Middle Street Primary School

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Remote Education

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

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?

On the first day, that pupils are sent home, no remote learning will be set by class teachers. Please use this day to check that you can access Class Dojo, ensure your IT equipment is working,  set up a quiet work space at home and gather together all the equipment and resources you think you will need.

Remote learning provision will begin on day two.

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, to ensure all pupils can access the activities of that they have the required equipment or support 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:

Early Years - 2 hours a day

Key Stage 1 - 3 hours a day

Key Stage 2 - 4 hours a day

Accessing remote education

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

We use Class DOJO to deliver our remote learning provision, integrated with Zoom and Vimeo for live lessons.

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:

  • issue/lend laptops or tablets to pupils
  • issue/lend devices that enable an internet connections e.g routers & dongles
  • issue printed materials for pupils that do not have online access 
  • provide drop off and collection points for pupils to submit work if they do not have online access

Please contact your child's class teacher if you wish to make use of any of these approaches. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • Online activities that pupils can:
  • complete online
  • print and complete on paper
  • 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 engage with all remote learning set by the class teacher.

Parents and Carers are expected to support pupils by setting routines to support their child’s education, providing support to unsure pupils can access the remote learning (with both technology and the activities).

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

We will check pupils’ engagement with remote education on a daily basis and evaluate their engagement weekly.

Where engagement is a concern and member of staff will get in touch with parents and carers via Dojo, phone or email to provide support and identify barriers to engagement. We will then work with families to break down the barriers so engagement can increase.

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:

  • class teachers will assess all work by viewing and marking submissions made via Class Dojo
  • pupils will receive feedback by the end of the next working day following submission

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:

  • we will work with families to support and deliver remote education for pupils with SEND by providing support to overcome barriers, providing specific equipment or individual coaching sessions via Zoom with a learning mentor
  • we will work with families to deliver remote education for younger pupils, for example those in reception and year 1 by providing support to overcome barriers, providing specific equipment or individual coaching sessions via Zoom with a learning mentor

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?

We will take ensure individual pupils self-isolating are provided with learning in-line with their peers in school. Work will be set via Class Dojo, all the communication methods and support mechanisms detailed above will be provided to pupils self-isolating. Time scales for feedback and support may be slightly longer as staff will be engaged in whole class teaching.