Remote Education provision: information for parents Mapplewell 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 Mapplewell Primary, we pride ourselves on the high-quality remote education offer we provide for our children to ensure their learning continues to progress.

As curriculum leaders, Mrs G Padfield, Mr S Garrood and Mr R Taylor, have 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?

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

On the 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 if they were at 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 overview

At Mapplewell Primary 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!

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will mirror the timetable for a usual school day as closely as possible.

Live teaching sessions will be streamed throughout the day and will provide a link to previous learning, an introduction to the context of the lesson and a model of learning and task that the children will be doing.

Children will then complete their personal assigned activity on Seesaw and staff will provided individualised feedback to children's responses to tasks.

Accessing remote education provision

Microsoft Teams is used to deliver live input sessions 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 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.

When a family may not have access to the internet we can provide a SIM card or 4G hub to provide data to use to stream the learning.

If you require any support accessing digital equipment, please contact school via: mail@mapplewellprimary.org.uk

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 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/carers and pupils during the time of home learning during school closure and the familiarity of its use within our teaching and learning approach.

Engagement and feedback

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 be 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, Pupil Welfare Officer or SLT 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 written or verbal feedback via Seesaw.

Ensure that children are aware of the next steps within their learning.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

At Mapplewell Primary, 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.

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 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.