Remote Education

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/ 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

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

Shaftesbury Park Primary School already uses Google Classroom as a part of day to day teaching and learning, with tasks set in Google Classroom for home learning.

In the event of the school switching to immediate remote education, all lessons will be taught through Google classroom.

Teachers will set Early morning work for children to complete. They will then teach live maths, literacy and IPC/Bilingual lessons, with work set on Google Classroom 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?

Wherever possible, we aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. However, it may be necessary to make some adaptations in some subjects, for example, setting more ICT-based research tasks for IPC, assigning a YouTube fitness video for PE. Any adaptations will be reasonable and serve to ensure that all learning points are covered.

Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

The work set by the teacher will be expected to take the same amount of time as pupils would normally be in school.

A typical timetable for remote learning is as follows:

8.45 – 9.15 Early morning work
9.15 – 10.30 Maths lesson
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10.45 – 12.00 Literacy task
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch
1.00 – 2.00 IPC/Bilingual lesson
2.45 – 3.15 Class story

Accessing remote education

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

During periods of remote education, online remote education will mainly be through Google classroom. Children will also continue to use Purple Mash and Conquer Maths as they would normally to help consolidate learning.

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

At Shaftesbury Park Primary School, we recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home and offer the following support to enable children to access remote education:

  • Equipment loans – We have a set of school laptops that we can issue to children. Where necessary, we can also provide dongles to enable children to access the internet.
  • Alternative arrangements – Where there continue to be ongoing ICT issues, we are happy to provide paper copies of work which will be sent home via first-class post. Work on paper completed at home can then be sent back in for teachers to check.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets). These are intended to be an interim measure in the event of being unable to access the internet until such times as we are able to resolve access issues
  • 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 our expectation that children should log on at the start of the school day in order to participate in the live teaching. Work should be completed and handed in on time.

With regards to parental support, we welcome and encourage parents to sit with their children whilst they are using Google Classroom. This not only helps children to engage but supports good learning behaviour. Support with the actual work will be provided by the teacher/TA in the form of breakout rooms or small group interventions.

Pupils should use Google Classroom class stream to talk about any work problems or issues so the teacher can respond in a timely fashion.

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

Pupils’ engagement with remote education will be continually monitored. Google Classroom will be used to ensure work is handed in and work will be checked on a daily basis.

In the event of a child repeatedly failing to hand in work or having difficulty engaging, we will contact parents to offer support. This support may include small group work in breakout rooms or 1-to-1 sessions with a Teaching Assistant.

How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Google Classroom allows us to set a variety of different tasks, including quizzes, various types of worksheets and other activities. Some of these will be reviewed by the teacher for written feedback before being virtually handed back to the pupils, whilst others will be marked automatically by Google Classroom with the child able to see their marks. Teachers will also give whole-class feedback where appropriate.

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/carers to support those pupils.

Measures to support children with particular needs may include some or all of the following:

  • Scaffolded and/or differentiated work
  • small group work in breakout rooms or 1-to-1 sessions with a Teaching Assistant to break down key concepts
  • afternoon interventions with class teachers.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where individual pupils are well but required to self-isolate whilst the majority of their peer group remains in school, remote education will be provided.

Isolating pupils will be sent a Zoom link to join the lesson and worksheets will be provided via Google Classroom.

For further information on remote learning, please see the following:

Google Classroom Parent/Carer and Pupil Guide