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 where national or 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.
During the first day of remote learning children will have a number of remote tasks set through the Home Learning section of the class pages of the website. These will be tasks designed to reinforce basic skills or compliment current learning in school. Where possible, your child will also be sent home with a reading book.
We endeavor to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, where practical resources that may not be available at home are an integral part of the learning, we may change a topic of learning and provide something different. This will always be following the National Curriculum and relevant to the age and academic ability of your child.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils approximately the same amount of time as the teaching time within a normal school day. This is approximately 5 hours per day which includes direct teaching time and time to complete independent learning tasks. We would expect this to be broken down into smaller chunks of time with breaks in between as we would have in school.
All online learning is accessed through the class pages of the website. There will be Reading, Writing, Maths and Curriculum links to each lesson as well as links to other learning opportunities for the children to access.
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:
If parents need support to ensure their child is able to access remote education, their class teacher will be able to support with this and ensure the child has access to education.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
The approaches chosen will depend on the age and the ability of the child and will differ between lessons.
It is expected that all children engage with remote education to ensure that their academic progress continues through any periods of school closure. As a school we expect that parents and carers support children to access the remote education, providing a quiet area for them to work in and setting routines that support the education.
Teachers will be checking work submitted each day. They will provide feedback to your child and support them where needed. If engagement is a concern, teachers will phone parents and discuss this with them.
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. Children will get feedback on key pieces of work daily which may include an individual written comment, a mark or general class feedback.
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or English as an Additional Language (EAL), 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 any way we can. Work will be personalised so that children with SEND can access it at the level they are working at. For our children working at EYFS or Year 1 level, work may take the form of practical activities and where relevant resources will be sent home to support with the learning. For children with additional needs appropriate interventions may take place via teams where your child will be given personalised support.
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. Where possible, work provided will mirror that being delivered in school so that children isolating do not miss out on important learning opportunities. This may take the form of pre-recorded lessons, one-to-one Teams meetings and individual work packs. Feedback will be given to children on a regular basis about how they are getting on and support will be provided where necessary.