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 continue to use Tapestry and Parenthub as a platform for remote learning. Children from Years 2 to 6 were invited to access Google Classroom for the delivery of remote learning during the initial closure period from March 2020. Of those invited, 85% have accepted the invitation. Work will continue during the early weeks of September to establish who has not accepted their invitation and the reasons for this. Support will be given to parents to access their account and in cases where families do not have the hardware they need; we will use avenues available to us to find a solution. It is our intention that 100% of pupils will be able to access Google Classroom.
- Make daily contact with pupils – this could take the form of a short video or a typed message on Tapestry, Parenthub or Google Classroom. Individual phone or email contact will not be made unless there is a specific reason for this.
- 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 daily learning tasks for English and Maths that are both meaningful and ambitious and that match the expectations for children who are still working in school. This will need to be differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils who are working remotely.
- Provide further tasks linked to non-core subjects that match the expectations of the children who are still working in school.
- Look at work submitted by pupils on two days during the working week and provide feedback. Teachers are free to choose which days these are in order to support their work life balance.
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.