Key information for parents
Remote education provision at BWI Primary School
Information for parents
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education at BWI Primary School.
The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home
We will offer the same curriculum to children who are working at home as we do for those who are having to attend school as part of one of the allowed groups. This curriculum is the same as what would have been offered had all children been in school.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
The timetable set will be similar to the timetable your child would have followed when in school. The day will start at 9am and finish at 3:20pm with at least 3 hours of time spent on work, extension challenges, independent learning, in live Zoom lessons or on pre-recorded work. The timetable for the following week will be sent on Class Dojo every Friday as well as uploaded to your child’s class page on the website.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We are offering our remote education through Zoom and Class Dojo. Parents can access Class Dojo by contacting their class teacher if they are not already accessing this. Zoom details will be published on Class Dojo daily.
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 have and will continue to issue or lend laptops or tablets to pupils when we receive our allotted amounts from the government. Currently, we have sent our allotted laptops out but we have a small amount of tablets available.
- We are also able to support in sourcing devices that enable an internet connection (for example, routers or dongles).
- Most of the work we upload will not require any printing if it can be seen clearly on a device. If necessary, work can be printed and collected from school. Workbooks for children to complete their work in are available on request as well.
- If you don’t have any way to submit work online, please contact the school to discuss further options.
- For more information about any of these contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01895 633520.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
live teaching (online lessons)
recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
- printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
- textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
- commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
- additional homework activities linked to the current topic
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?
We expect children to be online at the time on the timetable, in a quiet working environment and ready to access the learning. When on live lessons, children need to have their camera on and their name displayed on the window. If your teacher has enabled the chat function for the lesson, this is to be used for asking questions to the teacher and not to communicate with other children. More details can be found in our separate ‘Zoom Rules’ document.
As a school, it is our aim to minimise the support you will need to give your child, as much as is reasonably possible, to allow any work from home you need to do to be completed. For our younger year groups this becomes more difficult, but the work we will give will be clearly explained and well-resourced to reduce any stress.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Children’s work will be checked daily by their teachers. Teacher’s will leave comments on the work on Class Dojo. Once this work is approved by the teacher, you will be able to see the work on your child’s Class Dojo portfolio and any comments made by the teacher.
If we have any concerns, we will contact you on Class Dojo at first before following up with a phone call if the situation does not improve.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Children will receive feedback on the work they upload to their portfolio. We will also undertake regular questioning of the children during live lessons to ensure their understanding. If required, we can also offer short 1-1 sessions with children if we notice they are struggling with a particular area.
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:
- Regular phone calls from your child’s LSA – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless agreed otherwise with the parent to discuss how things are going and how we can improve our support to you.
- Differentiated work sent to parent.
- Additional time on Zoom with the child’s LSA if required.