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.

How can we keeping in touch with teachers when working from home?

Learners and teachers will be able to keep in touch with one another through the use of our online learning platforms, Tapestry (Nursery & Reception) and ClassDojo (Key Stages 1 & 2).  Depending on the nature of the query, teachers may respond through ClassDojo Messenger, directly via their school email, or respond to parents through the Pupil Asset system.

Teaching staff email addresses can be found by following link below:

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. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, where different resources are available. We will however, endeavour to make resource packs available to be collected from the front of school at the beginning of the week to ensure continuity in provision. Teachers will make parents and carers aware of these arrangements if and when necessary.

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:

Year Group Minimum Amount of Remote Education to be Provided
Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 
3 hours a day on average across the cohort
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6 
4 hours a day

We are aware that the above advice is challenging for some families and therefore request that you engage daily with Tapestry/ClassDojo and achieve as much of the learning as is possible for your family circumstances.

Below are some proposed timetables that you may wish to consider. Please note these reflect the minimum expectation the DfE requires of schools and their remote learning provision. We have devised these simply as a guide to support families.

How will my child access any online remote learning the school is providing?

All online learning will be made available through Tapestry & ClassDojo for which each child has their own login. The following link will direct you to common apps and websites we will utilise to support the acquisition and retention of basic core skills:

The teachers will ensure that the learning planned and the corresponding resources will replicate, where possible, what the day would be like if a child were still in school. Teachers will use the year group's Medium Term Plans and our Curriculum Framework to ensure the learning is carefully sequenced and builds on the children’s previous knowledge.

Whilst it would be our preference for all children to be in school all of the time, the provision we are offering for remote learning is as close to the children being in school as possible. It will still provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to make progress, whilst keeping them engaged and motivated to learn.

If my child does not have digital or online access, how will the school 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 ask families with limited access to remote learning to notify class teachers as hard copies of learning resources can be produced on request
  • Should wifi or mobile data be an issue, families need to contact the school as we may be able to support this.
  • The school has secured a limited number of iPads and Chromebooks to loan out to identified children known to having difficulties accessing the school's online provision.
Parent surveys produced in Google Forms have been circulated via the school Facebook group, email and ClassDojo to help identify where the need is greatest.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

Provision Details
A Timetable of the Week posted by 9am on Monday Morning A breakdown of which subjects will be taught on which days along with suggested timings so that parents are able to plan the week ahead with their children.
A Daily Register The teachers will maintain a record of pupil interactions on ClassDojo to ensure there is evidence of daily logins. Teachers will focus upon work completion and learning interaction as well as responding to messaging from staff.
A Daily Breakdown of Activities A breakdown of the daily activities, which are age and stage appropriate. This will explain what the children should complete with suggested timings of when they should complete it.
Whole School Assemblies Monday is pre-recorded and focuses upon School Values. Wednesday is delivered live via Zoom by the Rev. Eleanor Whalley. Friday is also delivered live via Zoom and celebrates the learning that has taken place both in school and at home.
Shorter Activities These may be linked to online apps which children will have personal logins for
Lessons (x3 each day) A a pre-recorded teacher input video or an explanation of the learning and learning task, slides and links to online activities or work in exercise books provided.
Live lessons where the activity lends itself to format Sometimes, rather than pre recorded videos, teachers will schedule a live lesson. Links to joins will be posted on ClassDojo along with the time to join. Children will only be able to join online lessons once the teacher is present. We will aim to record these for those unable to attend.
Some Small Group Meetings with Teachers via Google Meet Sometimes teaching assistants will schedule to meet with small groups of children via Zoom, these notifications can be seen in their ClassDojo portfolios. Children will only be able to join online meetings once the staff member is present. These will be recorded.
Feedback from the teacher All children are expected to post learning that they have done via Tapestry/ClassDojo so that teachers can give feedback in writing.

What are the expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we as parents/carers should provide at home?

Children will be expected to login to ClassDojo every school day. Parents/carers need to work with their children in order to follow the academy’s Remote Learning Code of Conduct.

If your child is ill, they must take the time to rest and recover and are not expected to work from home. Please notify teachers via the year group email so that they are aware that children will not be able to engage with their learning. However, if a child no longer feels ill, but are still considered contagious (10 days after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms), parents and carers should email the year group email to notify them that children will be engaging in their learning again.

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

Teachers and Teaching Assistants will keep a daily record of children engaging with remote learning. Should there be any concerns, teachers will contact parents via Tapestry/ClassDojo messenger, email or telephone call to check in to see how they are doing and what support can be offered.

Will my child receive contact with their teacher whilst they learn from home?

Every week, there will be at least one opportunity for children to have contact with their year group team. This may be via Zoom interactions, telephone conversation or the messenger facility on ClassDojo.  

How will the school 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:

  • Where a child submits work via Tapestry/ClassDojo, Teachers and Teaching Assistants may provide a written comment online.
  • If a child is taking part in a live activity, they may receive verbal feedback from the teacher.

How will the school 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 pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access our remote education provision 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. All children who have identified special educational needs will have been supported and may have additional resources posted to their ClassDojo account. Pupils with EHCPs will have at least weekly contact with their designated Teaching Assistant if not in school. Teachers will be monitoring children throughout this period to help plan appropriately to ensure every child is able to achieve.

Safeguarding During Remote Learning
 
How do I keep my child safe whilst accessing remote learning?
 
Parents/carers need to make sure that children are supervised whilst using the internet to ensure that they are only accessing content that is appropriate to them. Children have had online safety lessons in school and should be aware of how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they don’t feel safe.
 
It would be a good idea to ask your child to tell you ways in which they can keep themselves safe while using the internet so that you as a parent can ensure that they understand. It is also important that you consider the amount of time that your child is spending online and sitting at a tablet/computer screen. Make sure that you build in time for breaks so that children are not looking at a screen for prolonged periods of time.
 
National Online Safety have produced guidance for parents when supporting their children with remote learning.
St. Andrew's has also applied a Covid-19 Addendum to its current Safeguarding Policy. Within this document, parents can see an outline of protocols within school as well as factors and risks to be aware of and managed.