Remote Education Provision

Remote Education Provision

At St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School we pride ourselves on offering an ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects. Our aim is to continue with this expectation, ensuring that all children are provided the opportunity to receive quality teaching and learning in an effective manner, adapting to the needs of the child and the family situation.  Through communication staff, will maintain the good relationship we have with parents and children. They will support families and implement a remote education that meets the needs of our children regardless of their starting point. 

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.

Why do we have remote learning?
On 1st October 2020 the Department for Education (DFE) published a directive under the Coronavirus Act 2020, which states that all state funded school age children must be provided  ‘immediate access to remote education.’ The DFE made clear within the Directive that ‘schools have a legal duty to provide remote education for state- funded, school age children unable to attend school due to coronavirus (Covid -19)’ This direction comes into force on 22nd October 2020 and will have effect ‘until the end of the current school year, unless it is revoked by a further direction.’

 

Remote learning expectations.

Where a class, group or a small number of pupils need to self- isolate, or local restrictions require pupils to remain at home, we have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. We have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision. This planning is particularly important to support a scenario in which the logistical challenges of remote provision are greatest, for example where large numbers of pupils are required to remain at home.
In developing these contingency plans, we will:

  • Use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations.
  • Give access to high quality remote education resources.
  • Use Google Classroom consistently across school to allow interaction, assessment and feedback.
  • Provide printed resources, textbooks as needed, and all digital platform passwords. 
  • Recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support. We will work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum for all pupils. 

 

When teaching pupils remotely, we will:
  • Set learning so pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
  • Teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built upon, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject. 
  • Provide clear explanations of new content, delivered by the class teacher or through videos or Powerpoints. Be available online either through messaging or live to answer children’s questions during lessons. 
  • Adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupil’ understanding. 

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
  • Google Classroom is available throughout the school for children to access immediately whether there is an individual that needs to isolate, or if  a bubble or whole school closure is required. 
  • Staff will produce timetables to inform pupils and parents of the organisation for the day.
  • Parents will be contacted to ensure any access issues are resolved quickly with support and guidance from class teachers and our Computing Lead. 
  • Some pupils with Special Educational Needs or those working significantly below age expectations may receive additional printed materials to support their learning needs. 
  • Teachers will upload work for Literacy and Maths immediately and other subjects . For some of our younger children there may also be access to work through our website
  • Google Meets will be used to inform pupils each day of what their daily lessons will be.

 

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:

  •  Links to external video lessons (Oak National Academy, White Rose, Read, Write Inc BBC, Times Tables Rock Stars) 
  • Lessons which require specialist equipment e.g. Science, Music or Design and Technology may be adapted to enable children to access them from home. 
  • PE via online resources which will focus on keeping fit and active rather than for teaching specific skills.
  • Teachers will be using a variety of means to engage the children and provide stimulus for learning. These may be live or recorded introductory sessions, photographic /pictorial work or quizzes

 

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:

Early Years 

A timetable of activities, recorded and live lessons at set times are provided so that parents can work within their child’s ability and concentration levels. Practical activities are incorporated into plans to allow the freedom for parents to adapt and engage. Ensuring children receive the play based practical learning alongside more formal teaching sessions appropriate to the age range. 

Key Stage 1

3 hours of work will be set each day. However this can be broken up over a day. You know your child best so please work at their pace. 

Key Stage 2

4 hours of work will be set each day. However this can be broken up over a day. Please allow your child regular breaks. 

 

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
  • All of our lessons  will be shared via Google Classroom. Any other sites you  need to access will also be shared through this platform.
  •  Although we are introducing Google Classroom into EYFS, our younger children will also have links shared through our school website on their classroom page until use is embedded. 
  • All pupils have their own login information. If you require this to be redistributed please contact school.

 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
  • An audit of home technology has been carried out by teachers through telephone conversations to ascertain families needs.  (January 2021). 
  • From this audit, any families needing technological assistance or access to a digital device will be contacted by school and supported.
  • In the event of a full school closure, chrome books will be distributed by a priority list once devices are available. (DFE laptops into school orders have been submitted in line with allocations and needs. DFE 4G routers have also been ordered to support families in need of improved Internet connection access. )
  • Forms have been made available through Parentmail for parents to request increased data. Once completed school will apply for parents. 
  • Parents have received fact sheets about how to access remote learning through games consoles.
  • If your child cannot access digital Remote Learning and school are unable to help you, a paper pack of printed materials will be available to collect from school. This can be returned for marking. Feedback will be available in a manner appropriate to support learning and address misconceptions. 
  • If you have any concerns or issues around your child’s remote learning access please contact school on 01388 762889 or by email at crookstcuthberts@durhamlearning.net

 

How will my child be taught remotely?
  • At St.Cuthbert’s Primary School we use a range of  remote teaching techniques. Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
    • Pre recorded teaching using DFE approved providers e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, 
    • Video/audio recordings made by teachers includingPowerpoints with teacher explanations/ guides
    • Live introductions, feedback and well being sessions via Google Meet. 
    • Additional support during a lesson as required through messaging on Google classroom or through a live meet. 
    • Individual and group sessions for phonics, times tables  and reading interventions 
    • Printed paper packs produced by teachers in exceptional circumstances including Y6 revision books to support some offline learning. 
    • Reading books pupils have at home and access to online reading through Oak Academy and Oxford Owl Reading 
    • Access to Read, Write, Inc, White Rose Maths and other commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.

 

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
  • A structure to the day sets the tone for educational  expectation, so we will be holding live registration and prayer time through Google Meet to engage your child in their morning lessons. 
  • A timetable is provided so parents know the subjects being taught and the timings of the lessons for children’s engagement with teachers through Google Classroom.
  • An overview of the week with links is shared with parents who wish to access learning at a different time of the day.
  • At least 2 (KS1) or 3 (KS2) pieces of work to be submitted  o Google Classroom on a daily basis. This can be in the form of photographs of work or digitally completed work.
  • EYFS and KS1 – parental support may be needed to access  Google Classroom and to submit work to their teacher. Children may need support to access links to videos etc.  
  • KS2 children have more experience of using Google Classroom and therefore should be able to work more independently. 
  • Please follow online safety guidance for parents which can be found on our website or at www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

  • Please contact us by phone or email at crookstcuthberts@durhamlearning.net if you feel your child is struggling in any way, whether it is motivation needed to follow routines or accessing the work.

 

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

It is important the children engage with the remote learning activities to continue their education during periods of self isolation. However, we do acknowledge that each family’s home circumstances are unique and there may be factors that affect engagement with home learning. These may include parents working from home or limited access to technology among other factors. Communication is essential  and we  ask that if parents are finding things difficult to get in touch so we  can support and put measures in place.

 

Below is how we will ensure your child is engaging with their work:
  • We ask that your child logs on each morning for a  live meeting  during which time the register will be completed, mirroring the normal school day. I
  • If your child is unable to attend  registration for any reason we ask that you inform school via email or phone, alternatively message the teacher privately through Google classroom – reasons will be recorded and monitored. If a child does not attend registration and no contact has been made then parents will receive a reminder. If after the reminder no contact has been made then a follow up call will be made by office staff 
  • Staff keep a daily register of all pupils whether they are in school or working remotely to track engagement with lessons. 
  • Work handed in by children is linked to their individual account ensuring staff can monitor and track completion.
  • Where teachers have concerns over children’s lack of engagement or the quality of work being submitted they will contact parents to find a solution to support the child in their learning.

 

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 uploaded to Google Classroom will be marked, however the majority of comments will be given during timetabled lesson times so that feedback has a greater impact on learning. 
  • Feedback will be sometimes shared through live Google Meets. 
  • Feedback will be given either individually or for some work as a group. 
  • Copies of work will be accessible for evidence and assessment. 
  • Quizzes will be used to assess knowledge and understanding of topics.

 

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote learning?
  • EYFS will continue to follow the timetable of learning that is uploaded to their class page on our website and shared through Twitter and Facebook. A range of practical learning experiences will be provided to ensure the Early Years curriculum is covered, allowing for learning through physical activities appropriate to their age and needs. They will also receive their  Maths , Literacy and phonics learning through videos and live teaching from the class teachers. Evidence of children’s work is shared through our school email. (EYFS are introducing Google Classroom)
  • Year 1 work on Google Classroom and use a range of strategies for learning, videos, worksheets, live messaging and practical tasks set. 
  • Our SEND lead will monitor work set for our children with additional needs and alongside the teachers and parents will ensure they are supported to develop their learning in a manner that is suitable for their individual needs. This may at times mean providing paper copies of work  or supplementary activities to support their learning.
  • Pupils with SEND will be given access to small group or  1:1 intervention where appropriate.
  • Pupils may be given access to other year group materials to  support them with  their learning and development.

 

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?
  • If a child needs to isolate the work that children  are accessing in school will be uploaded to Google Classroom and monitored to ensure the child is receiving quality work that builds on previous learning. 
  • Teachers will contact families to ensure children are able to access the work during this time. 
  • If required a paper copy of the work children are completing in school will be provided
  • Parents of children with SEND needs will be contacted to ensure we provide appropriate activities to support their learning.