This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents/carers about what to expect from remote education if 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.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent 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. Whilst teachers are making these preparations, please access the ‘Learning at Home Resources’ on the class pages of our website. These tasks all link to work children have been doing in class.
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?
Teachers will ensure that the learning that is made available via the Microsoft Teams platform is a version of the class curriculum that they would have been taught in school. However, only content that can be delivered and ac-cessed whilst learning at home will be added. This means that some components of lessons and some whole sub-jects will not be included.
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that the remote education provided (which includes participating in the daily ‘live’ meeting, watching the pre-recorded teaching videos and completing the subsequent independent assignments) will take pupils approximately 3-4 hours each day (3 hours for Key Stage 1 and 4 hours for Key Stage 2).
It is important to remember that the same tasks in school might take longer – lessons usually include lots of questioning and discussion as well as independent work.
We advise that you follow a school routine if possible, building in regular breaks for your child at home to replicate those in a normal school day.
How will my child access any online remote education we are providing?
At The Bliss Charity School, we use Microsoft Teams as our online learning platform. Children have their own log-in details in their reading records. More information on how to access Teams will be sent home when it is needed and is available in our ‘Microsoft Teams User Guide’ in the sidebar.
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. For this reason, our online approach to remote education is as inclusive as possible. At The Bliss Charity School, all remote education lessons are provided in a pre-recorded video format which enables families to access the content when a device/connection is available.
In addition, the school office is on hand to resolve access issues, either by arranging access to a suitable device or coming up with an alternative platform/format that is more suited to your circumstances, which might include printed resources instead.
How will my child be taught remotely?
- Daily ‘assignments’ will be set using the Microsoft Teams platform.
- Each assignment will contain an explanation of the task – in writing, in a short video by the teacher or via a useful web-link.
- Teachers will provide any resources children need to complete an activity.
- Teachers will consider the ability of all pupils in the class, ensuring different levels of work are available for children to access.
- Teachers will ensure that the learning that is made available via the Microsoft Teams platform is as close as possible to the class curriculum that would have been taught were your child in school.
- Feedback will be provided in a timely manner on all submitted assignments.
- Subsequent activities will be based on what teachers can see from submitted assignments.
- Further support from the teacher and teaching assistant can be sought through the Microsoft Teams platform.
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents/carers should provide at home?
- Support your child with accessing Microsoft Teams and the relevant assignments, and, if possible, attend daily ‘live’ meetings.
- Encourage your child to maintain a school routine whilst learning at home.
- Seek support from the school office regarding access arrangements should it be needed.
- Upload completed work – this could be a file/document or a photo of the work your child does.
- Respect the work-life balance of teachers and teaching assistants, only contacting them within office hours.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
Assignments are set on a daily basis with a suggested time for completion given (usually 4pm the same day). Teachers will then be able to see who has submitted work and therefore who has engaged with each task. Where there is a concern about pupil engagement, parents will be contacted by the office/teaching staff to find out what further support can be offered to support children’s engagement with their learning.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
We will aim to give children feedback on all pieces of work which are submitted. This may take the form of a brief positive comment or, for longer pieces of work, comments might be more detailed, also giving areas for further development. All feedback given will be follow the school marking policy. For some tasks, the answers may be given for children to check themselves.
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/carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
- All assignments that teachers set on Microsoft Teams will take into account the ability levels of all children within the class.
- For children with SEND, the challenge levels given within the tasks might mean they are able to access the work. At other times, different assignments or resources might be provided for one child or a group of children either by the teacher or teaching assistant.
- Teachers and teaching assistants will work closely with families of children with SEND to ensure work is accessible and to encourage children to remain motivated.
- The school office is also able to offer support to families struggling to access resources etc.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
In these circumstances, the learning that is made available via the Microsoft Teams platform will be a version of the class curriculum taught that day. Only content that can be delivered and accessed whilst learning at home will be added. This means that some components of lessons and some whole subjects that took place in school will not be included.
In addition, teacher/ teaching assistant availability will be far more limited as they will be responsible for teaching the majority of the class in school. Please contact the school office during the day if you are having any problems with accessing work or need any other support.