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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?

Work that is prepared for pupils is designed to meet their year group objectives for that moment in time. Where possible, learning will be planned for all with remote learning in mind; where this is not possible, time may be needed to adapt work already prepared.

In the first day or two of a child being at home they will be provided with the daily timetable for the class with links to video lessons and sheets that can be downloaded and printed. School can provide printed copies of sheets where required.

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 will 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, remote PE and Art lessons may be different due to a lack of equipment at home.  The daily Maths and English lessons will be prioritised in order to ensure coverage of year group learning or differentiated learning where applicable (and previously communicated to parents).  We will also send PSHE work to help support the children’s mental health, self-esteem and personal development.

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:

For children in Key Stage 2: four hours (this is in line with Department for Education recommendations).

Remote learning is planned to correspond broadly to the above number of hours.  When planning our learning, we will endeavour to consider screen time so that children do not spend four hours in front of a screen. 

If pupils finish their learning considerably more quickly than the time allocated to the learning activity, they are encouraged to go back and review their work, including reflecting on whether it is to the same standard as would be expected in school.  Conversely, if pupils are finding difficulty completing their work within the allotted time frame, pupils (or parents) are encouraged to share this with the class teacher.

Pupils learning remotely are encouraged to maintain, as much as possible, a school routine with learning, and breaks, taking place within usual school hours.

Accessing remote education

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

Class Dojo: we use this platform to upload our daily and weekly timetables on our year group pages.  Parents have individual log ons for this. Teachers upload the learning activities onto Class Dojo, again on the year group pages and, once completed, these can be sent back to teachers for feedback.  We encourage all pupils to create a ‘portfolio’ on Class Dojo to make uploading their work easier.  We will also upload pre-recorded teaching onto these pages.  Pupils and parents can ask questions or seek advice using direct messages on Class Dojo.

Zoom: we use this platform for our live meetings with class, and year group, teachers. We ask that parents sign our Home-School Virtual Agreement before accessing these sessions.  When this has been received, pupils are able to access this live support.  Meeting IDs and passwords are sent directly to parents via Class Dojo.  These must not be shared to maintain security.  Any parents needing technical support with this, are encouraged to call the school office or to speak to their child’s teacher.  The learning is available on Class Dojo so no child is disadvantaged if they have technical difficulties.  If your child is late to the session or has to re-join because of internet issues then we will do our very best to let them in. However, it is not always easy for staff to monitor the waiting room when the session has started and occasionally children may be unable to get in to the session.

Times Table Rockstars: all children from have log ins for TTRockstars and it is an excellent resource for children to learn and practice their times tables.

White Rose Maths: we follow White Rose Maths planning and activities in each year group across the school.  We will use their teaching videos, powerpoints and supporting worksheets.  We have purchased White Rose Maths activity books which contain the worksheets and these are available for parents to collect for children to work from at home. 

Oak Academy: pre-prepared teaching videos will be used from Oak Academy where these are appropriate.

BBC Teach and BBC Bitesize: pre-prepared teaching videos will be used from BBC Bitesize where these are appropriate.

SHAPE Learning Partnership: this is the local school sports partnership who we work with throughout the year. These PE remote learning resources are posted on our website under Home Learning resources.

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:

We have supplied exercise books, work books and paper for parents to collect from school. 

We have a limited number of laptops that we are able to lend to children when they don’t have a suitable device at home for remote learning. Those children in receipt of free school meals will be prioritised first.  Please contact school on 01246 413145 if you require a laptop.

Any families struggling with internet connection can contact school and discuss options. SIM cards with prepaid data are available for families to use solely for accessing remote learning lessons and parents may be asked to submit their details to have their mobile data allowance increased under the government scheme.

We will print packs of the week’s work on request which can be collected from school following liaison with the class teacher.  If pupils are self-isolating it may be possible to deliver pre-printed packs.

A sealed envelope addressed to your child’s class teacher can be handed into school by prior arrangement.  After a period of quarantining, the class teacher will mark the work and it will be shared with your child on their return, then added to your child’s work folders in school. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

We endeavour to keep our home learning curriculum as close to our usual practice as possible so whether children are in school or at home, we try to have an equality of opportunity.  Pupils are able to meet with their class teacher, or someone from the year group team, on a regular basis.  These meetings provide opportunities for teachers to talk to the children and for children to share their learning with others. Teachers may also provide short inputs of new learning or address misconceptions that have arisen.

There will generally be a Maths, English and at least 1 or 2 other activities per day.  Children will receive direct inputs in Maths and English using a variety of approaches including live teaching, pre-recorded teaching by a member of the year group team, or pre-recorded teaching from Oak Academy, White Rose or BBC Teach / BBC Bitesize.  The approach taken will be based upon the most effective ways of communicating a learning point and the resources available.  Live teaching allows for regular verbal feedback, discussion and the opportunity to address misconceptions. A number of children benefit from pre-recoded teaching as they can regularly stop the video to digest learning in smaller chunks or watch part, or all, of the teaching input to check their understanding, deal with any misconceptions or consolidate their learning.  We also offer PowerPoint slides, some of which may include teacher generated audio and PDF versions of the interactive whiteboards that staff use daily in their teaching.  We will endeavour to organise staffing so that a member of staff from each year group team is able to answer any questions or queries posted, or offer direct support via Class Dojo.  This allows us to support individual children as opposed to larger groups, and cater specifically for their needs.

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?

Engagement and attendance: We believe in every child’s right to an education. Therefore, when teachers are offering online sessions, attendance is strongly encouraged. However, we understand that some families are sharing devices and therefore this may not always be possible.  If we notice that your child is not attending live sessions or sharing work for feedback, we will contact you to discuss this and how we can further support you and your child.  Whether or not this is the case, we ask that parents check in with the Class Teacher at least weekly. 

We expect pupils to engage in all activities, to persevere and maintain the standard that would be expected in school.  We also expect that pupils submit regular work to their teacher for support and feedback.  Class Teachers will monitor coverage of work largely through each Child’s Portfolio.  Where there are difficulties uploading work to the portfolio, we ask that work is either sent in via Class Dojo messages or emailed to Class Teachers.  Please ensure that all work is completed in clear pencil/pen and photographs zoomed in, so that it is possible for teachers to read the work.

Parental support: We ask that all parents consent to the Home School Virtual Agreement. Please encourage your child to watch the learning videos, attend live sessions and complete tasks set by the teacher where possible. Try to develop a consistent routine by following a usual school day.

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

Teachers will be keeping a register of those who attend Zoom sessions and will contact parents if children haven’t attended regularly to check if there is anything we can do to support

Class Dojo will be monitored so that teachers can see work that children are submitting

Teachers will check reports on engagement on TTRockstars

If there are any concerns your child’s teacher will contact you by phone or via Class Dojo.

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:

Class Teachers will monitor coverage of work largely through each Child’s Portfolio.  Where there are difficulties uploading work to the portfolio, we ask that work is either sent in via Class Dojo messages or emailed to Class Teachers.  Please ensure that all work is completed in clear pencil/pen and photographs zoomed in, so that it is possible for teachers to read the work.  Teachers will then feedback and approve work that has been submitted.  This will differ depending upon the task. Questions and work submitted on Class Dojo over evenings and weekends will not usually receive a response until the start of the next working day for that teacher.

Class Teachers will also provide verbal feedback during live sessions by answering pupils’ questions and inviting them to pose questions.  Where appropriate, answer sheets will be uploaded to Class Dojo so that parents can support children in self checking their understanding.  As marking and feedback will be ongoing, books will not be collected and marked retrospectively on return to school.

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:

Children with an EHCP and SEND pupils who the school assesses to be vulnerable will be offered provision in school where possible.

Teachers will provide work for children with SEND that is personalised and appropriate to the individual. Sometimes this may be the child accessing classroom activities that have been differentiated and sometimes it may be specific activities for the child to support them meeting their targets.

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?

Whenever possible, children self-isolating due to individual close contact, will complete the same work as their peers in class.  At times, we will need to alter the format of the work in order to make this possible/slightly adapt the task; however, we feel it is important that they access the same curricular coverage as their peers within the classroom setting.  Where this is impossible, eg when the whole class are completing an outdoor Science challenge, then we will send home work to be completed so that the same learning objectives and aims will be covered, thus ensuring that individual children will not be at a disadvantage on their return to the classroom.  We appreciate that during self-isolation, adults are often working from home so we will send video guidance whenever possible/appropriate.  This will often be from reputable internet providers eg White Rose Maths, Oak Academy, BBC Teach.

Where any curricular misunderstandings/difficulties are identified, children will be grouped for common errors or spoken to individually by staff on their return.

If a child is unwell, then we do not expect them to engage in learning. If a child is waiting for a test result then we will endeavour to provide remote learning for this short period, but this may not always be possible.  Online platforms, such as TTRockstars, will be available for the child who is self-isolating.

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The Department for Education have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

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