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Remote Education Provision Information

January 2021


In the event of a child self-isolating, or a class bubble being sent home, or a lockdown event leading

to the closure of the school, Jarvis Brook School is committed to enabling a continuation of learning

for all our children. We appreciate that while it is difficult to replicate the breadth or pace of the

school curriculum via an online learning platform, Jarvis Brook School will endeavour to offer

provision in line with our usual curriculum as fully as possible. We know the importance of enabling

our children to continue to access learning and know that our families value the school’s support in

providing ongoing daily learning, and on hand guidance, learning support and feedback. We know

our children need the opportunity to work with their teacher and interact with their classmates,

albeit virtually. As such, Jarvis Brook School will endeavour to provide high quality remote learning

provision for all its children commensurate to the teaching and learning students would access in

school.

The information below is intended to provide clarity about what to expect from remote education if

local restrictions require children to remain at home.


Remote education provision

The remote curriculum: what will be taught to children at home

In the first few days of any new bubble or whole school closure being educated remotely might look

different from what we will provide longer term, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a

longer period of remote teaching.

What should parents expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of children being sent home?

 If possible, children will be sent home with work to complete, or they will be sent learning via

email from their class teacher for a few days whilst teachers set up work for the learning platform.

After this, families can expect all learning and work to be available on the school learning platform

each school day from 9am-3pm.

 Children should submit examples or photos of completed work back to their teacher via the

learning platform email, where feedback can be provided as necessary.

Following the first few days of remote education, will children be taught broadly the same

curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We aim to teach a remote curriculum as similar to the one in school wherever possible and

appropriate. Of course, we might need to make some adaptations in some subjects - for example,

the Science curriculum has practical elements and resources which can’t necessarily be replicated at

home. PE lessons are available online with our specialist sports teacher, and these have been

adapted to meet a wider audience e.g. KS1 children, etc., and to fit the constraints of homes. Any 

adjustments endeavour to ensure that the learning remains as close to that which would be taught

in school.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long will the work set by the school take each day?

Government expectations are that remote education (including teaching and independent work)

should be equivalent in length to the core teaching children would receive in school. This will include

both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for children to complete tasks and assignments

independently. The latest research has shown that children benefit from a range of online learning

rather than just one, including the opportunity to work with their peers.

Minimum expectations for KS1 children (Year 1 and Year 2) will be approximately around 3 hours

each day on average, with less for younger children; Reception children will be less. For KS2 children

this increases to 4 hours a day.

For our youngest Reception children, remote learning will be practical and play based in nature, not

just viewing taught lessons on screen. Our younger children will benefit from short bursts of

learning, reading and phonics, whereas our eldest Year 6 children will be able to sustain 4 hours+ of

lessons and teacher directed activity.


Accessing remote education

How will children access any online remote education provided?

The Jarvis Brook learning platform is accessible 9am-3pm each day. All Jarvis Brook children have a

log in that allows them to access their class online learning platform. The teacher is in this virtual

room, with daily lessons online available to view each day and set work to follow. Children can email

each other, and their teacher 9am-3pm. This allows families with more than one child time to be

online and access the other teachers if they need support with their work throughout each day.

Each class teacher and teaching assistant has a learning platform email from which to receive work

or questions from the class and offer feedback. Teachers are happy to phone a parent and their child

on speakerphone if children are stuck with aspects of the work.

Teachers will provide specific online teaching for lessons, and videos to view to introduce new

learning.

The school also uses the following websites as part of its remote education programme:

The Oak National Academy

White Rose Maths

CBBCs Bitesize

Bug Club

Times Tables Rockstars

 There is a daily online learning platform register. Teachers will contact parents where engagement

is a concern.

Once work has been completed, teachers will check on children's understanding and offer individual

support as necessary.

If a child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

Having contacted our families in regard to their online access, we know that some families may not

have fulltime online access at home e.g. not a computer for every child in the family, tablet or phone

access only. However, we are aware that all Jarvis Brook families are able to use a variety of devices

to access our online learning platform - computers, tablets, phones, x-boxes and play stations, and

children can view their online learning then work offline. For some families, data use is an issue,

which we are currently endeavouring to address. Our expectation is that all families check in with

their teachers on the learning platform, even if they then go offline to complete their work. All

children are able to access video lessons and contact their teacher for support with their learning if

stuck.

 Jarvis Brook provides all those families that request it a weekly pack of the set online work so that

children can use online time to watch online lessons and communicate with their teacher and then

go offline to complete work. Packs are delivered to families each week.

 Completed work can be returned to the class teacher via the learning platform or via the teacher’s

learning platform email - this can be work itself, or photographs of the work.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

· recorded teaching e.g. video/audio recordings made by school staff e.g. Maths demonstration

lessons, PE lessons, etc.

· commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including

video clips or sequences e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, CBBC Bitesize, etc.

· set work available daily for children to complete after video/other input e.g. work book work or

online worksheets or teacher set tasks

· teachers online 9am-3pm each day to support learning, through demonstrating or explaining to

students and their parents specific areas of learning that individual children might be stuck on.

Individual verbal support as necessary after whole class input - usually via speakerphone with

parent present

· printed paper packs

· focussed short-term project work and/or internet research activities when applicable

and where students have the necessary skills to complete such tasks e.g. group work tasks

where children will work together over emails to create a group project (all overseen by the

class teacher)

· class chat opportunities via email


Engagement and feedback

Expectations for children’s engagement and the support that parents should provide at

home

We recognise that managing remote education at home can place enormous pressure on families,

especially when adults are also trying to work from home. Government expectations are for around

3-4 hours of work each day for primary children. But as we have said previously, there is no

expectation that children complete everything every day. We would like families to do the best they

can with the time and resources they have at home. If a particular task, or every task that particular

day is creating stress, stop and come back to it another time.

When we welcomed all the children back to school in September 2020, the children who had been

online with us since March 2020 did not have the gaps in their learning that the Government has

gone on about. That is all credit to the children themselves, to our teachers who worked tirelessly -

and to all of our parents who went well beyond the call of duty to support their children to engage

with our online learning at home. However, a few children - from a few families - who were not

supported to engage in learning, whether online or via the work packs - are now needlessly behind

where their classmates now are.

So in terms of home learning expectations for everyone:

• We do expect everyone at home to check in on the learning platform regularly - preferably every

day. If children do this regularly, using a day here or there to do something different is perfectly

acceptable. It is not acceptable for children to not engage at all.

• We expect parents to support their children’s learning in the best way they can - within the

context of the challenge of home learning. We expect parents to provide their children with a place

to work, a routine, and support them to access the learning available online. We expect parents to

help their child with what learning they can, and help them access the support offered by class

teachers as necessary.

• We expect our children to complete the Maths and English and other lessons available online each

day, and our Reception children to complete their activities.

• We expect all children to complete their online reading or other reading every day, including

phonics, as appropriate via online provision, and ensure they access and practise their online times

tables frequently.

How will you check whether children are engaging with their work and how will parents be

informed if there are concerns?

• There is a daily register

• Class teachers and teaching assistants will monitor engagement with work and offer extra advice

and support as required. We can see everyone online on all our online forums - and therefore

everyone not online. Primary age children will need the support and encouragement of their families

to engage with their work.

• Where engagement is a concern, in the first instance, teachers will raise this with families to

explore any barriers to learning. If non-engagement continues to be a concern, members of the

senior leadership team will work alongside families and children to navigate any issues involved.

How will children’s work and progress be assessed?

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 children’s work is as follows:

· When children submit their work to the class email address, they can expect feedback on this

from either the class teacher or teaching assistant. Feedback will be offered on work at least three

times each week. Families should note that feedback on each individual piece of work is not always

possible and may not be necessary for every single piece of work, and may not be immediate or

offered on the same day the work is submitted.


Additional support for children with particular needs

How will school help children who need additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We acknowledge that some children, for example, some children 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 families to

support these children in the following ways:

· Families with pupils with SEND should expect a high level of teacher/teaching assistant

contact. Activities will be achievable. Advice and support will also be available from the school’s

Inclusion Manager.

· Children with EHCPs are categorised as “vulnerable” and school can offer a place within

the critical worker/vulnerable provision should families wish to take this up.


Remote education for children self-isolating

Where individual children need to self-isolate, but the majority of their peer group remains in school,

remote education will likely differ from the approach for a whole school or whole bubble lockdown

scenario. This is due to the challenges of one teacher trying to teaching children both at home and in

school.

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

If a child is self-isolating, and the rest of the class bubble continues learning in school, children will

be emailed with work for home, using lessons and resources similar to those taught in

school. However, staff will be mainly engaged with the teaching of children in school and may only

be able to provide feedback to a child at home at the end of the school day.


How do I contact my child’s teacher?

Teachers and support staff are available via their online learning platform email addresses, which

should only be used in regard to learning platform/curriculum questions 9am-3pm each day. Any

other matters should come as usual through the school office email.


Overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education

 Overarching responsibility for the quality and delivery of remote education, including quality

assurance that provision meets expectations for remote education, lies with the Headteacher and

Mrs Silverman-Evans.


 Covid-19

The government has set up a special hotline for any parents, pupils or staff who have concerns:

 

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Further guidance which parents and pupils may find useful includes:

Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:

 

 

Ian Bauckham CBE

CEO Tenax Schools Trust


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