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Remote education provision at Highweek Primary School: information for parents 2021

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?

Initially, students will be expected to complete homelearning activities including spellings, maths tasks e.g. timetables (including Rockstars) and reading.  These can be accessed via Seesaw.

Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?


We teach the same maths and literacy curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate via Zoom. However, we have needed to make some adaptations. In other curriculum subject areas, some independent learning tasks may be set.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1 and 2 5 1/2 hours


Accessing remote education

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?

Links will be available via Seesaw and Tapestry.

Live lessons will be delivered through Zoom.

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. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We provide laptops for pupils where necessary

  • Printed materials can also be provided. These can be returned for marking.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:


  • live teaching via Zoom (online lessons)

  • Uploaded resources on Seesaw

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • reading books pupils have at home

  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities (as per the schools full opening guidance, schools full opening guidance, schools are expected to avoid an over-reliance on these approaches)


Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

  • Please support your child to log on to Seesaw or Zoom as required

  • Please support them with a quiet space to complete their learning if possible.

  • If you need any resources to support with your child’s learning at home, please let us know.


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

  • When teaching remotely, teachers use ongoing assessment to check progress and plan next steps in order to support your child.

  • We monitor engagement and learning outcomes.

  • We are in regular contact with families.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.

Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:


  • Small group tutoring

  • Individual resources

  • 1:1 phone calls for support


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.

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?


If your child is isolating and is well enough to complete learning at home, teachers will upload work onto Seesaw.  Teachers will upload weekly spellings and multiplication timetables, as well as any preview. They will also upload teaching slides for the week for you to work through with your child. These resources are here for you and will help to ensure that your child doesn’t miss out on their learning. 


Do you want help with Seesaw? Please click on the links below:

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