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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?

On the first day of self-isolation, pupils will be directed to William Ford’s Purple Mash website.  We upload an overview for each year group that shows the various tasks and activities that pupils should undertake that aligns with the in-school curriculum.  This includes tasks that pupils can digitally submit to the year group team in order that feedback can be given to support the next stage in the learning journey.  All pupils have log in details personal to themselves which will enable them to access the work set by their class teacher.   

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?

On the first day of self-isolation, pupils will be directed to William Ford’s Purple Mash website.  We upload an overview for each year group that shows the various tasks and activities that pupils should undertake that aligns with the in-school curriculum.  This includes tasks that pupils can digitally submit to the year group team in order that feedback can be given to support the next stage in the learning journey.  All pupils have log in details personal to themselves which will enable them to access the work set by their class teacher.   

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 a minimum of fours hours to complete every day. We will provide a minimum of four hours of high-quality learning and activities a day for every pupil.

Accessing remote education

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

All activities can be accessed through the school’s Purple Mash account.  All pupils have been provided with a unique log in and demonstrations on how to use the platform have taken place in school.  Reading can be accessed through Bug Club which pupils are familiar with. The school has also provided paper based and online guides for parents as well as technical support during office hours that parents can access by phone.

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.  Printed work packs will be available to collect from school or be delivered to pupils who do not have access to technology at home.

In some circumstances, the school will lend pupils a laptop to use for the duration of remote learning at home.

Parents/Carers can call the school to speak to the Family Support Worker who can assist in supporting pupils when working remotely and can arrange a Government laptop.

How will my child be taught remotely?

All pupils will have access to high-quality education when remote working.

The school will use a range of teaching methods to cater for all different learning styles, this includes:

  • Pre-recorded video or audio lessons
  • Current online learning portals, e.g. Oak National Academy
  • Educational websites
  • Comprehensions
  • Quizzes
  • Worksheets that can either be printed or viewed online
  • Reading tasks

Teachers will ensure lessons are inclusive for all pupils and can be adapted to account for the needs of disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND.

All provisions for remote learning will be subject to the class group’s age, ability and/or any SEND.

In exceptional circumstances, the school may reduce its curriculum offering to enable pupils to cope with the workload – the Headteacher will assess this need, keeping pupils’ best interests in mind, and will not take the decision lightly.

Engagement and feedback

There is an expectation that pupils engage in online remote learning each day. If a pupil does not engage on two consecutive days, the school will call parents/carers to offer support and advice in helping them access the activities.

The school is aware of the pressures remote learning places on parents/carers balancing home learning and trying to work from home so we ask parents/carers to support their child in completing what is suitably possible throughout the day. support, for example, setting routines to support your child’s education.

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

Where a pupil has not engaged in online learning for two consecutive days, a phone call will be made to the parent/carer by a teacher within the year group offering support and guidance for their child. Each class teacher will keep a record of all pupils’ engagement and liaise this information with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

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. Teachers will assess and feedback work submitted onto Purple Mash once it has been received. Feedback and marking will be in line with the school’s policy. Teachers will not be required to attempt to reproduce in written form the verbal feedback that pupils would be given during typical classroom teaching but feedback on pupils' work will rely on the teacher’s professional judgement to determine how any feedback, including marking, is given.

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:

  • Differentiated tasks related to same learning objective
  • Additional resources for explanation, e.g. Bitesize, You Tube videos
  • Scaffolding tasks
  • Key / new vocabulary highlighted with additional explanations
  • Activities related to current interventions, e.g. phonics, Speech and Language (lots of resources on The Oak National Academy linked to specific areas of need)
  • Not done yet but could include individual activities related to SEMH needs followed by contact with Learning Mentor  
  • Adapted activities for SEND/low attainers – include visual supports, limit the amount of text, simplified instructions, scaffolding tasks 
  • Equipment for specific needs – e.g. Velcro, symbols, instructions for visual timetable, writing implement/ large print ruler for visually impaired child, supply of modified paper for visually impaired child (dark lines, increased spacing)

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?

Where individuals need to self-isolate whilst the majority of their class remains in school, there will be some variation to remote learning.  We will be unable to provide recorded sessions but such individuals will still be able to access a weekly overview of the learning, including activities to complete that can be submitted for feedback via Purple Mash.