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 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 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?
On the first day or two of a transition to remote learning our pupils will be able to access a daily plan and a bank of downloadable resources from the school website www.johnhampdenwendover.co.uk ( Home Learning tab) without the need for a password to access this provision. Pupils may also be signposted to other websites e.g. Oak Academy to access content during this transition period. Pupils may be asked to print out any necessary downloads although every effort will be taken to minimise the amount of printing required.
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 may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example:-
- where staff in school are delivering music lessons, the remote learning offer may be an alternative musical activity
- where staff in school are delivering P.E. sessions, the remote learning offer may be an alternative physical activity
- children in school will have access to resources and equipment which may not be readily available to their peers at home, so alternatives will be suggested
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 pupils
Minimum of 2 hours per day for remote provision
Key Stage 1 pupils (Year 1 and Year 2)
Minimum of 3 hours per day for remote provision
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Parents should access the remote learning for their child by using their own login details for the school website www.johnhampdenwendover.co.uk to reach individual class pages where remote learning will be uploaded on a daily basis.
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 provide remote education which is not reliant on pupils needing a tablet or laptop – teaching videos can be accessed via any Smart device. Due to the age of our pupils we are not expecting them to access live lessons or a specific web based learning environment which has specific requirements and which we believe to be more suitable for older pupils.
- we will aim to identify and support any pupil who does not have access to a Smart device and we may lend devices if this is deemed appropriate
- we may deliver printed resources to homes so pupils can access any materials needed if they do not have internet access
- we encourage parents to send photographs of their children’s learning wherever possible but regular communication via email or phone will be used as an alternative if there is not reliable online capability or access
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- Pre-recorded teaching presentations by teachers in the school for Phonics, Maths and English each day, as a minimum expectation
- Pre-recorded teaching presentations by teachers in the school for reading, science and foundation subjects on a regular basis
- Pre-recorded assemblies
- Signposting to other sources of remote teaching e.g. Oak National Academy lessons
- Access to online reading material which matches the offer for the provision of reading books at school
- Downloadable resources to consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding
- Provision of exercise books and suitable resources relevant to the age of the child and the teaching content
- Reading books pupils have at home
- Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
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 login to the website to access the planned learning on a daily basis so pupils’ can engage with remote education
- We expect parents/carers to set and follow routines to support their child’s education
- We expect parents/carers to oversee the learning activities offered and supervise where necessary
- We expect parents/carers to contact the school if there are difficulties accessing the remote education we offer
- We expect parents/carers to support and encourage their children to complete the daily learning activities
- We expect parents/carers to communicate with the school on a regular basis (at least weekly) and to share examples of their child’s learning
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- We will encourage feedback from parents/carers on a daily basis but expect to receive it at least weekly
- We will check pupils’ engagement with remote education on at least a weekly basis
- Where engagement is a concern, we will contact parents/carers by email or phone until we receive a response
- We will invite all remote learners to engage in a weekly Zoom meeting with their class teacher to monitor engagement with learning
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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
- Each pre-recorded teaching video will outline the learning objective for the session and provide guidance as to the desired outcome so children and parents/carers are able to self-assess
- Parents/carers are encouraged to send in photographs/email comments about their child’s learning which teachers will respond to, every time, by providing feedback about the learning and support and encouragement for the future
- Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher will award ‘gold stars’ for any piece of learning that is particularly impressive
- Friday assembly will be designed to share examples of good learning as motivation for all
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:
- We will offer a school place to all pupils with SEND
- We will differentiate work for individuals who are at the extremes of the ability scale by adapting the year group activities appropriately
- Class teacher will provide on-going email and telephone support for families
- SENDCo will communicate regularly with families of children with SEND to ensure their needs are being met
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?
When individual pupils are self-isolating (and are well enough to access education) we will use the main school website – Home Learning tab - to provide a daily plan of activities which aim to mirror the curriculum being taught in school. The activities will follow those that are planned and sequenced as part of the school curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work set each day in a number of different subjects. Parents will be invited to email photographs of their child’s learning during self-isolation so teachers can provide regular feedback.