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.

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? The children will be sent teaching videos via private and secure YouTube links. Accompanying worksheets and relevant links will be attached to an email. Work can be sent back on email or dropped into the pod for assessment. We also hope to introduce Microsoft Teams into our online lessons.

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. All lessons are duplicated and resources are sent home on the day they are being taught 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?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1 Up to two hours per day
Key Stage 2 Up to three hours a day

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing? We will be using YouTube to share the teaching through an email to secure addresses. Later Teams will be used to provide a live lesson scenario.

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: If a child does not have a laptop at home, then they are welcome to use their school laptop to access their learning. Please contact the school and will organise pick up. If children do not have internet access then again contact the office and the week’s resources will be supplied in paper form. Any work that needs to be marked can be left in the pod for marking and feedback can be done verbally over the phone.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

• Live teaching (online lessons) through Teams
• Recorded teaching through videos made by teachers.
• Printed paper packs produced by teachers
• Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home and which school will provide if necessary.
• Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences from BBC bitesize
• Long-term project work and/ or internet research activities
• Tapestry for EYFS
• Education City is available as a home learning platform.

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? We would expect the children to engage with the recorded lessons and live teaching as they would when attending school.  Routines should be in place to encourage this participation in lessons during the school day.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns? There will be follow up calls to those households that have not made contact with the school to ensure their children are receiving education. Certificates will be issued to those children that have participated well with the week’s learning.

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:

• Emailed responses to the children and checking of the work in the online lessons.

• All work will be saved and used as assessment at half term and the end of the term to inform teachers of progress.

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

:• Any children who require additional support will be supplied with bespoke packages of targeted learning materials to help them access their learning.
• This will be marked by the appropriate adult and individual feedback/ next steps given.
• Set work will mirror the progress

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? A resume of the lessons due being taught will be supplied electronically alongside any relevant work that is set. This will be done on a daily basis by the relevant class teacher.