Remote Education Provision
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
Since the original lockdown Wyvil has continued to develop and improve its remote learning offer based partly on parental feedback. Consequently, since 1st June 2020 when school first returned to partial reopening staff and pupils have been learning to use Google Classroom. This platform allows for greater collaboration and has everything that you and your child will need on one helpful platform. Google Classroom also allows the school to check and monitor the level of engagement that pupils are having with the work and activities that have been set by teachers.
The school recognises that for its very youngest learners this platform will need additional parental supervision, so the school will also continue to utilise the Interactive Learning Diary used by teachers and parents of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Additionally, parents will have access to Busy Things, a platform that the pupils use in school, teachers will signpost to relevant activities for the pupils.
The school received 107 devices from the DfE, which it has allocated to families who indicated that they didn’t have hardware at home.
Wyvil educates a large number of pupils with Special Educational Needs and recognises that for some, using the remote learning platform can be challenging, in these instances the school can offer paper copies of work.
In addition to the remote learning platform, the school has prepared a pack of creative materials for every child which they can use for non-computer based activities and art.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
- We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. Teachers have adapted their curriculum to utilise the Google Classroom platform as best they can. Where areas of the curriculum are far better taught in the classroom, teachers have adapted their yearly curriculum plan to move these areas to later in the school year.
Remote teaching and study time each day
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:
Key Stage 1 - A minimum of three hours a day will be provided. Where possible or required the teacher will provide a video or audio introduction and instructions. Typically, the teacher will try and structure the day like a regular day would be in school.
Key Stage 2 - A minimum of four hours a day will be provided. Where possible or required the teacher will provide a video or audio introduction and instructions. Typically, the teacher will try and structure the day like a regular day would be in school.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
Since 1st June 2020, your child has been using Google Classroom in school during their Computing lessons. Since September 2020, all classes have set homework on the Google Classroom platform, to encourage parents and carers to be introduced to the platform.
Individual login details have been sent home. If parents require the information again a request can be made via email@example.com
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:
On 4th January 2021 the school communicated with all parents via text and Parentmail that it had a limited number of devices available to borrow if pupils did not have access to hardware at home. Since this time the school has allocated its allocation of 107 Chromebooks to those families who requested them.
In January 2021the school communicated via text and Parentmail that if any families needed support with internet connection then the school would be able to support and to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper copies are available for families if the school is unable to help resolve the connectivity challenge, or if the pupil has additional needs.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- live ‘Keeping in touch’ sessions
- recorded teaching (video/audio recordings made by teachers or from other recommended providers)
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences. These include: White Rose Maths, Timestable Rockstars, Busy Things
- long-term project work and/or internet research activities
- creative project packs containing resources
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)- available on request email@example.com
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home- the school has previously supplied CGP workbooks to pupils
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?
- Pupils are expected to login to Google Classroom from 8.30am and register their attendance with the class teacher. Pupil will then follow the planned work of the day, ensuring that they also have a break and lunchtime. Pupils should try their best, if they need support or have a question they can message the teacher or TA via the Google Classroom chat function. If a child cannot access the work for any reason they should inform the class teacher.
- Parents are expected to positively encourage routine and support children in the completion of work. The school sets plenty of work each day, however it recognises that for multiple reasons it is not always possible to complete everything. If your child does not finish all of the work, don’t worry. Ensure your child is well-rested ready for the next day. From time to time the school will contact you to check how the remote learning is going, you can also contact the school office if you have concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- The teachers will take a register each morning. This is recorded and engagement is monitored by the school’s Senior Leadership Team. The school can view each time your child logs in to Google Classroom and what activities have been attempted and completed.
- Those found to be not engaging will be contacted by a staff member to see how the school can support.
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 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:
- Instant feedback through the chat function
- Google Classroom quizzes
- Feedback on work returned to pupil from the teacher
- TA support and feedback as requested
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 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:
- The pupils in the school’s Resource Bases receive work from their teacher adapted and suitable for their needs
- Where a child’s Special Needs make the use of remote education challenging, the school provides hard copies of the activities.
- The school recognises that for its very youngest learners this platform will need additional parental supervision, so the school will also continue to utilise the Interactive Learning Diary used by teachers and parents of pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Additionally, parents will have access to Busy Things, a platform that the pupils use in school, teachers will signpost to relevant activities for the pupils.