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Remote Learning Policy & Planning


Remote Learning Plan

In order to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of lockdown and self-isolation, Gomersal St Mary’s CE 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. It should be read in conjunction with the school’s Remote Learning Policy.

This plan will be applied 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
  4. School is closed to all but a small number of pupils due to a national lockdown.

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 White Rose Maths Hub, Oak Academy and Read, Write Inc. Phonics.

Details of all work set will be published via one platform for each bubble to make accessing lessons as easy as possible for children and parents: EYFS will send out a link to Microsoft Sway via text message; and KS1 and KS2 will set work via Google Classrooms.

Children will remain in contact with their Class teacher through Tapestry/ EYFS email (EYFS), and Google Classrooms and Purple Mash (KS1 and KS2) to share successes and communications.

Oak Academy has been selected to support remote learning for a number of reasons. The Oak Academy lessons are in-line with our teaching ethos – they 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.

Read, Write Inc. resources including pre-recorded lessons will be used to support children in learning and using new sounds. These resources will be matched to the children’s stage in the programme and learning. 

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. 

TT Rockstars, Spag.com and Sumdog will all be utilised to support the acquisition and retention of basic core skills.

Purple Mash and Google Classrooms will support school in offering online learning with the opportunity for the children to communicate with their teacher and gain further instruction/ resources as required. 

Teachers may use Microsoft Sway to create lessons for pupils and to publish accompanying resources. In this instance, KS1 and KS2 children can access links to these lessons via Google Classrooms, and EYFS will send links to lessons via text messages to parents.

Purple Mash for KS1 will remain in use as the communication element has already proved to be invaluable, with teachers able to provide pupils with feedback and communicate with families via the email function.  Google classrooms will be used for KS2 and the class page will offer the chance for teachers to celebrate children’s work and maintain our school community.  EYFS children will be able to share their work via Tapestry which can then feed directly into their EYFS portfolio.

In the event of any form of isolation and loss of learning caused by Coronavirus, parents must understand that engagement in home learning is strongly encouraged. However, if children themselves are too ill to attend then they should not be expected to engage in home learning. Parents will be made aware of their responsibility to contact the school office in the event of pupil illness.

In preparation for home-learning, parents and children need to receive logins and passwords for the following platforms (likewise teaching staff need to be familiar with them): Tapestry (EYFS), Google Classrooms (KS2), Purple Mash, TT Rockstars, Spag.com and Sumdog.  Teaching staff will also have access to parental contacts on Integris for their own year groups.

Remote Learning

The initial response to any isolation will be to provide children with home learning materials. In the case of whole cohort isolation, resources will be uploaded to Purple Mash/ Google Classrooms. Parents who are concerned that their children cannot access online learning will be directed to contact the school office so that alternative provision can be made.

Individual pupil or small group needs to isolate for any reason in line with national guidance

Ongoing support- Remote LearningSafeguarding/ SEND
Teachers will provide a range learning activities per day including- English, Reading, Maths and an additional activity linked to another curriculum area. They will aim to link learning as closely as possible to what is happening within school to ensure children’s remote learning experience mirrors in-school learning. However, this may not always be possible.If any 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).   Those not engaging with home learning are to receive a phone call from school to discuss the obstacles and support.   Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND agencies, the SENDCO will make arrangements for those to continue via Teams as long as the agencies engage.    If any children are entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available.  

A class or cohort of children are self-isolating because of a case of coronavirus in their bubble

Ongoing support- Remote LearningSafeguarding/ SEND
 EYFS and KS1 will be provided with the following learning activities per day: Phonics, Reading, English, Maths and an additional activity linked to another curriculum area. KS2:  will be provided with the following learning activities per day: English, Reading, Maths and an additional activity linked to another curriculum area.   See the timetable below ( provided for parents) for more detail on how and where this work will be set.   In the event of a class teacher being unwell, another teacher will post learning for the year groupIf any 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).   Those not engaging with home learning are to receive a phone call from school to discuss the obstacles and support.   Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND agencies, the SENDCO will make arrangements for those to continue via Teams as long as the agencies engage.    If any children are entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available.

School is closed to the majority of pupils due to a national lockdown.

Ongoing support- Remote LearningSafeguarding/ SEND
School will remain open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable pupils. For further guidance about who this applies to follow the link below:   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision   Parents who think their children are eligible for a school place under the above criteria should contact the school office to discuss this.   For children who are accessing school remotely:    EYFS and KS1 will be provided with the following learning activities per day: Phonics, Reading, English, Maths and an additional activity linked to another curriculum area. KS2:  will be provided with the following learning activities per day: English, Reading, Maths and an additional activity linked to another curriculum area.   See the timetable below (provided for parents) for more detail on how and where this work will be set.   In the event of a class teacher being unwell, another teacher will post learning for the year groupIf any 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).   Those not engaging with home learning are to receive a phone call from school to discuss the obstacles and support.   Where children would normally receive additional support from SEND agencies, the SENDCO will make arrangements for those to continue via Teams as long as the agencies engage.    If any children are entitled to benefit-related FSM ensure food made available.

Here is a suggested timetable for children in the event of a bubble closure. However, it is just a suggestion and can be adapted to reflect your child’s needs and your circumstances. Please note that the activities for EYFS pupils are not suggested to last more than 30 minutes to ensure that your child has an adequate balance between structured learning and play-based learning.

EYFS childrenY1 and Y2 childrenY3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 children
9:00 Phonics activity This will be an upload of a video of a letter sound in the format used by Read Write Inc via a link sent from Microsoft Sway.  It will include the correct way to form the letter and some writing practice. Parents and carers wishing to share this work can upload evidence onto Tapestry.9:00-9:20 Phonics activity This will be an upload of a video of a letter sound in the format used by Read Write Inc via a link sent from Google Sway.  It will include the correct way to form the letter and some writing practice.9:00-10:00 English activity This will be posted to Google classrooms. The teacher will give children a set of instructions, any resources they will need and will instruct them on how to complete the work and how to submit it for feedback.
9:20-9:45 Reading activity This will be posted via Serial Mash on the Purple Mash website. Children may be given follow-up activities which will automatically be sent for feedback via Purple Mash when children submit them.10:00-11:00 Maths activity This will be posted to Google Classrooms. There will usually be a video to teach children about an area of Maths that they should be working on and it will be accompanied by a worksheet for them to apply what they’ve learnt. Answer sheets will be provided for you to check the answers.
10:00 Maths activity This will be posted via Google Microsoft Sway. There will usually be a video to teach children about an area of Maths that they should be working on and will be accompanied by an activity for them to apply what they’ve learnt. Parents and carers wishing to share this work can upload evidence onto Tapestry.9:45-10:45 English activity This will be set as a 2-do on Purple Mash. The teacher will give children a set of instructions, any resources they will need and will instruct them on how to complete the work. It will be submitted to teachers for feedback once the child saves and sends it. 11:00-11:15 break
11:00 Literacy and Reading Teachers will send details of a piece of literacy work linked to their current topic and a link to a reading book via Microsoft Sway. Parents and carers wishing to share this work can upload evidence onto Tapestry.  10:45-11:00 Break11:15-12:15 Reading activity This will be posted via Serial Mash on the Purple Mash website. Children may be given follow-up activities which will automatically be sent for feedback via Purple Mash when children submit it.
11:00-12:00 Maths activity This will be posted to Google Classrooms. There will usually be a video to teach children about an area of Maths that they should be working on and it will be accompanied by a worksheet for them to apply what they’ve learnt. Answer sheets will be provided for you to check the answers.12:15-1:15 lunch
1:00 Topic Teachers will send a link to Microsoft Sway where children can find a piece of work covering Understanding the World or Expressive  Arts and Design. Parents and carers wishing to share this work can upload evidence onto Tapestry.12:00-1:00 Lunch1:15-2:30  Wider curriculum activity This will be posted to Google classrooms. The teacher will give children a set of instructions, any resources they will need and will instruct them on how to complete the work and how to submit it for feedback.
1:00-3:00 Wider curriculum activity This will set as a 2-do on Purple Mash. The teacher will give children a set of instructions, any resources they will need and will instruct them on how to complete the work. It will be submitted to teachers for feedback once the child saves and sends it. 2:30-3:00 Consolidate and boost time Children will be directed via Google Classrooms to access games and activities designed to consolidate prior learning. They will access these activities via one of the following sites which children are already familiar with: Sumdog, TT Rockstars, Spag.com or Purple Mash.
Contacting teachers during bubble closures EYFS children will be able to communicate with their teachers via the email address: efys@gsmcep.co.uk KS1 children will be able to communicate with their teachers via the email function on Purple Mash. KS2 children will be able to communicate with their teachers via Google Classrooms using the chat boards. Teachers will be monitoring these boards/ emails between 9am and 3pm and will try to get back to you as soon as they are able- usually within 24 hours. However, if there are any issues and you need to speak to a teacher urgently, please call the school office on the school number – 01274 874550.   In addition to the lessons above, teachers may schedule a virtual ‘feedback and catch up’ session using Google Meet each week- this will be subject to need. You and your child will be notified about the session and given the relevant information needed to join the meeting through text message sent by the school.

Live lessons/virtual lessons via Google Meet:

  • Teachers may decide to conduct virtual lessons/ feedback sessions, or catch-up sessions via Google Meet within the remote learning period. These sessions should always be discussed with a member of SLT prior to sending out any invitations.
  • All virtual meetings should contain at least two staff members.
  • Staff should make sure they adhere to the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, Acceptable Use Policy and Staff Code of Conduct when holding these meetings.
  • All virtual lessons/ meetings should take place within school time, between 9am and 3pm.

Notifying parents

Parents will be notified by letter for the school’s Remote Learning plans so that they know what to expect should their child have to self-isolate individually or as part of a bubble closure. These plans will also be published on the school’s website so that they can be accessed again at any time.  If a bubble is to be closed, school will notify parents of children within that bubble via text and direct them to the Remote Learning Plans on the school website.

Remote Learning Policy

Aims

This remote learning policy for staff aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who aren’t in school
  • Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  • Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection
  • Support staff and pupils to achieve the school’s vision:

By being the best that we can be, we all shine brightly, making our world a better place. ‘Let your light shine’ Matthew 5:16

This policy should be read alongside the school’s Remote Learning Plan.

Roles and responsibilities

2.1 Teachers

When providing remote learning, teachers must be working between 9am and 3pm.

If they’re 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. If it affects the completion of any work required, ensure that arrangements have been made with SMT to ensure work is completed.

When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for:

Setting work:
  • Creating a weekly timetable of work for their year group, following the school’s Remote Learning Plan. This will include a range of subjects from across the curriculum but may not cover every subject area.  
  • Providing a daily bundle of online work that meets the criteria for their year group as set out in the school’s Remote Learning Plan.  
  • Set additional activities for pupils to consolidate learning through Sumdog, Timetable Rockstars, Purple Mash, Spag.com etc.
Providing feedback on work:
  • Teachers will provide feedback to pupils in a range of way: They may set work that provides automatic feedback (i.e. Sumdog); they may respond to work set on Purple Mash using the email or feedback functions; they may set up a face-to-face feedback meeting via Google Meet where pupils and teachers can discuss the work set; or they may provide written feedback to work set on Google Classrooms using the text function when pupils submit work or via the class ‘stream’. EYFS parents can submit their child’s work to teachers via Tapestry and can contact teachers via the EYFS email address: eyfs@gsmcep.co.uk
  • Teachers should respond to any feedback requests or queries from parents/children as promptly as possible, usually within the same working day (Between the hours of 9am and 3pm on school days).
Keeping in touch with pupils who aren’t in school and their parents
  • Correspondence received via Purple Mash, EYFS email or Google Classroom from parents and pupils are to be checked between 9am and 3pm, Mon- Fri. Emails should be replied to within 24hrs. Only send replies between these times.
  • Any issues that are received are to be dealt with professionally by the class teacher and the Headteacher should be CC’d in the communication. If necessary teachers to contact a member of SLT for advice. They should be noted on/ copied onto CPOMS.
  • Teachers are to attempt to make contact will all pupils in their class within the first week of remote learning via telephone call when in school or from a withheld number unless pupils have been seen via a Google Meet session. If contact is made and there are no concerns, a call is not necessary in the second week. If the remote learning period extends longer than two weeks, phone calls should be made fortnightly unless pupils are seen via live lessons/ Google Meet catch-up sessions. Contact details can be accessed from Integris. Please ensure you log off and do not share information with a third party. Record all contacts with parents on CPOMs and add any relevant actions. Example CPOMS comment ‘Telephoned Mum offered support during home learning and I spoke with child who is getting on well. No concerns.’ If there is a safeguarding concern, alert the safeguarding team.
  • Contact should be polite and encouraging. Teachers must adhere to the acceptable use policy and not give out any personal details. Any concerns should be forwarded to a member of SMT who may choose to contact the parents directly.
  • While we will do everything within our power to support parents and pupils, teachers will bear in mind that some pupils will have issues around remote learning and may, for whatever reason, not be able to complete any, or all of, the work set. We believe our parents will do their best to support their children and therefore will leave it up to parents’ discretion to decide the volume of work their children should complete from the daily tasks issued by teachers. However, if it is clear that a child is not accessing any work, you should contact a member of SLT to discuss this.
  • Mrs Priestly and Mrs Boyle will make welfare and safeguarding calls to families who are deemed vulnerable or who may require additional assistance. A record of these calls will be made on CPOMs.
Attending virtual meetings/ live lessons with staff, parents and pupils
  • If a recorded or live lesson/ virtual meeting is used as part of the remote learning package, teachers should dress appropriately, in line with the school’s normal dress code in the staff code of conduct.
  • If a recorded or live lesson/ virtual meeting is used as part of the remote learning package, teachers should consider their locations (e.g. avoid areas with background noise, nothing inappropriate in the background)
  • All virtual meetings/ lessons should be attended by at least two members of staff.

2.2 Teaching assistants

When assisting with remote learning, teaching assistants must be available between their normal working hours. If they’re 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 assisting with remote learning, teaching assistants are responsible for:

  • Supporting pupils who aren’t in school with learning remotely when requested and directed by the SENDco.
  • Support teachers with contacting pupils as required.
  • Support teachers with virtual lessons/ meetings as required.
  • Providing online support/ feedback to pupils under the direction of the teacher.

2.3 Subject leaders

Alongside their teaching responsibilities, subject leads are responsible for:

  • Considering whether any aspects of the subject curriculum need to change to accommodate remote learning
  • Working with teachers teaching their subject remotely to make sure all work set is appropriate and consistent
  • Alerting teachers to resources they can use to teach their subject remotely

2.4 Senior leaders

Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the remote learning approach across the school
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning through 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

2.5 Designated safeguarding lead

The DSL is responsible for:

  • Maintaining contact, collating, passing on information and responding to any concerns in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy.

2.6 Pupils and parents

Staff can expect pupils learning remotely to:

  • Be contactable during the hours of the school day 9am – 3pm – although they may not always be in front of a device the entire time
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers or teaching assistants
  • Alert teachers if they’re 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

2.7 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

3. Who to contact

If staff have any questions or concerns about remote learning, they should contact the following individuals:

  1. Issues in setting work – talk to the relevant subject lead or SENCO
  2. Issues with behaviour – talk to SMT members of pastoral team
  3. Issues with IT – talk to SMT
  4. Issues with their own workload or wellbeing – talk to SMT/ member of school’s wellbeing team
  5. Concerns about data protection – talk to the data protection officer/ SMT
  6. Concerns about safeguarding – talk to the DSL

4. Data protection

4.1 Accessing personal data

When accessing personal data for remote learning purposes:

  1. All teachers will have access to CPOMS to record any parent contact or concerns about children, this is accessed via a secure password. Ensure you log out after use. Do not allow access to the site to any third party.
  2. Teachers are able to access parent contact details via Integris using a secure password. Do not share any details with third parties and ensure Integris is in logged off.
  3. SLT have the ability to locate personal details of families when required through securely accessing Integris. SLT are not to share their access permissions with other members of staff.
  4. School laptops and iPads are the school’s preferred devices to be used when accessing any personal information on pupils.

4.2 Processing personal data

Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data such as such as email addresses and telephone numbers as part of the remote learning system. As long as this processing is necessary for the school’s official functions, individuals won’t need to give permission for this to happen.

However, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online.

4.3 Keeping devices secure

All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Keeping the device password-protected – strong passwords are at least 8 characters, with a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. asterisk or currency symbol)
  • Ensuring the hard drive is encrypted – this means if the device is lost or stolen, no one can access the files stored on the hard drive by attaching it to a new device
  • Making sure the device locks if left inactive for a period of time
  • Not sharing the device among family or friends
  • Keeping operating systems up to date – always install the latest updates

5. Safeguarding

Please refer to the latest Safeguarding policy with COVID-19 amendments to the Child Protection Policy-this also details reference to remote learning and can be found on our website.

6. Monitoring arrangements

This policy will be reviewed as and when updates to home learning are provided by the government by

A Joyce (Deputy Head). At every review, it will be approved by Miss Barker (Headteacher), SMT and the school’s governing body.

7. Links with other policies

This policy is linked to our:

  • Behaviour policy
  • Child protection policy and coronavirus addendum to our child protection policy
  • Data protection policy and privacy notices
  • Staff code of conduct
  • ICT and internet acceptable use policy
  • Online safety policy