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Remote Teaching Information for Parents / Carers

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. 

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?

Pupils will be taught by their teacher throughout the day via Microsoft Teams.  Guidance on how to use Teams (with log in details) will be provided.  Teaching will be throughout the day.  

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, P.E. will not be provided for in the same way.  Instead, we will encourage other forms of exercise that are within government guidelines at the time.  

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:

FS and KS1:  3 hours approximately.

KS2: 4 hours approximately.

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

  • Microsoft Teams will be used as the platform for remote teaching.  
  • Additional learning will be published on our school website.
  • Teachers will send additional work via email.
  • Some children may receive different learning from the teacher.

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 are very proactive in sourcing devices from the government laptop scheme to ensure children have the ability to engage with home learning at home.  

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • direct teacher teaching is the main approach.
  • Online packs to support remote teaching.
  • 121 with teachers and TAs.
  • Some lessons are pre-recorded to refer back to.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We expect all children to engage in online learning and we will work with parents and careers to support everyone to enable this to happen.  A register is taken each session and any non-attendance will be chased to ensure any problems are resolved.  

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.  The best feedback is instant and teachers will continue to do this in the same approach as stated in our feedback policy.  Teachers stay after the lesson to answer any questions and feedback to children.  Learning can be emailed in or posted in the chat section during a lesson.  

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:

  • 121 work with the teacher and TA throughout the week remotely.
  • Alternative learning set and emailed out.
  • SENDco monitoring of all provision to ensure provision remains good.

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? 

The teacher will set up Microsoft Teams so they can join the lesson remotely throughout the day.