COVID19 Spring Term 2021

Remote Education Provision - Information for  Parents and Carers

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 information.


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent 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.

Within 24 hours a detailed daily home learning resources pack will be available on the class pages of the school website. Within the first day of remote education, children will be able to access differentiated learning via Mathletics and Spelling Frame.


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 as we are aware that parents and carers may not have access to the same resources we have in school. We understand that not all parents have access to printing and therefore the work we set needs to be sensitive to this. We are also aware that children will not have the same art, design and technology and PE resources in school, so we have adapted lesson appropriately.


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:

KS1

3 hours per day

KS2

4 hours per day



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


Each morning the children’s class pages on the school website will be updated with maths, English and wider curriculum lessons, which will be differentiated accordingly.

Alongside this, your children will be having TEAMs sessions, either on a one-to-one, small group or whole class basis. This will give children and parents/carers the opportunity to feedback on how they have found the lessons and allow staff members to assess the children’s progress.

The school will also be using the educational apps, ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Spelling frame’ to set children learning activities.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

In the first instance, if parents/carers do not have digital devices to access remote learning we will look into providing the required electronic devices, through lending school ones or government initiatives.

If parents/carers cannot print the required learning material they can request for packs to be printed at school, which they can collect on a weekly basis.

If parents/carers cannot submit work to class teachers because of online access, they can drop the work off at school, when they collect their next pack.

The school will phone all parents/carers to check they can access remote learning.

If parents/carers would like to inform the school they have a lack of digital devices to access remote learning they can call the school (01503 262059) or email: secretary@duloeprimary.co.uk


How will my child be taught remotely?

Each morning the children’s class pages on the school website will be updated with maths, English and wider curriculum lessons, which will be differentiated accordingly.

Alongside this, your children will be having TEAMs sessions, either on a one-to-one, small group or whole class basis. This will give children and parents/carers the opportunity to feedback on how they have found the lessons and allow staff members to assess the children’s progress.

The school will also be using the educational apps, ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Spelling frame’ to set children learning activities. 


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We fully understand the challenge parents/carers face balancing the remote teaching of their children, alongside the commitments of having other children at home and their own work commitments.

Therefore, we appreciate that home learning will have to work around family commitments, rather than simply following a school timetable.

It is our expectation that children engage with remote learning on a daily basis. This may be via online live sessions, recorded teaching via the school website or assigned tasks from teachers on educational apps. 


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


If the school has any concerns about a child’s lack of engagement with remote learning, we will phone the parent/carer to discuss the matter.

Monitoring engagement will be checked by phone calls and emails with parents/carers, recording if children are present at live sessions online, if children have uploaded their learning for teachers to assess and through the monitoring of educational apps which shows whether a child has completed the task or not and how well they have done this.

Each class will also have a daily quiz on Microsoft TEAMs, which will record the names of the children who have participated as well as their attainment. 


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:

Feedback may take the form of email responses the class teacher makes from learning that has been uploaded and sent to them.

Often it will be through the conversations the teacher has individually with a child through Microsoft TEAMs.

Our quizzes on TEAMs and work set through Mathletics, also gives automatic feedback to 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:

We will discuss each family’s needs with home learning with a telephone call. Where it is appropriate, we will run one-to-one and small group sessions for children so we can tailor support to them, whether it be academic or social and emotional. 


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?

If your child is self-isolating their remote learning offer will look very similar to the wider remote learning offer. However, we will look at each case individually and discuss with parents/carers to create a bespoke response that suits the needs of the family.


 

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