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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 if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

 

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?

As we are using Google Classroom for both normal home learning and in the event of any school closures, there won't be any delay in getting remote education up and running. The normal curriculum will be up and running straight away.

Teachers will deliver ‘live’ lessons via Google Meet linked to Google Classroom. Pupils use the link shown on the front banner of a subject homepage as listed on an individuals Google Classroom. Pupils will be able to interact with their class teacher on Google Meet using live audio or a written notes feed during each lesson. All relevant lesson resources will be uploaded to an individuals Google Classroom class page for each lesson.

This will allow pupils to review the lesson taught or access the resources used for every lesson.

 

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:

EYFS - between 3 and 4 hours a day

KS1- between 3 and 4 hours a day

KS2 - between 4 and 5 hours a day

In KS1 and KS2 we will be setting work equivalent to what the children would be doing if school was fully open:

Maths: 1 hour

English: 1 and a half hours

Foundation subjects: 2 hours (either one 2 hour session or two 1 hour sessions)

On top of this we are encouraging and will expect children to be practising their spellings and times tables, as well as reading for pleasure.

 

Accessing remote education

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

All children have access to Google Classroom.

See Top Tips for help and support in accessing and using this platform.

 

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:

Parents can request the loan of a chromebook.  These are limited and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.

Paper work packs are also available on request.  These can be collected weekly.  When a new pack is collected, the previous weeks work can be returned so that teachers can mark the work and provide any necessary feedback.

 

If youare struggling with internet access, please get in touch as we may be able to help.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live lessons
  • recorded teaching
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities

 

 

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 expect as many children as possible to log on to Goole Classroom and access their learning through this platform so that they can intereact with their class teacher daily.  

 

A register will be taken each lesson to monitor attendance. Pupils who do not attend ‘Live’ lessons will be tracked as they would be if school were still taking place as normal.

Pupils are expected to hand in their work done as and when requested by each individual teacher.

Pupils are also expected to display positive behaviour whilst participating in live lessons creating a positive working environment for all - see behaviour agreement below.

 

If you as a parent or guardian have any questions regarding Live lessons then please get in touch with the school directly and we will do what we can to help.

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

Registers will be taken daily from Google Meets so that we can monitor children's engagement with the learning that is being set. Teachers will be in regular contact with all pupils so that we can support you with any issues you may be having.  We will monitor the work of children that are accessing the workpacks.  If necessary, we will contact you. 

 

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 such as 

  • 1:1 verbal feedback
  • Written notes and feedback on work handed in by students
  • Class, Small Group and Peer discussion

 

Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

Work that children upload to Google Classroom will be looked at daily and teachers, including senior leaders, will comment on the work as appropriate.

Paper pack will be marked weekly to allow for the work to be placed in quarrantine and minimise possible transmission.

 

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?

All pupils with an Education, Heath and Care plan (EHCP) are invited to attend school. We encourage parents to take up this support. In school, pupils have access to support to help them learn.

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 by staying in regular contact and offering support from the schools SENco. This might include small group online sessions, adapted work packs and providing specific physical resources.

 

If a pupil is usually supported by external agencies, this support may continue depending on the individual agency and their policies.

 

 

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, Google Classroom will provide these pupils with the opportunity to stay engaged in the learning that is happening in the classroom and not fall behind. The class TA will support with this.  There is also a section on the website with 2 weeks worth of learning for any child self isolating to access. 

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