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Remote education provision: information for parents

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.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

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?

  • Tutors will contact home to identify the most appropriate method of learning for each child.
  • Lessons (including resources) that follow the routine 3-part structure of starter, main and plenary will be uploaded to the school website (under class pages) ready for day one. These can be then downloaded and completed. Lessons will be in timetable order and will relate to the same curriculum that is being taught in school for each subject.
  • For those that struggle to work with technology; packs will be sent home the following day (and where ever possible will be delivered in person to speed up the process).
  • TEAMs lessons will be offered on a case by case basis for those that have access to technology. TEAMs lessons will be offered based on need and will either be in group live lessons or through 1-1 lessons. This includes well-being times such as breakfast, lunch and assembly over TEAMs.
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?

Our core approach towards remote learning at Maplefields is to offer the same curriculum remotely as we deliver in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical subjects such as PE, where the overall focus has been adapted towards fitness, health and well-being to support families at home. Identified lessons will still deliver the PE curriculum, with equipment being delivered out to pupils to support them with this. Other practical subjects such as Art and DT will also adapt their curriculum where necessary to make use of the resources that are available to pupils.

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:

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:

 

  • live teaching (online lessons using TEAMs in a group or on a 1-1 basis)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)

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:

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:

 

  • Audit carried out to identify families/pupils that need support with technology.
  • Application submitted to DfE for Laptops/dongles.
  • Laptops are set up and distributed.
  • Support provided for families for set up and access to TEAMs.
  • Applications are submitted for increased data for families.
  • All assignments, worksheets etc are made available on the school website each week utilising normal structure of timetabled lessons. These can be printed to supplement TEAMs lessons where necessary. Printed packs of work are also delivered home where necessary.
  • Feedback and completed work can be scanned and emailed to school using the email addresses provided on each class page on the school website.
  • For those that are accessing paper packs; work can be collected by a designated member of staff who can then drop off the next collection of work packs.

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