Remote Education Provision: information for Parents and Carers
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency about what to expect from remote education, if local restrictions require all children or bubbles/groups of children to remain at home. For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.
1. 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?
The following remote education provision will be made available immediately:
- Maths: Pupils will have immediate access to maths lessons via the Q1E website at www.q1e.org.uk. If pupils have been at school immediately before the closure, they will be sent home with their Maths - No Problem! Workbooks.
- English: Pupils will have immediate access to English and phonics lessons via the school website at www.churchfields.bromley.sch.uk This includes all lesson resources. Pupils will also have individual logins to access Bug Club for online reading resources.
- Wider curriculum: Pupils will have immediate access to lessons and activities covering the wider curriculum, via the Q1E website at www.q1e.org.uk.
- School specific Wider Curriculum plans and resources for Art, PE, Computing, MFL (Spanish) and Outdoor Learning can be found at the school website at www.churchfields.bromley.sch.uk
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:Your title here
- Our home learning will avoid the need to print off worksheets or other materials. As a result, some activities may be taught differently to how they would be in the classroom.
- Some practical activities (for example, experiments in science lessons) may not be able to be taught in the same way. We will adapt our lessons accordingly, and where possible, we will provide ideas for practical activities to try at home.
- We will not be able to provide PE lessons in the same way. We will instead provide ideas for how children can remain active at home.
2. Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The government’s minimum expectation is that schools will set work for primary pupils for at least three hours a day. We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day.
Total: 3.5 hours per day
- Maths: one hour a day
- English: one hour a day
- Wider curriculum: one hour a day
- Reading: half an hour a day
3. Accessing remote education
How will my child access the online remote education?
Children will access our online remote education via the following tools and platforms:
- Our trust website: www.q1e.co.uk
- Our school website: www.churchfields.bromley.sch.uk
- Maths – No Problem! online resources (a link will be provided to parents/carers)
- Zoom (for class meetings and teaching/instruction)
- Pupils will also have individual logins to access Bug Club for online reading resources.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will they be supported to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We are committed to supporting all pupils to be able to continue their education remotely.
If your child does not have access to a suitable device
(e.g. a laptop or tablet)to access home learning, or is sharing a device with more than one other person, or you do not have suitable internet access at home, please contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0208 650 5247 to discuss this, in confidence.
The school will do what it can to help, which may include the following schemes:
- Government laptop scheme: The government is providing laptops for disadvantaged children who do not have access to a device, and whose face-to-face education is disrupted because of closures, or because they have been advised to shield.
- Government internet connection scheme: Disadvantaged families may be able to benefit from free increases to their mobile data if they’re a customer of EE, Three, Sky Mobile, SMARTY, Tesco Mobile or Virgin Mobile.
- School equipment: We may be able to lend you a laptop, tablet, or dongle (to enable internet connection). You will be asked to complete an agreement form.
Accessing printed materials: Our home learning provision will avoid the need to print materials off at home. If you do not have online access, please contact us to discuss this and where necessary, we will provide printed materials and support your child to submit work in other ways.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Downloadable worksheets and resources with details of activities to complete at home
- Twice daily live class meetings via zoom
- Live teaching
- Recorded teaching (e.g. videos made by teachers; Oak National Academy lessons)
- Interactive online activities (for example via the Maths – No Problem! platform)
- Textbooks and reading books that pupils have at home
- Submission of work and teacher feedback via SeeSaw
- Some project work and/or internet research activities
- Occasional use of other commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences.
4. 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 are expected to:
Engage with the remote education which is provided by the school, in line with government expectations. As detailed above, this is expected to require around 3.5 hours per day and will require access to the internet and use of a laptop or tablet for some of that time.
We recognise that supporting children to complete their remote education will be a challenge for parents and carers who have to undertake their own work and other commitments. We ask you to support this as much as you are able, for example by setting routines to support your child’s education. If your child cannot complete the activities every day, you will be able to discuss this with their class teacher. We understand that activities may be completed on different days over the course of each week.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will use the following methods to check pupils’ engagement with remote education:
- SeeSaw: we will check each pupil’s engagement daily
- Twice daily whole class zoom meetings: we will monitor attendance and participation
- Live lessons via zoom
Where your child’s engagement is a concern, we will contact you directly. This may involve arranging a phone or video conversation to discuss any issues.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive individual written comments. Whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feedback is as follows.
We will use the following methods to assess and feed back on pupils’ work:
- SeeSaw (daily)
- Whole class feedback via class teacher videos or meetings
5. 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 younger children and those 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:
How we work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND
Each pupil’s teacher will know how their needs can be met most effectively, to ensure they continue to make progress, even when they are not able to be in school. We will work together with families, putting in place reasonable adjustments as necessary, so that pupils with SEND can successfully access remote education alongside their peers.
Where a pupil has provision specified within their EHC plan, decisions on how this can be delivered will be informed by relevant considerations. We will review the services that the pupil can access remotely, for example remote sessions with therapists. The approach cannot be ‘one size fits all’ so these decisions will be considered on a case by case basis.
HOW WE WORK WITH FAMILIES TO DELIVER REMOTE EDUCATION IN RECEPTION, YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2
We recognise that younger pupils may not be able to access remote education without adult support. We aim nevertheless to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum. Some of the ways in which we approach remote education for the younger year groups include:
- Shorter, interactive zoom sessions
- Tasks that are short and active where possible.
6. Remote education for individual children self-isolating
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 at the same time.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
When individual pupils are self-isolating but the majority of their class/year group are still in school
Remote education will need to be different to the approaches set out above. However we remain committed to ensure any pupils are taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects. For these pupils, as a minimum:
- Work will be provided weekly, by email
- A weekly phone call will be arranged with the class teacher (or another member of staff where applicable)
- Arrangements will be made for feedback on the child’s work, at least weekly.
This web page follows the government template provided at www.gov.uk/government/publications/providing-remote-education-information-to-parents-template.