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 and follows guidance here: ‘Providing Remote Education – guidance for schools’ 

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, 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?

On the first day of isolation if your child is feeling well enough to complete school work you should call the school office for further guidance on 01332 700298.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We will use resources available to us as a school, such as The Oak Academy curriculum lessons to identify content that matches most closely the curriculum content being taught in school. Your child may not complete the same activities as those children in school but will be accessing curriculum learning at an appropriate level and stage of development. Where suitable content is not available staff will endeavor to provide this.

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:

Primary school-aged pupils – 3 hours per day including Story Time with the Class Teacher.

Accessing remote education

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

Following your phone call to the school office, we share all resources through our Class Dojo platform and you will upload the children’s work for feedback in their Class Dojo portfolio.

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:

We will organise paper-based resources to be collected for any pupil not able to access online resources upon request.

We can issue or lend laptops or tablets to pupils who do not have access to these resources at home for the duration of their isolation period for use in accordance with our lending agreement.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers using Loom, BBC Bitesize lessons, Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose Maths daily lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. worksheets)
  • reading books pupils have at home and access to Oxford Owl e-books
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • independent work
  • timely feedback through Class Dojo on completed work

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 all pupils’ engagement with remote education.

We expect reasonable parental support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education, supporting them to access resources and helping them to get started with tasks.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

We will check your child’s engagement in learning at home throughout the school day through uploaded work into Class Dojo portfolios. Any child without submitted work will receive a follow up message via Class Dojo offering support and guidance; further non-engagement will be followed up via a telephone call with the Learning Mentor team offering support and guidance.

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:

Pupils will receive feedback on each piece of work submitted from a member of the teaching team.

Pupils can receive Class Dojo points for the completion of learning tasks at home.

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 in the following ways:

Class Teachers and the SENCO will work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND and appropriate work sent.

The Learning Mentor team will offer support and guidance to any parent requiring this during an isolation period.

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.

Read more on this subject here