using the login details that they have been provided with by school.
- Each child will be given a blank Google Document where they can complete their learning tasks so that adults at school can provide feedback.
- For younger children, they can complete their learning tasks in their homework book. Photographs can then be taken and sent to the class email address.
- Teachers will check the work each day and provide feedback so it is important that the work is completed daily on the Google Document where possible.
- Within the work set, there will be various links for children to click on in order to support their learning, such as Oak Academy, White Rose maths or timetables/number bonds website.
- If you have any issues logging onto Google Classroom and accessing the online learning, please contact the school office.
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 list of families with no internet access, no device or both.
- Where possible, the families will be contacted to arrange for them to collect a device from school. We have a limited number of laptops which have been provided by the Government and our business partners to support the home learning of disadvantaged pupils where they do not have access to a device .A Record of this is saved with the admin team.
- Priority for the loaning of laptops will be given to pupils on benefit related Free School Meals.
- Families who borrow a laptop must complete the Parent/Pupil Loan Agreement Form which identifies the expectations and responsibilities when the laptops are taken home. This would be completed when the laptop is collected from school.
- Currently we have no provision for families with no internet access. In this case, we provide hard copy homework. The parents/carer is informed to collect this when they come in to collect their child on the same day.
- Additional support is provided in order to help them log into Google Classroom via phone call.
- If there is access to the online learning through a mobile phone, the tasks can be recorded in the Homework Book, a photograph can be taken and this can be emailed to the class email address. This way teachers can still provide teachers with daily feedback on their home learning tasks:
- If work cannot be submitted to school through the email address, it will be handed into school once the child returns so that it can be checked and feedback can be provided.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely. Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- Live teaching (online lessons). We will need to give due regard to families with more than one child in the school and the ability of every child to have some access to being taught by their teacher daily.
- 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.
- Project homework tasks which involve research and are linked to the topics which are being taught .
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?
Staff can expect pupils to:
- Attend all Google Meet sessions where possible.
- Complete work to the deadline set by teachers.
- Seek help if they need it, from teachers or teaching assistants during Google Meets sessions or through Google Classroom.
- Alert teachers if they are not able to complete work.
- Behave in a safe and appropriate manner when online. (See 'A Guide To Internet Safety for Pupils and Parents' Appendix 2)
Staff can expect parents to:
- Ensure that their child completes their online learning tasks and attends the daily Google Meet teaching sessions each day.
- Where there are only one or two devices in the household, timetable them so that all children have access to their online learning.
- Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise cannot complete work.
- Seek help from the school if they need it by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or the class email address.
- Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will provide daily feedback for work which is completed in Google Documents or emailed to the class email address.
- If children are not submitting their work, they will be called by school and offered support to overcome any issues.
- It is important that school and home work together in partnership so that the children continue to make progress in their learning.
- Where there are ongoing concerns about work not being completed, the school Attendance and Welfare Advisor (AWA) will be informed as this will become an attendance issue.
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:
- It is important that children are given feedback on their learning.
- Each class teacher will be responsible for marking the completed work for their class. This includes children who are attending school.
- Children will be given daily feedback on their learning.
- Adults can also post general comments about the work by clicking on the 'view assignment' tab then clicking on the 'instructions tab'.
- Comments should guide the children so that they can make any corrections, e.g. add in commas, use a
- Dictionary to check spelling. Because the adult can type straight into the document, errors can be highlighted in green (just like our highlighters in school) and suggestions can be added in red. This follows the school's Effective Feedback and Marking Policy.
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 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:
- Home Learning tasks are matched to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. They can be found on the weekly home learning sheets in Google Classroom and the school website.
- There are links on the school website to support children with SEND (curriculum tab - Home learning for children with SEND).
- Online teaching sessions with specialist professionals such as speech and language therapists and specialist literacy teachers where possible.
- Online teaching sessions with school staff so that any interventions can continue where possible.
- Phone calls home from school staff to offer parents support with their home learning and also to check on the children's emotional well-being.
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.
- We have set up the 'Blended Learning' approach.
- We have online learning available in Google classrooms and the school website for those children that are isolating or absent due to underlying health issues.
- This online learning incorporates the weekly homework, project homework, daily maths and literacy lessons as well as the rest of the curriculum which they normally would have been taught if they were present in school.
- This will also be used as online learning should there be a local or national lockdown.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
- Self isolating children will be expected to complete all daily numeracy, literacy and other foundation subjects.
- They must complete all work which they are set, as this will mirror what they would have learnt should they have been in school.
- Their peers, that are in school, will not be expected to complete the daily maths and literacy and the foundation subject lessons unless they wish to do so. They will however be expected to complete the basic skills such as the spelling, times tables, numbers bonds and reading - which are the usual weekly homework.
- Children isolating will be expected to submit homework online - the Class teacher will check this daily as they would check children's work that are present in school. Whereas, children that are in school, can complete their homework in their homework book.