Sidegate Primary School

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Remote Education - Policy & FAQs

March 2021

School is now fully open to all pupils.  In the event that we enter another National Lockdown, we will anticipate that we will re-employ the approach detailed below.  


In the event of a bubble/class/individual pupil isolation due to COVID, the details of our provision are set out in the policy below.   Remote learning grids for each year group provide detailed information on what learning activities should take place at home.  


Lockdown Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):


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

We are legally obliged to set 3 hours of remote education for Key Stage 1 pupils and 4 hours for Key Stage 2 pupils.

Some pupils will work more quickly than others. Families should agree a daily timetable with their child(ren) and focus on completing maths and English lessons as their first priority. If children finish all activities quickly, then they should be encouraged to read and/or access Reading Eggs or Maths-Whizz.


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

Most lessons will be uploaded to Seesaw. Some lessons will be delivered "live" using Google Meets. Your child can also access learning through Reading Eggs, Maths-Whizz, Num-bots, Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling Shed.

If you do not know how to access these programmes or you have mislaid your child's login details, please contact the school office.


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

The school can provide Chromebooks, keyboards for use with game consoles, mobile data and wi-fi data hubs. If you need any IT support, please contact the school office.


How will my child be taught remotely?

Your child will be taught through a range of recorded lessons, live lessons and written activities. Teachers may create lessons themselves or direct your child to Oak Academy, BBC, White Rose or You Tube lessons - the links to these will be posted on Seesaw. Some children may receive paper resources and games to support with their learning.


What resources will be made available to my child?

In addition to the online learning resources, your child will issued with reading scheme books and/or can borrow books from the school library. Stationery and practical maths resources are available for collection in a COVID-secure way from school. If you need anything else, please contact the school office and we will try to meet your needs.


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

We encourage pupils to access all of the learning provided, as this will ensure that they continue to cover the whole curriculum. If you are struggling to manage all of this, please focus on maths and English. Please also ensure that your child engages in a period of physical activity every day.

It is essential that pupils receive parental support at home. Some pupils may just need encouragement and praise, others will need more parental time. This depend upon the age and ability of your child. Teachers will aim to differentiate work so that all pupil's needs are met. Our SEND team will also provide specialist intervention for pupils on the SEND register. If your child is struggling to engage, please contact their class teacher to discuss their needs.


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

Seesaw enables us to see what work a pupil is completing. Teachers and teaching assistants will regularly check pupil's work and either "like it" or feedback. If a pupil is not engaging, the school will endeavour to contact families to offer support, this may include telephone/video calls and home visits. Teachers may also encourage pupils to attend virtual drop-in sessions for support.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Teachers will give written feedback to some pieces of work. Mark sheets and online quizzes with answers may be provided. Teachers will plan lessons and interventions in response to pupils' work.


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, those with special educational needs  and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote learning 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. Our SEND team and teachers will provide live video interventions, paper-based work, pre-teaching sessions and/or live drop-in sessions. Some pupils may be invited into school for COVID-secure face to face sessions. All pupils with an EHCP can access learning in school too.





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