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Remote Learning Policy

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. 

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

*For the purposes of this document the term ‘parents’ refers to parents or carers.

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?

  • When your child’s class is sent home to isolate work will be made via ClassDojo the same day. Work will continue to be set on here for the duration of the isolation period. 
  • Every child in the school has been provided with a CGP Home Learning bundle of books for maths, writing and reading. These are to be used under the direction of the teacher and will be used to support with the subject being taught.
  • We will provide you with paper learning packs mirroring the work set on ClassDojo if needed.
  • If your child is isolating but the rest of the class are in school, we will make work available online or as a paper pack which we can deliver if the whole household is isolating.

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, in some foundation subjects such as P.E., music, art. 
  • Whenever possible in science, we will deliver a more theory based unit so pupils have the resources they need to complete the learning.
  • In history and geography, the learning challenge will be delivered through independent learning and where possible, recorded lessons. The content will be reduced but key skills will be covered. 
  • Knowledge organisers will be uploaded for history, geography and science on ClassDojo. This will provide some essential information to parents and children.  
  • In the EYFS, the emphasis will be on phonics, reading and number.  There will also be a focus on developing early language skills and physical skills.

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 EYFS                  2-3 hours

Key Stage 1        3 hours

Key Stage 2        4 hours

 

Accessing remote education

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

  • EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils can access the work in ClassDojo and all completed work should be uploaded to your child’s portfolio. Some activities may be uploaded to Google Classroom e.g. if your child is using Google Slides to present work. If you need support with accessing ClassDojo then please contact the academy office and they will be able to help you with this.
  • In some instances, we will use Google Forms for children to complete assignments and feedback from these will be provided to the children.
  • Any links to external websites (Oak Academy, White Rose Maths etc) will be shared on ClassDojo.

Explanations for the tasks set will be given via Powerpoints, instructional videos, Loom recordings over Powerpoints and written explanations.

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 have access to a number of devices eg laptops, Chromebooks and tablets that families may be able to borrow for the duration of the partial school closure. If your child would benefit from this, please let the class teacher know via ClassDojo or contact the academy directly. These devices will remain the property of the academy and parents must sign a loan agreement in order to borrow a device. 
  • If you require mobile data so that you can use your phone as a hotspot, please contact the academy and we may be able to help with this. If you need more advice on how this works please telephone the academy.
  • Children without internet access at home can have a place in school. Please contact us about this. 
  • We are increasing the number of devices we have available to lend but if you are unable to access online learning at any time, we will be able to provide you with paper packs which mirror the work set on ClassDojo. Delivery of these can be arranged if the whole household is isolating.
  • If you do not have online access, pupils can submit work to their teachers by bringing completed work in to school or posting it back to us. Photos can also be taken and emailed if you cannot upload to ClassDojo or Google Classroom.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons) – Key Stage 1 and 2 (story time sessions for EYFS).
  • Recorded teaching (Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose Maths, video/audio recordings made by our own staff). 
  • Paper packs which will mirror the lessons set on ClassDojo.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
  • Project work and/or internet research activities.
  • Timetabled maths and English activities daily and weekly in addition to daily lessons. E.g. Word of the Week, VIPERS, Picture of the Week, Number of the Week and arithmetic questions and spelling activities.
  • Every pupil from nursery to Year 6 has been provided with a set of high quality workbooks for maths and English. These will be used under the direction of the teachers and to supplement what is being learnt at the time.
  • Reading books: children can access high quality reading books/ material online for EYFS and KS1 Oxford Reading Tree online: (https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
  • KS2 pupils should make use of the Oak National Academy Virtual Library (https://library.thenational.academy/).
  • Teachers will share PDFs of extracts and chapters of books being used for lessons. 
  • Whole Class Reading sessions will continue to take place three times a week.
  • Access to high quality web-based programmes including Accelerated Reader, Nessy, Times Tables Rock Stars, Read Theory and Spelling Shed.

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 parents and pupils to read and agree to our Home Learning Code of Conduct for Live and Pre-recorded sessions and we expect children to adhere to these rules at all times.
  • We expect your child to participate in work set on ClassDojo. 
  • We expect the work to be completed and will provide suggested timetables. We know that fitting this in around home working may mean that you devise your own timetables.
  • We expect parents to support their child with their learning and support then with developing home learning routines.
  • We expect that all work completed should be returned (see above for ways to do this) to the class teacher so they can provide your child with feedback. 
  • We expect that you engage with your child’s teacher or the safeguarding team when they telephone to offer support. 
  • Please contact your child’s teachers with any issues or worries. We are here to help.

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

  • We will complete weekly welfare and engagement sheets which will be shared with the Education Director at the Trust. 
  • The engagement will be monitored as to how frequent it is and if work tasks are being completed.
  • If we do not receive engagement from your child for a period of two days, then this will be followed up weekly by way of a phone call by the class teacher and may lead to a welfare concern being recorded.
  • The safeguarding team may also follow up welfare and engagement concerns with a phone call. As a last resort, we may carry out a doorstep welfare check.
  • All usual safeguarding procedures will apply, including engagement with the Education Welfare Officer, should the academy have continued concerns with 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. 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:

  • Teachers will feedback on your child’s learning in a variety of ways.
  • We will provide written feedback on the majority of tasks completed.
  • We expect pupils to respond to the feedback provided by making any corrections / developments highlighted by the staff.
  • We may provide an answer sheet for children to check answers themselves.
  • Some of the tasks that are set will provide the children with instant feedback such as Kahoot quizzes and Google Forms.
  • Work sent in via the Portfolio function on ClassDojo will be looked at and approved if correct and commented on with some next steps. In the instance that some of the work is not correct or needs further development, it will be commented on and returned as a draft.
  • The messaging function on ClassDojo is intended for you to communicate with class teachers, support staff, the pastoral team and the leadership team. If parents need to contact the Headteacher urgently, then please call the academy office.  The messaging function should not be used for sending in work. If you require help with uploading work to the portfolio, please contact the class teacher who will be able to help you with this.  
  • All feedback will follow our Marking and Feedback Policy and will include ways to improve work as well as correct basic mistakes.

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:

  • We will make sure that appropriate work is set for children with additional needs. Where appropriate work will be differentiated.
  • Children will have their login details to Nessy and this can be completed at home.
  • We will share resources and links to websites that are relevant.
  • The school SENCo will liaise with parents of children on the SEND register and support with adaptations if needed.
  • We will continue with any specialist tuition that pupils have already begun. We will communicate with individual parents to arrange this. 
  • The school SENCo will provide recorded training for parents/carers related to SEND; this will be made available via ClassDojo.

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?

  • We will provide work using ClassDojo.
  • Paper copies will also be available for collection or delivery (if there is no one available to collect.) 
  • The paper copies will be available for collection from the school office on a Monday morning. A time slot will be given for each year group to allow for social distancing. If you have children in multiple year groups you will be able to collect all of the packs in one of the given time slots.
  • As far as possible, we will upload the same work as the children are completing in the classroom. However, it may be necessary to make some changes as teachers will be busy teaching the pupils in school. 
  • All work submitted will be marked and returned.