Ladygrove Primary School and Nursery Remote Learning Policy. Written October 2020 Due for review September 2021
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Ladygrove Primary School and Nursery Remote Learning Policy. Written October 2020 Due for review September 2021
Rationale In the event of a school closure, the school is committed to providing continuity of education to its learners and will do so through a process of remote (online) learning. Extensive remote learning would apply particularly in a situation in which the school is closed for an extended period of time, but a high proportion of learners and teachers are healthy, and able to work as normal from home. This policy does not normally apply in the event of short-term school closures (e.g. as a result of inclement weather) or a short-term learner absence. Remote learning may also be appropriate in situations when learners, in agreement with the school, have a period of absence but are able to work at home, at least to some extent. This may apply in cases such as exclusion from school, or longer-term illness that means attending school on a daily is not possible (e.g. through medical advice to shield). Another relevant instance would be if, following an infectious disease outbreak, learners are self- isolating at home but are not suffering with relevant symptoms. There is no obligation for the school to provide continuity of education to learners who absent themselves from school, with or without parental permission, in contravention to school or government guidance. This may apply, for example, if parents choose to take learners on holiday during term time. Similarly, this would apply if parents made the decision, without prior agreement with the school, to absent their children from school ‘as a precaution’, against official guidance, in the event of an outbreak of infectious disease. Remote learning for individual learners Assuming an absence has been agreed with the school, and the learner in question is healthy enough to work from home, the school will provide work for learners who are unable to attend in person. If this occurs for an individual learner, the collation of work and communication with the parent/carer will be coordinated by the learner’s teacher or member of the Senior Leadership Team. Though every case will have its own specifics, a rough guideline for the frequency of communication between school and parent/carer would be once per week. Work will only be provided to learners in this way if there is an agreed absence lasting more than three working days. If a significant number of learners are absent from school, but the school remains open, the Head will decide whether the method of remote learning operated will take the form outlined here, or as outlined below. Remote learning in the event of extended school closure In the event of an extended school closure, the school will provide continuity of education in the following ways: a) Regular direct instruction from teaching teachers, with the ability of learners to ask questions online (via email) b) The setting of work that learners complete, written responses (if relevant) completed electronically The primary platforms the school will use to deliver continuity of education are: Microsoft Teams: accessed via the relevant app or desktop application, or via the following URL: https://teams.microsoft.com
Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com/login/ Oak Academy - https://www.thenational.academy/ BBC bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary The extent to which different methods of instruction are employed is likely to be determined by the length of any school closure and the ability of both learners and teachers to participate in remote learning. The school reserves the right to vary the range of methods used to provide remote learning tasks, feedback and interaction, based on the particular circumstances of any closure and based on our experience. Live sessions Core subjects such as Reading, Writing, Maths and Science may also be delivered in a ‘live’ manner either by text or audio and/or visual means. There is no expectation of teachers to carry out live sessions. Microsoft Teams is a platform that allows for resources to be shared, teachers to provide explanations, and learners to ask questions in ‘real-time’. Learners will be provided with detailed timetables, and will be expected to participate in them if they are asked and able to. Live sessions can be particularly helpful as they can help communication, with learners able to respond to teachers’ questions (and ask them) via the conversation functionality in teams and meet. Learners will be provided with a class email address as well as their own school email address to avoid any issues regarding GDPR, there will be no expectation for parents/carers or learners to provide their own email addresses for use. Assessment Providing timely and helpful feedback is a cornerstone of good teaching and learning, and whilst this may be more challenging with remote learning, teachers will endeavour to provide regular feedback to learners on pieces of work that they are required to submit. Under normal circumstances, not all pieces of work are formally assessed by teachers and this would continue to be the case should the school employ remote learning. Given the nature of the tasks, the type of feedback teachers can provide may not have the same format as marking an exercise book. Teachers are encouraged to ensure, when they set assessed work, that it is designed in such a way that meaningful feedback may be provided. Possible methods may include: Providing whole class feedback rather than feedback on individual pieces of work – this is an effective way of providing feedback, supported by findings from educational research Sending a direct message to learners with specific feedback / targets via class email Feedback via another website / piece of software such as Purple Mash Flexibility of Learning We realise that the circumstances that cause our school to close will affect families in a number of ways. In our planning and expectations, we are aware of the need for flexibility from all sides:- parents may be trying to work from home so access to technology as a family may be limited;
Parents may have two or more children trying to access technology and need to prioritise the needs of young people studying towards GCSE/A Level accreditation; teachers may be trying to manage their home situation and the learning of their own children; systems and ICT may not always function as they should. An understanding of, and willingness to adapt to, these difficulties on all sides is essential for success. Supporting Vulnerable Learners with Remote Learning: As a school we have distributed a number of computers to those children identified by the government as vulnerable, based on the guidance issued to school during the COVID pandemic. Arrangements have been put in place with the parents/ carers of these children. We have prioritised children who are in Upper KS2 for these devices, to ensure that they are well prepared for secondary school. Expectation Management We believe that it is in the best interests of our children that we continue to provide structured support to the best of our ability. Bearing in mind the need for flexibility, no deadlines will be set. It must be noted that the work children engage in during a period of closure will be part of our current planning and so cannot be considered as optional. Children and parents should consider the arrangements as set out in this document as highly recommended. Teaching Staff will:- Share teaching and activities with their class through Purple Mash and Office 365 Teams app; Continue teaching in line with current, extensive planning that is already in place throughout the school; Accept the fact that learning remotely will be more difficult, so tasks will be set in smaller steps to allow for this; Keep in contact with children through the class email, Purple Mash and Office 365 Teams app only; Reply to messages, set work and give feedback on activities during the normal teaching hours 9.00 am – 3.15pm; Allow flexibility in the completion of activities, understanding that the circumstances leading to our closure will affect families in a number of ways; Take regular breaks away from the computer or iPad to engage in other professional duties as much as circumstances allow e.g. Policy Development; If unwell themselves, be covered by another staff member for the sharing of activities. Follow up of messages on the Purple Mash and Office 365 Teams apps during this time will not be undertaken until the teacher is fit to work. Children will:- Be assured that wellbeing is at the forefront of our thoughts and the need for children to take regular breaks, get fresh air, exercise and maintain a reasonable balance between online engagement and offline activities; Only send messages and queries that are in relation to tasks set by the teacher or in response to questions the teacher may ask them directly; Only access the material shared by their teacher and ask for parental permission to use technology for anything beyond that; Read daily, either independently or with an adult; Consider using the school closure time to learn a new skill, follow their own interests to discover more about the world around us or just be creative.
Parents will:- Support their child’s learning to the best of their ability; Encourage their child to access and engage with Purple Mash or Office 365 Teams posts from their teacher; Refrain from screenshotting or copying any information, messages or posts to share on social media or any other platform outside of the Purple Mash or Office Team 365 apps; Know they can continue to contact their class teacher as normal through the Purple Mash or Office 365 Teams apps if they require support of any kind; Check their child’s completed work each day and encourage the progress that is being made; Be mindful of mental well-being of both themselves and their child and encourage their child to take regular breaks, play games, get fresh air and relax; N.B. In compliance with Copyright Law and regulations governing the use of photocopiable materials parents must note that resources are for viewing online only on our secure class teams. They must not be printed, photocopied or distributed. The school will not take responsibility for any breach of Copyright Law. Support for pupils with SEND, EAL and other specific learning enhancement needs Teachers should ensure that work is differentiated as required for all learners when setting online tasks. In addition, the SENDCo in will maintain contact with pupils on their lists requiring regular support, by email or phone with parents/learners and feed back to teachers using CPOMS if required. Pastoral care during a school closure In event of a school closure, the primary responsibility for the pastoral care of a learner rests with their parents / carers. However, teachers (under the guidance of the Senior Leadership Team) should check in regularly to monitor both academic progress and their general wellbeing. Teachers will be expected to pass on feedback to Senior Leadership Team, particularly if there are concerns or a lack of communication via the usual school monitoring system (CPOMs) Safeguarding during a school closure In the event of a school closure, pupils, parents, carers and teachers are reminded that the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy still applies to all interactions between pupils and teachers. In that policy, there are specifically prohibited behaviours and reporting obligations to which teachers must adhere, whether they are at home, in the community or at school.
Appendix 1: Ladygrove Primary School and Nursery Remote Learning Agreement 1. While in school hours, I will only use ICT systems in school/home, including the internet, e-mail, digital video, mobile technologies, for school purposes. 2. I will only use my school e-mail address for school related things. 3. I will make sure that all electronic communications with pupils, teachers or others are responsible and sensible. 4. I will be responsible for my behaviour when using the Internet. This includes resources I access and the language I use. 5. I will not deliberately browse, download, upload or forward material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material, I will report it immediately to my teacher. 6. I will ensure that my online activity, both in school and outside school, will not cause my school, the staff, pupils or others distress. 7. I will follow the school approach to online safety and not deliberately record/video upload or add any images, video, sounds or text that could upset or offend any member of the school community 8. I will respect the privacy and ownership of others’ work on-line at all times. 9. I understand that all my use of the Internet and other related technologies will be filtered, and can be monitored, logged and made available to teachers, to protect me and others and the integrity of school systems. 10. I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe and that if they are not followed, school sanctions will be applied and my parent/ carer will be contacted. Pupil Name: Signed Pupil: Signed Parent/Carer: Signed Teacher:
Appendix 2 – Ladygrove Primary School and Nursery Video conference Lessons During video calls with your teachers it is really important that you stick to these rules: 1. An adult is with you during the video call 2. You are in either your dining room, living room or kitchen and not your bedroom. 3. You must be dressed and ready – not in pyjamas. 4. Please remember that the video conference is part of school. You must be respectful to staff and other pupils. School rules still apply! 5. Staying safe online – keeping yourself, your classmates and your teacher safe. 6. Do not record or take pictures of your teacher or classmates during you online sessions. Joining the video call Your teacher will send you an invitation to join a meeting on Teams, which will come through in an email. Open the invitation and click on yes. Go onto the calendar, you should be able to see the meeting on the calendar. Click on Join. You will have the option to join in the app or to join using the browser. If you can download the Teams app it works better. Start with your microphone muted It is a good idea to blur (turned off) otherwise your background. it gets very noisy!
Appendix 3: Example of Home Learning Timetable
Appendix 4: See Remote Learning Overview – information for Parents Ladygrove Primary School Remote Learning 2020/21 Overview In September 2020, all our classes returned to full-time education following the Covid 19 closure in March. Although we hope that the majority of our children will now have an uninterrupted experience, there is the possibility that an individual child, a class bubble, or indeed the whole school, will need to self-isolate for a period of time. We have therefore put in place a plan for remote learning so that all children can continue with their education. This meets the expectations set out in the DfE guidance ‘Remote Education Support’ https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19 The school will use the COVID REMOTE LEARNING tab on the main page of the school website to set remote learning. On this page will be important information regarding remote learning during absence from school. http://www.ladygroveprimary.co.uk/
If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet, the school will do all it can to support children and will provide paper packs of learning. Parents will be reminded to make the school aware of any barriers to accessing remote learning. You will find here an overview of lessons to be completed each day, in each class. It will provide learning across the curriculum and children will be expected to spend a similar amount of time completing this as they would spend learning in school. Overview: The daily timetable will include: Maths –White Rose Maths and Time Tables Rockstars Reading – Using the Oxford Owl/Fiction Express Writing – Using Pobble 365, Oaks Academy, Literacy Shed Spelling/Phonics – Read, Write Inc Two foundation subject- learning linked to the year group curriculum – Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize.
SUBJECT WEB LINK DETAIL MATHS https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Using White Rose maths, children will be guided to the appropriate year group they are in and to one of the topics available. They then select a lesson to complete; this includes a video and subsequent questions. https://ttrockstars.com/ READING https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/free- Read as much as you can at home! Children can select their own reading ebooks/ book or download and read a free e-book from Oxford Owl Fiction express for Key Stage 2 https://en.fictionexpress.com/ WRITING https://www.pobble365.com/ Pobble will be used as a stimulus for images, along with the oaks academy and Literacy Shed. Teachers will set activities linked to materials from these https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects- websites. by-key-stage https://www.literacyshed.com/home.htm PHONICS https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Phonic activities based on the Phase your child is working from. https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/?gclid =EAIaIQobChMIwJiu5sL66wIVVOR3Ch1M- wiaEAAYASAAEgIGpvD_BwE FOUNDATION https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/this-terms-topics Your teacher will guide you whether to use BBC Bite Size OR the Oak SUBJECTS Academy. https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects- by-key-stage Children can select their year group and subject (science, history or geography) then complete a relevant learning activity linked to their classroom learning.
The Oak National Academy. The ‘teaching content’ will be provided to children through age appropriate video content on the DfE published list of educational resources site; Oak National Academy website. This provides the equivalent of 3 hours of lessons per day for primary school children. In their ‘classroom’ each lesson is an hour-long. They’re delivered by a teacher, with a pre-recorded video as well as quizzes, worksheets and creative activities. It’s all easy to use, there’s no login or password, and you can access the lessons on any device- pupils only need materials they can find at home. Providing feedback Pupils can send any completed work to teachers via the teacher’s email (on the class page of the school website) Alternatively, work that children complete in the exercise book provided should be kept safe and returned to school when safe to do so. Contact with pupils/ parents Parents are able to contact the school via telephone or the email class teachers via their email address. Teachers will email back feedback if required, BCC copying the Headteacher into any correspondence if needed. Any response should be made within 48 hours. Where a pupil is self-isolating on medical ground for a significant period of time, contact will be made via telephone on a weekly basis to monitor learning and provide support if needed. Pupils identified as vulnerable will be contacted by schools staff on a weekly basis and support offered as necessary. Safeguarding and Child Protection Please refer to our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy. Data protection When accessing personal data, all staff members will: Only use their official school email account and connect to the school network using their school laptop only. Sharing personal data Staff members are unlikely to need to collect and/or share personal data. However, if it does become necessary, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online. All data collection will be compliant with GDPR guidelines. Keeping devices secure All staff will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. Computers should be locked if left inactive for a period of time. Operating systems must be up to date – always install the latest updates.
Monitoring arrangements This policy will be reviewed by the SLT as and when updates to home learning are provided by the government. At present the only ‘live lessons’ will be used via the Oak Academy. Links with other policies This policy is linked to our: Positive Behaviour policy Child Protection and Safeguarding policy GDPR policy ICT and Online Safety policy Staff Code of Conduct
Appendix 5: See Remote Learning Plan Ladygrove Primary School – Remote Learning Plan In order to ensure that learning continues, irrespective of lockdown and self-isolation, Ladygrove Primary School has developed the following plan. This plan offers remote learning opportunities whilst also acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and would require hard copies of work and resources. This plan will apply in the following instances: 1. An individual is self-isolating because of a positive test within the household; 2. A group of children are self-isolating because of a case of coronavirus in the bubble; 3. A whole bubble or cohort is self-isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus The plan complies with the expectations and principles outlined in the DFE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools. Software and online platforms Within all plans, teachers will set appropriate work in-line with our current curriculum, primarily supplemented by a range of resources provided by Oak Academy, White Rose Maths, BBC Bitesize and Purple Mash. Children will remain in contact with their Class teacher through the Class email (on the class pages of the website). School staff will call home weekly to ‘check in’ with parents/children. Oak Academy has been selected to support remote learning for a number of reasons. The Oak Academy lessons encourage the use of retrieval practice, explicit teaching with high quality modelling, and the use of deliberate practice. The online lessons are free to all and offer a recorded taught session so that the children can access physical teaching from a teacher and then access work relating to that lesson within the same website. There are also hundreds of lessons specifically aimed at children with SEND needs and requiring additional support. BBC Bitesize offers a range of the teaching videos to support the teaching of foundation subjects. White Rose Maths resources will be used as they are matched to our current maths curriculum model. Children are very used to seeing these resources. Oxford Reading Owl and ‘Teach your Monster to Read’ will all be utilised to support with the teaching and consolidation of phonics and children are used to accessing these games in class. Purple Mash is a platform we use for a range a learning activities
Reading Children will have access to an online reading scheme (Oxford Owl/Rising Stars), which they access banded books, levelled to the child’s ability. In the event of any form of isolation and loss of learning caused by Coronavirus, parents must understand that engagement in home learning is compulsory, as is the expectation that Ladygrove Primary School makes that provision available and accessible to all. However, if children themselves are too ill to attend then they should not be expected to engage in home learning. Parents need to also understand that this could also be the classteacher who falls ill and that the school will do their best endeavours to continue with the remote learning provision. In preparation for home learning, parents and children need to receive logins and passwords for the following platforms. These will be stuck into the front of children’s reading records for safekeeping Purple Mash Oxford Owl/Rising Stars Time Tables Rockstars Teach Your Monster to Read (you are to set this up at home by registering) Worksheets and Practical Resources If a child is isolated from school i.e. the child is sent home from school to either receive a test or self-isolate as someone in the household is being tested, they may leave school with a pack of work and an exercise books. Children will have immediate opportunity to continue their learning. This is also uploaded onto the class pages of the schools website (under the ‘Remote Learning’ icon)
Remote Learning The initial response to any isolation will be to provide children with home learning materials (this might need to be delivered). In the case of whole cohort isolation, resources will be uploaded to the class pages of the school website. Pupil needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive Ongoing Support Safeguarding/SEND The Classteacher will upload learning materials under the ‘Remote Learning’ School office to contact parents to ensure a test has been taken and to icon on the class page of the website. This will also be emailed to the email make sure that parents know to communicate test results to the school address provided to the school. office If teaching input is required for core lessons, the online learning If child is entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available platforms/software named above will use used and parents will be directed to through either Telford and Wrekin catering or Vouchers the appropriate links within the learning packs. If child is vulnerable in any way, the DSL will ensure that appropriate agencies are notified and arrange for regular safe and well checks via a phone call from the DSL (record on CPOMS). If a child does not engage, the Classteacher is to call the parents to discuss obstacles and support. A group of children are self-isolating because of a case of coronavirus in their class bubble Ongoing Support Safeguarding/SEND The Classteacher will upload learning materials under the ‘Remote Learning’ School office to contact parents know to communicate test results icon on the class page of the website. This will also be emailed to the email address provided to the school. An outline for the week will be given and a If child is entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available timetable set. through either Telford and Wrekin catering or Vouchers If teaching input is required for core lessons, the online learning If any child is vulnerable in any way, the DSL will ensure that appropriate platforms/software named above will use used and parents will be directed to agencies are notified and arrange for regular safe and well checks via a the appropriate links within the learning packs. phone call from the DSL (record on CPOMS). Those not engaging with home learning are to receive a phone call from a member of SLT to discuss the obstacles and support.
A whole bubble/cohort of children is isolating because of an outbreak of coronavirus Ongoing Support Safeguarding/SEND The Classteacher will upload learning materials under the ‘Remote Learning’ School office to contact parents know to communicate test results icon on the class page of the website. This will also be emailed to the email address provided to the school. If child is entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available through either Telford and Wrekin catering or Vouchers The Classteacher will share links to appropriate lessons from White Rose Maths, Oak National lessons or BBC Bitesize on the class pages of the school If any child is vulnerable in any way, the Lead DSL will ensure that website and via email. An outline for the week will be given and a timetable set. appropriate agencies are notified and arrange for regular safe and well Teachers will then be accessible to children through email and each classroom checks via a phone call from the DSL (record on CPOMS). team will call home weekly to check in and offer help/support where needed. Those not engaging with home learning are to receive a phone call from a Completed work should be done in the exercise book provided. This is to be member of staff to discuss the obstacles and the support needed by the handed in as the children return to school. Teachers can then review the work family. This could then be followed up by calls from SLT if there are completed and ensure that misconceptions are addressed. academic issues. In the event of teachers becoming ill, support staff will be required to ‘takeover’ Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND with planning being supported by the other phase teachers. agencies, the SENDCO will make arrangements for those to continue via Seesaw as long as the agencies engage. The SENDCO will share appropriate Oak National SEND lessons with teachers who will disseminate accordingly.
Example of a weekly Overview and daily lessons for individual/class isolation:
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