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Remote Learning

Remote Learning Policy

Guidance on The Full Opening of Schools (July 2nd 2020), stated that:

For individuals or groups of self-isolating pupils, remote education plans should be in place. These should meet the same expectations as those for any pupils who cannot yet attend school at all due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

                                                      Remote education support

Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education.  Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing offer and have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision by the end of September.  This planning will be particularly important to support a scenario in which the logistical challenges of remote provision are greatest, for example where large numbers of pupils are required to remain at home.

In developing these contingency plans, we expect schools to:

  • use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos, and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
  • give access to high quality remote education resources
  • select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback, and make sure staff are trained in their use
  • provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access
  • recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support, and so schools should work with families to deliver a broad and ambitious curriculum.

When teaching pupils remotely, we expect schools to:

  • set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
  • teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject
  • provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high quality curriculum resources and/or videos
  • gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work
  • enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
  • plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teacher

To ensure the best quality of learning throughout the next academic year (2020 – 2021), the following has been agreed:

2 Day Absence for Testing/Results:

All children will take home a 4 day paper pack of Home Learning home in September, with guidelines to explain that this work must only be completed if a child has been sent home in order to test/wait for results. This will be learning which revisits and complements school learning . Parents will be contacted by email and a Teams Meeting between the class teacher, parent and possibly child will be offered.

2 Week Lockdown Absence (individual, class or whole school)

Home Learning will be based on developing the particular year groups’ curriculum.  Work will be emailed home at least the night before and teachers will contact their class on a regular basis via Teams. All children will have a recording book which will have been sent home previous to the lockdown.

This will include :

A unit of work from White Rose Mathematics which would be easier for parents to oversee

and has the animation attached.

Reading Guidance

Writing activities which are focussed and not open ended. Eg. Grammar, phonics

comprehension and spelling.

Other work to develop the curriculum areas being studied at the time.

(Oak National Academy has lessons for every objective in the Primary National


All parents will be asked to sign a Remote Learning Agreement at the beginning of the year. This will state what the school will provide, the school’s expectations for the work and offer guidance for quality learning experiences at home. This document will also allow parents to indicate the level of technology they have at home.

All efforts will be made to equip socially and technologically disadvantaged children with an equal access to learning.

The following online learning platforms are suggested:


White Rose Mathematics




Times Tables RockStars



Oak National Academy



BBC Bitesize



Remote Learning in the Event of Poor Weather etc.

Covid Remote Learning has empowered the school with excellent lines of communication for Home Learning. In the event of a weather related cancellation of school (eg. snow day, flooding) we have agreed:

*There will be only one Online Meeting early in the day to lay out activities and learning for the children engage with.

*Subsequent days would return to a fuller day of learning with up to 2 Online Meetings, Catch Up Meetings and communication through the dialogue strand of Teams.