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

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

 Immediately following advice that our whole school, cohorts or bubbles should remain at home, work will be set on Google Classroom for pupils to complete. 

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 may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical subjects where resources may not be available in homes.

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 3-4 hours a day.

Accessing remote education

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

 Online remote education will be accessed 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:

  • Weekly homework is set using Goggle Classroom to ensure that all pupils have appropriate equipment and access to the internet.
  • Pupils and their home support are familiar with and know how to navigate the system, having used Google Classroom both at home and in school
  • Any issues regarding IT equipment or internet access have already been rectified during the setting up of homework procedures
  • If there are any issues that arise while pupils are isolating, parents should contact the Headteacher by email : head@st-augustines.school to discuss how the school can support further

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Recorded teaching made by the class teachers
  • Recorded teaching made by education specialists such as Oak National Academy lessons.
  • 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?

  •  Pupils are expected to complete the work daily and act upon the feedback given
  • We ask that parents set routines to support your child’s education
  • Whilst we hope that the majority of the work can be accessed independently, younger children may need help to understand instructions, complete activities or support to ensure work is ‘turned in’ 

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

  •  Teachers will aim to check work daily and give children written or verbal feedback
  • If engagement is a concern, teachers will phone parents and discuss ways forward with them

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:

  • Teachers will aim to check work daily and give children written or verbal feedback 
  • Some work will be marked automatically via the digital platform

 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 differentiated to ensure all pupils can access and be challenged by the work set
  • Children can record their verbal answers
  • Teachers can leave verbal feedback

 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?

The school has managed to develop a system where the approaches set out above can be delivered while pupils are both at home and in school.