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 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?

Pupils will receive work from the core subjects in the first instance, as well as work being set on Google classroom, MyMaths or Doddle. Pupils may also be sent home with a paper work pack to complete.


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?

For the most part, we aim to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in History, it may not be appropriate for pupils to independently learn about the Holocaust or slavery. Where this is the case, the curriculum has been amended. Due to their needs, some pupils may struggle with a particular task. In this instance, the class teacher will provide an alternative task to allow the pupil to access the 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 broadly the following number of hours each day. Staff have taken into account pupil’s needs and are aware that some pupils may take longer than this to complete tasks. To account for this, some pupils will be set core and extension work to allow them to stretch themselves if they are able to.

Key Stage 2

4 hours per day

Key Stage 3 and 4

5 hours per day



Accessing remote education

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

We are using a number of online platforms for online remote education, to allow for differing pupil needs.

Google Classroom: Pupils are able to access their usual class and will be set activities by their usual teacher. Work on Google Classroom is a mixture of recorded lessons, tasks and quizzes. Pupils are able to hear explanations from their class teacher to support their understanding, as well as modelling videos in some subjects.

Doddle Learn: Pupils are able to access all subjects with online lessons, quizzes and activities to complete.

MyMaths: Pupils use this for online lessons, interactive homework and quizzes.


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

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely, in order to best meet their needs:


Pastoral Managers and PALS have been in touch with all families to clarify if they have access to the internet. They have also asked whether a pupil has access to school work via a laptop, computer or a phone. Where a pupil has no access (or access via limited means e.g. a phone), the school has requested a laptop for this pupil to allow them to work more effectively from home.

Some pupils have had difficulties with internet access. If this is the case, please contact your child’s Pastoral Manager.

Each week, a printed pack of work is sent to pupils to enable them to complete work even with limited or no access to a computer or laptop. The work packs are delivered by our drivers weekly and any completed work is collected and returned to teachers for marking.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely, in order to best meet their needs:

  • Recorded teaching via Google Classroom: pupils have access to recorded lessons, online resources, tasks and quizzes.

  • Online learning via Doddle and MyMaths

  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers

  • Text books and reading books sent home for pupils

  • 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 are expecting all pupils to complete work each day. Work is set to mirror the amount of work that pupils would complete each week in class. We understand that some pupils may struggle with this and so we are happy to support parents and carers via daily phone calls. It is helpful if parents and carers can support their child by setting a routine that works for you, to allow the child to complete work from home.


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

Class teachers will monitor pupil engagement with Google Classroom. A phone call will be made by staff to offer support if a pupil has not joined the classes on Google Classroom.

If we are concerned that a pupil is not engaging with their work, we will discuss this with parents and carers in the first instance. We are happy to provide support over the phone. If a pupil is struggling with online learning, other arrangements will be made for the pupil to compete their work.


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:

Pupils will receive written or verbal feedback via Google Classroom on a regular basis (in line with our school marking policy). Pupils will receive written feedback for work completed on MyMaths, Doddle and in paper format. All pupils have been set up a Google email account, so that they are able to be in contact with teachers and vice versa.

Parents are expected to support school by giving the completed work pack back to school staff when they deliver the new pack.


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 of our pupils may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home, due to their needs. 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:

Teachers will produce recorded lessons to allow pupils to hear and see explanations of tasks, including videos and modelled examples. A variety of staff will make contact with a pupil at home:

PALS or form tutor will call at a pre-agreed time each day to discuss the work that the pupil has been completing and support them with anything they have found difficult.

Teachers will make contact with pupils via email, marking their work and announcements on the class page.

If a pupil is struggling with a particular subject, the teacher for this subject will make contact with the pupil to offer further support via telephone.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

If a pupil is sent home from school, they will be sent with paper-based work for the following days. They will then be set online work to complete.

If a pupil is not in school and notifies the school that they need to isolate, work will be sent home electronically in the first instance. They will then be set online work to complete.

The topic of the work set will be in line with what other pupils are accessing in school in order that the pupil studying at home does not fall behind.