Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents...
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Pupils from all year groups will have immediate access to online learning with tasks provided that cater for the core subject areas. Initial tasks will be work based and will not include live or recorded teaching specifics.
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 wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.
For example, the majority of our planned work focuses on the need to progress the core skills of the children. Our work focuses on the development of reading, writing, GPS and Maths skills linking learning to our pre-planned learning journeys where possible and appropriate.
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:
Key Stage 1
Work set will cover 3 hours of core learning eg. Phonics, Maths and Writing/Topic work.
Key Stage 2
Work set will cover 4 hours of core learning eg. Reading, Maths and Writing/Topic work.
Accessing remote education...
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
All online learning will be accessed through the Seesaw learning platform in the form of posted activities for the children to respond to. The content planned will be centred around moving core learning forward and will involve targeted teacher input, guidance and feedback. As a school, we will use links to already existing platforms but not as a whole scale approach.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:
Getting help in supporting your child at home:
If you need any assistance with the work that has been set (maybe getting started and set up, understanding Seesaw or general work-related help, please email the year team for your child using one of the following email addresses:
Getting help accessing the internet at home:
A government scheme is now available to help families on lower incomes by temporarily increasing data allowances available to you.
You can get help with getting increased data allowances if:
- You do not have fixed broadband at home
- You cannot afford data for your devices (or your child’s)
- Your child is experiencing disruption to face to face education (i.e. not attending KMPS Lite)
- Are on certain networks (Three, SMARTY, Virgin Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile & O2)
If you think you match any these, you might be able to get help, but the request has to come via the school. Please click on the link below to send the required information to us (please see privacy statement in the form). We will then submit this for you and your network provider will process the request and send a text message to the account holder with their decision.
If you don’t think this will work for you and you are still having problems accessing the internet, please let us know (even if you spoken to us before).
Getting help with devices:
We do have a limited supply of devices to support children’s access to their online learning available to lend out. These will be lent on the understanding that children regularly engage with their work and that an agreement form is completed. Please contact the office if you think we might be able to help you.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
Some examples of remote teaching approaches:
- recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- 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 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 expect all children to engage with the activities set for them. We have followed government guidance on the amount of work that should be set for the age range of the children in our school but we also understand that there are a number of factors that can influence this. As ever, should any issues arise with remote learning, parents should contact the school immediately to discuss how we can help resolve the issues involved.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Pupils engagement levels will be monitored on a weekly basis with non engagers and other key groups of children monitored by lead teachers within that area eg. Pupil Premium, SEN, Vulnerable and Safeguarding concerns.
Any concerns will be reported directly to the child’s class teacher who will make contact with the family directly. All monitoring work will be overseen by the DHT.
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:
Pupils will receive regular feedback and guidance through the Seesaw learning platform. The remote learning leaders will provide written feedback where necessary and will also record comments where appropriate. We hope to achieve a personalised level of response that keeps the children connected to their class teacher while progressing their core learning skills.
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 contact parents and carers directly to support those pupils where we anticipate difficulties and will similarly respond to any specific needs raised on a case by case basis.
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/family is self isolating when the rest of the school is operating as normal, the children involved will have full access to the same materials that the children in school have. There will be some personalisation of these materials but live/recorded teaching will not be expected unless whole classes/large groups have to isolate.