Our remote education plan has been written to ensure that all our pupils will be able to access high-quality learning and resources that reflect the full school curriculum, should they not be able to attend school due to restrictions in place from COVID-19.
This plan will be applied in the following instances:
- An individual is self-isolating because of a positive test, but are not symptomatic.
- An individual has been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace.
- Following instruction from Public Health, group or class of children have been instructed to self isolate.
- A local or national lockdown, where only vulnerable children and children of critical workers are accessing in-school provision.
Our remote education plan relies heavily on the use of Google Classrooms. This is why we are also using this platform as a way to set weekly homework. It is important that you have logged onto this and are becoming familiar with how it works. If you have any questions about Google Classroom, please contact the school office or use the 'Google Classroom Parent's Guide' at the bottom of the page.
Remote learning is only set for children who are well and able to engage in learning. Those children who are symptomatic and therefore ill, must recover before engaging in learning again.
Google Classroom Top Tips
We are all improving our online skills and Google Classroom is quickly becoming a very effective place for learning. Teachers are providing more opportunities for you to communicate with your classmates and with the adults working with you. Here’s a few pointers to get the most out of your Google Classroom:
Turn in your work: this will send a message to you teacher to say your work is ready to look at. Your teacher can then respond more promptly.
Respond to your feedback: To help you learn more effectively, teachers are leaving you comments in your work for you to respond to. You can click on their comments and reply, answering their questions or making changes.
Use the stream: you can use the comment boxes on the stream to discuss work with your teachers and the rest of your class. This is an effective way to get help, or offer support to someone else.
Mr Walker has produced this handy video explaining these features in a little more detail so you know how you can use them.
Remote Education - what the government have told us:
Remote education support
Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing offer and have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision by the end of September. This planning will be 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 expect schools to:
- 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
- select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use
- provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access
In the event of a local or national lockdown where the school is only open to those children who are vulnerable or children of critical workers, the school will work with parents who feel their child is eligible to attend, whilst also trying to keep in-school numbers as small as possible to protect both pupils and staff.
The list of those eligible for a school place can be found here.
However, if you are able to keep your child at home, then you should do so.
Remote Education – what will we do?
If your child has symptoms and is ill, you need to phone the office and tell us you are all isolating and getting a test. During this period of time, your child is ill and we will not set work for an ill child because they are sick and need to get better.
If your child is having to isolate but has no symptoms, the office will begin to liaise with your child’s class teacher and prepare work for them that is a mirror of the work they would have done in class. The next day work will appear for your child on Google Classroom. Class teachers will monitor this work over the following days.
Should a whole class have to isolate or we go into a local or national lockdown, remote learning will be set in the same way, and may use a mixture of phone calls and small Zoom meetings to contact groups of children at a time.
During the child’s first day of isolation, whilst work is being prepared for them, we advise that children:
- use their TT Rockstars log in
- complete any unfinished homework
- use their knowledge organiser to learn key facts or prompt their own research
- use their curriculum newsletters ‘can you find out about?’ section for research
- continue with daily reading
At the moment, with the increasing number of children accessing education online, as well as communicating with each other during lockdowns when we are unable to meet face-to-face, it is really important that we all continue to be vigilant about our children’s online behaviours. Click here for advice about how to keep your child safe online.