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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?


If your child has to be at home for reasons related to the pandemic, such as self-isolation or is shielding, then we will provide your child with paper copies of work to complete over the first couple of days of learning.

If your child is unwell, we will not be expecting them to complete their work. However, where they are fit and well, we would expect for them to complete all of the work set.



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?


During this period we will take all endeavours to teach the same curriculum as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in subjects which require practical elements, such as Art, Design Technology or Science, it may not always be possible to fulfil the learning away from school (or the resources you have to hand at home may be limited).


Where we are unable to fulfil parts of the curriculum, these parts will be supplemented with core knowledge and skills which will be able to be taught and consolidated at home.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

Where the whole school is experiencing a closure, then we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Year Group

Work & subjects to be uploaded

Time expected to complete/study

Marking and Feedback


  • Daily Story (20 mins)
  • A grid with 15 activities for the week to complete at home

Nursery remains open to pupils.

Feedback will be provided to any submitted work each day between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.


Any work that is submitted after 5.30pm each day, will be marked the following working day.


  • Phonics (20 mins)
  • Maths (20 mins)
  • Daily Story (20 mins)
  • Grid with 15 activities for the week to complete at home

1.5 - 2 hours daily

Year 1

  • English (45 mins)
  • Phonics (20 mins)
  • Maths (45 min )
  • 1 Foundation subject (45 mins)

2 – 2.5 hours daily

Year 2

  • English (1 hour)
  • Phonics (20 mins)
  • Maths  1 hour
  • 1 Foundation subject (45 mins)

2 – 3 hours daily

Year 3

  • English (1 hour)
  • Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (30 mins)
  • Maths (1 hour)
  • 1 Foundation Subject (1 hour)

3 – 3.5 hours daily

Year 4

  • English (1 hour)
  • Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (30 mins)
  • Maths (1 hour)
  • 1 Foundation Subject (1 hour)

3 – 3.5 hours daily

Year 5

  • English (1 hour)
  • Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (30 mins)
  • Maths (1 hour)
  • 2 Foundation Subjects (2 hours)

4 hours daily

Year 6

  • English (1 hour)
  • Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar (30mins)
  • Maths (1 hour)
  • 2 Foundation Subjects (2 hours)

4 hours daily



Accessing Remote Education


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


Your child can access remote education via our Google Classroom. All children have been issued with usernames and passwords.


Additionally, for children who are in Years 3 – 6, they have access to Doodle Maths. For children in Years 2 – 6 they have access to Times Tables Rock Stars.


If you do not have your child’s log in details please contact the school office to find out this information.


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


Where access to remote digital learning is difficult, the school may be able to loan a device, where it has the capacity to do so.


Parents will be required to sign a user agreement before the device is shared with families.

If school is unable to provide a device, we will support families by providing printed copies of all of the resources and learning required. This will be supported through the use of Oak National Academy videos, which can be accessed via a smart phone.


If your child is unable to submit their work electronically, we ask that on a weekly basis an adult from the household, where possible, drops off the work to school following current social distancing guidelines.


We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We will take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:


How will my child be taught remotely?

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


Our approach to remote learning is to provide regular recorded sessions from class teachers to pupils, followed by online work to complete and submit.


We will mainly use videos and resources available to school in normal circumstances, however where it may be tricky due to resourcing or the demand of the curriculum – we will use Oak National Academy videos to support.


Once a week we will provide a zoom session for all classes to check in with their class teacher.

Printed resources and home learning packs are available free of charge from the school office to support children working from home. This can include the resources, such as pens, pencils, paper and textbooks/worksheets.


The school also provides access to other educational software, such as Doodle Maths, Purple Mash and Timetables Rockstars to support children’s learning.


We will also signpost to Oak National Academy and the DfE phonics Youtube channel.


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 that all children engage daily with the school work set, as this will support them to maintain and keep up with their education.
  • We provide recorded sessions in the main, which allows for working parents, to be flexible in their timings of home/remote-schooling. This also enables both child and parent to re-watch any aspects of the learning which they are unsure of.
  • We would ask that parents/carers provide an appropriate level of support ensuring that their child watches the videos fully, completes the work set and provides verbal feedback and instructions for their child.


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


  • We expect that all children are engaging daily with their learning via the Google Classroom. Teachers will monitor this and inform Senior Leaders of where this is not happening.
  • Where we are concerned about a child accessing their work then we will look to find out the reasons why and support the family to overcome some of these possible barriers.
  • We will also be providing, on mass school closure, weekly zoom sessions for children to be able to catch up with their teacher, discuss their work and listen to a story.


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:


  • While children are required to work remotely, if they are submitting their work via the Google Classroom, feedback and marking will be provided as comments on the work, or as chat comments.
  • Quizzes and whole class feedback will be used as a strategy when this is judged appropriate by the class teacher.
  • Feedback will be given regularly to children. We aim to provide feedback daily to submitted work, though where this is not possible we will submit feedback every other day.


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:


  • If your child has specific SEND needs, then the class teacher will provide learning which is matched to their ability and level of need. This will be linked to targets which your child has in school.
  • If your child usually receives additional support, whether this is from an adult in school or from an external agency, then school will arrange with you appropriate virtual meetings and sessions. An example of this could be Speech and Language Therapy interventions.


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?

Children self-isolating will be provide with guidance about accessing Oak National Academy and White Rose Maths hub. Lessons will be matched as closely to the school’s own curriculum.