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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. This document is written in line with our ‘Remote Learning Policy’ which you can find on our website.


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?

Pupils are familiar with our online learning platforms – Seesaw and Tapestry. Work will be set by the class teacher and the child will be able to complete this throughout the school day. At this time pupils should also use our digital homework provision:

· MathsWhizz – individual tutoring programme for children. This programme does not require parents/carers to support as it is an intelligent system which gives the child tasks which develop their mathematical skills.

· Bug Club – children are able to read online and complete phonics tasks to support their learning.

· TTRockstars – children can engage with times tables exercises in a fun way. Children can work independently with this programme.

· Curriculum Visions – children can read around their topic areas, watch videos and look at pictures from their class studies.

· The school website – children can access a range of activities and subjects to develop their creativity and independence. This includes our weekly collective worship and core school values.


We do recognise that access to technology can be a challenge for some families; please do get in touch with school if you are having issues. We also recognise that internet in our rural area can be a challenge, so do let us know if you need paper copies of anything.


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 a full curriculum during our remote learning. Lessons are posted three times a day to give children structure like they would have in school. We use Seesaw and Tapestry so that work can be exchanged between the teacher and the child throughout the day. Teaching assistants also support online where possible. Keeping in touch with children, recording videos to support learning and checking in remotely over TEAMS are all part of our provision.


There are occasions when this structure may change to meet the needs of individual classes.  For example the EYFS children may benefit from an earlier start or a more flexible approach to the wider curriculum.   We recognise that younger children do need adult support and families may have multiple children at home requiring help and direction.   If any changes are made the class teacher will do this in consultation with parents/carers and the Remote Learning lead will be both informed and consulted regarding any changes. 


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 Minimum of three hours per day. Pupils should also exercise regularly, play and engage with social activity which involves talking to peers and adults.


Key Stage 2 Minimum of four hours a day to include online programmes. In addition, pupils should also exercise regularly and engage with others socially, whether online or within their own household.


Accessing remote education

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

Children in Reception and Year One access learning through Tapestry.

Children in Year Two through to Year 6 access online learning through Seesaw.

All children and families are encouraged to use these platforms throughout school life so they are familiar with the format. We ask parents/carers to keep up to date with communication from school and store passwords/login details securely, so that they are able to engage immediately should the family find themselves in the position of having to suddenly isolate. 


The following links will take you to the digital platforms we use: (Bug Club)


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:

· The school can lend laptops or iPads to children. Parents/carers will need to sign an acceptable user agreement prior to acquiring a device for their child. Parents should get in contact with the class teacher in the first instance, should they be experiencing problems.

· Our caring4kids team will work together to support families who need additional help with accessing printed copies. Please contact the class teacher in the first instance, then you can be allocated a member of school staff to work with you as support.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

Engagement and feedback

Videos and explanations

1-2-1 video sessions 

Whole group, well-being TEAMS calls


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect children to engage daily with remote education. Our teaching is designed so that children can listen and interact independently or with a small amount of guidance, dependent on the age and stage of the child. We follow structures for lessons so that children can get into a routine with their work. Teachers and support staff are online throughout the school day to answer any questions or help with any difficulties.


Setting a routine at home for schoolwork is a good idea. Lessons are posted 3 times a day to suit the class group, 2 in the morning and 1 after lunch time. Extra tasks and activities are there for pupils who wish to extend their learning.


If children do not engage with the learning, school will ring and email families for a welfare check and to see if we can support in any way.


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

A register is taken daily of pupil engagement.

If we are concerned about pupil engagement, we will make a phone call to parents/carers to offer support.

Positive well-being is essential for all children.   Our Caring4Kids team, made up of our SENDco, Learning Mentors and those responsible for safeguarding all pupils, are on hand to support your child should they have any difficulties or worries.   They can provide phonecalls, 1-2-1 TEAMS calls where children can chat through their worries or just see a friendly face, they can even do some remote reading practice. Please contact the class teacher if you would like your child to be suppported in this way. 


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. We may give an audio or written comment; this may include next steps or encouragement/well done. We believe verbal feedback is the most powerful tool to move children’s learning forward.


We may give whole-class feedback or use quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms. We also monitor children’s progress through our online programmes, e.g. MathsWhizz.


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:

· Online TEAMS meetings

· Extra support through online reading, delivering extra paper materials

· Weekly phone calls where necessary

· Working together with individual families to address specific needs


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 timing of lessons and interactivity with the teacher will be reduced due to the teaching in class. We ask parents and carers to feed back any problems they are having and we aim to address issues as quickly as possible.

It is our aim that pupils will still have the same educational provision (as much as is possible) whilst they are at home. It is important that children continue to feel included in the class, and through Seesaw and Tapestry they can interact with their peers and school staff. Our remote learning is set up in a way that it builds on structures we already have in place.


We aim to set three tasks per day and children will be able to access these via Seesaw and Tapestry. Children should follow the structure of the school day as they would during whole school remote learning periods.  Teachers will endeavour to make this time as inclusive as possible.  Work completed will continue to be monitored by the class teacher or support staff and feedback will be given.   We just ask that you are patient as staff in school will be also responsible for the running of the class and the school day.