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Remote Learning


Introduction:

This remote learning policy has been written as guidance for staff and parents. It aims to outline expectations for the use of remote learning resources and teaching during a potential local lockdown of the school due to COVID-19. 

It sets out the systems and technology that staff will use to keep learning experiences going for children, and details how they can be used effectively and safely while allowing for the differing needs of children and families.

The school’s usual Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements still apply at this time but this policy is an addendum in these unprecedented circumstances.

 

Working in line with Government expectations for remote learning:

The Government’s latest guidance states the expectation of schools:

‘To be able to immediately offer access to remote education. Schools should monitor engagement with this activity.’

‘Remote education, where needed, is high quality and aligns as closely as possible with in-school provision.’

‘Schools and other settings continue to build their capability to educate pupils remotely, where this is needed.’

‘All schools are expected to plan to ensure any pupils educated at home for some of the time are given the support they need to master the curriculum and so make good progress.’

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

 

Preparing prior to local lockdown:

Setting up provision and support for families:

Supporting Staff:

 

What we will offer:

Online systems and technologies we will use:

Google Classroom is our main method of communicating and supporting remote learning during a local lockdown.

This will be supplemented by wider tools available in Google Workplace as appropriate to year groups:

Google Meet:

The video conferencing tool will be used for live lesson inputs including ‘present’ to share visuals and other content. (See specific section below focused on this element of provision)

Google Forms:

This will be used for assessment purposes, using quizzes for subject content, as well as questionnaires to collect information about engagement and confidence in learning content provided.

Google Slides:

This will be used to present learning content.

Files uploaded to Google Classroom will be added using Google formats (Docs, Slides, Sheets) and pdfs avoided where possible.

Other learning technologies already used within our School: (E.g. My Maths, TT Rockstars, Letter join, Purple Mash, Lexia, Big Maths.) will be available for remote use during a local lockdown. As well as links provided to National support offers, E.g. Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize.

This will be supplemented by a range of offline learning activities in a variety of subject areas, containing appropriate tasks (some which follow on from live input and some which can be completed in any order).

We appreciate that some families may be unable to engage with the full timetable offered, but core subjects/activities will be highlighted as key learning priorities to try to reduce the impact on children’s core understanding and skills.

Live Input Lessons via Google Meet:

As part of our remote learning offer, we aim to provide some 15 – 20 minutes live lesson opportunities for children, to maintain a sense of being part of a class and supporting them to get direct input from teachers. 

While teaching a primary-age class this way is not entirely practical, we are hoping it will provide some safe, supervised, and structured opportunities for learning. 

Our Weekly Remote Learning Offer:

Each class has an individual timetable displayed on Google Classroom which outlines the opportunities for learning available, matching the Government Guidelines.

 

Rules of using Google Meet (Staff):

 

Rules of using Google Meet (Parents and children):

 

Staff’s Responsibilities/Curriculum Expectations:

When providing remote learning, staff will be available Monday – Friday between usual working hours (9 am and 3 pm.) However, this does not mean they will be at a computer throughout this whole time.  If staff are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example, due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should discuss this with the Principal or report this using the normal absence procedure. 

Cover for staff who are unable to carry out live lessons will be provided by HLTAs and intervention teachers, with support from Key Stage leaders to identify content to teach.

 

During those hours, Teachers are responsible for:

Setting work on Google Classroom:

   Interaction, marking, and feedback: 

During those hours, Teaching Assistants are responsible for:

Children who are required to remain in school during a local lockdown, E.g. vulnerable or key worker children, will be in class with their own teacher and supported by teaching assistants as appropriate while teachers are supporting home learning. Children in school will access the same learning content as those working from home. 

Teaching assistants will be present in Google Meet live lessons to monitor chat and support teachers.

During those hours, Senior Leaders are responsible for:

 

Wider school community links:

Video assemblies:

Due to the number of children on roll, whole school live video assemblies will not be possible. However, we still plan to have a pre-recorded video assembly posted in classrooms twice a week (Values and well-being focused). 

School Private Facebook page:

To support families with remote learning and community spirit, during a local lockdown, the school private Facebook page will be utilised to share and celebrate learning experiences and activity ideas between families. This will be monitored and coordinated by Annette Priest and concerns about posted content reported to the Principal. 

Privacy, data protection: 

The safety of both children and staff when using any technology is paramount and we will be following relevant advice from Google for Education, our DPO.

Any use of online learning tools and systems is in line with privacy and data protection / GDPR requirements. (See school GDPR policy)

Communication between staff and families must be through the authorised school systems and not through personal email or social media accounts. It should follow the usual rules outlined in the Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements. 

Due consideration should be put in by staff before sharing photo or video content as to whether there are any issues regarding reputation, professional conduct, online safety, or other safeguarding. Staff will only use school-provided equipment.

 

Safeguarding and Online safety:

With the increased use of digital technologies that comes with remote learning, safeguarding implications need careful consideration. Parents are advised to spend some time speaking with their children about online safety and reminding them of the importance of reporting to an adult anything that makes them feel uncomfortable online. While staff will be doing their best to ensure links shared are appropriate, there may be tailored advertising which displays differently in individual households or other changes beyond the school’s control. 

 The following websites offer useful support for parents during this time: 

Childline – for support https://www.childline.org.uk/

UK Safer Internet Centre – to report and remove harmful online content https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

CEOP – for advice on making a report about online abuse https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

In addition, the following sites are an excellent source of advice and information: 

Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online https://www.internetmatters.org/

Net-aware – for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC   https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online  https://parentinfo.org/

Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Staff should continue to be vigilant at this time and follow our usual online safety and safeguarding/child protection policies and procedures, contacting a safeguarding lead and reporting on My Concern.

Please see our Trusts Online Saftey Policy : Online-Safety-Trust-Policy-COM9-V1