Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/ carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
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 whilst 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?
During the first day or two of remote learning, parents/ carers will be sent a link to specific learning tasks via the Oak National Academy.
We would also encourage your child to read.
Please note, if your child if too unwell, there is no expectation that tasks will be completed.
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 aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make adaptations in some subjects. For example, art, music, PE. Parents/ Carers will be contacted directly with an outline timetable and information regarding the expected learning.
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 will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Key Stage 1
3 hours per day
Key Stage 2
4 hours per day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Links to online learning and resources will be sent to parents/carers via ParentMail.
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 work closely with our families to ensure all children have the technology they need to access remote learning.
Please contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 890370 if you wish to borrow some equipment or need support getting set up.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
In the event of a national or local lockdown, we will reinstate our use of the Purple Mash Learning Platform
Purple Mash enables teachers to set differentiated work for each class and provide feedback on learning. It also provides the facility for pupils to contact the teachers. In this way learning is interactive and parents feel supported.
This platform allows work to be set, completed and submitted in a variety of ways. Not all work is online, but is a mixture of learning tasks that can be approached on screen, printed off or on paper, taking into account access to technology, concerns about screen time and availability of printing.
All children in our school will have an individual log in.Any new children to the school will be offered our training support materials.
Overview of learning tasks
- Tasks are set on a regular basis, either for individuals, groups or whole classes. There is a degree of flexibility as to when these tasks need to completed and submitted which will allow families to plan their week, especially if they need to work around other children in the family, device availability and personal work commitments. Learning tasks will be 'released' on the day stated and will be available from then on.
- Daily reading and timetable practice is still encouraged!
Home learning for Ladybird Class
Ladybird Class will use the online platform Purple Mash to watch videos, connect to links and see learning tasks and ideas. These will be available through a series of blogs.
If there is a need for children in this class to access remote learning, each weekday morning a short video will be uploaded on to the ‘Daily Activities blog’ with information on about the days learning. There will be a series of short activities that can be done at any time during the day. All learning that is uploaded or comments made on the blog will be viewed and marked or commented on as appropriate.
Please use the 2email or email Mrs Stafford or the office if you have any questions.
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?
Teachers will endeavour to provide regular feedback to children about their learning. If there are any misconceptions or issues, teachers may arrange a further follow up Zoom call or recommend a consolidation or reinforcement task.
Purple Mash allows direct communication between teachers, children and parents. Please feel free to use this if you have any queries regarding the content of the learning.
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.
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, 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.
All class teachers are knowledgeable about the learning needs and capabilities of the children in their classes and will ensure all learning tasks are differentiated and supported appropriately. Please make contact with class teachers if you have any questions or concerns.
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?
In this instance, the class teacher will engage with families to assess the child’s health and their ability to complete learning tasks.
We take the safeguarding of children extremely seriously. We are confident that the Purple Mash platform meets the highest standards of safeguarding. Children are regularly reminded about the importance of e-safety and we would encourage them to follow all the safety protocols they have been taught such as only communicating with people they know and being mindful about giving out personal information.