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07a - Parent Guide to Remote Learning Lessons (Computers and Laptops)

07b - Parent Guide to Remote Learning Lessons (Mobiles and Tablets)

07c - Parent Guide to Remote Learning Lessons (via School Website)

09a - Guide to Accessing Reading Eggs

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Remote Education & Home Learning Offer

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.


What is taught to pupils at home?

·        A pupil’s first day 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 of pupils being sent home?

·        Pupils will be directed to the Oak National Academy and asked to complete set tasks.

·        Families who have difficulties accessing technology will be supported with technical advice from our ICT team and, where necessary, the loan of a device. Where families have no access to a consistent internet connection, pupils provided with workbooks and paper copies of the work.  

Following the first day of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

·        We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school with the daily focus being placed on: reading, writing, mathematics and a topic-based lesson. The majority of classes will have three, 1 hour, live lessons per 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 - Between 3 and 4 hours per day depending on the pupils’ age, stage of development or special educational needs.


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

·        We will be using Zoom as our main online platform for our live teaching. This will be supplemented by Reading Eggs, Accelerated Reader, Doodle Maths, Doodle English, Doodle Spell, and ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’.

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 surveyed parents/carers so have a clear idea about the availability of technology for our families. Parents/carers are encouraged to make contact with the relevant class teacher, senior leader, member of the office team or IT support should there be any difficulties with accessing work.

·        We will issue (in the form of a lease) laptops to pupils who are in receipt of pupil premium funding first and then to families who need additional devices to support multiple children in a household.

·        Members of staff will be in regular contact with pupils and this will be done via telephone if pupils do not have online access

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

·        Live teaching (online lessons using Zoom)

·        Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

·        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


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

·        The same expectations that would be expected for pupils in school will be in place for pupils’ engagement with remote education.

·        We will provide parents/carers with a clear timetable via our SVPS Daily Schedule and will work in partnership with them to ensure that they set routines to support your child’s education

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 pupils' engagement with remote education during, at the end of each taught session and during SIT (successful improvement time) & Chat sessions and once a week work will be submitted and reviewed by the class teacher.  Feedback to the child will be via email to the parents/child.

·        When we have a concern about a pupil’s engagement, this will be shared via Zoom or via a telephone call. The concern will be shared and next steps put in place to address the concern.

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:

·        A range of methods you will used to assess and feedback on pupils’ work: whole-class feedback; marking of online work; shorter quizzes and formal marking 

·        Pupils will receive daily verbal feedback on their work


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 ensure that there is regular communication between home and school so that families can deliver remote education for pupils with SEND

·        Work set will be suitably scaffolded to ensure that pupils with SEND are able to access the work fully.

·        Where necessary, children will be provided with small group support. Zoom ‘Breakout Rooms’ may be used so that adults can provide additional support. 

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 provision for a pupil who is self-isolating will be broadly the same as the approaches described above.

·        However, due to the fact that the normal class teacher is likely to be teaching, the amount of contact that a pupil has with their class teacher or known adult is likely to be less than if the pupil were part of a wider bubble closure.

·        Feedback and monitoring of progress will be undertaken in the form of regular contact with the pupil and parents of the self-isolating pupil.



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