This information is for parents and carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire year groups (or bubbles) to remain at home.
The school is committed to providing continuity of education to its learners and will do so through a process of remote (online) learning.
Remote learning will be set for individuals or groups; following a Covid related absence of 24 hours or more- so work will be available on the 2nd day of absence.
This plan does not apply in the event of short-term school closures (e.g. as a result of inclement weather), non Covid related absence or if parents choose to take learners on holiday during term time.
Parents who are anxious about their children attending school during the pandemic should contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their concerns. To ensure that school is safe as it can be, we have in place rigorous risk assessments that are regularly reviewed when government guidance changes. Remote learning may not be set if a parent chooses to keep their child at home.
The aim of this plan is to:
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?
Children will have immediate provision as follows:
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:
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Teachers will ensure that:
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:
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
We ask parents to ensure that:
We ask that children will:
Staff will regularly engage with work submitted on seesaw, providing feedback where appropriate. Staff will also contact parents weekly to ensure that there are no issues with completion of remote learning tasks.
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, verbal feedback, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via our digital platforms.
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 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 any way we can.
There is no expectation that children who are unwell should complete the remote learning tasks each day. Please contact school to let us know if your child is unwell during any period of isolation.
If you need any further advice or support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ELSA (Resources for emotional literacy support)
Click this link for free resources available to download at www.elsa-support.co.uk/category/free-resources/ including social stories to share with children and suggested activities to support social and emotional challenges they may be facing at this time.
Remote Learning Links
Children will have immediate provision as follows:
BBC Bite Size: You will find lessons for Maths and English for every year group, as well as lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
Oak Academy Online Classroom: Some great online lessons and resources.
Times Table Rock Stars
Children use this at school and know how to log on!
White Rose Maths
Feedback from parents on Remote Learning
What are we doing well?
Setting varied tasks using different platforms- so there is variety. The clips of teachers reading and spelling tests have been great- seeing the teacher is really good.
Allowing children and parents to do they work that feel comfortable and happy to do and sending alternative work if necessary.
Communication and feedback on the work has been really good.
Keeping in contact and offering support where need, instructions for work set are easy to follow and the children are enjoying most tasks.
Keeping the learning fun and setting lovely weekly projects that are encouraging our families to get creative together in the evenings.
Work is well planned and it is very clear to see what is expected each day. Daily feedback is wonderful and my youngest loves the verbal feedback from the teacher. Recorded lesson by the class teacher are well received and offer something different, for example a science lesson and experiment. Also daily contact via a message or short recording onto seesaw.
There are so many things as a school you are doing well and we appreciate. Such as providing suitable work, not overloading children, being supportive. Keeping parents up to date, the list goes on!
Do you have any other comments?
I think you are handling the ever changing restrictions with care and consideration to all families. Thank you everyone x
We are very happy with all aspects of home learning at this time, my children would clearly rather be in school but they are engaging with the learning and hopefully still making progress! Frequent communication from the school is also good, it certainly helps to know they we are doing things as expected. The way learning is organised and communication from the school is vastly improved from last year - thank you.
I like how the teachers are very responsive throughout the day by posting videos about questions the children are struggling with.
Thank you for taking time to give us feedback on work submitted - it really helps.
A massive thank you to all staff that have helped us through personal circumstances the last few weeks and have taken all pressures off the children and I, making things so much easier.
Only to praise the teachers and staff. I cannot imagine how tough this is for you and yet the teachers always seem to be smiling for the children. Thank you for all you are doing - you are amazing!!
Thank you for everything you are doing to support the home learners and school learners. I understand these are very challenging and difficult times, but parents are very grateful for everything Donisthorpe School has put in place :)
Thank you to all staff and the leadership team. We acknowledge how challenging this all is for them and the impact on their work-life balance too.
Thank you to all of the teachers for all of their hard work and support through this difficult time.