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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 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?


Pupils will receive a minimum of a piece of English and Maths work to complete independently via Microsoft Teams each day. They will also be expected to read for at least 15 minutes each day and to practise spellings set for the week, including writing each one in a sentence using it in the correct context. All pupils would be expected to take part in some form of physical activity each day (either in the garden or in the local area dependant on local restrictions).


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, PE where it is not possible to deliver the teaching of team games remotely so the focus may be on raising the heart rate through exercise, Art where specific art equipment and supplies may not be available when children are not in school and Geography where children may not have access to resources such as a globe or atlas when not in school. In addition to this we will have to adapt some lessons to enable all children to be able to complete work independently at home, hence activities that require group or pair work will not be included in remote learning set for children.
  • The children will have an English, Maths and guided reading session each day. Wrens will also have a daily phonics lesson. In addition, all children will be set curriculum lessons to complete each day.
  • Children in KS1 will be set at least 3 hours of home learning to complete daily. Children in KS2 will be set at least 4 hours of home learning to complete daily.
  • Some lessons will use online teaching tools such as Spelling Shed, Maths Shed, Read Theory and Bug Club.
  • Some lessons may be provided through outside companies such as music and ICT.


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

KS1 - 3 hours daily (at least)

KS2 – 4 hours daily (at least)

This will include English, Maths and Reading activities daily. Other curriculum subjects will be set across the week following the weekly timetable in school.

Some lessons will include a recorded input video to watch. This may include actual footage of their class teacher demonstrating / teaching a new concept or a recorded voice- over of a PowerPoint presentation for the children to follow.

Lessons will also include independent assignments / activities for the children to complete.


Accessing remote education

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


Your child will access their work using Microsoft Teams as they do already for their homework.

On the side menu with the ‘Homework folder’ there are also folders called English, Maths, Guided Reading (For Herons) and Curriculum. Here you will find folders for weeks where remote education is being provided with activities and videos each labelled by day.



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 are unable to provide your child with access to technology to access their remote learning please e-mail and school will endeavour to arrange access for you.
  • School can lend pupils laptops to enable them to access their school work where necessary. Parents will have to sign an agreement that they will only use the laptop for school work. Devices can be collected from school or delivery arranged.
  • If you do not have Internet access at home school is able to support you in getting Internet access at home. 
  • If pupils do not have online access they can submit their work to teachers by returning completed work to the school conservatory.




How will my child be taught remotely?

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


  • live teaching - to enable children to still all see each other and communicate with their teacher.
  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, Oak National Academy lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) – only for those unable to access learning remotely.
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences e.g. Spelling shed, Maths shed, Read Theory and Bug Club.
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening schemes of work)


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?


  • Pupils should complete all work set for them by their class teacher each day.
  • Parents should support their child by making sure that they have access to the remote learning activities. Parents should check that their child has completed the work set each day, along with ensuring that they have engaged in physical activity for at least 2 hours per week and daily reading.



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


  • Teachers will check that completed work is being received from pupils on a weekly basis, in the same way that they do for homework.
  • If a teacher notices that a pupil is not returning their work, then they will contact parents by e-mail or telephone. Please note that a teacher may call from a home telephone and have been instructed to withhold their telephone number if doing this to protect their personal privacy.

If, following this contact, the child continues not to engage then Headteacher / SENDCo will be informed and they will make contact with the parent.



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:


  • Teachers will mark all work received from children that has been set. Relevant feedback will be provided to children via e-mail.
  • Pupils will receive feedback on their work at least once a week. Additional feedback may be given depending on the types of activity set and the priority of the feedback having a direct impact on subsequent pieces of work set. 


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:


  • Pupils with SEND will be supported by both class teachers and the SENDCo. Pupils may have more regular video contact with key members of staff in school to ensure that they are able to access the work.
  • Wrens class will be provided with more prerecorded lesson inputs e.g. phonics and letter formation, to ensure that these key concepts are taught in line with school policy.


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?

Once school is notified that your child has to self-isolate school will begin to record lessons for your child to access via Microsoft Teams, along with providing the independent work to be completed for each lesson. Lessons will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams at the end of each school day. This will usually include an English, Maths and at least one other curriculum subjects.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day ready for PE lessons. Thank you