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?
Children in Reception will access learning via Tapestry. Parents have been issued logins for this portal. On the portal, children will be able to access learning activities, share photos of their learning achievements and access pre-recorded videos and Zoom sessions with teaching staff.
Children in Years 1-6 will have been issued Google Classroom login details and will have been shown how to access their Year Group Google Classroom. If a child is required to isolate individually, they will be directed to an Isolation folder on the Google Classroom which contains work covering all curriculum areas. In the event of a whole class or Year Group being sent home, there will be additional lesson material and a daily live stream provided by a member of teaching staff.
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?
The Remote Learning offer covers the required Year Group Curriculum. Due to the nature of an online setup where the teacher and child/ren are in different places, there are differences in curriculum delivery and feedback. For example, teaching staff use the Google Classroom Stream and Classwork section to give whole class and individual feedback on key pieces of work. Adaptations are made for practical lessons such as Science, Art, Music and PE in which specific school based resources would normally be required.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The time taken to complete the work set on Google Classroom will vary from child to child. Teaching staff will be online during school hours to deliver learning and support the children. We encourage children to also be online during school hours and no longer.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children in Reception will access online learning via Tapestry, and in Years 1 to 6 via Google Classroom.
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. If you do not have access to a suitable device at home, we can provide a ChromeBook via a sign-out system. We offer support with technical issues and questions about Tapestry and Google Classroom via our Remote Learning email account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ask that parents support their children to access Remote Learning daily by logging on to their Tapestry/Google Classroom for morning registration and completion of the day’s learning. Setting good routines with regular breaks will support this being successful for your child. If you do need further support, please do get in touch.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teaching staff will register the children every morning and will be checking that they have completed the online learning. If there are concerns, teaching staff will contact parents directly.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Our approach to feeding back on pupil’s work includes whole class feedback during live sessions, support and comments on the class stream and individual comments sent directly to children.
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 by providing differentiated work alongside support from our school SENCO and in some cases, additional remote support from Teaching Assistants.