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.
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?
Pupils all have their login details for Google Classroom (Tapestry in YR or SeeSaw in Y4). We will set work immediately onto these platforms for your children. They can write on paper, photograph their work and upload back into Google Classrooms (or Tapestry or SeeSaw)
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 will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. These can be found on our website.
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:
Key Stage 1
Minimum of 3 hours per day of remote education (however, this expectation does not mean 3 hours of screen time – this will be interspersed with other activities such as PE or art).
Key Stage 2
Minimum of 4 hours per day of remote education (however, this expectation does not mean 4 hours of screen time – this will be interspersed with other activities such as PE or art).
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Year R will send out work via Google Classrooms – can the completed work be submitted via the Tapestry app.
Year 1 – 6 will send out work via Google Classrooms. (Year 4 are currently using SeeSaw, but will cease using SeeSaw and move to Google Classroom on 18th January)
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 your child does not have digital or online access to digital please contact the school as soon as you can. We will look into how we can help you with this.
- This would include how we will issue or lend devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles), and where parents or carers can find more information. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you need printed materials, please contact your child’s class teacher and we will get the printed materials to you by the end of the day.
- If you cannot submit your child’s work online, please contact the school and we will arrange to come and collect it from you and issue you with more if you need it.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons) – these will not be whole lessons – but may be starters with the teacher remaining available for questions or specific teaching to those who need it.
- Google Playtimes – which allow the children to connect in a fun way with each other telling jokes, playing games, singing songs or following my leader. These will help with isolation and children’s wellbeing.
- 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
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?
- Complete learning to the deadlines set by teachers as much as they can
- Register daily by 4pm Monday to Friday – although they may not always be (and indeed should not be expected to be) in front of a device or working on their offline activities the entire time
- During national lockdown, attend “live lessons” and complete learning by 3pm.
- Seek help and guidance if they need it, from teachers or learning support assistants via Google Classroom .
- Alert teachers if they not able to complete work due to a misunderstanding via Google Classroom
- Be assured that wellbeing is at the forefront of our thoughts and the need for children to take regular breaks, get fresh air, exercise and maintain a reasonable balance between online engagement and offline activities;
- Only send messages and queries that are in relation to tasks set by the teacher or in response to questions the teacher may ask them directly;
- Only access the material shared by their teacher and ask for parental permission to use technology for anything beyond that;
- Read daily, either independently or with an adult and record this in the home reading log
- Consider using the self-isolation time to learn a new skill, follow their own interests to discover more about the world around us or just be creative.
- Support their child’s learning to the best of their ability
- Encourage their child to access and engage with Google Classroom/Tapestry posts from their teacher
- Seek guidance if anything is unclear in the learning that is set.
- Check their child’s completed work each day and actively encourage the progress that is being made
- Contact school if they need to inform the class teacher if their child is ill or cannot complete the work set for another reason via email on adminoffice@Wallop.hants.sch.uk
- Be respectful when raising concerns to staff
- Refer to the school website for help in supporting pupils remotely
- Learning that children complete on paper at home should be kept safe and can be brought back to school when safe to do so.
- If issued with workbooks, these are to be returned after the period of self-isolation for use in school.
- Refrain from screenshotting or copying any information, messages or posts to share on social media or any other platform outside of the Google Classroom /Tapestry apps
- Be mindful of mental well-being of both themselves and their child(ren) and encourage their children to take regular breaks, play games, get fresh air and relax;
- In compliance with Copyright Law and regulations governing the use of photocopiable materials (parents must note that the school will not take responsibility for any breach of Copyright Law.)
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
In this section, please set out briefly:
- Teachers will check engagement throughout the day and feedback as soon as they can after 3:15pm but before 5:00pm
- If there has been no engagement online, or communication with the school for 2 days, a member of staff will ring asking if there are any problems and what school can do to help.
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:
In this section, please set out briefly:
- We will comment on work that is uploaded in line with the marking and feedback policy
- Every piece of work submitted will have some sort of feedback for the 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 in the following ways:
- Contact your child’s class teacher to help with access to the work in the first instance. This should help and solve your issues.
- If you are not satisfied contact the SENDCo (Mrs Sexton) and then the Head Teacher, to help to solve the issue.
- For the younger children (YR and Y1) we will follow the school remote learning policy. If you are having issues with your child accessing the learning follow the steps above.
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?