Remote Learning Policy

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.

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?

On day 1:

Home learning overviews will be posted on the school website

Where needed, the school will provide children with a loaned Chromebook, laptop or iPad.

Work will be available immediately on the Learn at Home Portal, and this will be in line with the normal timetable for the year group.

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 – we have to make reasonable adjustments for some subjects, topics or activities.
Learning will be a combination of live lessons, pre-recorded material and independent learning.

Children will receive daily online teaching from a familiar teacher, and there will be a range of further pre-recorded material, live sessions or independent activities available.
This will vary by key stage, to meet the needs of children of all ages throughout school; further details below.


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:

A minimum of;

Eearly Years – 3 hours per day
Key Stage 1 – 4 hours per day
Key Stage 2 – 5 Hours per day


Accessing remote education

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

Where needed, children will be provided with a Chromebook, laptop or iPad and will access work through Google Classroom.

All children have a Google Classroom account and have been provided with their username and password: a reminder can be requested here

Children in Talking Twos and Nursery will access learning via the Learn at Home portal, where there will be links to live teaching through Google Classroom.

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:

We will provide a device for any pupil who does not have access to a suitable device; we will also support families who do not have adequate broadband access.

You will need to sign an agreement form and a charge will be made if the device is damaged or not returned.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

In Early Years (Talking Twos/Nursery)

  • On the Learn at Home Portal, work and activities will be posted for children to access
  • Online books are available on the Oxford Owl site
  • Live teaching will take place for one hour each day
  • There will be a live daily story time
  • Messages will be sent to parents/carers via email and every parent will receive one telephone call from EYFS staff each week.
  • Parent’s will receive additional calls from the teacher if their child stops engaging.

In Early Years (Reception)

  • On the Learn at Home Portal, work and activities will be posted for children to access
  • Online books are available on the Oxford Owl site
  • Live teaching will take place for one hour each day, including phonics Maths and sentence of the day.
  • There will be a live daily story time
  • Messages will be sent to parents/carers via email and every parent will receive one telephone call from EYFS staff each week.
  • Parent’s will receive additional calls from the teacher if their child stops engaging.

In KS1 (Year 1 & Year 2)

  • Learning will be scheduled daily on Google Classroom
  • Live teaching will take place for two hours each day, for Reading, English and Maths
  • Additional live and pre-recorded input will take place in-line with the timetable
  • Additional phonics teaching videos and activities will be allocated via Google Classroom, or can be accessed here
  • Online books are available on the Oxford Owl site
  • Maths teaching videos and activities will be allocated via Google Classroom, or additional material can be accessed here

In KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)

  • Learning will be scheduled daily on Google Classroom
  • Live teaching will take place for three hours each day, for Reading, English and Maths – this will also be recorded and made available within the classroom
  • Additional live and pre-recorded input will take place in-line with the timetable
  • Additional phonics teaching videos and activities will be allocated via Google Classroom, or can be accessed here
  • Online books are available on the Oxford Owl site
  • Maths teaching videos and activities will be allocated via Google Classroom, or additional material can be accessed here

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?

  • Actively engage with your child’s home learning – supporting them, and offering praise and reassurance
  • Ensure that your child is completing the work that is set for them each day
  • Make the school aware if your child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work; making us aware if this is Covid-related
  • Ask us for help if you need it
  • Answer our twice-weekly keeping in touch calls, and let us know if you will be unavailable for any reason
  • If children are not engaging with their school work, they will need to attend school.
  • If we can’t contact you, we will visit you at home to check everything is alright.

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

  • We will check pupils’ engagement with remote education daily on Google Classroom
  • We will speak to you at least twice each week to check that you are all alright and to offer any help where you might need it.
  • If we are concerned about anything, we’ll tell you; if you are concerned about anything, we’d like you to tell us
  • If there is no engagement with remote learning, your child will be allocated a place to attend school

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 to every pupil, for all submitted work on Google Classroom
  • We will gather information about progress through small group remote activities, and through quizzes

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:

Pupils with Additional Needs

  • All pupils with Additional Needs will be offered a place in school.
  • If your child has additional learning needs, and cannot attend school for any reason, we will prepare an Individual Learning Plan, and discuss this with you.

Covid Catch-up

  • All children who have been identified for our catch-up programme will receive their interventions remotely.
  • We will also be offering some face-to-face session to make sure that we get the most progress from this work.
  • Learning will take place via Google Classroom, and will focus on the subject that your child needs particular support with.

Resourced Provision

  • All children who attend our Resourced Provision, will be offered a place in school; if for any reason your child cannot attend school, they will be offered the remote provision identified for their year group above, and will have the option to join these sessions.
  • If your child cannot attend, and finds more formal remote learning difficult to access, we will prepare an Individual Learning Plan, and discuss this with you.

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?

We will endeavour to offer an equivalent experience to that above; however live teaching is likely to be streamed from the classroom during teacher input.