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.
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.
Assignments will still be added to Tapestry or Google Classrooms and you can use the opportunity to read lots.
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 certain subjects. Children in Nursery and Reception will have their learning posted to Tapestry and for children in Years 1 to 6, we will use the Google Classrooms.
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 2
We expect children to be working for 3 - 4 hours each day, though not all of this learning will be online. Remember that It is important for children to take regular breaks throughout the day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Tapestry is used to share learning with children in Nursery and Reception.
Google Classrooms are used to share learning with children in Years 1 to 6.
Within the above platforms, there will be a combination of:
- morning messages to start the day
- instructional videos
- at least one pastoral Google Meeting session a week per class
- other digital content including; White Rose, BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, TT Rockstars and other web resources.
- some children may also receive phone calls home
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 a number of laptops (some of which have been provided by the DfE) for children to use at home, which we will allocate to families in need. Please contact the school if you feel that your child cannot access the remote provision at home.
As a last resort, printed packs may be available, however, we will do everything we can to ensure learning can be accessed online in the first instance.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers and support staff and Oak National Academy lessons/White Rose Maths videos)
- assignments created in the Google Classrooms
- resources provided by BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, White Rose, TT Rockstars
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?
We recognise that each family is unique and, because of this, remote learning will look different for different families in order to suit their individual needs. Where possible, we would recommend the following for children working remotely:
- stick to a daily routine
- find an appropriate place to work
- take regular breaks
Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is uploaded promptly each day.
It is important that children’s work is ‘handed in’ so that feedback can be provided and planning for future online provision is appropriate. For Google Classroom assignments, this can often be completed directly within the assignment. Alternatively, photos can be taken and uploaded to Tapestry or emailed directly to the class teacher.
Hand in times are flexible during the day to allow children to complete at a different time, if needed. However, it is an expectation that daily assignments are 'handed in' before the end of that day.
Should accessing or completing work be an issue, parents should contact the school office as soon as possible, as alternative solutions may be available.
If a child has become behind with the learning that has been provided, it is important to talk to their class teacher as soon as possible, so help can be provided with setting priorities. We do not want any child to become distressed as a result of remote learning.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work, and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Staff will monitor children’s learning daily using Tapestry or the Google Classrooms.
If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a child, parents will be contacted via phone or email to assess whether school intervention would be helpful.
Parents should contact their child’s teacher directly via email if they have any concerns
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:
- providing daily contact with pupils as and when needed between the hours of 9:00 am and 3pm.
- providing at least one live meeting a week via the Google Classroom.
- providing end of the week feedback for the class on core learning.
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:
- teachers will continue to set work appropriate for the child and meet their individual needs
- differentiated learning activities will be sent to individual or groups of children where they need a different amount of support to access the learning.
- where possible, specific interventions may still be carried out remotely through the use of small live sessions.
- all children with an EHCP will be offered a place at school, where a national closure of schools is in place.
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 teachers 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?
Children who are self-isolating will still be taught online through Tapestry or the Google Classrooms as outlined above, but learning will not be identical to that which is taking place in the classroom on that day. .
Feedback and support during the day may not be as frequent as when whole classes are isolating, however, emails and platforms are monitored before 9am and between 3.30pm and 4.00pm to provide these outside of the school day.