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Remote Education Policy

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?

Three lessons a day will be uploaded onto google classroom. This is will be Maths, English and one other subject.

 

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, some subject areas such as Art and D.T may require materials that are not readily available to all families at home. In this instance the class teacher may decide to block a subject that lends itself to remote teaching more easily and then teach the subject areas missed when pupils return to school.

 

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 - 4 hours per day

 

Accessing remote education

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

Google Classroom

 

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:

  • All pupils in our school now have access to a suitable device to enable them to engage in remote learning.
  • If this changes, we can use our allocation of devices from the government or provide paper copies of slides and worksheets for the child to complete at home as a last resort.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons) twice a day (one morning and one afternoon session) for full bubble/whole school closures.
  • Small group support where the teacher deems necessary.
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, WRM, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • other online games/resources SFJS pupils have access to at home (my maths, reading planet etc.)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

 

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?

  • Children will be expected to:
    • complete all work set and engage in live sessions.
    • follow the rules of Google Classroom.
  • Parents will be expected to:
    • set routines to support your child’s education.
    • support your child to access online learning materials.
    • work cooperatively with the school to support the teaching and learning of your child.

 

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

  • A register will be taken twice a day during online sessions and the parents/carers of any child who is absent from the sessions will be contacted via telephone.
  • Teachers will monitor work handed in on Google Classroom as well as through follow up lessons and questioning in live sessions. The parents/carers of any children who are not engaging or completing work will be contacted, initially by the class teacher, and if levels of engagement do not improve, by a member of SLT.

 

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:

  • Work may be marked on google classroom with a written comment.
  • Follow-up sessions will address misconceptions.
  • Formative assessment- live sessions will involve questioning to ensure understanding, provide challenge and extend pupils’ knowledge.
  • Self-marking in some live sessions.

 

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 have access to differentiated tasks.
  • There will be the opportunity for more practical tasks.
  • Pupils with SEND will have access to smaller group live sessions where the teacher deems it appropriate.
  • Online support is available throughout the school day.
  • Work output will be closely monitored by the class teacher and tasks/expectations adapted where necessary.
  • The SENDCo will also monitor the remote learning of SEND children.
  • Some interventions will still be available remotely.

 

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, but the school is open, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Individual pupils self-isolating will still be taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects covering the same learning objectives as those in school. However, as the class teacher and teaching assistant will be in class, live sessions will not be provided. Work completed will still be monitored with feedback provided through online marking. The teacher and SLT will monitor the GC page and respond to comments when possible at various intervals throughout the school day. CEV pupils who cannot attend school on a long term basis will have a separate remote learning plan made in conjunction with the parents.

 

Letters to Parents

Useful Information and Links

 

Google Classroom User Guidehttps://www.southfarnborough-jun.hants.sch.uk/google-classroom/

 

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

Oak National Academyhttps://www.thenational.academy/

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