Remote Education

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 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?

On the first day of absence, your child’s teacher will organise for a pack of learning that can be collected from school. This pack will contain several days’ worth of work that will match what the children have learnt about in school.

By day 3 a member of the school’s Inclusion Team will have contacted the child to ensure that they are confident with accessing their learning, that they can use the website and that they know how to send their learning back to the class teachers.

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?

Yes, we will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example where a task requires lots of discussion the teacher may amend to make it more suitable for remote learning, PE and outside 2 learning tasks will be flexible to allow for children to access them depending on their individual circumstances.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

On the class webpage a link will be available that will take the children to all their home learning resources and a timetable for the week. 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. If children are unable to complete the learning tasks they are set, then they (or parent/carers on their behalf) should discuss this with the class teacher.

Accessing remote education

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

All children will be able to access their home learning, supporting resources and timetable in the password protected class webpage. All children will access their online lessons using Zoom.

Children will be able to attend Zoom sessions throughout the day that will cover a range of different subject areas. During live teaching sessions the children will be able to ask and answer and be shown modelled examples of the learning that they need to complete. The children will be able to return their learning to the relevant year group email and teachers will provide feedback. The teachers will continue to use recognition boards for children who are going over and above as well as ‘purple’ slips to celebrate ready, respectful and safe behaviour.

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 children 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. · For any children that do not have any access to the internet, printed materials will be prepared and can be collected from school or delivered if required. Work will be delivered and collected weekly and feedback given on the previous week’s work.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

· live teaching (online lessons) – most lessons will include a live introduction from your child’s class teacher

· recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers) – for some lessons your child will download and view a pre-recorded video

· commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences – your child will continue to use the range of online tools that they are familiar with and use in school such as: TT RockStars, SpellingShed and Read Write Inc Virtual classroom.

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. Parents and children will be asked to sign a remote learning contract that clearly sets out expectations of school, children and parents/carers on the first day of any remote learning period.

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 Zoom chat 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

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

It is important that children continue their learning during any period of learning at home. In order to monitor this:

· a daily register will be taken each morning

· any child not attending will be marked absent and we will contact you to find out the reason for your child’s absence

· in addition, the class teacher(s) will monitor children’s completion of work to ensure that all tasks are completed during the day

If we are concerned that a child is not attending or not engaging successfully with their remote learning we will contact you using Arbour messaging or by telephone to discuss how we can work together to ensure your child’s education is not interrupted.

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:

· Feedback will usually be a written comment

· For some pieces of work, we will issue a marked score

· Where necessary, more detailed feedback may be issued to help a child or group of children understand a misconception in a virtual live meeting

· Children will receive feedback on all work they submit

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:

· Teachers may differentiate tasks

· Additional supports, examples and checklists may be issued

· Where individual approaches are required we will discuss these with you. Please contact our SENDCo at school if you would like to discuss the needs of your child and how they will access remote learning.

For SEND support and Remote Learning click here here

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 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?

While live remote teaching is not possible while the class teacher is teaching their class, we will use broadly the same approach as outlined above. We will ensure individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback. Each day, the class teacher will set work that is in line with the work that is happening in the classroom. Written slides explaining the learning along with tasks to be completed will be published on the class webpage and children’s completed tasks can be submitted via the year group email and marked by the teacher.


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