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.

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?

 If your child is in Reception or Year 1, you will need to collect a home learning pack fortnightly, from our school office, as per timetable. Activities will also be added to Tapestry so please look at this daily. Phonics will be timetabled to be taught live using Google Classroom.

If your child is in Year 2, you will need to collect a home learning pack fortnightly, from our school office, as per timetable. Activities will also be added to Purple Mash so please look at this daily.

Key stage 1 pupils will receive invitations to join live teaching sessions on Google Classroom.

Key Stage 2 pupils will receive remote education mainly online which may also be supported by a home learning pack. You will also receive daily invitations for your child to join live teaching sessions through Google Classroom. Online support will be available for the majority of the school day. Teachers will communicate this through Google Classroom.

We have made sure that pupils working at home have devices; should a whole year bubble close then this may not be the case for the quarantine period but pupils will have a learning pack to work through.

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 plan to 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.

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:

Reception and Key Stage 1

3 hours a day

Key Stage 2

4 hours a day

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

In school we use the following on-line platforms:

  • Reception and Year 1: Tapestry and Google Classroom;
  • Year 2: Purple Mash and Google Classroom
  • Key Stage 2: Google Classroom

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:

Key Stage 2 pupils, who are working at home until further notice, have been provided with a laptop if they do not already have access to a device at home. If you do have difficulties accessing a device for your Key Stage 2 child, please inform the school as soon as possible.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • Live teaching (online lessons) through Google Classroom
  • Recorded teaching, e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video recordings made by teachers
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books for pupils at home and in school
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips  

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:

  • KS2: Your child is expected to access their learning through Google Classroom and attend all live teaching sessions. This may not always be possible if your child is sharing a device. Parents/ carers are required to be seen on screen at the beginning of each live session.
  • KS1 and Reception: Your child is expected to complete the work set in the home learning packs, In addition, they can access live learning through Google Classroom, if you have access to a device at home. Parents/ carers  are required to be seen on screen at the beginning of each live session.
  • Parents/ carers are expected to support their child with their learning and ensure work is completed

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

  • A daily register will be taken for all children who access learning through Google Classroom.
  • Key Stage 1 and Early Years parents/ carers should contact school if you have difficulties logging on to Google Classroom or if you do not have access to a device so that school staff are aware.
  • If your child is unable to access Google Classroom, you will receive at least on weekly telephone call from a member of staff to discuss your child’s home learning with them and any concerns that need addressing.
  • If the school is concerned with your child’s engagement in home learning, you will receive a telephone call from the school. If no contact is made, a home visit will be carried out by our safeguarding team.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is:

  • Immediate marking and feedback through our live sessions via whole class/ small groups and to individual children
  • Pupils’ work will be marked, and written feedback given through the use of our online platforms
  • Pupils will receive regular feedback when accessing Google classroom
  • Paper copies of work will be marked on receipt (every two weeks) and verbal feedback given during a telephone conversation.

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:

  • Differentiated packs have been sent home to enable children to access the learning.
  • SEN pupils are monitored by school staff during the online learning sessions to ensure they are able to access it and it is differentiated appropriately.
  • Pupils, who we acknowledge will not be able to access the online content due to their significant SEN, have been provided with additional resources within their home learning packs to help them to meet their outcomes.
  • Any SEND pupils working remotely have access to the IDL maths and English program.
  • Our SENCo is making additional calls to families of pupils with an EHC working from home to support them, in addition to the class teacher. 
  • All SEN pupils (not just EHCP, as is statutory) have been included in the 'vulnerable' list for our school, so have been offered a place in school.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school, a home learning pack and timetable will be delivered to your home address. Your child will be able to access supporting materials via the online platform, including additional websites.