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Remote education provision: information for parents

Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents/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 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 please access Class Dojo for Yealm Class to find online materials to support home learning. For Year 2-6 they should login to their Google Classroom Account to find the work set (please contact us if your child has forgotten their login). We will prepare workbooks and any additional resources your child will need to be sent home.  


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 some aspects of PE, music, science, D+T and art that may need resources which children won’t have at home will be adapted to be accessible for all.



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

EYFS 2-3 hours a day

KS1 (Yr1,2) 3 hours a day

KS2 (Yr3,4,5,6) 4 hours a day.


Accessing remote education

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


For children in EYFS and YR 1 we use a mixture of Class Dojo and zoom to access remote education.

From Year 2 and above we use Google Classrooms to facilitate the online learning.


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 will provide a device for any family who does not have a device, with priority going to disadvantaged pupils and those with additional needs. Wherever possible we aim to provide one device per child.

For pupils without internet access we will support them using the DfE schemes to receive additional mobile internet access or wireless internet.

Where this is not possible then paper copies of work can be provided.  


How will my child be taught remotely?

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


  • Live class and group sessions with the teachers to provide feedback, share stories, answer questions and check on wellbeing.
  • National recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons)
  • Pre-recorded video/audio recordings made by teachers-daily.
  • Live phonics, reading and intervention groups for EYFS and pupils with additional learning needs.
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Long-term project work and/or internet research activities.


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?


We expect parents/carers to support their child to engage with the daily activities as much as possible. Liaising with the class teacher if this needs adapting or changing for their child. We expect parents to supervise their child to ensure they are using the devices and materials safely and behaving appropriately during live meetings. We ask that parents help their child to send any work that requires feedback and to engage in regular contact with their child’s teacher. We aim to make the majority of the work at the right level so that children can access it independently.


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


After the first week of online learning we expect children to start submitting work regularly to their teacher. We highlight on the timetables which piece of work the teacher would like to see each day.  Families can choose to send additional work for teacher feedback. Feedback will be given online via Tapestry/Google Classrooms/Seesaw. Teachers will only give feedback on work that requires a comment, we will not comment on every piece of work completed- in a similar way to how we mark in school. Group/individual feedback sessions will be given each week and parents will be contacted if we have any concerns. 


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:


Whole class or group feedback will be given at least once a week, for most

classes this will be daily during group meets. For some work children will be able

to mark their own work. Work uploaded to Seesaw/Tapestry/Google Classroom

will be commented on where appropriate and families can request additional

feedback if needed.


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:


In this section, please set out briefly:

  • how you work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND
  • For children with EHCP plans they will always be encouraged to be in school full time. If they cannot and this plan included  1:1 support in school these adults will deliver live learning sessions daily including ongoing  interventions and a range of home learning activities that are tailored to their needs and targets.  
  • For pupils with additional needs their interventions will be run online wherever possible. Teachers will support parents to adapt the home learning offer to meet their needs and explain expectations for that child. TAs will be used to provide the online interventions when they are available.  
  • if you teach primary school-aged pupils, how you work with families to deliver remote education for younger pupils, for example those in reception and year 1
  • Live phonics lessons are used so the structure of the lesson is familiar to the child. Group sessions also take place for reading and story time.
  • Teacher’s use pre-recorded lessons with sheets and activities that the children can access. and support parents when needed.
  • Non computer based play and active options are also given to encourage learning through play and healthy lifestyles.


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 to all children and your child is self-isolating then the work will be set through the class pages on the school website. The class teacher will make daily contact with you via Class Dojo (EYFS/1) or Google Classrooms (Yr2-6) and will ring you during the week to see how you are getting on. The work set will match the objectives covered in school and the work set in school will be adapted to make it accessible for you at home it may include online materials such a Oak Academy/BBC Bitesize lessons and White Rose Maths videos and worksheets. You can send work in to receive feedback from your teachers.