Remote Education Provision
Remote Education Provision: Information for parents
Updated: January 2021
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.
Whilst remote learning the pupils will be following the school’s curriculum.
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 three days of pupils being sent home?
We have pre-prepared three days’ worth of learning which are in the form of plans with links to websites that enables your child to focus on the core skills and objectives for their year group. This will provide staff the time needed to set up more detailed online learning going forward based on the learning that would have taken place in school.
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 computing, music or PE where the equipment needed is in school. For subjects like this, we will focus on the objectives we need to cover and adapt the lessons accordingly.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day? How do I sequence my day?
In Primary aged pupils, the Government has stipulated that a minimum of 3 hours of learning should be planned in. At Harriers our aim is to set at least 3 hours for the EYFS and KS1 pupils and KS2 pupils will have a minimum of 4 hours of work set. We recommend that the pupils complete this following a suggested timetable such as:
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
For pupils in EYFS work will be set on Tapestry.
For pupils in Years 1 – 6, work will be set on Seesaw and/or Purple Mash
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:
- Paper copies of the lessons will be sent via siblings or posted to your house. Once completed, these should either be sent back via a sibling or family member, posted to the school or brought back when the pupil returns to school.
- If appropriate, we may provide you with a loan device to access the learning (this requires you to have access to the internet). If these are loaned out, a contract will be set up to ensure that all safeguarding protocols are in place.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Plans will be provided for all lessons each day explaining the lessons in detail
- Pre recorded teaching made by teachers using Loom – these can be accessed at any time meaning families can make their own appropriate timetable for days at home
- Recorded teaching linked to Oak National Academy lessons and/or White Rose Hub
- Printed paper packs provided by teachers where appropriate
- Online platforms we sign up for such as PiXL, Accelerated Reader and Lexia
- Reading books pupils have at home
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 are aware that the younger the children are, the more support they will need at home. For those in Upper KS2, pupils should be able to complete all lessons and learning independently perhaps only needing some support from home. They will be able to access support from staff too online. We do expect all pupils to complete the work set for them if they are off school and are well but are flexible in regards to when this is completed. By completing the work set, we ensure no child is left behind.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Staff will check Seesaw/Tapestry daily to check for engagement. Anyone we do not hear from on here will be contacted by phone to check in on how the learning is going and offer further advice or support. (Please note, if we do not hear from you or your child directly regularly, we may complete a safeguarding home visit to check everything is ok.)
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Work will be assessed on Tapestry/Seesaw and commented on directly. If your child is completing paper copies, these will be assessed in school when they are brought back to us. You may be able to take photos of the work and email these in which would also support the assessment progress. (Progress reports for your child’s overall learning will be sent home alongside their parents evening taking place in September/October and February/March. An end of year report will be sent home in July too. These will include any remote learning as well as class based learning which has taken place.)
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:
- Setting adapted work that is more appropriate for their stage of development
- Providing support resources such as phonics sound mats, pencil grips etc. which pupils use at school to support their learning at home.
- Checking in with you regularly via Seesaw/Tapestry or phone calls to check how your child is getting on with their 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?
- The same approach as above will be used but work may be checked after school or the next day as staff will be teaching in the day and loom lessons will not be used.
- Work will be set that is the same as that in school or directly linked (such as a practical lesson in school may be given at home in the form of an activity which has the same objective but is accessible to you.)
- Dependent on the staff setting the learning, the learning may be sent through emails or uploaded onto Seesaw.