Remote Education Provision – Information for Parents
For those pupils who are not currently attending school, remote learning is provided in the form of live teacher inputs via Microsoft Teams (which are emailed out to parents along with any resources needed for the lesson)
The Remote Curriculum
We understand that a pupil’s first day or two 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?
Parents will receive an invitation via email to join a Microsoft Teams live teaching input which will be accompanied by digital copies of the resources that would have been used during the first day or two that pupils were sent home.
Paper-based learning, for future weeks, will be made available to pick up on selected dates in advance of the pupil’s lessons.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would in school?
At Brierley, we will be teaching the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. Your child will be following the in-school timetable provided within their learning pack.
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 school is expected to fill the normal school day (9AM – 3:15PM) with regular screen breaks, playtime and lunchtime. On Fridays, however, Brierley Primary School have elected to use this day for children to complete hands-on projects and crafts and directed tasks in home education books.
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
EYFS – Nursery and Reception
Microsoft Teams is used to provide live teacher inputs for phonics, English, maths and for a class story throughout the day. The link to join the input is emailed to parents in advance. The Early Years team set tasks on Class Dojo, also emailed directly to parents, to complete for phonics, English, maths and curriculum. The parents are asked to respond to the tasks by sending pictures and messages of completed work via Class Dojo.
Year 1 – Year 6
Microsoft Teams is used to provide live teacher inputs to lessons with the first being at 9am across the school, these are emailed directly to parents in advance. We recognise that with each class there are different lessons and timings throughout the day and have provided a timetable of expected live teaching sessions in the paper learning packs. The children are asked to engage in as many Teams inputs as they can throughout the day as the live teaching provides the initial input to a topic or unit of work and the opportunity for further support throughout the lesson.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
Paper-based learning is provided for pupils to complete at home. We aim to support children in accessing technology by providing donated devices on the provision that it is used for remote education.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Live teaching input delivered online by Microsoft Teams.
- The core subjects of maths, reading and English are timetabled for the morning sessions whilst the afternoons are dedicated to curriculum time.
- A paper-based learning pack which includes daily English, reading, maths and curriculum tasks.
- Individual reading books are also included in these packs to ensure the children continue with their daily reading at home.
- Additional resources, for activities such as DT, are provided where necessary.
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 access the Teams inputs at the directed times provided in the learning packs. Their attendance is recorded by a member of staff.
Parents and carers are expected to provide support to pupils to access the Teams input, support to complete the directed tasks from the class teacher and to use the Chat feature on Teams should the pupil have any questions regarding the work set out during the session. Parents and carers are also expected to maintain the school routine as much as possible by following the timetables provided in the learning packs.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
During live teaching sessions, teachers may ask children directly to answer questions to receive immediate feedback within the chat function of Teams.
Some children and parents may email their work to share in the afternoon with their class teacher, which will also receive live immediate feedback once shared.
Should a member of staff have any concerns regarding a child’s remote learning, parents will receive a phone call or email to discuss how the child is engaging with the work and what further support is required.
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: quarantined completed packs will be marked and assessed by the child’s class teacher. Feedback will be provided to parents by email.
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:
- For our children with EHCP, the home learning has been adapted to support learning at home with further communication with the teacher or SENDCo.
- For our children with SEND, additional support is provided through adapted/differentiated activities and additional independent resources to support learning.
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.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
Pupils who are self isolating will receive an invitation to join their Teams live teaching inputs and digital copies of the resources used within school and for the children already learning from home. This will continue until the pupil is able to return to school.