Remote Learning

In accordance with statutory guidelines, the Department for Education (DfE) ask that schools provide information on remote education provision. It is aligned to the expectations for remote education, to which schools must have regard under the temporary continuity direction given by the Secretary of State for Education. This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from remote education if Covid-19 local restrictions require them to remain at home and/or if they need to self-isolate.

Remote Learning at OCPPA is provided via Google Classroom

The Google Classroom Support webpage is available here.

Google Classroom email addresses and passwords are available from the office if you have misplaced yours.

This may depend upon whether it is an individual student, a small group, a year group or whether it is the whole school which has been sent home to isolate.

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, during practical based subjects, which require specialist equipment such as science and art, we may need to adapt the curriculum in order to best support remote leaning. This may involve the use of videos to watch scientific investigations as opposed to requesting that pupils complete the activities and tasks themselves. PE sessions may also be adapted to reflect the access to equipment which families may have at home.

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

  • Key Stage 1: 3 hours per day – there are minimum expectations for remote provision.
  • Key Stage 2: 4 hours per day – there are minimum expectations for remote provision.

Remote learning will be accessed using Google Classroom. There will be a daily 20 minute ‘Google meet’ where teachers will share the daily learning slides and then all resources (including the teaching slides) will be available within the class area of Google classroom.

Some work for Reception Year children may be shared on Tapestry.

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.

There are a number of ways that families without suitable online access are able to continue to participate in remote learning. Such as:

  • The loan of IT equipment – this will either be from the allocated resources that are provided by the Government or from school IT resources (all equipment will be offered on a loaned agreement and families required to sign an agreement.) For parents with poor or no internet facilities, this could also be through the provision of wifi ‘dongles’. Families are requested to contact the school office regarding any enquiry about IT resources/provision.
  • Additionally, there are a number of charitable organisations that are also offering a range of IT equipment and provision. These are not managed by the school but are accessed independently.
  • Children who have no access to online learning may be classed as ‘vulnerable’ and therefore may be able to access the vulnerable and keyworker criteria to attend school daily. All requests need to be submitted to the relevant Head of School via the school office.

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

  • live teaching (online lessons, usually via Google Classroom)
  • work posted on Google Classroom or Tapestry (EYFS)
  • links to recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons – these will have been ‘approved’ by teachers as relevant to the learning topics beforehand and specific links made)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (this could be provided in a variety of forms and may include printed copies of the daily live teaching slides, workbooks or worksheets)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (such may include BBC bitesize, Espresso Discovery education lessons, Twinkl)

Pupils are expected to submit (turn in) their learning and for feedback to be given. This can be done via Google forms, use of the individual class email – photographs, pdf etc, and also the use of Tapestry in EYFS.

Teachers will provide guidance as to what is expected to be submitted and the time frame required.

Printed home learning packs are also available in exceptional circumstances (upon parental request) and will contain copies of relevant age appropriate work which matches the content and coverage of the weekly curriculum being offered through the online platform.

Teachers and school support staff will monitor attendance at the daily Google meet and a record kept of attendance. Staff will also monitor the submission or work on a daily basis. This is then collated on a weekly basis. Letters are sent to families on a weekly basis where attendance/work submission is below the expected level. Follow up phone calls, emails and/or ParentMail messages may also made in order that families continue to be supported in providing and maintaining home learning.

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:

Pupil work will be seen daily by the class or year group teacher and feedback will be provided using a variety of methods, either using the automated responses using Google assessment tasks or through the chat/stream/personal message function of Google classroom or the class email system. All communication formats are available during the school opening hours (8.30-3.30) and staff are required to look at them regularly during the school day. If contact is made out of these hours, then a response will be given during the next school day.

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:

Individual targets have been identified with pupils with SEND. These targets have been written to reflect remote learning and have been shared with pupils and their families and the school’s SENDCO.

Supporting resources and activities have also been shared for families to complete during remote learning. These may include daily word recognition cards, speech and language discussion prompts etc.

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?

Much of the remote learning approaches will continue to be offered to pupils needing to self-isolate whilst their class remains open. During a National lockdown where classes are only open for vulnerable pupils and pupils of key workers, this may be in the form of Google classroom, with a daily meet where learning slides and activities will be shared. If self-isolation occurs when schools have re-opened to all pupils, this will be via printed home learning resources (at parent request) or via home learning on the individual school websites. This may, at times be supplemented or replaced with additional resources such as work books and work sheets. Pupils will be encouraged to continue to submit work on a regular basis for feedback from their teacher, however, personal circumstances will be taken into account e.g. inability to return paper based work, support available from other household members who may be unwell etc. The curriculum provision will continue to offer opportunities for learning in all areas, but, dependent upon personal circumstances may be adjusted accordingly e.g. there may be a different PE lesson offered due to availability of resources/equipment at home. Daily core learning for English and Maths will be offered to all pupils and will align with the structured approach as provided in school.

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