Remote Learning Policy

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

January 2021 and onwards

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Contact the teacher to re-establish expectations and provide instructions.

Pupils have CGP books and paper based activities which they have been sent with for immediate use or if their IT fails at any time.

Scheduled tasks on Google Classrooms are set. Work is set on other online platforms to supplement learning.

Teachers will be online supporting the learning. Pupils have access to and have written sets of their own passwords for a number of resources – including: TT Rockstars, Education City, Oxford Owl, Ren Learn, MyOn. Prodigy, Read Write Inc, Numbots, Fstat, Phonics Play.

Timetable of learning will be posted to Google Classroom and this will also be on the school website.

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?

Although some adjustments will be made, the curriculum at home will be as close as we can be to the work being carried out by those attending sessions at school. Any practical sessions will be adapted to include everyday resources which you will have at home. If for some reason you don’t have access to any of the resources, they will be available for collection from school, please just let us know.Pupils in school and those at home will use Google Classrooms as their base for learning during lockdown or when self-isolating. We are trying to keep work as closely in line with what the children would have been doing in school if there was not a lockdown, although some modification has had to take place. 

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 A minimum of 3 hours per day for EYFS & Key Stage 1 children and 4 hours per day for Key Stage 2 children. 

Accessing remote education

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

Children will primarily be accessing their learning through Google Classroom, although this will be supplemented with other forms of work. Pupils have a range of devices to work on including Laptops, chromebooks, tablets, smart TVs and some games consoles.     

Although children have practised the use of devices for blended learning, they will also receive a message from their teacher to remind and refocus them. If you are having difficulties with Google Classroom for any reason please text or email school with your query and your child’s teacher will get back to you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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:

School has some chromebooks available for loan from January to further support home learning. These are for families who do not have access to any of their own systems. These devices  remain the property of the school and if they are damaged, parents will be expected to replace the machine or pay for its repair. 

CGP books and paper copies of work can also be made available for the short term.

 School is open and running for vulnerable children and the children of key workers throughout periods of lockdown. 

EYFS children will also have some additional paperwork to develop fine motor skills. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Google Classroom online which is supported by a teacher. 
Teaching sessions will be pre-recorded by our teachers and these will be supplemented by videos from White Rose maths and Read Write Inc.
There will be recorded lessons for a wide variety of  subject areas.  In some years pupils may also signpost children to the Oak National Academy resources, BBC bitesize. 

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?

Support your child to complete the work set daily for them

Be actively involved online. 

Contact the teacher if there are any issues or questions which need to be resolved. 

 If there are difficulties with contacting the teacher through Google Classrooms, parents can telephone or message  school to alert us to an issue. 

We also operate the texting system as a method of communication. 

Completed work is to be returned to the teacher via google classroom so that it can be marked. 

Paper work can be returned by arrangement with the teacher to school where it will be quarantined prior to marking. 

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

Work being completed informs us of the child’s engagement. School also maintains a weekly engagement register and phone calls home are made too. If a child is not engaging with home learning, they will be required to attend school. 

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:

Quizzes, feedback, teacher comments when work is marked, an interactive classroom, comments attached to submitted documents. Assessment analysis on websites e.g TT Rockstars and Oxford Reading Buddy.   

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:

Personalised learning tasks changed if needed.

Recorded teaching sessions which can be accessed over again  (e.g. a short division method)

Differentiated activities. Supported activities for children who require this. 

All children with an EHCP are invited into school for their learning.   

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? 

Work will be as close as we can make it to that which would be carried out in class. There will be some differences in terms of the timing of some topics or areas of study and also the nature of some activities will have to change because of the availability of some specialty resources which are not in homes. Google Classroom will be used. CGP books are provided to all children and are at home in case required in the short term.

If you have any further questions after reading this please don’t hesitate to contact school.