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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?


You would be contacted directly by your child’s class teacher to ascertain the likely length of isolation.  Any missed learning will be discussed and shared and ideas for immediate support will be given.


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 as close to the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.
  • We have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.
  • Remote learning is accessed via Seesaw


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

Approximately 3 hours worth of learning is loaded to Seesaw but additional learning can be accessed on the school website.


Accessing remote education

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


Your child’s learning will be accessed via Seesaw.



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:


  • We will lend laptops or tablets to pupils, please contact the school office for more details
  • We can offer 30-GB data SIM cards for 90- days to support access to the internet and data
  • Guidance on how to use Seesaw
  • Support to provide a 4G router for eligible pupils




How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely, all directions will be given via Seesaw:


  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Learning will be recorded in advance and loaded to Seesaw, this will be 4 activities per day (3 core learning tasks and 1 further task)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities 



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?


  •  are expected to engage with remote education with the support of their parents


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


  • eachers will check engagement by accessing your Seesaw account daily during periods of isolation
  • If we are concerned about your child’s engagement in remote learning their class teacher or Mrs Maguire will give you a call to discuss


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:


  • Responding verbally using written, audio or video messages, these will come up as notifications on Seesaw


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:  


  • Zoom calls from 1:1 SEN LSAs
  • Additional welfare calls from your child’s teacher
  • Check-ins from Mrs Harding our SENCO