At Milefield, we pride ourselves on the high-quality remote education offer we provide for our children to ensure their learning continues to progress.
As leader of teaching and learning, our Deputy Head Mr McClure has an overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, ensuring that our provision meets expectations for our whole school community
Mrs Trickett (Head of school) & Mr McClure (Deputy Head) are our named remote learning leaders at Milefield Primary School.
HCAT, our staff and your children all work together to ensure no learning time is lost. Many pupils apply the same level of effort we see in school daily whilst at home. The rest of this document will detail how you can access all aspects of remote learning in case your child(ren) ever have to isolate at home.
These services will remain the same in case of a bubble lockdown or a closure in case of an outbreak. Please be advised, Public Health England are notified and advice sought in the case of any cases of COVID-19 within the school community. This is to ensure all of our school community are safe.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to teachers/ TAs outside school in the morning/after school or over the phone (01226710329), or via twitter (@MilefieldP @mfps_parents) or our dedicated email address (MFPS.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Safeguarding/Behaviour whilst Remote learning
As in school, our policies for behaviour and safeguarding remain in place whilst working at home. If we have any concerns about a child whilst online learning, we will speak to the parent/carer first and foremost. Any referrals to social care will take place as and when required.
All cameras and microphones will be off/muted during online learning and the chat function will be used to communicate during the lesson only. Please remind your child(ren) staff can read and print anything written on their Teams chat page. Please see our policies page on our website...
Remote Learning provision for all
All learning for those at home will take place online. This is why we have launched Arbor, Teams (See separate page on button below) and Seesaw recently.
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.
Your child has an Office 365 username and password to access Microsoft Teams at home. An informative letter has been sent home with explanations on how this works for parents. We also have a useful video below.
Will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
High expectations, 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.
They will be expected to login at specific times (See Timetable handed out/posted on Twitter) and their class teacher will deliver live learning to introduce lessons then their learning will take place online using Seesaw. This will eliminate the amount of missed learning time for any pupils who remain at home.
Please ensure your child(ren) log on and have their microphone switched off. They should use the chat function if they have questions or answers during the lesson. Their work should then be uploaded to Seesaw.
Pupils' usernames for Teams are FirstnameSurname@hcacademytrust.education
If you need your password resetting, please call and ask. Our IT technician will complete this remotely.
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.
If you require any support accessing digital equipment, please contact school via: 01226710329 or @MilefieldP or @mfps_parents on Twitter.
Teams help for parents
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
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.
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. Teaching staff provide feedback regularly online during Teams meetings and on Seesaw. 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.
Pupils with SEND
As a school, we are committed to working collaboratively with families, putting in place, reasonable adjustments as necessary, so that pupils with SEND can successfully access remote education alongside their peers.
Where pupils in school have provision specified within their EHC plan or individual support plan, support will be provided on a case-by-case basis. If the pupil is in our school, they will be receiving quality first teaching in class alongside the remote teaching from their usual teacher. Support will be provided from the teaching staff working with their group.
Provision for pupils with SEND includes home learning packs which ensures pupils can access differentiated and bespoke learning opportunities which meet their specific needs. If you require additional support in relation to practical ideas/activities for home learning, please call and ask to speak to a member of staff.
If they are at home accessing remote learning, extra support is provided in live sessions each afternoon as well as a weekly pastoral meeting set up for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Any specialist services or meetings with professionals will be conducted via online means (Teams meetings) set up by each individual service or our Director of SEND, Mrs Walker. Remote assessments will take place via Teams and in person, where possible. These will always be followed up with letters/ phone calls to speak to parents/carers.
If you would like to discuss this further or set up a meeting with our director of SEND, please do get in touch.
Our parents have access to our dedicated parents' Twitter page @mfps_parents and the virtual worry box is linked on there regularly for parents to drop a message in so Miss Jones can contact them and offer any support required. Don't forget, you are not alone.
Top Tips for Parents
1. Set a charter with your child(ren) - what is acceptable at home? How should they stay safe?
2. Practise using Teams/Seesaw when you have spare time to go over use and how to upload work.
3. Call school if you have any queries/questions about online learning or home learning packs.
4. Ensure your child(ren) have time to complete their work in a quiet, comfortable space. They will require at least 20 minutes per lesson to complete and upload work. Some children may take longer.
5. Do not worry if your child is struggling to keep up, use the recorded sessions to complete the work when they are ready. They will all be on Seesaw along with the work.
We offer dynamic learning opportunities that can be responded to in a variety of ways. We want pupils, families and carers to be excited to share their work rather than force pupils to complete tasks that they do not value.
We have decided to use seesaw for home learning on the success and feedback from teachers, parents and pupils during the time of the first lockdown. Below are examples of what home work will look like each day:
When they log in to their home learning account, they will need to click on activities and they will see all the lessons their teacher has posted for them to act on. They then need to click 'Add response'.
The above example shows what the slide will look like. The pupil can then add to this by clicking the tools on the left and the pens along the bottom to share their answers. When they have done this, they need to click the green tick in the top right and this will post their response.
The teacher will then see their response and will be able to respond with feedback. Your child can go back and edit or read their response from their teacher.
House points will still be awarded to all pupils who return work and share their learning on Seesaw. House points = prizes!
Here is the teacher's view when work is set. All pupils are listed below so teachers can easily view who has attempted the work and who has not that session.
Work will be set for each lesson to ensure all pupils have access to learning at all points. Please ensure your child uploads their work in each session and let school know if you are having issues.
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. Sometimes, this may only be via Seesaw. Work will be posted daily for them to complete and receive feedback.
Videos for our Polish speaking parents/carers
Below are extra opportunities for learning your child may take part in whilst at home...