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?

Packs have been set up to provide to children who may have to isolate in the short term when waiting for test results.  These packs will reinforce key skills the children are working on in class and where possible will be specifically prepared to support individual learners. Please see main grid at the end of the document for an overview.

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?

If the whole class are isolating, we will provide remote learning through pre-recorded lessons and activities.  Children in Nursery and Reception will access their learning through Tapestry.  Phonics, maths and topic activities will be planned.  Work will be set based on the principles of early years play. The children in Y1 to Y6 will be required to log onto their Microsoft Teams platform each day to find their work and submit it through the platform.  There will be a live assembly each morning to register the children and explain the tasks for the day.

Although we will endeavour to follow the usual curriculum as closely as possible, some activities will need to be changed/altered to adapt to being completed at home rather than in school e.g. PE lessons and science experiments.  Lessons that require specialist equipment that is not usually found in the home will be changed


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:

FS1 – Y6 Pupils

We will provide 3-4 hours remote learning a day.  Please see the overview grid for more details on this.

  • Each day there will be a live assembly for registration and to explain the tasks being set.
  • Work is differentiated to support all children, including children with SEND.
  • Live support teaching is planned when necessary to support children across the school
  • 1-1 and small group sessions are timetabled to support children who would usually have support in school.

Examples of activities throughout the day.

  • Live morning assembly
  • Pre-recorded sessions for English and Maths daily
  • Afternoon sessions planned to ensure the whole curriculum is covered
  • PE challenges each week
  • Screen Break Activities (Mental Health and Wellbeing Activites)

In addition children are expected to

  • Read daily
  • Log onto TT Rockstars (Y2 – Y6)
  • Log onto Numbots (Y1-Y3)
  • Log onto Reading Eggs (FS2 and Y1)

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Nursery and reception will access their learning through Tapestry.  Y1 to Y6 children will access their learning through Microsoft Teams.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We will issue laptops for children who do not have access to one at home (issued on a first come - first served basis until we run out and we will initially issue one per family.)

For those with Wi-Fi and data issues, we have access to some prepaid SIM cards and these are available to any family who need them.

Printed packs will be provided to parents that need support and where specialised curriculums are needed.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live assemblies
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • 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?

  • It is expected that all children attend the morning live session, and undertake all of the tasks provided by the teacher, ensuring that they ‘hand in’ the required pieces of learning – this is on the basis that home arrangements allow this to be the case
  • We would ask parents to support their children by:
  • Providing a quiet place to work
  • Checking what learning they have been asked to do and checking that the child has completed it
  • Supporting the child with learning where they are having any issues
  • Contacting the teacher for further support where needed

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

  • Class teachers will check the online learning daily. If teachers find that children are not engaging with online learning they will contact parents first by email and then by telephone if the lack of engagement is not resolved.

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:

  • Feedback will be given through Teams. Sometimes it will take the form of bespoke comments from the teacher or answers may be uploaded to the learning platform so children can mark their own learning which they can then send on to their class teacher.
  • Sometimes work will be set that is part of a series of lessons and this work may not be commented on although it will have been monitored by the class teacher.
  • Where printed packs are being provide, work will be handed back in when a new pack is issued and feedback will be given by email or school gateway where necessary
  • Where children are having issues uploading via Teams, parents have been advised how they can scan work on thier phones and email it directly to teachers
  • Feedback will occur daily where work is handed in via Teams.  Some feedback will be generic whereas other feedback will be specific to moving the child on with their learning.
  • Where marking work has identified a misconception, small group or individual live sessions will be held the next day to address the issues.

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:

  • Work is provided with the 3 levels of challenge that we provide in school.
  • Where children are unable to access this, they will be provided with a bespoke curriculum and timetable. Work for SEN children with ECHPs is overseen by the SENDCO. Physical resources will be provided for these children to support further.
  • Teachers will check in regularly with parents of SEN children to assess how well the child is getting on, making adjustments where needed.
  • For longer periods of time out of school, outside agencies working with individuals will be called on to support remotely where possible/ appropriate.

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 for 10 or 14 days, work will be provided through Tapestry (FS2) and Microsoft Teams (Y1-Y6).  The work will broadly follow the work being taught in school although adaptations will be made to ensure work can be completed at home.  Please see main grid at the end of the document for an overview.

Guidance on How to Use Teams

Below are some guides to using Teams created by Ladbrooke JMI School to support parents.

Setting up Microsoft Teams at Home

Using the Class Notebook

Uploading Work