Providing Remote Education During Covid19 Lockdown

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?

  • Between one and three daily live calls on Microsoft Teams. For KS1 and 2 children this will be in the form of live lessons. For EYFS work tasks will be set on the Tapestry platform

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, Science investigations and PE activities cannot be supervised remotely.
  • We are using ‘blended learning’: a mix of face-to-face and remote methods.
  • As it’s harder for pupils to concentrate when being taught remotely, we try to divide content into smaller chunks. Short presentations or modelling of new content can be followed by independent exercises or retrieval practice.

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

EYFS have 1-2 hours a day

Year 1/2 have 2-3 hours a day

Key Stage 2

Year 3/4 have 3-4 hours a day

Year 5/6 have 4-5 hours a day

KS1 and 2 groups have a mixture of daily live face to face teaching and digitally set tasks. EYFS have a daily ‘check-in’ call on Teams, then use the Tapestry platform for learning. In addition, all pupils have access to extension tasks.


Accessing remote education

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

At Newall Green Primary School we use the following to facilitate remote learning:

Microsoft Teams online

Tapestry online

Reading Eggs

Times Table Rockstars

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:

  • A number of laptops are available on loan and can be collected from the school office. If families need a laptop and can’t collect one (eg. If isolating), a member of school staff will deliver one to them. Parents will be asked to sign a form acknowledging the loan.
  • Wifi codes and/or routers can be provided to any families who need this
  • Parents should contact their class teacher or the school office if they have any issues logging on to remote learning. School are usually able to resolve them the same day, or if not will seek advice from their IT support providers.
  • Work Packs for every class are available for weekly collection from the school office every Friday from 2pm and Monday 8.30am – 5pm. Children can use these instead of online learning or to support their online learning.
  • Completed Work Packs should be brought back to school every Friday or Monday.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • KS1 and 2 groups have a mixture of daily live face to face teaching on Microsoft Teams, and digitally set tasks
  • EYFS have a daily ‘check-in’ call on Teams, then use the Tapestry platform for learning
  • The above may include commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (eg. BBC Primary Learning)
  • We use the ‘Reading Eggs’ Programme for home reading (YN to 6)and the ‘Times Table Rockstars’ Programme (Y3 to 6) for learning and consolidating times tables in Numeracy. Pupils will be given a personal login by their teacher for these.

  • All pupils have access to extension tasks
  •  Printed paper packs produced by teachers are available each week
  • Some pupils have Reading Books at home

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 are expected to engage daily online with their class call, with sound and video enabled.
  • Pupils are expected to complete and submit their set work daily (weekly for written work packs)
  • Parents need to ensure an adequate space for learning with minimal distractions
  • Parents need to have collected a work pack if their child does not want to complete work electronically

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

  • Teachers keep a daily register of online engagement and completion of work. Office Staff keep a log of which families have collected work packs, laptops and WiFi access codes.
  • If a child doesn’t log in to their daily call, their teacher will phone the parents to find out why. If they are unable to make contact after 72 hours a member of the school inclusion team will make a home visit to check the pupil is safe and well.
  • In the event that work is not being completed consistently, the teacher will inform the parent by telephone or e-mail, and seek to support the pupil to overcome any barriers.

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:

  • Pupils will receive verbal feedback from teachers during their Teams lessons
  • Written work submitted will be marked and written feedback given by teachers- this may be in the form of comments (eg. for writing) or a numerical score (eg. for a Maths test)
  • Reading Eggs and TT Rockstars Programmes give each pupil individual ongoing feedback which teachers have access to, to inform their assessments
  • EYFS will make feedback comments to work submitted on Tapestry

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:

  • Children within our Acorn Room provisions receive differentiated teaching on Teams and tasks from their teachers
  • Children with SEND in mainstream classes receive targetted teaching on Teams and differentiated tasks
  • Where further explanation needed, extra Teams calls can be made by teachers to individual or small groups of pupils

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?

When school is fully open, teachers are in class and not available to deliver online live daily lessons. Work packs will be prepared and made available to pupils who are isolating. Whenever possible, office based teachers will provide remote live lessons to those pupils who are self-isolating.


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