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. It also contains details of what to expect if individual pupils are self-isolating.
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?
- In the event of a single or small group isolation, work pre-prepared by the class teachers will be uploaded to Google Classroom and our Trust online teacher, Mrs Lahoar, will be alerted. Mrs Lahoar will check in on the children and offer feedback on their uploaded work.
- In the event of a whole class or bubble isolation, the class teachers will take over the running of Google Classroom.
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, where high quality online resources are not available to match the sequenced curriculum content, where subjects require specialist equipment such as in some areas of the DT, PE and Computing curriculum.
- Where appropriate, classroom based pedagogy such as deliberately planned retrieval practice, is applied.
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:
Key Stage 1
Usually at least 3hrs per day (less for younger children) as per the guidance set out by the DFE.
Key Stage 2
Usually at least 4hrs per day as per the guidance set out by the DFE.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- Your child will need their Google Classroom login details. Please contact the school office if you do not have these, or for any support in how to access Google Classroom. We offer online and telephone tutorials, and paper-based 'how to' guides.
- They may also be asked to use other platforms, such as MyMaths or to access Youtube for RWI phonics videos. Please contact the school office for login details if they do not have these.
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. Parents and carers can contact their child's teacher / Senior Leadership Team if they need to borrow a laptop or for help with Internet connection.
- The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will support class teachers in ensuring that children needing printed materials receive them.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, Read Write Ink phonics videos).
- Teacher-produced tailored videos / story time
- Live ‘seminar’ sessions with class teachers via Google Meet.
- Interactive written feedback via Google Classroom
- Activities to complete using online platforms
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?
- In the event of a single or small group isolation, children should be accessing work set on Google Classroom and interacting with our Trust online teacher for approx 3-4 hrs per day depending on their age.
- In the event of a bubble closure the class teacher will lead a live registration session to check on wellbeing, keep children informed as to the plan for the day and ensure the day gets off to a successful start.
- Children will then receive between either daily or 3 x weekly seminar sessions, held live with the teacher to follow up on learning, support misconceptions and extend / deepen understanding. Sessions will be tailored / grouped to best meet the needs of the children.
- Parents should check the quality of the work their child is producing. We suggest, if possible, parents engage with children periodically throughout the day (depending on the age of the child) to see the work they have done.
- Especially vulnerable children have further support in their learning via the Trust online teacher, such as through additional live sessions.
- If asked by teachers, work is to be submitted for marking/checking through Google Classroom. If your child has not attended live sessions / registration or has not be submitting work, you will be contacted by the teacher.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We have asked teachers to monitor the engagement of children through the below methods:
- Attendance of children at live sessions / registration
- Checking if students are submitting work on Google Classroom
If your child misses more than two live sessions in a row with no explanation, the teacher will contact you via email. If there are still ongoing concerns after this point, the SLT will make contact to offer further support.
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:
- Individual or group feedback during live lessons. This could be done through questioning or self-marked activities.
- Group or individual feedback on tasks via Google Classroom. This may include providing model answers, for example.
- Quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms.
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, such as 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:
- Regular check-in phone calls / emails to support academic engagement and pastoral wellbeing
- Additional video calls, where appropriate, with specific support staff
- The tailoring of resources, where appropriate, to meet individual children’s needs
- Any concerns picked up during a conversation will be passed on to the school SENDCo
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?
- There may be fewer interactive and narrated resources due to the teacher being in school teaching.
- Work will be uploaded each day so children can access Maths, English and reading / phonics lessons that mirror the lessons taking place in the classroom. This is so that, on their return to school, learning can continue uninterrupted.
- Live registrations and seminars will not take place.
- The Trust online teacher, Mrs Lohoar, will lead the learning via Google Classroom and will be responsible for feeding back key points to the class teacher. Watch the video below to meet Mrs Lohoar.
- On their return to school, their teacher will spend time welcoming them back to school and their wellbeing is our priority. Their teacher will work closely wit them on their return to school in their lessons to check their understanding and help with things they may have missed or misunderstood while learning at home.
Google Classroom Guides
Use the guides below to help you use Google Classroom. The video shows you how to use the Google Classroom App to upload a photo of your work. This is a great way to show your teacher how you are doing and for your teacher to giv eyou feedback on what's going well and how to improve in your learning, just as we would in the school.