Remote Education Provision
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?
Every week, your child's teachers are uploading all the resources required for remote education into the 'Files' section for your Year Group on Microsoft Teams, and these are available immediately if pupils are sent home.
Each morning, a teacher from each Year Group will hold a Teams call for all children to carry out a daily register and introduce the morning's learning. At the end of the morning, a teacher from each Year Group will hold a Teams call for all children to provide feedback on the morning's learning. This process will then be repeated in the afternoon. Microsoft Teams provides all children with the capacity to submit the work they have completed to their teacher. Wherever possible, there will be a teacher or teaching assistant available throughout the day for children to contact if they require support.
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, in trying to limit the amount of printing required, pupils may be asked to refer to an onscreen version or video to further inform their learning, or, asking pupils to be creative in their use of manipulatives in Maths. PE and outdoor learning will be adapted to accommodate pupil's differing circumstances.
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 same amount of time as children in school. The timetable for the day will match that of children in school and individual support will be available during normal school hours.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All children will access their online lessons using Microsoft Teams. This platform is already used to set and receive homework tasks. Children will be able to ask questions and request support during the day using Teams chat and if appropriate small groups of children may receive additional live teaching to help their learning. All tasks will be set as Teams assignments and children will "hand in" the work they do and feedback will be given using Teams. Children will continue to be rewarded for their effort and achievement using ClassDojo and parents and carers may message teachers using this platform as usual.
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 your child does not have access to a laptop or other suitable device but your home does have a high speed internet connection then we may be able to lend them a laptop. Parents and carers should make contact with their child's class teacher or call the school office for further information.
If pupils require any printed materials and they do not have online access, this can be arranged via the Class Teacher.
Pupils who do not have online access can submit work to their teachers by contacting them via Teams or Class Dojo and arranging to drop the work off at the school reception.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live teaching to introduce the learning to children
- a professional forum for all pupils to interact with their peers
- a weekly overview with information regarding the week's learning
- learning planned and uploaded by your child's teacher
- work on a daily basis for all year groups
- recorded teaching including the use of Oak National Academy and White Rose Maths resources.
- Online reading resources such as Oxford Owl and GetEpic
- feedback to pupils on work submitted
- staff available online to provide pupil support
- a weekly online assembly for all pupils
- a celebration of pupil's achievements via Class Dojo and Twitter
- bespoke provision for our more vulnerable pupils
- staff to monitor and support safeguarding concerns
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?
Please expect that your child will be completing a usual day of learning from 9:00am to 3:30pm.
We expect that children will:
- "arrive" or log in on time to all of their live lessons
- be dressed appropriately for learning
- do their best to complete all independent learning tasks
- request help through Teams if they are unsure of what to do, or how to do it
- abide by the class's agreed remote learning rules and the remote learning contact
We ask that parents and carers
- help children to log in to live learning
- monitor children's safe access to the internet
- report any problems accessing learning to the class teacher
- set routines at home to support your child's education
- ensure that children "arrive" or log in promptly each morning
monitor your ClassDojo account for messages and updates from school and your child's teacher
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Pupil engagement and submission will be monitored on a daily basis via Microsoft Teams. All pupils are expected to be present during the morning and afternoon registers, either in the classroom or online. Any absentees will then be contacted by our Learning Mentor, if we have not already received confirmation that a pupil is unable to attend their learning on that day. Regular Teams calls will enable the pupils to discuss any issues with their online teacher or Teaching Assistant
If a pupil is present during registration but does not submit their assignments for the day, the Year Group online teacher or Teaching Assistant will contact the pupil in the first instance to offer support. If there is no contact or if the work continues to be not submitted, the Class Teacher will contact the parents via Class Dojo to discuss the situation further.
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:
Work is set by the class teacher via Microsoft Teams as daily assignments. The online teacher will explain the tasks either on a live call or with a pre-recorded video. The online teacher or Teaching Assistant will provide feedback once assignments have been submitted.
Pupils will also receive feedback as part of their Teams call if their online teacher feels that there is a common misconception within the assignments and it can be delivered to all.
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:
Class Teachers have identifed those pupils who are defined as vulnerable and those with SEND within their classes. Teaching Assistants will be using Teams to contact these children to offer additional support and further instruction.
If, at any point, teacher intervention is required, the class teacher will be informed and will be able to offer further support to the pupil.
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?
If the number of pupils in a year group attending school is too high, we will need to deploy teaching staff into classrooms to teach face to face. This reduces our capacity for online learning. Teachers will continue to provide online input, either live via Teams or as a pre-recorded video, but will be unable to remain online to support remote learners. They can still be contacted via Teams or Class Dojo and will respond as and when they are available.