Remote Education Provision

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.

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

Our school remote learning plan has clear information regarding 3 types of closure. This includes: a child self-isolating, a year group or bubble closure and whole school closure.

All children, subject to year group or whole school closure, will receive direct sessions accessed by Microsoft TEAMS starting from the day after closure. Invites will be sent to pupil’s email addresses in Years 3 – 6 and parent’s email addresses in Years 1 – 2. In Foundation Stage 2, tasks and recorded sessions will be uploaded onto the tapestry platform. All remote learning resources to accompany the online sessions will be uploaded onto the school website under the ‘learning’ tab and under ‘home learning’. Paper copies of these will be available from the school office for collection or in the case of a whole school closure these will be available every Friday between 10am and 2pm from the dining hall. Information regarding individual log ins will be sent out to all pupils.

If a child is directed to self-isolate, personalised tasks linked with classroom learning will be sent to the child’s individual email address if in Years 3 – 6 or to the parent’s email address if in Years 1 and 2. For children in the Foundation Stage 2, tasks will be uploaded onto their tapestry profile.

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?

The curriculum will remain the same whether a child is taught in school or remotely. A timetable will be provided for remote learning which is in line with the school day. This will include daily handwriting, spellings, reading, times tables, writing, maths and topic.

    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 Key Stage 2
    3 hours 4 hours

    Accessing remote education

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

    All online sessions will be conducted over Microsoft TEAMS. Children in Years 3 – 6 have been issued a log in for this. In Years 1 and 2, Microsoft TEAMS invites are sent to parent’s email addresses. Any parents needing technical support are encouraged to contact the year group using the phone number provided for the year group or using the email address.

    Any resources needed for independent learning tasks will be found on our school website or paper copies can be collected between 10am and 2pm on a Friday. During the online lessons, children will be directed towards a particular resource within these packs or using the online platform, Purple Mash.

    We will be using Purple Mash as our online platform. The children will use this to submit evidence of their remote learning to their teacher. All children from Years 1 to 6 have been issued a log in to access their child’s account. This is monitored closely by the year group staff.

    In Foundation stage 2, staff will be uploading regular recorded sessions and activities for parents to access via tapestry.

    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:

    Device loan:

    Any parents or carers who do not have an electronic device, or have multiple children who are sharing one device, can contact the school office to request a device loan. Laptops and mobile devices will be loaned out from the school with a signing in and out system. In the event of a class or bubble closure, a device will be available for the child to take home for the duration of the isolation period.

    Paper copies:

    Paper copies of remote learning resources will be available to collect from the office or in the event of a full school closure, these will be available every Friday between 10am and 2pm in the dining hall.

      How will my child be taught remotely?

      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?

      Engagement and Attendance

      We believe in every child’s right to an education. Therefore, daily attendance on online sessions is expected. We encourage all pupils to attend all of their sessions to maintain their quality of education. However, we understand that some families are sharing devices, and this is not always possible so we will be monitoring attendance and engagement daily from pupils. This could be engaging in the Microsoft TEAMS session or completing tasks set on purple mash daily. If we have no attendance from your child on TEAMS or purple mash for a full day, we will be contacting you to discuss your child’s remote learning and how we can support. In the event of failure to make contact, a member of the welfare team will carry out home visits.

      Parental Support

      Please encourage your child to attend their sessions where possible and complete any assigned tasks. A good routine can be maintained by following the timetable and routine suggested by your child’s teacher.

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

        We will check pupil’s daily engagement with learning. Their engagement will be checked by attendance to online sessions and completing tasks set on purple mash. If your child has not engaged all day, we will be calling you to see if there is any support needed and discuss any concerns or anything we can do to help.

          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:

          When pupils are working remotely, teachers and support staff will provide them with regular feedback online either on purple mash, Microsoft TEAMS or via email. Teachers may also contact children by phone to discuss their work. For any children not in isolation, teachers and support staff will be available on Friday between 10am and 2pm for children to come into school, hand in work and discuss ways forward. Any books or work handed in will be put in quarantine for at least 48 hours and then teachers will mark them ready for them to be returned to children the following week.

            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:

            Any child with SEND meaning that they may find it difficult to be taught remotely in line with their year group peers will be offered an alternative Microsoft TEAMS session appropriate to their needs.

            Personalised work packs will be available to collect from the office or in the event of a whole school closure, these will be available every Friday between 10am and 2pm in the dining hall.

              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?

              If children are directed to self-isolate, they will still have all resources on the school website and paper based packs will still be available for collection from the school office. This will be broadly in line with what children will be doing in school. Children will still be able to complete tasks set on purple mash and submit these for their teacher to view.

              Microsoft TEAMS sessions will not continue for self-isolating pupils.

              Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher using the email or phone number provided. Staff will carry out weekly welfare calls for additional support.