Thank you for your support at this challenging time. We are immensely proud of the response of our school community to these unique circumstances.
Remote Learning Expectations - A Guide for Parents
DFE guidance states that schools should “Develop remote education so that it is integrated into school curriculum planning… All schools are therefore 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.” We recognise that every home and family look different, and is going through its own challenging time during the pandemic. The Department for Education also expects schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education in the event of a school bubble closure or national lockdown.
At Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, we understand the need to continually deliver high-quality education, including during periods of remote learning – whether for an individual pupil or many. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed. Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre also holds firm the principles of the Barnsley Alliance and the Endowment Trust Foundation Research.
We aim to:
- Minimise the disruption to pupils’ education and the delivery of the curriculum.
- Ensure provision is in place so that all pupils have access to high-quality learning resources.
- Protect pupils from the risks associated with using devices connected to the internet.
- Ensure staff, parent, and pupil data remains secure and is not lost or misused.
- Ensure robust safeguarding measures continue to be in effect during the period of remote learning.
- Ensure all pupils have the provision they need to complete their work to the best of their ability, and to remain happy, healthy, and supported during periods of remote learning
Parents/carers should understand that engagement in remote home education is now compulsory, as is the expectation that our school makes this provision available and accessible.
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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.
Teachers will ensure that the learning planned and corresponding resources will replicate, where possible, what the day would be like if a child were still to be in school. On your child's class pages, which will be regularly updated, you find learning timetables, daily lessons, work booklets, pre-recorded and live lessons and links to some of the most well-known and best-rated websites for learning, including Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize and White Rose Learning.
In addition, we will be providing daily live lessons for all pupils in Key Stage One and Two to ensure they still receive the education, feedback and assessment they would normally be receiving in school. This is through Microsoft Teams. Our Foundation One and Two pupils have access to a wide range of interactive learning and pre-recorded lessons on Tapestry and are also benefiting from feedback and assessment from our Foundation teaching team.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We will set work, (including remote teaching and independent work), that will broadly follow our usual school hours. Learning will commence at 9:00 am and at 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday, with the exception of breaks and lunchtimes. The Education offer is in line with the DFE guidance.
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. The school has audited all parents to ensure remote learning can be accessed by all pupils. If a child does not have access to a computer/laptop and/or the internet it will do all it can to support children by providing the technology where possible. However, this is subject to availability and the school office will run a waiting list system and will endeavour to obtain the required technology as soon as possible. The school has already accessed 72 laptops from the DFE and had ten tablets kindly donated from a parent.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
Even though schools are only open to certain groups, (critical workers and vulnerable), the government expectation is that all children must continue to access daily lessons and parents have a shared responsibility to ensure this happens.
We understand and appreciate that some of our pupils and parents may be experiencing a variety of emotions in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak such as anxiety, stress or low mood. Many families will be working from home and juggling the responsibility of suddenly becoming a teacher to their children (again!). Many maybe suffering financial hardship. Some families may be struggling with technical issues presenting access to online lessons. All of these pressures can have a negative impact on your child's ability to learn at home. We strongly encourage you to contact school so that we can help you and your child receive the best remote learning experience as possible. Please look at the on -line tips to remote learning, which will support your child with their home-learning.
We have received positive feedback regarding the Microsoft Teams and Tapestry sessions from parents and staff so we will continue to provide these sessions daily. Staff ensure there is daily registration so we expect all children to attend. The content of the lessons are discussed so children know what they need to complete in the school day, feedback offered and is then placed on your child's year group page.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
We will regularly monitor pupils attendance at remote learning sessions and, where absences are noted, a member of staff will contact you to discuss any difficulties you or your child may be experiencing. Staff will offer additional support and encouragement as appropriate. This can be via a telephone call or an unannounced home visit. We have an excellent network of support agencies who can work with you to ensure you and your family receive the help that you need.
Completed work can be returned to your child's teacher via the below email addresses:
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
For pupils with SEND, their teachers are best-placed to know how the pupil’s needs can be most effectively met to ensure they continue to make progress, even if they are attending school. Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre will use our best endeavours to secure the special educational provision called for by the pupils’ special educational needs remains in place. The provision for pupils with complex needs who are unable to access the same teaching as their peers and are not attending school requires careful thought. Teachers will ensure that they continue to receive quality teaching and suitably matched tasks to support their progress. If you feel that you require additional help please do not hesitate to contact us. Many personalised learning plans are still being delivered remotely and work is differentiated to meet need.
We will work collaboratively with families, putting in place reasonable adjustments as necessary, so that pupils with SEND can successfully access remote education alongside their peers
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. These pupils will still be able to access recorded lessons and the curriculum content taught within school.
How can I contact my child's teacher?
Teachers will be available to contact through the below email addresses. The email boxes will be monitored throughout the day however, responses may not be immediate as teachers will be conducting online lessons but they will endeavour to get back to you at their earliest opportunity.
The school office will be open 8:00am to 3:30pm and will be happy to help. However, they will be unable to disturb lessons and will take messages for the member of staff you wish to speak to who will get back to you at their earliest convenience.