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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 or national restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

What is remote education?

Remote education:  any learning that happens outside of the classroom, with the teacher not present in the same location as the pupils.  This includes both digital and non-digital remote solutions.

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?

On the first day of remote education, pupils can expect to access the MS Teams remote platform to access learning tasks linked to the school timetable that would have been set if the pupils had remained in school.  The provision may be slightly altered if the subject requires specialist equipment or resources.  Any alternative provision linked to the curriculum, in these cases, will be clearly signposted to pupils.

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?

If the school is required to shut to most pupils at short notice, we will provide online curriculum activities for the first day or two whilst we make the necessary arrangements for remote learning that is extended to include ‘live’ sessions.  Our school will continue to provide the same curriculum at home as we do on the school site for those vulnerable children or children of key workers. 

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate.  However, as previously expressed, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

For example, in Art, Design and Technology and/or Science we may have to made adaptations due to pupils’ ability to have access to certain resources or materials linked to specific curriculum content.  Whilst in Physical Education, there would be varying degrees to which pupils can appropriately follow the curriculum - e.g. team sports and gymnastic provision (including Health & Safety implications).

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:

  • Nursery:  Up to 2 hours a day
  • Reception pupils:  Up to 3 hours a day
  • Key Stage 1:  3 hours a day on average across the cohort
  • Key Stage 2:  4 hours a day

Accessing remote education

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

We are providing remote education on the following platforms:

  • MS Teams
  • Evidence Me (for children in the Early Years)

All pupils will have a user accounts created and individual user log on details along with instructions on their use will be issued upon their enrolment to the school.

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:

  • We have a limited number of laptops or tablets which we may be able to loan to pupils, where they do not have access to a device at home.  Where there is the ability to lend equipment, an appropriate loan agreement would be put in place
  • Subject to availability, we may be able to lend routers or dongles, where households do not have internet connectivity, where they make this known
  • Packs of materials can be made available at the start of each week where individuals do not have technology or internet at home, are finding it difficult to be independent using the technology at home or if it is deemed that due to specific learning factors, it is not appropriate to access online provision
  • Parents will need to return pupils’ packs of completed work to school at the start of each week for regular review and feedback by the class teacher.

If your child does not have access to the necessary technology for online learning, please contact the School Business Leader via the school office.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online sessions – including pastoral sessions)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by our own staff)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets linked to curriculum content)
  • Access to an online library in the form of Rising Starts Reading Planet to support reading at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (including but not limited to BBC Bitesize, Twinkle, Purple Mash, Times Tables Rock Stars, MyMaths, Numbots, Espresso etc)

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 order for us to provide the best remote learning, we will continue to provide constructive feedback to ensure pupils are meeting the correct standards in their learning.  Feedback is addressed below.

Our expectations are that pupils are engaging with remote education by undertaking the daily tasks set.

Each Year Group has a suggested timetable which can help provide some structure and routine.  Due to the nature of the online learning approach this offers families some flexibility in terms of how and when the work is undertaken.

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

Staff will be monitoring pupil engagement with remote education using the insights tool available in MS Teams which allows us to monitor participation and submission.

Pupils are accountable for the completion of their own schoolwork (as age appropriate) – teaching staff will contact parents via email or telephone if their child is not completing their schoolwork or their standard of work has noticeably declined.  This is in direct reference to the Remote Learning Policy.

The school will log participation and pupil engagement with remote education through registration on entry to the live sessions, as well as motivation levels and progress, and this will be reported to parents as part of the school’s annual reporting process or, if there is a concern, individually via telephone.  The engagement of pupils’ will be regularly monitored by the school’s Leadership Team.

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 school uses a variety of formative assessment and feedback methods
    - e.g. through quizzes and other digital tools from teachers, and will support them
    with implementing these measures for remote learning where possible
  • Teaching staff will monitor the academic progress of pupils with and without access to the online learning resources using the schools established formative assessment system and discuss additional support or provision with the Senior Leadership Team.

All year groups

  • Any incorrect or incomplete work is returned to be corrected
  • A Ruby, Emerald or Sapphire reward will be assigned, in line with the school Behaviour Policy at the teacher’s discretion.

KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

  • ‘Well done’ feedback given for good work in English, Maths and additional curriculum areas once a week (not EYFS - see below).

Upper KS2 (Year 5 and 6)

  • Longer pieces of written work are sent back to be up-levelled.  Maths ‘Next Steps’ will be given once a week.  Other curriculum subjects will be given feedback where appropriate.

Lower KS2 (Year 3 and 4) KS1 and EYFS (Reception)

  • The ‘Next Step’ will be in the form of an assignment posted for the expected work that day at the end of a unit of work in Maths and English.  This could be in the form of a quiz or consolidation of learning.  This will be differentiated with the expectation that the child will choose their level of work.  Work in other curriculum subject areas will be given feedback where appropriate. 

KS1 and EYFS

  • A smiley face, thumbs up or suitable emoji will be posted on work when giving ‘well done’ feedback.

EYFS

  • ‘Well done’ feedback given for good work in English, Maths and Phonics.

For those pupils with SEND, teachers will discuss additional support or provision in conjunction with the Inclusion Leader.

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:

  • Our Inclusion Leader will get in touch with you if your child has SEND
  • We will ensure pupils are provided with regular check-ins with their teachers via telephone.

We encourage you to get in touch if you believe your child may struggle or is struggling with accessing remote education.

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?

In the case that your child is required to self-isolate due to having symptoms of coronavirus or through being a close contact of someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus, remote education may differ to what they would receive if the school were to close.

Pupils will initially be provided with a timetable that is linked to the class curriculum – they will be expected to access their MS Teams account in order to retrieve curriculum activities that will need to be submitted to the class teacher.

Contacting the school

We will provide you with all the details you may need when contacting the school while your child is learning from home.  When contacting the school, here are four important things both you and your child need to remember:

  • When on a video call, sit in a suitable area - e.g. a living room with a neutral background
  • When on a video call, wear suitable clothing and ensure your conduct is in line with the signed Acceptable Use Agreement
  • Understand that staff are there to help, but they may not have immediate solutions for remote access issues, but will try their best to find a resolution or escalate an issue to the appropriate person.
  • Remember to act in the same manner as if the school were open
  • The school’s Behaviour Policy is still in operation in school and with remote provision.

Additional information

Additional information you need to be aware of includes the following:

  • The school will provide you with all important contact information for key members of staff, including contact points for your child’s teachers and the Headteacher
  • Any concerns regarding the safety of your child should be directed to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Your child will not be penalised for their non-attendance on-site during this time
  • Teachers will monitor work completed to ensure your child is still completing set work. The submission of pupils’ work is being utilised to support DFE attendance procedures.

Supporting your child’s learning

Top tips for supporting your child while they learn from home:

  • Keep to a routine as much as possible so your child knows what to expect – the school understands that parents may need to apply this flexibly with work or sibling learning commitments
  • Keep active – ensure your child is getting enough exercise and incorporate this into their daily routine
  • Use different methods to assist learning - e.g. online programmes and documentaries
  • Stay sociable – organise with other parents to arrange video calls with your child’s friends so they can stay connected during social hours.

For younger children, you can:

  • Incorporate learning in make-believe play
  • Play educational games with numbers or letters and read together
  • Involve them in things you are doing - e.g. chores, and talk with them about it.