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.
As we use 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.
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
Accessing remote education
All children have access to Google Classroom.
See Top Tips for help and support in accessing and using this platform.
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.
If a child is unable to gain access to the internet they will be invited to attend school.
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.
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
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
We expect as many children as possible to log on to Google Classroom and access their learning through this platform so that they can interact with their class teacher daily. We expect each child to attend the live lessons on time as they would when attending school. As they are live lessons, it is not always necessary for parents to provide support.
Registers will be taken at the beginning of each live lesson on Google Meet 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 the parents.
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:
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
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 school's SENco. This might include small group online sessions, adapted work packs and providing specific physical resources as well as pupil's with SEND being invited to work in school.
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.