Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to children 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.
A child’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?
For the first day or two, your child will be set different assignments either on Tapestry if they are in EYFS or Google Classroom if they are in Year 1 or Year 2. These assignments will consist of an explanation of how to complete the learning task with a learning task sheet attached to complete.
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.
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 children in EYFS less than 3 of hours each day and children in Year 1 or Year 2 broadly 3 hours each day.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
If your child is in EYFS, then the online remote education platform we are providing is Tapestry.
If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2, then the online remote education platform we are providing is Google Classroom.
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 children may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- We have a ‘Device Loan It’ scheme which enables us to provide children with tablets or laptops that can be used to access the online remote education at home.
- We are also in the process of acquiring dongles for any families that do not have sufficient internet at home.
- We ask families if they require printed materials to contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org and this can be arranged along with organising support to access suitable devices or means to access the remote education at home.
- If a child has completed any printed materials that the school has provided, please contact the school office to organise a pick up/ drop off arrangement.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely:
- Video/audio recordings and learning tasks made by teachers uploaded to Tapestry and Google Classroom
- Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) – whilst devices/ internet support is being organised.
- Workbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- Time Tables Rock Stars
- Rising Stars Reading
- Real PE
- Teach Your Monster to Read
- Phonics Play
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?
- Whilst your child is at home, the expectation is that all of the learning tasks assigned daily will be completed.
- Parents and carers should try and keep to a similar structure most days to support their child.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Your child’s engagement and completion of learning tasks will be responded to daily by their class teacher.
- A member of the school team will contact parents or carers if they have something to discuss regarding a learning task or engagement.
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Praise for completion of the learning task
- Comments/ extensions given if required
- Teacher’s may respond with a comment regarding a misconception or something that needs to be looked at again.
- Teachers will receive feedback daily on their learning tasks
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 children, 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:
- Providing bespoke printed materials to meet the needs of your child
- Providing learning tasks that can be practical
- Providing video inputs modelling the learning for the children which are short enough for the children to watch for their age.
- Providing the learning assignments, the day before to enable parents the time to plan for the learning.
- Providing virtual ‘live’ interventions for SALT, ELSA, Precision Teaching and any other specific need that has been identified, for the children to participate with at home using Teams.
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual children 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 children 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?
In this section, please set out briefly the main differences between the approaches you have described in the rest of this template and those you will take to ensure individual pupils self-isolating are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, including providing feedback.
Learning tasks will be assigned daily following the planned and sequenced curriculum that will be taught in school. There will be resources provided along with written explanations as to what is expected for each learning task. Families will also be signposted to the interactive websites as mentioned above.