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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 cannot attend school due to receiving a positive PCR test, but are asymptomatic and are well enough to engage in learning, 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?

 

Day 1 – In the event that your child is required to self-isolate or in the event of local and/or National Lockdown, your child will be directed to Oak National Academy for online learning materials for the first day.  In addition, your child will be encouraged to read at home, access Accelerated Reader and Times Tables Rock Stars depending on the age of your child.  Parents/carers will also be invited to collect learning materials from the school at an appropriate and scheduled time.

 

Day 2 – All lessons are available via Google Classroom. All English and Maths lessons are video recorded, PSHE and registration sessions are ‘live’ and some foundation subjects are also narrated. Parents/Carers and children should also expect weekly assemblies, Music and PE lessons and where appropriate, engage in online interventions.

Our online remote offer closely aligns to our usual school day.

 

 

 

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?

 

At Burford School, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, PE, Music, Art and DT may differ as we are mindful of children having access to certain materials and space 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?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

EYFS

EYFS – 2 hrs Adult initiated Learning

Key Stage 1

3 hrs

 

Key Stage 2

4 hrs

 

In addition:

 

Live morning and afternoon registration for children in KS1 and KS2.

 

Interventions will be uploaded and some pupils will be invited to these

 

Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher weekly assemblies will continue online.

 

Storytime for EYFS/KS1

 

Accessing remote education

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

 

Children in Years 1 – 6 will be invited to their online Google Classroom. Guidance on how to use Google Classroom is available on our school website.

Parents/carers of children in EYFS will continue to use Tapestry.

 

 

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:

 

If children do not access to a device, parents and carers are invited to contact the school office on 01628 486 655, or alternatively email: office@burfordschool.co.uk to arrange loaning a device from Burford School.  Also, please contact the school if you are experiencing trouble accessing the Internet, we may be able to help you.

 

In the event that children do not have access to the internet, printed materials can be organised. If this is the case, please call the school office so that this can be arranged.

 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

 

  • live PSHE lessons once a week
  • recorded teaching for all core subjects and some foundation subjects
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (if necessary upon request)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences such as Accelerated Reader, Floppy’s Phonics and Times Table Rock Stars

 

 

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?

 

Expectations for pupils’ engagement with remote education:

  • All children are expected to attend the live morning registration whereby their class teacher will outline the learning for the day
  • All children are expected to engage with the online learning and ‘turn in’ their work for feedback. Feedback on the work submitted online or via paper will be given to children each week either via Google Classroom, or by phone.
  • All children are expected to adhere to Burford’s Behaviour Policy and Burford Values during live sessions.

Expectations of parental support:

  • Parents will support the learning routines as outlined by Burford School
  • Parents will ensure that their children are safe when working online and complete learning tasks in a shared area of the home where possible
  • Parents will help their child with their learning tasks and inform the school if their child is struggling.

 

 

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

 

A member of staff will be checking on a daily basis on the work that is submitted.  If there are concerns about the work produced or lack of engagement, the class teacher will contact the parents.

If children are ‘absent’ from the online registrations, the class teacher will report this to the school office where they will contact the parents/carers.

The Headteacher and Deputy also monitor pupil engagement and will intervene if necessary.

 

 

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:

 

  • All work submitted electronically will be acknowledged via Google Classroom or Tapestry.  It is expected that staff will quality mark once a week in reading, writing and maths to ensure that pupils’ learning is developed and ‘moved on’.

 

  • Depending on the work returned, a class teacher may address common misconceptions in the form of the next lesson’s video.

 

  • Voice recordings providing feedback may be given to pupils.

 

  • Electronic feedback via Google quizzes may also be appropriate in some instances.

 

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:

 

All children with an Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) are strongly advised to attend school.  Where this is not possible, work available online is differentiated and reasonable efforts will be made to provide online interventions.

If parents/carers who have children with SEND and are struggling to support their child/ren at home, they are encouraged to contact Burford’s SENDCo, Tracey Marshall, to discuss these concerns further.  Please either call the school office or email Mrs Marshall at: tmarshall@burfordschool.co.uk.

 

Remote education for pupils who cannot attend school following a positive Covid test

Where individual pupils need to remain at home due to a positive Covid Test 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 have received a positive Covid Test, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

 

Day 1 - Pupils will be directed to Oak Academy

Day 2 onwards - Pupils will have access to Reading/Phonics, English and Maths learning resources on Google Classroom.  These teaching resources will mirror the learning in school, however the PowerPoints will not be narrated by the classteacher.

Non-core subject materials will not be uploaded.

There is no expectation that pupils needs to complete work set if they are unwell.

 

Mrs Tracey Marshall (Deputy Headteacher) is responsible for the development of, and overseeing Remote Learning at Burford School.

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