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Powell Corderoy Primary School

Powell Corderoy Primary School

Remote education

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.

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?

Please use our online resources found on the Learning Links page for self-directed learning. Your class teacher will be in touch as soon as possible with information about upcoming remote learning. 

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?

Yes, although it may be necessary to modify some content due to the restrictions of remote learning. 

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 approximately 4.5 hours per day. This is equivalent to core lesson time in school. For our youngest children, this would necessarily include learning through play. Class teachers will provide a suggested timetable to help parents structure learning at home. 

Accessing remote education

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

We use Google Classroom - your child has their own account and login details. 

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We are able to provide Chromebooks for remote learning - please speak to the school office if you need one. Our school technician may be able to provide technical support with the set-up at home if needed. 

If all else fails, the school will provide a pack of paper-based resources to be collected from the school office at an agreed time, giving children access to the same learning as those online. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

Teachers will set work on Google Classroom which will become available at 6:00 pm for the following day.  This is so that parents can look ahead and prepare. 

We will provide frequent and clear explanations of new content using high quality resources and pre-recorded videos. 

Children will then be set independent tasks to complete at home and submit via Google Classroom. 

Teachers will be available live online from 9.30-10:00 am and 2.30 – 3.30 pm to respond to student questions about the work and to provide feedback.

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 recognise that everyone's circumstances are different, and that children of different ages and abilities need different levels of support with remote learning. We trust that parents will do their best to support their children with remote learning, as far as their circumstances allow.  

The most important way to do this is by ensuring that children have the space and resources needed for their learning, and a clear routine with a timetable that includes regular physical activity. 

We actively encourage parents to maintain good communication with their child's class teacher during lock down, and to make us aware of any difficulties or concerns you have with remote learning - we will do our best to help.

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

Teachers monitor children's activity on Google Classroom daily. We will contact parents via email or phone if we have any concerns. For children unable to access Google Classroom, teachers will ring parents at least weekly to ensure learning has been access and explain future activities. 

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. 

Teachers will review every piece of work submitted remotely. Each child will receive individual feedback at least twice a week. This might be written comments on work, an email, or verbal feedback through group chats on Google Meet when appropriate. 

Additional support for pupils with particular need

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:

  • Using Google Meet for 1:1 or group tuition 
  • Providing individual / tailored work or additional resources
  • Agreeing with parents a variation of the class timetable

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? 

The teacher will make every effort to provide learning at home which follows what they are missing in school.

For practical lessons, parents may be asked to collect resources from school for children to use at home. 

For lessons which require taught input or group work, children can join their class virtually through Google Meet.