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?
These are our ‘emergency days’. Children should already have work books for remote learning (maths and English) at home. Work will be completed from Nursery to Year 4 via See Saw and in Year 5 and Year 6 via Google Classroom.
Your children will be given work including reading, spelling and maths on these days while teachers organise detailed curriculum tasks matching work in school for subsequent days. You will need to look at the specific area for your child’s year group on the school website (‘Learning from Home’ tab) and their class work in See Saw or Google Classroom. Your child’s teacher will keep you updated. If you are unable to access work online, paper copies will be provided.
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 may need to make some adaptations in some subjects.
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
Key Stage 1: 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2: 4 hours a day
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
The website can be your initial place to look for support. It will have the next direction you may need to take and have the children’s timetable and coverage there including resources.
Nursery to Year 4 use See Saw. Work will be assigned that needs completed and can generally be completed in See Saw. Work can also be completed on paper and a photo taken to be uploaded into See Saw.
Years 5 and 6 use Google Classroom. Work will be assigned that needs completed and can generally be completed in the Google Classroom. Work can also be completed on paper and a photo taken to be uploaded into Google Classroom.
You may also be directed to use: Mathletics, Purple Mash, Education City, Reading Plus, Little Wandle. Your child’s teacher will ensure you have the relevant login information required to access your child’s account.
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:
As soon as possible, inform school to see if you are eligible for government, local authority or school support with the loan of technological equipment and/or internet connection if you currently do not have any access. We will endeavour to support your needs.
Where technological means of accessing work will not be available, we will provide paper copies of work that can be collected from the school office and in some cases sent home.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons and White Rose Maths, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- 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
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?
We expect that your child engages fully as per the government definition of hours of access for their age. We expect to see proof that your child has accessed and completed to the best of their ability all of the work assigned. Parents/carers should support children in creating working space to concentrate and timetables to work from to support children’s organisation. We also understand how difficult this can be when adults are poorly with illness, have several children to support and are working from home themselves. Please maintain contact with us so we can be of support and understand your situation.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Teachers will register with the children daily via Google Meets. Any concerns from home should be highlighted via message or email to the teacher, if access or completion of work is difficult. If teachers are not made aware of circumstances and the register is not completed, the class teacher, our CFWOs or a member of the senior leadership will contact home to see how we can further support you.
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 check children’s work daily and at least acknowledge each piece of work. Core pieces of work will have more detailed feedback.
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. Teachers will plan carefully with your child’s needs at the forefront of task setting, they will readily liaise with you and what is practicable to do at home.
The use of See Saw means recording of actions and voices instead of formal recording is more readily accessible for younger children from nursery and children with SEND.
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?
At Ashley, we aim to provide remote learning that matches the learning delivered in the classroom regardless of one or more children working from home. It may be the case where some children will get tailored learning specific to their needs to close previous gaps in essential areas alongside the curriculum they would be accessing at school. The work will always be meaningful and ambitious from our well-sequenced curriculum. Children will continue to receive feedback either in acknowledgement of receipt of their work or in constructive feedback on selected pieces from which children can further improve.