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. We will endeavour to provide a high quality remote learning experience reflecting the high expectations and standards that we have at St James Hatcham CE School.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
A pupil’s first day or two of 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?
Children will be expected to do the Home Learning as set up on Dojo and the school website.
- 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, re-visiting key objectives that have been taught, watching a video of a story or a movie version. We would not expect for activities inaccessible at home e.g. for science requiring lot of of different equipment, to be taught at home.
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 three of hours each day and this can be broken up in small chunks depending on the age and stage of the child. This should be around an hour on Maths, an hour on English and an hour on other areas including independent activities.
Accessing remote education
- How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Children will be able to access the weekly overview of what they are learning on the Remote Learning tab on the school website. The daily activities will be sent using the Dojo learning platform which can be accessed on phones, IPADs and laptops. We will also be using Zoom to offer story times.
- 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:
• We loan laptops to pupils who do not have a device at home. Families identified will be asked to complete a loan agreement before a device is issued.
• Help to increase mobile data allowance and provide 4G wireless routers via a government scheme
• If there is no way to access remote learning at all, we will endeavour to post a learning pack to each child
- How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
• live teaching (online lessons) e.g. Zoom Story time and Reading skills
• Interaction via Dojo
• recorded teaching (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 e.g. Busy Things
• long-term project work and/or internet research activities although we will avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)
• In exceptional circumstances printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
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?
Much of the learning provided will be at your child’s expected level and so should enable your child to be independent but this will depend on the age and stage of your child. You know your child best but a rough guide is it is 2-3 minutes per year of your child e.g. if your child is seven years old, we expect that your child should be able to focus between 14-21 minutes. We expect parents to support their child with their learning just as they would with their regular weekly homework. Provide your child with a suitable working space, lots of encouragement and positive praise. A suitable space can be anything from a space on a sofa or the corner of a room as long as the child is comfortable and able to concentrate. Remember to use the remote learning platform ‘Dojo’ to ask your child’s class teacher for support or tell them anything that your child may be finding difficult.
- How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
The school has enrolled onto a fantastic learning platform ‘Dojo’ so that all children will be able to access their learning in a quick and easy way. The platform allows teachers to send children their learning and communicate with parents about how their child’s learning is going with an instant messaging service. Teachers will use this platform to communicate any concerns and support children. Teachers’ availability will be Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. (NB teachers will not be available if on rota in school).
Staff will expect to touch base with parents via Dojo or a phone call at least once a week and there is an expectation that ten activities are uploaded onto the child’s portfolio by the end of each week. We will contact parents in the first instance if this does not happen. The Learning Mentor will contact parents if the teacher or TA is unable to get a response after the initial phone call from the teacher or TA. If concerns about the Remote Learning continue then a member of the Senior Management Team will contact the parent. If the issue is still not resolved, then the Headteacher will be in touch.
- 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. There will be feedback on your child’s portfolio usually on a weekly basis.
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 children 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:
• Hard copies of learning posted on request e.g. for pupils with visual impairment
• Exercise, workbooks or hard copies of worksheets posted to support pupils in recording their learning
• Priority access to digital technology (laptops) where this may not be available in the home
• Learning packs of supportive resources provided to pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans not attending school
• Differentiated learning for pupils requiring separate activities from that of their class, shared via Dojo
• Continued targeted intervention and support via Zoom e.g. with our outreach team for those pupils requiring ongoing support for their Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs
• Access to the ‘SEND Zone’ on the website (under the ‘Remote Learning’ tab) where additional activities tailored to four specific areas of need: cognition and learning, communication and language, sensory and physical and, emotions and wellbeing.
• Fortnightly SEND Zoom Story time sessions in addition to those offered on Dojo
Remote education for self-isolating pupils once schools re-open fully
How will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
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.
The class teacher will contact the parent and child within the first three days of the pupil absence to talk through work that they can do at home.
We appreciate that the remote education provision will be balanced along with our other values and needs of our families at this time and we therefore expect the learning to take place amongst other activities such as exercise, fresh-air, play and family time. This matches our focus on the mental and physical well-being of our community.