Remote Education Provision: Information For Parents
In the event of a local lockdown (or indeed in the event of a bubble having to close for a period of time), school has organised a remote learning package for that period. Children will be able to have daily contact with their teacher, remotely, through a Teams platform. Learning for English, Maths and Topic will also be available to download from the school website and if applicable, when completed can be sent in via the class email system. School has also endorsed and made easy to navigate links for Oak Academy, BBC Bitesize Daily as well as other well-resourced websites available on the school website. In line with the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 document, school is currently having a big and renewed emphasis on online safety to support the possible impending online/remote learning that children may have to do whilst working at home during a lockdown.
School will also continue to support families that do not have access to laptops / tablets to complete this learning. We have a bank of tablets that families are able to lease (for free) to ensure that the children do not miss out. Additionally, we have signed up to the national laptop scheme which supports families with providing laptops and wifi to ensure the children are able to fully access these resources online.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Children will be sent home with paper packs to keep them occupied for the first day or two whilst teachers set up their remote learning. A letter detailing how and when children can access remote teaching will also be provided.
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?
Please see the links below for the specific phase within school for the detailled plan.
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:
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- Via Zoom / Teams for the daily briefing – www.zoom.us
- School website – www.moorgateacadmy.co.uk
- TT Rock Stars – https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/20757
- Spelling / Maths Shed – www.edshed.com
- Purple Mash – https://www.purplemash.com/sch/moorgate-b79
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 work with families and support those pupils to access remote education:
- Loan the pupil a laptop from school and ensure all the requirements for remote learning are on the laptop
- Provide families with paper copies of all learning where required
- Liaise with families about the government schemes for laptops and also additional data
- If these are not suitable / do not break down that barrier, the child will be invited into school
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live teaching (online lessons)
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)
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?
We would like children to be:
- Attending all face to face sessions that they have been invited to.
- On time and appropriately attired
- In a space which is conducive for learning. Preferably not in the bedroom (although we accept that this cannot always be the case) and without distractions such as TV.
We would like parents / carers to:
- Support children in being up and ready for their learning
- Liaise with teachers / school staff as appropriate to discuss any issues / feedback
- Establish good routines for learning (designated times for learning, breaks, lunch etc.)
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will be seeing your child daily via their Zoom briefings and live teaching therefore, in the main, all concerns should be able to be addressed through this platform. However, we will also be making weekly phone calls to families to ensure that there is an open line of communication between home and school also.
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:
- Most sessions that children do as live lessons will be given instant feedback
- Any work that teachers ask for via class email will be marked in line with the school feedback policy
- Any work that is completed on our online platforms (tt rock stars etc.) will be automatically marked and children given instant feedback
- Learning will continue to be celebrated weekly through the Star of the Week assemblies. When the majority of children are off school (national lockdown), this will be via Facebook Live.
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:
- Weekly phone calls from the SENCO to check in and support families with the expectations of home learning
- Regular contact from the Early Help Leader (Mrs. Shaw) to families that struggle with online learning to break down those barriers
- Younger pupils (EYFS in particular) will not be expected to engage in live lessons as much or for as long as other children. Instead, staff will hold digital meetings with parents to go through expectations.
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?
Where this is the case, work will be provided on the school website to mirror what is happening in school. Additionally, school will make contact with the family each week to check up on how things are going.