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. It also contains details of what to expect if individual pupils are self-isolating.
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?
- In the event of a single or small group isolation, each child will receive a paper copy of their year group ‘Home Learning Booklet’, along with a workbook in which to complete their work. This booklet contains daily learning that is linked to our school curriculum. If required, a laptop will be provided. Children should upload their learning to Class Dojo. Mrs Lahoar, our Trust online teacher, will check in with the children and offer feedback on their uploaded work.
- In the event of a full bubble closure, class teachers will take over the running of Class Dojo. The learning booklet will be enhanced with live sessions and supporting videos. Children can also continue to enjoy their daily Come Read With Me story session, no matter which year group they are in.
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 some subjects. For example, some of our wider curriculum subjects e.g. PE and music may be supported by video link and be stand-alone sessions. Our aim is that children receive the same education at home as they would in school, so most of our learning tasks cover content children would be learning in school.
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||
Y1 & Y2 have 5 lessons a day to complete. We expect these to take around half an hour to 45 minutes each to complete. (some tasks e.g. PE may be shorter)
Children also complete a daily phonics session which should last around half an hour to 45 minutes
Children should read their reading book for 20 minutes each day
|Key Stage 2||
Y3,4,5 & 6 have 5 lessons a day to complete. We expect these to take around 45 minutes to one hour each to complete (some tasks e.g. PE may be shorter)
Children should read their reading book for 30 minutes each day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children all have a personal Class Dojo account. Here the class teacher sets daily learning for children to complete and upload to their portfolio. Children will also use Dojo to watch teaching videos which support tasks sets in their booklet.
We use Google Classrooms for the live element of our home learning offer. Each child has a personal log in and password for their account. The teacher runs a live session each day to model & teach new learning, as well as setting expectations and conducting wellbeing checks.
Anyone needing support with remote education should contact their child’s class teacher or our senior leadership team.
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 apply to borrow a laptop from school if their child has no device e.g. laptop or tablet at home. Message your class teacher on Class Dojo or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require this
- We can also support if you have no or weak internet connection. Message your class teacher on Class Dojo or email email@example.com if you require this
- All children receive a printed work booklet as well as an exercise book to complete work which we know lots of families find useful.
- If children do not have remote access for any reason, in the interim of being loaned a device, children can drop off completed work booklets to school.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live learning sessions Tuesday- Friday – Google classrooms
- Recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers posted on Class Dojo)
- Printed paper learning packs produced by teachers
- Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- e-books provided by Oxford Owl for Key Stage 1
- Recommended reading for KS1 weekly at https://library.thenational.academy/
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. 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?
We expect children to engage every day with remote learning. We expect all activities in our work booklet to be completed and all work to be posted on Class Dojo. This is so that teachers can give clear feedback and extend children’s learning.
We ask that children check feedback that teachers give, edit and improve their learning and respond where asked.
We expect all children to attend Google Classroom live sessions daily, a register will be taken.
We ask all children it watch learning support videos posted by class teachers every day on Class Dojo
We ask all parents to help set good routines for their child. Children should be up, dressed and ready for learning at 9am and work to complete all tasks in their learning booklet to a high standard.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Class teachers check pupil’s engagement and learning every day on Class Dojo throughout the day, giving feedback which we expect children to respond to on the same day. We check children’s engagement and work on Google Classrooms live session every day.
Where engagement is a concern, we will contact the parent via Dojo Class message and via phone call to set expectations and offer support where needed.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Teachers give children feedback on their work daily. They may comment for your child to edit and improve a certain element of their work, or the teacher may set an extra challenge. We expect children to respond to and re-submit work where it has been asked for by the teacher.
We may set a quiz or a Must Do to check that children are remembering what they have learnt. We will then re-teach any elements children need support with
In our phone calls home, we will discuss your children’s progress and how they can improve or deepen their 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, such as 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:
- Your child may be offered a place in school
- Your child will be provided with a work booklet which is specific to their level of learning
- The feedback from the teacher will be personalised for your child’s needs.
- We will check in with your family by phone weekly to ensure you have enough support
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 your child is self-isolating, they will receive a work booklet to complete their work. They will complete the work and post this on their Class Dojo portfolio. Their class teacher and our specific ‘online learning’ teacher, will respond with feedback and extensions where necessary. All the work in work booklets is in line with what children in school are/will study. Your child will be set the same amount of work as a child who is in school would be set and follow our ambitious and well sequenced Nether Edge curriculum.