Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents Ward Green Primary School

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

At Ward Green, we pride ourselves on the high-quality remote education offer we provide for our children to ensure their learning continues to progress.

As curriculum leader, our Assistant Head Mr Honeyman has an overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, ensuring that our provision meets expectations for our whole school community

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this document.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

A pupil’s first day 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 of pupils being sent home?

Our remote education offer is delivered via two different online platforms: Microsoft Teams to delivery the live input and Seesaw for children to complete their activities.

On this first day, school will prioritise ensuring that logins for both platforms are shared with parents/carers and children. We have provided training for children to be able to use both of these whilst at school.

Please be aware that whilst this is being organised, learning may be set initially by Seesaw alone until the live input on Microsoft Teams is ready to launch.

Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

High expectation, high quality and high engagement are the key strands to home learning and we promote this throughout our remote education offer.

We teach the same broad & balanced curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we are aware of some curriculum subjects may require specialist resources or equipment that would be unavailable to children self-isolating at home such as a cohort currently focusing on basketball in physical education.

Therefore, adaptations will be made to ensure that all children can access the curriculum with the resources available to them at home.

Remote Education: Timetable
Remote Education Overview

At Ward Green, we want pupils, families and carers to be excited to engage with our remote learning provision, furthering their knowledge at home. More importantly, being enthused to share that with their teacher and their peers. This is where we believe this approach will truly thrive!

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 mirror the timetable for a usual school day as closely as possible to provide teaching that is equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school. This will take a minimum of 4 hours including :

  • Session 1: LIRA or Phonics
  • Session 2: Literacy
  • Session 3: Maths
  • Session 4: Wider Curriculum

We expect that the live input for these sessions would take between 15-20 minutes depending on the content delivered.

Children will then complete their assigned activity on Seesaw and staff will provided individualised feedback to children's responses to tasks, which will approximately take 40 minutes.

Please Note: For younger year groups, live input for sessions may be shorter but with more points of contact throughout the day.

Accessing Remote Education Provision

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

Microsoft Teams is used to deliver live input sessions on the hour and Seesaw to complete activities.

Seesaw has been embedded throughout our teaching and learning practice in school so all children are comfortable with using this technology when accessing tasks

Individual children’s emails & logons to Microsoft Teams and Seesaw QR codes will be emailed out to parents & carers.

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:

All parents and carers have been contacted to establish if any digital equipment would be required for children to fully access our remote education provision.

We have iPads and laptops that are available to be loaned out during the event of a bubble closure. These would need to be signed for and collected to agree to the terms of use.

If you require any support accessing digital equipment, please contact school via:

  • Telephone: 01226 286510
  • Email: info@wardgreenprimary.org
How will my child be taught remotely?

Where remote education is needed, this is high-quality and safe, and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision. Remote learning offers a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. Schools within HCAT will continue to build their capability to educate pupils remotely.

All remote education will focus on the National Curriculum subjects for the relevant year group with four key sessions: LIRA/Phonics, Literacy, Maths and a wider curriculum subject. These key areas are essential for all children to engage with their learning and provide the framework for learning in school to be enhanced.

We provide high-quality live input via Microsoft Teams which allows pupils to build on prior learning and make new connections by ensuring that pupils have time to demonstrate and consolidate their learning outcomes. Teaching staff will ensure that, whenever possible, collaboration is present through questioning and the chat feature on Microsoft Teams. As with in-school provision, we will ensure that Learning Objectives are understood by pupils and Success Criteria (Achieve, Challenge, Aspire) are developed to ensure learners play an active part in lessons.

Pupils will have opportunities to discuss and reflect on new learning throughout the live streamed input and teachers will incorporate Assessment for Learning (AFL) strategies to: establish prior knowledge and skills, ensuring that learning is challenging for all pupils. In order to model the expectations of a task, teachers will ensure a clear model is included in the live input and pupils have a clear idea of expected outcomes, and all learners are challenged and able to achieve.

We have decided to use Seesaw for remote education based on the success and feedback from teachers, parents and pupils during the time of home learning during school closure and the familiarity of its use within our teaching and learning approach.

What will my child's work look like on Seesaw?

Below are examples of what activities on Seesaw will look like:

Here is an example of what remote education tasks could look like. Class teachers will set tasks tailored to their own class to incorporate what would have been learned about in school.

This is what remote education tasks will look like for the class teacher when the task is first set. Every pupil has a blank above their name showing that they have not responded.

Here is an example that has been responded to. Some children have chosen to write their answers on paper and upload a photo, others have responded directly on an electronic device. Using Seesaw gives pupils and parents flexibility to choose what suits them best.

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?

As with in-school provision, we have the highest expectations of children's engagement. We expect all children to access our remote education provision for all sessions, and respond to tasks in a timely manner.

In regards to parental support, supporting school with setting routines to support your child’s education would be extremely beneficial in order to raise the engagement of your child with sessions.

All tasks will created, set and pitched at the appropriate level for each individual child to ensure that they can engage with sessions independently.

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

To reflect the same practice as in school, a daily register will be taken for each online session to check which children are:

  • Present during online sessions
  • Responding and completing activities on Seesaw

If there are any circumstances arising where engagement is a concern, class teachers will contact parents/carers via phone call to discuss how we can support in raising the engagement of your child with our remote education provision.

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 verbal comments via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Have the highest expectations of all pupils in relation to quality of work produced.
  • Following the marking & feedback policy to mirror in-school practice.
  • Provide feedback on every child's work via Seesaw for each subject.
  • Ensure that children are aware of the next steps within their learning.
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?

At Ward Green, 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.

Class teachers will provide opportunities for a personalised approach to learning for all groups including SEND so that activities are suitable to their abilities. Furthermore, our class teachers will work closely with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND, discussing how the personalised approach can be best adapted to meet the needs of those children as a dialogue between parents and practitioners. 

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?

We will aim to reflect their remote education as closely as possible to the approach described above and the curriculum offer their peers are receiving at school.

Using Seesaw, activities will be set for children to access at home (as described above) and will be similar to the activities that their peers will be completing in class so that they are maintaining a parity with them. This will support with their return to school so that they can integrate back into school provision easily as they will have received the same curriculum content.

Where it is possible, we may be able to live stream lesson input via Microsoft Teams.