This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if 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.

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 on the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

  • Within 24 hours, a daily timetable with assignments to work on posted to Google Classroom (GC)

  • Signposting to teaching videos and online resources applicable

  • Feedback on work submitted to GC

  • A weekly quiz on the knowledge taught that week (for KS2 upwards)

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 wherever possible and appropriate. We have needed to make adaptations in some subjects, for example the practical teaching of musical instruments.

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 (in accordance with Government guidance):

Early Years (Nursery and Reception): 2 hours

Key Stage 1 (years 1-2): 3 hours

Key Stage 2 (years 3-6): 4 hours

Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

At Green Lane we provide our online remote learning through Google Classroom. All pupils have an individual log in which they use to access live and recorded teaching sessions, assignments set for them, interaction with peers and staff and to submit their work and access feedback from the teachers.

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:

  • We issue Chromebooks for families to use during school closure (any families requiring a device should contact the school office)

  • We issue equipment to support families with an internet connection (such as dongles) during school closure

  • We provide printed copies of learning materials for families at their request and these can be returned to the school

  • We offer places, in school, for our families where access to online learning at home is not possible

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching

  • Pre-recorded teaching

  • Class reading texts provided in paper and recordings of high quality texts posted online

  • Video clips and demonstrations of specific teaching points

The above approaches provide a full curriculum for our pupils, including a wide range of subjects.

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?

We expect parents, carers and pupils to work with our school to support the delivery of remote education through the following:

  • Accessing the day’s learning via Google Classroom

  • Attending the live teaching sessions and watching the pre-recorded teaching sessions

  • Discussing the day’s learning at home

  • Completing the assignments set by the teacher

  • Submitting work to Google Classroom regularly

How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • At Green Lane we will check all virtual classrooms held in Google Classroom on a daily basis

  • Teachers monitor the interaction of their pupils with the assignments set and the ‘chat stream’ within Google Classroom and raise any concerns as a matter of priority with the Designated Safeguarding Leads

  • Whilst we recognise all family circumstances differ, where pupils are not submitting work, attending live lessons or communicating with their class teacher we will contact parents to find out how we can support them further

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:

  • Teachers will read and provide a comment on the work pupils submit on daily basis in order to guide their pupils’ progress

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:

  • Our Inclusion Lead liaises with all families of pupils with SEND to offer support with accessing and undertaking remote education

  • All our pupils with an Education and Healthcare Plan are invited to attend ‘in school’ provision unless isolation requirements prevents it

  • Teachers differentiate the assignments for pupils differing needs and liaise directly with parents as appropriate

  • Our younger pupils receive the same remote education provision; their live lessons and pre-recorded lessons focus on the teaching of phonics. Their assignments focus upon learning through experiences and activities that are easy to manage at home

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Under these circumstances, the class teacher would still be delivering in school education for the remainder of the class. The school will provide the following:

  • Provide your child with a daily timetable of activities and set assignments for completion

  • Signpost to teaching videos and online resources applicable

  • Provide feedback on learning submitted to Google Classroom

  • Set a weekly quiz on the knowledge taught that week (KS2 upwards)

  • Arrange for a phone call or Google Meet with the class teacher