Remote education provision: information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/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?
School has set Google Classroom to send and receive homework, so each child will already be able to access their Google Classroom. A reminder of how to log on will be sent in the event of a school closure. For the first two days teachers will set work for the children with either websites and/or written tasks. For these first couple of days staff will not be posting recorded lessons or meeting using Google Meet.
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, school will possibly have additional resources in a subject such as art, and so in this (and other similar instances) adapted versions of the learning will be put on line.
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:
EYFS and KS1 3 hours daily
KS2 4 hours daily
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Wilthorpe uses Google Classroom and Google Meet to deliver learning and engage pupils. Other platforms used are Rising Stars Reading Planet, Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars. Every child in school has received a certificate through email with all User Names and Passwords for their child.
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: Once school is aware of such difficulties a member of the Senior Leadership Team will contact parents/carers to discuss any barriers that maybe preventing a child accessing digital remote learning. Where possible school will endeavour to remove any barriers eg provide a digital device if none is available for the children or support for a parent/carer who is not familiar or confident using the platforms. Where this problem cannot be resolved school will provide paper copies of work to be completed and return to school. If you are having difficulties please contact Mrs Heppenstall (Deputy Headteacher) and she will ensure that your child can access the remote learning.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely: School will provide learning each day for Reading, Writing, Maths, Phonics (where appropriate) and a story time. School will also provide learning opportunities during the week for other curriculum areas and also some social interaction. In the vast majority of lessons the learning will be recordings of a class teacher in the children’s year group. Occasionally weblinks to other recordings may be used to support learning. Teachers will provide at least one weekly opportunity for children to meet digitally weekly using Google Classroom.
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?
School acknowledges that a school lockdown will almost certainly mean that many parents/carers will have their own home work expectations. By using mainly recorded materials this is aimed to support organising and planning a day. School strongly advises that a routine is established for each child that a/ supports their learning b/ enables the adult to complete their work. This may mean an early start for home learning, a break while parent/carer works and then child completing the learning later. This could look different in each home. We expect that whichever routine fits in with your household that all children are out of bed and dressed ready for the day in a timely manner, that they access their Google Classroom daily as well as submit some work, but preferably all.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will keep a register for both children logging into Google Classroom and another register for those that are submitting work. Any child not logging onto Google Classroom will be contacted by a Senior Leader in school to ensure that there are no difficulties in accessing the work. If the child continues not to engage the school attendance officer will contact parents as non-participation will be considered absence from school. For a child not submitting work or sufficient work the class teacher will make initial contact with parents to again support the child in meeting expectations. Again if this persists a Senior Leader will contact parents/carers, followed by the attendance officer.
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: Teachers will decide on the most appropriate method of feedback using their professional discretion. School does acknowledge that any work submitted by a child must have some form of feedback and as per the school marking policy this should, where possible contain a question or instruction on how the work could be improved. Teachers will always attempt to be prompt with marking though if work is posted after school hours this will not be marked until the next day.
How and when will my child’s work be marked and assessed?
Each piece of work a child posts will be marked. This could be verbal or written, the teacher marking will make a professional decision on which is most appropriate for the piece of work posted. A teacher (subject to any possible absence) will be present on the year group page from 9:00 am until 3:30pm, and any work posted in this time will be marked on the same day. School acknowledges that some parents/carers may, due to working from home, need to post work after the school day, and if this is the case any work posted after 3:30 pm will be marked (verbal or written) the following school day.
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/carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
Any child with an EHCP will be, if the circumstances allow, offered a place in school. Where this is not possible please contact Sarah Lister the school SENDCo. As each child will have a differing and varied need the SENDCo will work closely with parents and teachers to remove barriers for each individual child. This could involve individual learning on Google Classroom, one to one sessions on Google Meet, printed materials to support other difficulties. School acknowledges in these situations each case is individual and will work with parents to resolve concerns.
Children under the SEN Support category should be receiving appropriate work for their ability on Google Classroom. If a child is not able to access the work, parents can message the Teacher directly via Google Classroom and communicate the difficulties they are facing. Parents can also contact Sarah Lister, SENDCo, for advice and support.
Provision for EYFS children.
Google Classroom and Google Meet platforms will be used to support the learning pupils in EYFS. In Reception the platform will be monitored by a teacher during normal school hours. In Nursery (due to staffing) the teacher or Nursery Nurse will access the platform throughout the school morning (8:30 am to 11:30 am)
What Parents/Carers Can Expect?
All children will engage with their learning and we ask parents to support this. We will not deliver live lessons, but will use Google Meet to communicate with individuals, groups or class sessions to support the pastoral care of our children. We will use record learning and share ideas to support your child’s learning and development that can be done in a way you feel most suits your child and their individual needs.
Parents/carers are asked to upload their child’s experiences to Google Classroom as directed by the class teacher. Although some work sheet learning will be available, much of the day will be around experiences that in many cases will need to be modelled. This will be done by teacher/learning assistant recordings and then supported by the adult working with the child. In order to replicate the provision that is usually provided for pupils additional resources may be required, teachers will ensure that this will always be based around household objects. If you are struggling for resources please contact school. Staff in school will also use Twitter for additional ideas of activities to further enhance the school day for the children.
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?
Learning will be posted on Google Classroom, however the format may be different to ensure workload is managed for the adults. In the case of an individual isolating the teacher will record their delivery to the rest of the class and this will be posted on Google classroom for the child to access and post the subsequent work back to the teacher for feedback