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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.

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?

Learning opportunities are available immediately for all children that are at home due to self-isolation or lockdown. Delivery is either through the relevant year group “blog pages” or via Teams by live lessons.

 

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 instance, we may direct you to online resources for subjects like PE.

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:

Key Stage 13 hours.
Key Stage 24 hours.

 

Accessing remote education

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

The school website – year group “blog pages” that set out the learning opportunities for the whole week.

Microsoft Teams – is used for all live teaching sessions and check-ins.

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 take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We have identified the families that have the priority need and allocated the laptops that we have. The allocation has started with the oldest children and is working its way down the school as more lap tops become available.
  •  We are providing work packs and delivering them to families who are experiencing significant difficulty in getting online.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • Recordings of the on-line lessons are stored in the Teams chat function. Oak National Academy lessons are used occasionally.
  • We are providing work packs and delivering them to families who are experiencing significant difficulty in getting online.
  • Guidance is provided through the year group blogs directing parents to a variety of on-line reading resources.
  • Websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas used by the Academy include – Times Tables Rock Stars, Spelling Shed, White Rose Maths Hub, Phonics Play, Number Box, Expresso, Purple Mash, Teach Your Monster to Read, Natural Curriculum, BBC Bitesize, CBBC Supply Teacher, Chance to Shine Cricket, Drawing with Rob Biddulph, Phonics Play, Top Marks Games. Stories and songs on You Tube.

 

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 would like our children to access remote learning opportunities on a daily basis (if possible). Ideally taking part in the live learning sessions. If attendance of the live learning sessions is not possible, accessing the “blog” at any point will allow the child to undertake the learning activities.
  • We would like our parents to do their best to support their children to access the learning opportunities provided by the school. Good lines of communication are available between parents and teachers. The teachers are happy to help in any way they can.

 

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

  • All classes across the school keep a log of who is attending live learning sessions across the week. At the start of the following week, contact will be made with the family to discuss any difficulties and seek to identify possible solutions.

 

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:

  • Much of our feedback to pupils is formative and takes place within live lessons. Careful questioning by the teachers is used to clarify/secure concepts and extend understanding.
  • Many sessions conclude with whole group marking and trouble-shooting where errors/misconceptions are identified and addressed to ensure clear understanding.
  • Children will share their learning by holding work to the camera, giving verbal contributions or using the chat function in Teams.
  • For some written pieces, teachers will ask that photographs of work are emailed in for the teachers to analyse in more detail.
  • For children who do not have access to on-line learning, work packs may be collected by the school, by arrangement with the class teacher.
  • Informal observation of children engaging with learning, often adult supported.

 

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:

  • Pupils with SEND are invited to join all live learning sessions and questioning is differentiated where necessary. Alongside live learning work packs are made up tailored to the specific need of the child. These are delivered to the home and topped up/replaced when needed. One to one teaching assistants check in with their children weekly and support their family with learning.

 

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?

Access to learning opportunities for children that are isolating will be the same as above.

 

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