Remote Education Provision

Information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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 in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Google Classroom will be available immediately for all year groups. Work will be assigned daily and is expected to be handed in by 3pm that day. If your child does not have immediate access to a device, paper packs will be available for collection.

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?

By the second week of remote education we will have a mix of live lessons and independent learning running.

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, for Physical Education will take the form of weekly ballet instructional videos, taught by our ballet teacher in residence. This is suitable for all age groups.

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:

Key Stage 1

3 hours

Typically, the teacher will try and structure the day like a regular day would be in school.

Key Stage 2

4 hours

Typically, the teacher will try and structure the day like a regular day would be in school.

 Accessing remote education

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

We will be using Google Classroom as our online learning platform. This platform allows for greater collaboration and has everything that you and your child will need on one helpful platform. Google Classroom also allows the school to check and monitor the level of engagement that pupils are having with the work and activities that have been set by teachers.

During the Autumn term, each child was provided with individual log in details and homework was set using this platform. If you are unaware of your child’s log in details, please contact the school office.

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:

  • The school received 47 devices from the DfE, which it has allocated to families who indicated that they didn’t have hardware at home.
  • Laptops will be provided as a loan for a £10 deposit, and returned to school once the child returns. Parents or carers who have not previously stated that they require a device, are asked to contact the school office.
  • The school is able to provide 4G sims or routers for those families who do not have an internet connection.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Each year group will have two live lessons per day. A timetable has been provided for each year group which lets parents/carers know the timings of the live lessons and gives guidance on how the rest of the week could be structured.
  • Independent learning time will use recorded teaching (Oak National Academy lessons for English and Foundation subjects and White Rose for Maths)
  • You may be directed to specific websites such as Busy Things, Timestable Rockstars or Oxford Owl by your child’s class teacher.
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)- available on request office@vauxhallprimary.org.uk

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?

Every child is expected to complete at least 3-4 hours of learning – the live sessions and the set tasks in Google classroom - on a daily basis. 

The live sessions are only a very small part of your child’s learning.  The amount of work your child completes is checked daily by the teachers and the Senior Management Team.

You should also be aware that information about your child’s engagement with their learning is shared with the school governors, Lambeth Council and the government.

The remote learning is not an option and the quality of the tasks that your child completes is expected to be similar to the work that they complete in school.

Please be reminded that if you have received a chrome book to support your child’s learning and they are not engaging we will ask you return the chrome book and your child will be given paper copies of the work (please refer to the chrome book loan agreement).

If you have any specific issues with uploading work please contact class teachers or the school office.

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

The amount of work your child completes is checked daily by the teachers and the Senior Leadership Team.

If your child is not engaging in the remote learning, you will be contacted firstly by the class teacher and then by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, to see how the school can best support you and your child.

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:

  • The afternoon live sessions focus around feedback on the work that has been done that day. Teachers and pupils are able to use these sessions to ask questions and give feedback on the work done that day.
  •  When a piece of work is marked by the teacher, it is expected that the pupil corrects their mistakes and improves their work before re-submitting.
  •  Teachers will keep a record of the work completed by each child and assess it as they would normally in school.

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:

  • Vauxhall Primary School educates a large number of pupils with Special Educational Needs and recognizes that for some, using the remote learning platform can be challenging, in these instances the school has offered paper copies of work and additional learning resources for pupils and parents. Resources include emotion regulation activities, practical resources, hundred squares, speech and language resources, phonic mats, white boards, pens, multiplication square, vocabulary sheets. The teachers have also provided differentiated tasks for each subject area.
  • Parents have also been invited to an autism, speech and Language sessions to support with understanding and learning from home with professionals leading the session.
  • The Inclusion lead has made contact with parents as added support with setting routines, behavior strategies, movement breaks and provided EHCP pupils with simplified targets from their plan. There is also support and guidance on the website.

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?

If your child is required to isolate, they will be able to access their learning via Google Classroom. Their class teacher will upload the same work as is set for the pupils who remain in school. They will also be able to watch live the teacher input for each lesson via Google Classroom. Some adaptations to the curriculum may have to be made for some subjects that require more practical learning, such as Physical Education, Music and some Science lessons. Alternative activities will be provided.

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