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 on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
On the first day of absence, parents and carers will inform staff of the absence, and from the second day onwards, work will be available in Google Classroom in line with the curriculum that would be available in school. Work can be done under a parent’s supervision using our full range of online learning, including Bug Club reading, Spelling Shed, Active Learn Maths, Oxford Owls Reading and TT Rockstars or Numbots.
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?
Work will be set using Google Classroom each day. There will be a daily timetable provided for children with a full day’s equivalent of activities to be completed. The timetable will include a breakdown of learning objectives, how to achieve them, and any resources as well as links to videos etc.
The following format will be used by teachers to plan every day. All planning for each day is in this table, and there is one for each day of the week. To reduce workload, the table can then be copied and pasted into Google Classroom each day for the children to access. This replaces the need for any other planning in school.
The sessions on the left will be roughly similar for each age group, with small changes made to make it age appropriate in conjunction with the rest of the phase team.
The school will maintain good communication with parents to ensure that parents are aided in supporting their child’s remote education through the weekly newsletter, emails with teachers and through providing resources on the front page of the school website. http://www.winchamcpschool.co.uk/
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
Teachers will provide online learning equivalent to the length of a normal school day. We recognise that families will have additional stresses and time constraints if they are required to isolate, such as the need to work from home, and support more than one child with their learning.
Children are expected to engage with learning every day, but there is a realistic view that the full day’s learning may not be achievable for all every day. However, this is weighed against the need to continue with education and reach end of year targets. Teaching staff will be mindful of this in conversations with parents about levels of engagement in home learning.
Pupils who are unwell are not expected to be present for remote working until they are well enough to do so.
Parents will follow the usual absence procedures in case their child is unwell. The school will monitor absence in line with the Attendance Policy.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Wincham CP School uses G Suite for Education for its remote teaching infrastructure. Usernames and passwords are available from the class teachers. In addition to this, learning resources are available from:
- Bug Club
- Oxford Owls
- Spelling Shed
- Active Learn
- TT Rockstars
Other resources are available, but links to all material will be put in Google Classroom for the children to access.
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.
If necessary, we have a small supply of Chromebooks that we can lend to children who are in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant, including SIM cards for mobile data. In addition, we can supply paper copies of all work in school, by prior arrangement.
How will my child be taught remotely?
Activities will be similar to those ordinarily covered in class, with links to online learning, presentations, worksheets, videos and other resources as necessary. Activities will be part of a well sequenced curriculum where knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
There will be an element of video teaching every day. This may be ‘live’ content, either with the teacher live streaming or having pre-recorded content for the children. There will also be use of high quality teaching video using material from Oak National Academy, White Rose Maths, and a range of other carefully selected sources.
In addition to this, in the case of the whole class being sent home only (not where individuals are isolating), teachers will provide a minimum of 1 live session with the children each day to promote contact and engagement with friends, and to support mental health and wellbeing.
Teachers will ensure that a portion of their lessons are designed to promote interactivity amongst pupils and between pupils and staff, e.g. live lessons or use of the chat function in Meet or other fun activities to engage children in activities with their peers, such as scavenger hunts around the house, class story time etc. This is to lessen feelings of isolation and to promote pupil progress and motivation.
Teachers will adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.
All provisions for remote learning will be subject to the class group’s age, ability and/or any SEND.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We expect that
- Each child will engage with the home learning that is set each day.
- There will be some work uploaded to Google Classroom each day. In some cases, this will be work completed by the children eg a Google Doc. In other cases, it may be a photo of some work eg a Maths worksheet, or a drawing. Parents and carers may need to support their child with this.
- Parents will support their children as necessary to access the learning resources, and provide paper, pens etc as required.
- Parents will get in touch with class teachers if there are any issues with the above.
The best way to support your child with their homework is by ensuring a structured routine is in place for their day, in line with the timetable above.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
The child/ family’s response to home learning is the only way we can assure the children are well. If a child is not completing the work, or the quality of the work noticeably dips, teachers will email the parents. If there is no response within 24 hours, teachers will follow up with a phone call.
Teachers will use their professional judgement about how to support the child and family. This could include providing a paper pack of work to complete, a short Google Meet with the child to motivate them, suggestions for how parents can support their child.
If there is still a lack of engagement, the issue will be escalated to a member of the Senior Leadership team who will ring the family to explain that there is a safeguarding duty of care on the school’s behalf and a requirement that we make sure the children are ok. In this case, support and advice will be sought from the SCIE team and IART.
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.
All work submitted in Classroom will have a short comment to recognise the effort that has been made. The work is assessed by the teacher, and the next day's work is adapted as appropriate.
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 children.
Mrs Davis, as SENCO, is responsible for:
- Ensuring that pupils with EHC plans continue to have their needs met while learning remotely, and liaising with the headteacher and other organisations to make any alternate arrangements for pupils with EHC plans and IHPs.
- Identifying the level of support or intervention that is required while pupils with SEND learn remotely and liaising with support staff as appropriate to implement this.
- Ensuring that the provision put in place for pupils with SEND is monitored for effectiveness throughout the duration of the remote learning period.
- Arranging additional support for pupils with SEND which will be unique to the individual’s needs, e.g. via weekly phone calls, 1-1 Google Meets etc.
Support for different types of absence
- Non Covid related absence - no remote learning will be provided as the child should be in school unless they are too unwell to learn.
- Child isolating due to contact with a positive test result or child isolating whilst a family member awaits a test outcome/ isolating for another Covid related reason - remote learning will be available from the day after contact is made by the parents. If practicable, bearing in mind the other demands on the class teacher, learning will be made available the same day. Because the teacher will be in class, no video teaching will be available.
- Class/ bubble has to isolate - full remote learning, with video input listed above