Remote Education – Supporting children who are learning from home

We recognise that there may be a period of time where children cannot attend school due to the requirement to self-isolate or due to the partial closure of schools. We want to make sure that children continue to access the same high-quality curriculum that they would in the classroom. Whether children are accessing remote education due to a partial closure of schools or individual isolation our remote education offer will be the same and will be as closely matched to our normal curriculum offer as possible. *Some units of work may need to be altered depending on capacity for them to be taught remotely.

Our remote education offer is a blended model of online learning programmes, recorded teacher inputs and activities to complete in the home. This takes the form of weekly home learning plans, specifically designed for your child’s learning journey and to give you the freedom and flexibility to access remote education in a way that works for you. 

Weekly home learning plans will be shared on the first day of isolation or weekly on a Friday afternoon, for the following week, by class teachers via email, Marvellous Me or Tapestry. They will let you know how much work we expect children to do, how long they should spend on each task, and how their work can be submitted. *See example home learning plan in Appendix C of the Remote Education Policy

The school office will contact families to enquire if a laptop is required to support children in accessing remote education. Free School Meals pupils will also be offered access to a packed lunch while isolating.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will be provided with the equivalent to 4 hours work a day through their weekly home learning plans. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be provided with the equivalent to 5 hours work per day through their weekly home learning plans. Children in Nursery will be provided with up to 4 hours of activities per day.

Children will be expected to spend time each day reading; accessing online learning programmes (Reading Eggs, Mathletics, Maths Seeds, Digital Experts, SATs Companion);taking part in physical exercise; complete two activities from the learning grid and to talk to an adult about their learning. During partial closure of schools or if a school bubble is isolating, children can participate in a daily Zoom playtime to support social contact and wellbeing.

Teachers will monitor children’s engagement in remote learning and provide support through email and phone contact with parent/carers, reviewing work submitted and monitoring completion of activities on online learning programmes.

Teachers will assess children’s learning and progress through use of quizzes, challenges and assessment activities. Parent/carers will be asked to confirm whether tasks have been completed independently or with support. Marking and feedback will be provided verbally or in writing. Relevant evidence of learning will be copied into children’s exercise books to show progression across the year.

Children will be expected to:

  • Follow instructions for Remote Learning which are detailed in the Remote Learning weekly grid and on the letter sent to parents/carers when a bubble is sent home
  • Ensure that they return completed paper copies of work to school upon their return
Parent/carers are asked to:

  • Support their child/children in accessing Remote Learning
  • Adhere to the school contract when loaning a device

Further details about how to use these weekly home learning plans can be found on the plans themselves and also on this additional guidance document – (Click HERE for the document). 

Should your child need to self-isolate, or if the school is required to close to some pupils,  your child’s class teacher will be in touch with you via email and will send the relevant home learning plan to you. Your child’s class teacher will also be available to answer any further questions that you may have about how to support your child’s learning at home. 

Remote Education for SEND

It is important that your child/ren continue to engage with their education and that you are able to support them to the best of your ability.   It is our intention that they should be able to access reading, writing and maths daily with foundation subjects across the week.  We do, however, acknowledge that it may not always be possible for your child/ren to access the same level of work as others in their class and class teachers will provide advice and adapted resources to support you while working remotely. Examples of actions we are taking include, but are not exclusive to:

  • If your child is working below age-related standards in core subjects, differentiated activities will be provided. If needed, children may work with the plans from different year group.
  • Pupils with EHCP’s and One Plans  invited to attend school.  
  • Pupils who access the school’s ELMS provision and have an EHCP or a One Plan in place, will be provided with work pitched to their individual level alongside tasks and activities to complete taken directly from their support plans.  
  • Weekly contact will be made with parents/carers and pupils, for pupils who have an EHCP or One Plan, by a named member of staff to support engagement and check on well-being.
  • If pupils have specific equipment in school that supports their learning, this can be sent home to support remote education. For example, this can include: reading rulers, enlarged texts, writing slopes etc. Laptops have been provided to support a number of SEND pupils.  
  • Outside agencies and professionals, where risk assessments permit, continue to be allowed into school. Therapeutic interventions offered by the personal well-being worker (PWP) are taking place remotely. Scheduled SEND meetings and review meetings previously scheduled are also taking place remotely.
  • We recognise that  some pupils, for example those with complex educational learning needs may not be able to access remote education without additional support or input. As well as offering our most vulnerable pupils a place in school where they can continue to access appropriate levels of support, we also have a range of staff available to answer any support queries.
  • Levels of engagement are monitored closely with pupils at risk contacted directly by their class teacher. If problems are identified with the level, type or volume of work, teachers are able to discuss suitable changes.   
  • Information received in school relating to special educational needs is shared with parents via various platforms including Facebook directly by email or through school communication systems ‘Marvellous Me’ and ‘Tapestry’.  
  • If, and when, we discover websites that we think would be useful to support learning, engage children further or support specific needs, links to websites are shared by teachers – for example: https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist