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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 if local restrictions require entire 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?

 

On the second day of absence of an individual child self-isolating from the school, or the first full day of an entire class self-isolating there will be work on line for the children to access via the school website class pages. If your child cannot access the internet at home, you can request a pack of work that can either be collected, or we can post this to your home. You will be able to contact the teacher via the class email to discuss the work and any accessibility issues you might have, or you can telephone the school. We will phone you a couple of times each week to discuss how you are getting on with the work your child has been set.

 

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, the same PE lessons may not be easily undertaken at home, or any lesson where there is a need for specialist equipment that cannot be easily substituted at home eg a science investigation; a Design and Technology lesson involving saws etc and perhaps the use of a specific computer programme purchased by school to use in school that would cost a parent money to purchase and use at home.

 

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 of work each day for children in Reception to Year 2. 4 hours of work each day for children in Years 3 to 6.

For example, we would expect each child from years 1 & 2 to spend at least 45 minutes of this in their writing lessons, 45 minutes in maths, 45 minutes in reading and 45 minutes for other curriculum areas - unless otherwise directed.

For younger children, we would not expect them to sit for an extended period of time in one session, this would need to be broken into segments. For older children we would expect them to spend an hour for each area of learning.

 

Accessing remote education

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

 

All work will be given via the class pages on our school website. This will include directing you to other platforms we use, such as Education City, Timetable Rockstars, videos and online lessons to watch.

 

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:

 

You may be entitled to borrow a laptop from school for the period of absence. You would have to meet the criteria for free school meals in order to access this. However, we cannot provide any connection to the internet if you do not already have one.

We can provide you a paper pack of work that will match the activities offered online. You would need to request this either via the school office or via your class email address. You can either arrange for this to be collected and delivered back to school, or we can post this out to you and you can post it back to us for marking.

Throughout your period of absence you can contact your class teacher via the class email address which would be eg carle@greenfield.walsall.sch.uk if your child was in Carle class.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

 

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

 

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Access to work via the school website – eg copies of pages to read in a book, links to worksheets and other activities
  • Education City – a platform that marks the work your child does and reports the results to the class teacher. Work can also be printed off from this website if you prefer to look at a paper copy.
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences eg RWI (phonic online lessons) PE sessions.

 

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/carers and children to engage in remote learning for their children. It is important to have a routine to support this. All the work does not have to be accessed in one continuous block; it is better if this is broken into learning segments. It is important that children miss as little learning as possible when they are at home instead of school as children have already missed a lot of learning in 2020.

 

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

 

The class teacher or teaching assistant will ring you twice a week to check how you are getting on and to comment on any work marked/received by the school.

 

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:

 

Education City reports back to the teacher as to how each child has done in each activity they are set.

Other work should be emailed to the class teacher via the class email address or posted back/handed in to the school office for marking.

Pupils can receive feedback on their work when the class teacher or teaching assistant rings home each week.

 

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:

 

Activities for children with SEND needs or for very young children may be different from other children in the class as the activities will be planned with their needs and level of learning in mind. You may also find that we suggest a lot more practical tasks or practical resources to support children with tasks. We will also discuss how your child is accessing these tasks with you and make changes as appropriate to support their home learning where we can.

 

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?

 

When only one child in a class is self- isolating we will try to ensure that the curriculum they can access at home is as closely aligned to the learning of their peers still in school as possible, with the exceptions listed as above with regard to equipment and accessibility.

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