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Remote Education Policy

Remote Education Policy

 

1. Statement of School Philosophy

Fairhaven Primary School has always strived to be creative, innovative and support our parents/children in the best way possible to make learning purposeful and holistic. Our strategy for remote learning continues

this.

 

2. Aims

This Remote Education Policy aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for all pupils (Inc. SEND) who are not in school because of the need for self-isolation through use of quality online and offline resources and teaching videos
  • Provide clear expectations to members of the school community with regards to delivery of high quality interactive remote learning 
  • Include continuous delivery of the school curriculum, as well as support of Motivation, Health and Well-Being and Parent support
  • Consider continued education for staff and parents (e.g. CPD, Supervision and Meet the Teacher)
  • Support effective communication between the school and families and support attendance

 

3 .Who is this policy applicable to?

  • A child who has tested positive for Covid-19 and a number of pupils from their bubble who are not permitted to attend school because they have been in close contact with the positive case and have been advised to self-isolate;
  • A child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • A child unable to attend school due to a local or national lockdown.

 

Remote learning will be shared with families when they are absent due to the Covid related reasons above.  Remote learning will not be available to those who are ill with a non-Covid related illness and would not normally attend school, or to those children whose parents choose to keep them at home when they have not been advised to do so.  This is because children need to be in school and, in line with Government guidance, the school will strongly promote face-to-face contact through school attendance.

 

Work will NOT be set on the first day of isolation to allow staff time to prepare.  Work will be set from the second day onwards.  Staff will prepare work the day before it is set and will ensure that it is published at 9am the following morning.


 4. Content and Tools to Deliver This Remote Education Plan

Resources to deliver this Remote Education Plan include:

  • Online tools for EYFS KS1 KS2 (Tapestry, Google, J2E, Edison Learning Portal, School Website)
  • Use of Recorded video for instructional videos and feedback where appropriate
  • Phone calls home to SEND, CiN and CP pupils
  • Printed learning packs (where parents notify school that they do not have internet access)
  • Physical materials such as story books and writing tools
  • Use of BBC Bitesize, White Rose Maths, Oak National Academy for English, Phonics Play

 

 

 

5. Home and School Partnership

Fairhaven Primary School is committed to working in close partnership with families and recognises each family is unique and because of this remote learning will look different for different families in order to suit their individual needs.

 
Fairhaven Primary School will provide an online training session and induction for parents on how to use Google Classroom.

 
Whilst we recognise that it is beneficial for children to maintain a regular and familiar routine, Fairhaven Primary School understand that this is not possible for all families due to family commitments, work commitments (including working from home) and added pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Therefore, Fairhaven Primary School will not recommend a set timetable, but will set a specific number of pieces of work each day/week.  It will be up to individual parents to choose how they and their children engage with these learning activities and resources.


We would encourage parents to support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support pupils with work encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.  How this will look in each household will be different.

Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly. Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions may be available. These will be discussed on case-to-case basis and will depend on the number of staff available at any one time.

All children sign an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ at school which includes e-safety rules and this applies when children are working on computers at home.

 
 6. Roles and responsibilities

Teachers

Fairhaven Primary School will provide a refresher training session and induction for new staff on how to use Google Classroom.

 
When providing remote learning, teachers must be available between 08:45am and 15:00.

 

If they are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should report this using the normal absence procedure.

 

When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for:

Setting work:

  • Teachers will set work for the pupils in their classes. This includes those responsible for groups in Year 5 and 6
  • Teachers in Nursery to Reception will be setting work on Tapestry
  • Teachers in Years 1 to 6 will set work on their class pages (creating a section at the top of the web page, with newest work appearing at the very top). 

 

By 9am every day the following work will be set:

    • A Maths lesson (with resources).  This should use the White Rose video, PowerPoints and premium resource worksheets (which is why it is so important that teaching follows and keeps pace with this planning);
    • An English lesson (with resources).  We will use Oak National Academy materials;
    • A spelling lesson/activity following the teaching curriculum (KS2);
    • A Phonics lesson/activity or spelling activity with video content (KS1);
    • Reading – links to websites/activities, e.g. Oxford Owls for KS1;
    • An activity on SPaG.com (if applicable to year group);
    • An activity on MyMaths (for all year groups);

 

Over the course of the week each class will also be set three Topic lessons (which may be publishing lesson planning and resources, plus links to video clips, etc.), two P.E. sessions that can be completed at home, and any other lessons that could be reasonably set to offer a broad and balanced curriculum, such as P.S.H.E., Computing and R.E.

 

Staff may choose to include additional teaching videos from Oak National Academy;

 

Staff wishing to make short introductory video clips may do so and post these.  The school has purchased two android tablets to facilitate this.

 

  • Teachers in Key Stage 2 may use Google Classroom to set work.

 

Providing feedback on work:

  • Work should be submitted electronically via e-mail to the class e-mail address.  These will be provided to parents when needed.  Photographs of work, scans or electronic documents can be submitted.
  • All work set daily will receive teacher feedback within 24 hours of submission.
  • All tasks set weekly (Topic, P.E., P.S.H.E., R.E., Computing, etc.) will receive feedback once per week.

 

Teachers will also create a slideshow gallery on their class web page to share examples of work that has been submitted.  Any work included in the gallery will have names removed before being posted.

 

Keeping in touch with pupils who aren’t in school and their parents:

  • If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a pupil/s parents should be contacted via phone to access whether school intervention can assist engagement.
  • All parent/carer emails should come through the school admin account (info@fairhaven.dudley.sch.uk)
  • Password help requests should come through the password help account (passwordhelp@fairhaven.dudley.sch.uk)
  • Submissions for inclusion on the School’s Facebook page should come through the School social media account (socialmedia@fairhaven.dudley.sch.uk)  
  • Any complaints or concerns shared by parents or pupils should be reported to a member of SLT– for any safeguarding concerns, refer immediately to the DSL

 


Teaching Assistants and Support Staff
Teaching assistants and support staff must be available during their normal working hours.

 

If they are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should report this using the normal absence procedure.

 

During the school day, teaching assistant must complete tasks as directed by a member of the SLT.

 

 

Senior Leaders

Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the remote learning approach across the school including daily monitoring of engagement.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning – explain how they’ll do this, such as through regular meetings with teachers and subject leaders, reviewing work set or reaching out for feedback from pupils and parents
  • Monitoring the security of remote learning systems, including data protection and safeguarding considerations
  • Conducting safe and well phone calls, checking on pupils with EHCPs and children who are subject to CiN or CP.

 

Designated safeguarding lead

The DSL is responsible for managing and dealing with all safeguarding concerns. For further information, please see the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

 

IT Technician

The IT technician is responsible for:

  • Fixing issues with systems used to set and collect work
  • Helping staff with any technical issues they’re experiencing
  • Reviewing the security of remote learning systems and flagging any data protection breaches to the data protection officer
  • Assisting pupils and parents with accessing the internet or devices

 

The SENCO

  • Liaising with the ICT technicians to ensure that the technology used for remote learning is accessible to all pupils and that reasonable adjustments are made where required.
  • Ensuring that pupils with EHC plans continue to have their needs met while learning remotely, and liaising with the Head Teacher and other organisations to make any alternate arrangements for pupils with EHC plans and IPMs
  • Identifying the level of support

  

The Office Manager

  • Ensuring value for money when arranging the procurement of equipment or technology.
  • Ensuring that the school has adequate insurance to cover all remote working arrangements.
  • Assisting the Head Teacher as necessary

 

Pupils and parents

Staff can expect pupils learning remotely to:

  • Complete work to the deadline set by teachers
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers
  • Alert teachers if they are not able to complete work

 

Staff can expect parents with children learning remotely to:

  • Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
  • Seek help from the school if they need it
  • Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff

 

Governing Board

The governing board is responsible for:

  • Monitoring the school’s approach to providing remote learning to ensure education remains as high quality as possible
  • Ensuring that staff are certain that remote learning systems are appropriately secure, for both data protection and safeguarding reasons

 

7. Links with other policies and development plans

This policy is linked to our:

  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour policy
  • Child protection policy
  • Data protection policy and privacy notices
  • Online safety acceptable use policy 
  • Code of Conduct for Phone calls, Video conferencing and recorded video
  • Privacy Notices (Pupils, Staff and Governors)

 

 

Non-Engagement (in Remote Education) Policy

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