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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 or working from home for other authorised reasons, please see the final section of this page.


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 have been taught resilience and independence skills as well as how to engage with online learning effectively so that they can access a full day’s learning. 


In the first few days of children being at home we will endeavour to have our full systems up and running as quickly as possible.  We will also signpost families to remote learning websites so that there is always learning available.


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, when Reception children are in school, we make use of our lovely outdoor area at school and, for PE, we use our school facilities. We therefore suggest adapted activities for children 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 the following number of hours each day:

Primary school-aged pupils

Reception children are provided with remote education

KS1 children are given an average of 3 hours per day of remote education

KS2 children are given an average of 4 hours per day of remote education


Accessing remote education

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


We are currently using Seesaw.  Parents have given permission for Seesaw and log on details have been provided. 


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 carried out a home technology survey in September 2020 and now know which homes did not have a suitable device.  The school has a supply of devices which can been lent out (with a signed user agreement) to enable children without a device to access the learning.


In addition to this, we can apply for additional data/internet access for families where this is an issue.


On the rare occasion that pupils need printed materials, they will either be collected by the family or delivered by a member of staff.  This work would then be returned to the school on a weekly basis.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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


We will use a range of methods to deliver teaching, depending on the age of the children and the subject being taught:

  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers, Oak National Academy lessons)

  • written and/or pictorial instructions for a task

  • reading books pupils have at home

  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • packs will be sent home containing regular classroom resources that children use in school, e.g. exercise book, pencils, grapheme charts, number square etc


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?


Children have been taught how to use Seesaw so should just need plenty of encouragement and general guidance from parents and cares.  General tips are:

  • keeping to regular routines e.g. normal bedtimes and getting up times and getting dressed before starting school work.

  • sticking to meal routines especially lunchtime as the school timetable will be set around a lunch break.

  • ensuring your children engages with regular daily exercise, walk as a household, playing in the garden etc.

  • creating a space for your child to work in.

  • removing distractions such a games consoles and mobile phones while they are engaging with their learning.


By supporting your child to fully engage with their learning, it will help make this period of remote education as successful as it can be. As always, we are at the end of the phone to offer support.


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


  • Children will be able to submit their work/responses as soon as it is ready and teachers will respond and provide feedback during the day

  • If children aren’t engaging in Remote Education, the teacher will call to establish what the barriers are and work with the family to resolve them

  • All families will be called by the teachers, LSAs or a member of the pastoral team fortnightly


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:


We will use a range of strategies to assess pupils’ work and progress, depending on the age of the child and the subject.  These strategies will include:


  • Written feedback through Seesaw

  • Oral feedback through Seesaw

  • Quizzes

  • Providing models for the correct response

  • Discussion with parent (for younger children)


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:


  • Children are given adapted learning

  • Learning packs/activities are given if more appropriate for particular SEND pupils

  • SENDCo contacts parents regularly to check in and provide individual support and guidance

  • Teachers provide feedback and support to individual learners

  • Hands-on learning activities are given to children who prefer to learn in this way

  • Remote learning will be provided for children in Reception and Year 1 and will be more hands-on than for older children


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 school is open for all pupils, any pupils self-isolating will be able to use Seesaw to access the same teaching that is taking place in school.

Where possible, we will mirror the learning opportunities that are happening in school and this will be a blended approach of Seesaw and paper packs.


List of websites for remote learning.

Oak National Academy 



EYFS -  Year 6 only

English:  Year 6 only



PE Activities

Joe Wicks (You Tube)

Jump Start Jonny (You Tube)

Cosmic Kids Yoga (You Tube)

Just Dance Kids (You Tube)

Andy’s Wild Workouts (CBeebies)