Remote Learning Offer
Remote Learning Offer at LEH
The Government clarified in law at the start of October that the expectation is that children will engage with remote learning if they are isolating or cannot access school provision. We have identified different education pathways that your child may be following over the coming months, as it is clear that the pandemic is with us for the immediate future:
- Universal offer –when education is taking place in the classroom led by school staff. This may not be the class teacher if they are having to isolate.
- Bubble closure – when a whole class/bubble is required to isolate at home for up to 2 weeks. Teaching will move to Microsoft Teams (Tapestry for Class 1) for the whole class, led by school staff. This may not be the class teacher if they are ill. The year group email address will be in use.
- Individual/sibling isolation – when a family member tests positive and the whole family are required to isolate but the bubble/class is still in school. The school staff will send home work at the end of each day and will reflect as much as possible the curriculum that has been taught in school to the rest of the class. The year group email address will be used for communication with those families in isolation.
- Waiting for a test result- If a child is not unwell, but is unable to come to school the school staff will send home work at the end of each day and will reflect as much as possible the curriculum that has been taught in school to the rest of the class. The year group email address will be used for communication with those families in isolation.
+- Children on pathways B and C that require additional provision for SEND, Social and Emotional or Safeguarding will receive targeted support in addition to whole class education.
Please find below our Remote Learning Offer:
Lady Elizabeth Hastings Thorp Arch Primary School Remote Learning Strategy
Since lockdown in March 2020, LEH has responded to the need for remote learning and our offer has evolved and changed over that time, including the provision of structured learning provision for every class. In the event of individual children, bubbles or the wider school having to go into isolation, we will continue to build upon these systems.
Microsoft Teams will be our primary method of communication. We intend to use this interactive learning platform to upload our teaching resources for all teaching and learning at LEH. Please note, Class 1 use Tapestry to set their remote learning tasks.
Remote learning will be made up of three daily tasks: Maths, English and one other curriculum subject. This is to closely mirror the structure of a 'normal' school day. The content of our lessons will be a combination of recapping prior learning, consolidating our core content and introducing new teaching points where appropriate.
We will not allocate times to our tasks, as we know that every family works in a different way and we are keen to enable families to come up with their own flexible timetable to suit their personal circumstances.
We understand that not every family has enough electronic devices for all their children to have the access that they need and we are aware that sufficient broadband capability can also be a barrier to effective remote learning. Please be assured we will be working closely with those families who we have identified and in these instances, paper based remote learning can and will be provided on a collection basis.
Live streaming of lesson content or contact with teachers is something we have been asked about many times during the lockdown period. We maintain the same position that we have had throughout, in that we will not be live streaming any video content. We have taken this decision primarily for safeguarding concerns, for both the pupils and the teacher. Lessons on live video platforms give access into all pupils’ (and the teacher’s) homes for all participants on the call. Were there to be a safeguarding incident, this could place the teacher and the school in a very difficult position. In addition to this, not all pupils may be able to access the live content at that particular time, therefore putting them at a disadvantage to their peers. We kindly ask that you respect this decision to not offer live video content and also note that this decision is the stance adopted by the national teaching unions.
We have worked hard to put together our offer to ensure that it is not overwhelming to either our pupils, families or our teachers. We want to offer structure, but also flexibility. We want children to continue to access our full curriculum, but appreciate not everyone has unlimited stationary, art or scientific apparatus at home! You should not feel under undue pressure to be home-school teacher of the year, but our aim is that all our families engage with our remote learning in the event of a future lockdown. We very much hope that the activities we set will be completed and returned (wherever possible by deadlines set by the teachers) to the best of your child’s ability and according to your individual family circumstances. As the government have made clear, school attendance is now compulsory, and we would like to extend that same principle to remote learning, should we find ourselves in another temporary lockdown situation.
Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be reaching out to families who do not engage with the remote learning to establish a better working relationship going forwards and we encourage families to communicate by contacting the school office by telephone-01937 842566 or by email; email@example.com or Tapestry with Mrs. Bell should their individual circumstances need special consideration or additional flexibility.
Should it arise, we have contingency plans for 4 different scenarios:
- The isolation of an individual pupil.
- The collapsing of a single bubble.
- A local/national lockdown, resulting in a whole school closure.
- A local or national lockdown where school is closed to the majority of pupils, but open to those children whose parents are keyworkers or identified as vulnerable.
Scenario 1: a mandatory 10 -self-isolation of an individual pupil, related to Covid-19, where the rest of their bubble remains in school. (Please note, scenario 1 does not apply to a period of absence with any other medical condition or injury that is not directly related to Covid-19. Please also note the provision of work only commences upon official indication from you to the school office that isolation has begun and does not cover the period in which you may be waiting for a test.)
Once we are notified that an individual pupil will not be attending school due to Covid-19, the teacher will send a Teams or Tapestry message to the child’s parents with activities closely linked to our work in school. This will be Maths and English activities and one further curriculum subject per day. This message will be sent by 9a.m. on the second full working day after we receive notification that a child has entered isolation and by 9a.m.
On all the subsequent days of the 10-day isolation period. For the first day of an isolation period, please go to the Home Learning tab of the school website where you will find a range of activities accessible for your child’s year group. This provides your teacher with the time to set up more personalised learning from the second day. Staff will not be required to do video based lessons for individual pupil remote learning.
In the case of an individual pupil isolation, we ask families to bear in mind that the teacher remains in school teaching the rest of the class, therefore we must respect the demands on their time. Teachers will not have capacity at this stage to engage in lengthy individual correspondence.
We are of course here to help if we can, but as the teacher will still be in class all day, their time is limited, and we ask that you bear that in mind when communicating with them.
Scenario 2: the collapsing of a single bubble
Once you are notified that a single bubble has been collapsed, the teacher of that bubble, if they are fit and well, will revert to providing remote learning from the second full working day after the bubble has collapsed.
For the first day, a standardised pre-prepared set of activities will be accessible from the Home Learning Page on the school website accessible for the pupils of your child’s class. This will allow the teacher time to prepare for the longer period of class based personalised learning.
From day 2 onwards, by 9a.m. each day, they will have uploaded onto Microsoft Teams or Tapestry 3 activities for the day: Maths, English and one other curriculum subject. From Reception to Year 6, the teacher may then upload any necessary documents for families to use, such as worksheets or PowerPoint presentations. The children may be required to download, complete and upload these resources. Teachers will acknowledge all completed work with a short comment or personal message if the work is completed and returned within the teacher’s pre-set office hours. If the work is returned outside of this time, a personal comment will not be sent.
If a single bubble has been collapsed due to the teacher having become ill with Covid-19 and they are unable to work, the children will be provided with ten days worth of pre-prepared remote learning activities that link to our Maths and English objectives. There will be no expectation on an ill member of staff to engage with messages or offer feedback. In this instance, the Headteacher/Deputy Headteacher will become the contact point for your child’s class if you have any questions, until their teacher recovers and is well enough to return to work.
Scenario 3: a whole school closure
In the event of a longer term closure, either local to Leeds or a national lockdown, we will provide remote learning using a similar model to scenario 2. For the first day of the closure, a pre-prepared set of activities linked to our key learning objectives for the Year group will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams or Tapestry, to enable staff to set up the class based remote learning from the second working day.
From day 2, by 9a.m. each day, class teachers will have uploaded onto Microsoft Teams or Tapestry 3 activities for the day: Maths, English and one other curriculum subject. The children may be required to download, complete and upload resources. Teachers will acknowledge all completed work with a short comment or personal message if the work is completed and returned within the teacher’s pre-set office hours. If the work is returned outside of this time, a personal comment will not be sent.
Scenario 4: a partial school closure, where school is open to keyworker families and vulnerable children only. (Please note, we have no indication from the government that schools will indeed just reopen to keyworkers/vulnerable children in the event of a future lockdown. This is simply us planning for all eventualities that we can foresee.)
It is important to note that should this situation arise, the class teachers may be required to work full time in school, planning for and teaching the key worker bubbles, and therefore will not have the capacity to produce daily online video content or offer daily individual feedback as outlined in scenarios 2 and 3. In this situation, we will have to plan our remote learning more flexibly. Depending on the number of keyworker bubbles that are required and the numbers of staff involved, the remote learning content may be provided by a different teacher from your child’s year group, a non-class based member of staff or a member of support staff. They will however adhere as closely as possible to the process outlined in scenario 2 and 3.
We hope this outlines to you the actions we will take to support remote learning from September 2020. Guidance and support on using Microsoft Teams is available under the Home Learning tab tab on our website.
Please note this strategy may be updated in response to changing circumstances and you will be updated of any changes accordingly.
We thank you in anticipation for your support and patience as we navigate our way through these unprecedented times together.