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 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.
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?
Class pages on our school website will provide information about daily work for the children. Pupils will also be sent home with paper copies of work to complete independently in the first instance where possible.
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, (P.E. sessions will include links to relevant websites and lessons needing specific equipment such as wires, batteries and bulbs in circuit making would be changed).
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:
Foundation Stage Two and Key Stage 1
Three hours a day. (This is not all expected to be time using devices or in front of a screen.)
Key Stage 2
Four hours a day. (This is not all expected to be time using devices or in front of a screen.)
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Work for all classes will be placed on individual class pages of the school website.
Creswell Class work (Foundation Stage Two and Year One)
Elmton Class work (Foundation Stage Two and Year One)
Rufford Class work (Year Two)
Clumber Class work (Year Three)
Thoresby Class work (Year Four)
Sherwood Class work (Year 5)
Welbeck Class work (Year Six)
The daily work on the website class pages may also direct the children to complete work on other sites. The children all have individual login details for the websites below.
PurpleMash-for all classes and year groups for learning in a variety of curriculum areas
BugClub-for all clases and year groups for reading
TimesTables Rockstars-for Year Two and all Key Stage Two classes for learning times tables
The children can send photographs or scanned work and receive feedback from teachers by submitting work on PurpleMash, by sending work to the email address for each class or by sending work to the school office.
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:
- School will lend laptops to pupils upon parental request and if available. Telephone 01909 475821 or email email@example.com (Please note school only has a very limited supply so this may not be possible but you would be added to a waiting list.)
- School will endeavour to issue or lend devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles), and parents or carers can ask school to find more information and investigate this option by calling 01909 475821 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pupils can access any printed materials needed if they do not have online access by contacting school. Telephone 01909 475821 or email email@example.com. These materials will be printed and a suitable time for collection from school will be arranged.
- If pupils do not have online access they can submit work to their teachers by calling 01909 475821 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a suitable time to deliver it to school
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- recorded teaching (e.g., video/audio recordings made by teachers on class pages or our school podcasting site https://st-lukes-church-of-england-notts.primarysite.media/ , Oak National Academy lessons, BBC)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- paper copies of texts and reading books pupils can access on Bug Club at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences such as White Rose Maths
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?
- for pupils on a daily basis to complete work in English, Maths, Phonics or English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling and an additional curriculum area each day
- parental support will differ according to the age and need of the pupil. With older Key Stage Two children (Sherwood Class and Welbeck Class) this may just be setting routines to support your child’s education and ensuring they remain on task while they work independently but with younger children they may need tasks explaining too (Clumber Class and Thoresby Class)
- children in Foundation Stage Two and Key Stage One will need more adult support to access the learning and complete the work and the amount of time that they should be expected to work independently will be less.
- for children in all classes, parents will need to ensure that work for marking and feedback is submitted to teachers and that teachers are informed about any difficulties being faced or additional support or help required.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- Teachers will keep a weekly record of the work that they receive in order to check pupils’ engagement with remote education. Teachers will raise a concern where there is not evidence of at least 60% of the weekly work in English, Maths, EGPS, Phonics and other curriculum areas being engaged with.
- Where teachers have not received work, or feel that engagement is a concern, a message will be sent to parents / carers by Parentmail, email or telephone in order to check if learning is taking place and to offer any further help as deemed necessary.
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:
- the work submitted on PurpleMash will be responded to on PurpleMash and this may be written feedback or an audio message
- Marvellous Me will also be used by the teachers to provide feedback about work and feedback may also be sent by email
- each piece of work received by the teacher will be acknowledged and feedback provided with targets to further improve work where appropriate
- some feedback will be on the day of receipt and all will be within three days
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:
- work for all children will be provided online, or paper copies provided upon request, for all children appropriate to their age,needs, class and year group; this includes all children with additional needs or identified as SEND.
- Wherever necessary, and possible, we will adapt resources and delivery methods to ensure the needs of all children are catered for effectively and parents / carers of all children are welcome and encouraged to contact the school at email@example.com, telephone 01909 475821 or via class emails. (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 your child has to self-isolate, but the rest of their bubble remains in school, there will be no difference to the approaches described above.
Work will be set online, as detailed previously, for your child to access remotely. If you require a paper copy of the work, please contact the class teacher or the school and a pack can be delivered / collected.
This work will mirror the work being taught in class, although adjustments may have to be made for some lessons.
Feedback will be given for work in the same way as detailed previously.