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.
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.
A letter will be sent home explaining how we intend to support pupils in the longer term but interim measures will be highlighted. This includes reading, Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling Shed. Paper packs of work may also be provided and either delivered or made available for collection.
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. Staff may video parts of lessons to aid the understanding of pupils and to supplement other provision. There will also be ‘feedback’ sessions each week.
Please see school newsletter dated 8th January ‘21 for further details.
Following government guidleines, we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
3 hours a day (with less time for pupils in Reception)
Key Stage 2
4 hours a day
Pupils in Years 1 – 6 will access remote learning via Google Classroom.
Pupils in Reception will access remote learning via Tapestry.
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 use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely. These include:
Having missed out on schooling in the first lockdown, we want to do all we can to build on our children’s learning - and there are lots of new things to learn. We are expecting that children do all they can to complete the work that has been prepared and we know that you will do your best to support them to do that. However, we are also very conscious that having to facilitate your child’s learning at school ‘from a distance’ is no easy task – especially with children in the younger age groups. We ask that you do all that can be done to keep them engaged – giving the children breaks when and where necessary (it doesn’t have to be like a school day) – and encouraging them with your own positive attitude.
Please see school newsletter dated 8th January ’21 for further details.
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:
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:
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 a child is ill while self-isolating, then the expectations of work would not be the same as their peers and we would ask that the child does whatever they can and whatever would be deemed reasonable. However, assuming that self-isolation does not mean a child is ill, we would expect them to do the work allocated to them along with their classmates.
Working together, we hope that we can enable and empower our children to thrive.