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Remote Learning Offer
Remote Education Provision: Information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents, and 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 refer to the Remote Learning Policy
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?
Children have ongoing access to Class Dojo, where information will be shared in the first instance, there may be occasions where workbooks will be sent home with some pupils to complete independently.
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?
Yes. We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in 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:
Key Stage 1
3 Hours minimum
Consisting of a combination of:
Key Stage 2
4 Hours minimum
Consisting of a combination of:
Whilst there is no statutory minimum expectation for EYFS, we recognise that very young pupils are likely to have particular needs which cannot be easily met via the remote learning opportunities provided for KS1 (Key Stage 1) and KS2 (Key Stage 2) pupils, for such learners it is likely, that the focus will be on progress in early reading.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Online tools and digital platforms we use across the Trust Schools for delivery and assessment:
365 Suite: Microsoft Teams, Word, OneDrive etc.
Times tables Rock Stars
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:
- Laptops or tablets will be issued to children who are eligible under the disadvantaged category. The school can also support families with accessing data to enable remote learning to take place. Please be aware that in the first instance, eligible children will be allocated a place in school to engage with their learning. Support for accessing data can also be provided by the school. Parents or carers can obtain more information by contacting the school office by email or phone
- Pupils can access any printed materials needed if they do not have online access via the class teacher or by contacting the school office by email or phone
- Pupils can submit work to their teachers if they do not have online access via the school office (social distancing measures are in place)
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- recorded teaching (e.g., Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings on PowerPoints 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
- 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?
There is an expectation for pupils to engage with all the remote education on offer for their child’s year group daily.
Expectations of parents and carers are detailed in our Remote Learning Policy
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
The school will monitor pupil's engagement daily and contact parent and carers of pupils (where necessary) to offer support. We are aware that some families will be facing challenges, which may be having an impact on home learning.
Where the level of engagement is a concern the school will do 1 or all the following:
- call the parent or carer to discuss the concern
- arrange an online meeting with the parent or carer and child (where appropriate)
- conduct a home visit
- refer to a Designated Safeguarding Lead
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean written comments for individual children. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- comments via Class Dojo on pupils' profiles,
- verbal feedback via Teams/Zoom,
- self-assessment and peer assessment
- quiz or test outcomes
Pupils will receive a form of feedback daily.
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:
- deliver remote education for pupils with SEND via live sessions, differentiated work (supported by the inclusion team) or a specific focus on EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan) or personalised plan target (where possible).
Learning will take place via Class Dojo, Microsoft Teams or Zoom
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
If an individual child is required to self-isolate, when the majority of their peers are still in school, the remote learning offer will differ 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?
Individual pupils who are self-isolating will be taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects (with feedback). This will be taken directly from school year group planning and may be accessed via one of the following methods
- Paper Based Pack or booklet
- Class Dojo
- Microsoft Teams
School specific details can be found in the Remote Learning Policy
“Anytime, Anywhere Learning”
The Remote Learning Offer from The Galaxy Trust
Most of our pupils returned to school full-time from September 2020. However, all schools have had to make significant changes to their operations in order to adapt to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included delivering remote education to pupils at home including online teaching through Class Dojos, the Microsoft 365 Suite, Mathletics, Accelerated Reader and TT Rockstars/Pixl Timetables. These are tailored resources for pupils at home and structured communication with pupils and their families. This provision gave pupils the support they needed in order to master the curriculum and make good progress.
A legal direction came into force on 22nd October 2020 stating that all state-funded school age children must be provided with “immediate access to remote education” should they miss school due to COVID-19.
Please see details below of our school’s strategy and plans for delivering remote education to pupils at home due to COVID-19, how they operate in practice and have been developed to ensure that curriculum aims, and the needs of all pupils are met.