There are a range of outbreak scenarios outlined in the most recent Government guidance on Covid-19 and schools. In all of these scenarios there is a possibility that individuals or groups of pupils will need to go home to isolate for a period of time. If this does happen, as a school, we are fully prepared to deliver immediate, remote education through the use of Google Classroom, Tapestry and Parenthub. The remote learning curriculum will meet the same high expectations as those pupils who are still working in school.
EYFS and Year 1 pupils will use Tapestry and Parenthub as a platform for remote learning. Children from Years 2 to 6 will use Google Classroom for the delivery of remote learning. Support will be available to parents to ensure that their child can access the learning whilst at home. In cases where families do not have access to the hardware they need, laptops will be loaned by the school for the period of closure. Parents will be asked to complete an IT Equipment Loan Agreement before borrowing any equipment.
- Be available between 8:30am and 3:45pm on their normal days of work to answer emails, set work and provide feedback for children.
- Make daily contact with pupils – this could take the form of a short video or a typed message on Tapestry, Parenthub or Google Classroom.
- Make contact with the family by telephone at least once during a 2 week closure to check that they are able to access the learning on their platform.
- Teach a planned and well sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally.
- Provide frequent and clear explanations of new content using high quality resources and pre-recorded videos. Staff will not be expected to provide live lessons via Zoom for the reasons outlined below.
- Provide 4-5 hours of lessons everyday including:
- 1 hour of reading
- 1 hour of English (writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation)
- 1 hour of maths
- 1 hour of another subject such as science, computing, geography, art etc.
- 1 hour of other activities to include PSHE related tasks, times tables, independent reading, listening to their teacher read, physical activities.
- Look at every piece of work submitted by pupils and provide feedback. This will be a combination of praise, motivation and developmental feedback.
Teachers will not be expected to provide live lessons via platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The reasons for this include:
- Some pupils do not have internet access.
- Where pupils do have internet access they would need to be online at a set time. This is very restrictive for pupils and their parents who may be working from home. There may also be the added complication of siblings needing to use the ICT equipment too.
- Children would have to be supervised at all times by an adult in order to safeguard them whilst in the live lesson.
- Many of our teachers have their own small children to care for at home and so delivering live lessons would be extremely difficult.
- Pupils and parents require a certain amount of tech-savviness to access online meeting platforms. This could be a barrier to some of our families.
- Teaching is a sociable experience that requires a unique personal connection between the pupil and teacher. This is simply not possible using live lessons.
- Every child has their own needs academically and it is impossible to address all of these through live lessons.
- It takes away the ability for pupils to work at their own pace.