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?
- School will provide a paper pack for the first two days of remote education.
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?
- Any remote whole bubble education provision will follow broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school.
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:
- Primary school-aged pupils -3 hours
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
A variety of online provision is used to provide remote education including:
- Purple Mash
- Class Dojo
- Epic Reading
- Google Classroom
- Oak National Academy
- BBC Bitesize
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 completed a survey of online access at home. It has identified that our families have broadband access but some struggle with devices. We have a scheme in place to loan out netbooks with parents signing a loan agreement for the device. In addition to this, in the event of a wider shut down, the school has access to 45 DfE provided devices which can be issued to families.
- Information has also been shared with all families about the free broadband access provided via the BT scheme and school will support families to apply for this should it be required.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Our remote teaching uses a mixture of.
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences as well as presentation tools to teach a skill.
- Resources uploaded to Class Dojo in line with class provision.
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?
- This is detailed in our remote learning home school agreement shared with parents.
- Ensure their child is following the daily timetable and completing all the work set, to avoid more learning time loss
- Let the school know if their child has any technical issues with accessing online learning during isolation
- Ensure their child only uses the platforms for educational purposes
- Monitor the use of their devices for access of other online materials and apps.
- Contact the child’s class teacher (via Class Dojo or email) or the school office, if they are having difficulties accessing the home learning.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will check daily that children are engaging with work. If they have concerns, they will make contact via Class Dojo or the text system and follow up via a phone call should it be required. This will allow them to identify any issues and offer appropriate 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:
- Pupils will receive feedback on any piece of work where it is appropriate.
- When the work is completed on one of the platforms such as Purple Mash or My Maths, it may be automatically marked by the platform. This may be followed up with a teacher comment where required to pick up misconceptions or concerns.
- Where the work is set via Class Dojo, any feedback required will be provided from the teacher by Dojo Message. This will not be necessary for every piece of work.
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:
In this section, please set out briefly:
- Where pupils have additional needs, suitably differentiated work will be provided via the learning platforms.
- Suitably differentiated printed paper packs will be produced by teachers where appropriate (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas at the relevant level, including video clips or sequences as well as presentation tools to teach a skill will be used to identify suitably differentiated work.
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?
- The child will initially be provided with a paper pack whilst remote education is put in place.
- Once has been confirmed that a child needs to isolate for a longer period, remote education is put in place that follows the same curriculum as children in school follow wherever possible with a 24 hour shift to allow the teacher to upload the relevant work completed by the class that day or an equivalent activity. A teaching element will also be included – this could take the form of a presentation or video input.
- Where it is deemed more appropriate, a task may be set on a remote platform such as Purple Mash or MyMaths but will still meet the same objective as class work to ensure that there is no gap in provision.