Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts/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 initial period 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 initial period of pupils being sent home?

Pupils will immediately be able to access activities set by their class teachers via the Seesaw platform. These will include daily literacy and maths sessions. Pupils will also be set work that covers at least one other curriculum area each day. This work will be uploaded by 8.30AM for children to access at their convenience throughout the day. There is an expectation that work should be completed by 3PM to enable teachers to give appropriate feedback and prepare for the next day of remote learning.

Following the initial period of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

Pupils working remotely and those attending hub provision will be taught the same curriculum as each other. Teachers will continue to set some activities in the same style used during the immediate period of remote education but also post some pre-recorded lessons featuring themselves teaching. Lessons and activities will mirror what pupils would have been taught on site if a lockdown situation had not occurred but with some necessary alterations, particularly for those subjects of a more practical and physical nature.

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, independent work, extended project work and physical education tasks) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

EYFS 1-2 hours
Key Stage 1 2-3 hours
Key Stage 2 3-4 hours

 

Accessing remote education

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

Pupils will access their online remote education primarily through the Seesaw platform. All children have their own login details which enable them to interact with their class teacher, responding to activities set and receiving written and/or audio feedback on the tasks that they complete. Seesaw can be accessed through PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Pupils may also receive invitations to particular events through other platforms including Microsoft Teams and Zoom as appropriate. Please contact the office if you require any assistance with accessing any of these platforms.

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:

For those children that do not have access to suitable technology at home to enable them to work remotely online we will endeavour to provide a laptop or tablet. Where this is not possible or if there is no internet connection then we will post/deliver paper copies of work that should be returned to school each week to enable teachers to mark the work and give feedback.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

These may include:

  • live events/teaching through Microsoft Teams and Zoom (eg. whole school/class worship, guided reading sessions)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, Oak National Academy lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers where accessing the online provision is not possible (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • reading books from school and those that pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities

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?

Pupil Engagement:

  • Complete the work set by your teacher on a daily basis by 3PM (or on those days that they would have been in school if flexi-schooled)
  • Complete the work set to the same standard that you would normally produce in school
  • Respond to any feedback that your teachers give in an appropriate way

 

Parent/carer Engagement:

  • Provide opportunities for your child/children to access Seesaw on a daily basis (or on those days that they would have been in school if flexi-schooled)
  • Upload teaching and learning tasks in the form of photographs, worksheets, text
  • Communicate with your child’s class teacher if you are having any difficulties

 

We do understand that for many of you, home learning will be a significant challenge – juggling children of different ages, jobs, device limitations and possible illness – however it is vital that we continue to provide learning opportunities to ensure that our children reach their full potential, now and in the future. We are here to help support you and your children.

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

Teachers will endeavour to respond to all work posted within 48hours. Parents of all children will receive weekly welfare checks from our support staff to support them in any way possible to ensure that all children engage remotely. Details of pupils that do not engage will be forwarded to the Education Welfare team to see if there is any additional support that they can give.

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

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Teachers will endeavour to feedback on all activities within 48hours. This feedback may take the form of a written comment or an audio file as appropriate. Pupils will continue to receive house points for outstanding work and effort.

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:

Weekly welfare checks will be carried out by support staff to assist our SEND children in any way that we can. Adjustments to our provision for these families will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us in the usual way if you are having any difficulties.

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?

Pupils will receive either a paper pack of work that covers all relevant aspects of the curriculum for the period of their absence or work will posted via Seesaw to ensure coverage in the same way.

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