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Castleview Remote Learning

Remote education provision: information for parents

First and foremost, we as a school and all of us as individuals care deeply about our pupils. We are dedicated to providing the best possible education to our pupils – whether they’re learning in school or at home. We want to make sure they progress and achieve well, whether they are in school or learning at home. We want to help mitigate the disruption caused by COVID-19 and help our pupils stay engaged with their work and continue to enjoy their learning. 

Castleview School has always strived to be creative, innovative and support our families and children in the best way possible to make learning purposeful and holistic. We seek to deliver a curriculum that is rich, relevant and imaginative. Our strategy for remote learning continues this.

The information provided is to ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for all pupils who are not in school through the use of quality online and offline resources and teaching videos. We want to provide clear expectations to members of our school community with regards to the delivery of high quality interactive remote learning. It is imperative we provide continuous delivery of the school curriculum, as well as support the wellbeing of our pupils.

Castleview Remote Education:

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

At Castleview, remote education for children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will be set on Google Classroom and for children in Reception and Nursery, their work will be set on the homework page for the first day of remote education.

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 curriculum remotely as we do in school, wherever possible and appropriate, in line with our half-termly curriculum maps. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects.

The Department for Education (DfE) requires that the remote education provided should be equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and will include both recorded or live direct teaching time and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently.

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day in Key Stage 1 & 2?

We expect that remote education in Key Stage 1 and 2 (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

KS1 3 hours a day
KS2 4 hours a day

Accessing remote education

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

For children in Key Stage 1 and 2, their work will be set on Google Classroom and they will meet with their class and teacher for two live teaching sessions every day.

For children in Nursery and Reception, their work is set on the school website homework page. Teachers also meet with their children using Google Meet each day. Parents can upload their child’s work onto Tapestry and access the tutorials for learning.

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:

How will my child be taught remotely?

At Castleview, we have chosen a model that allows teachers and children to have video contact totalling up to two hours. The rest of the time will be assigned for independent work as per DfE guidance. Remote teaching at Castleview includes:

To help parents and carers manage their child’s day, teachers will provide a weekly timetable of live lessons and set work, in advance, so that this can enable parents to schedule some of the learning activities at a suitable time. Teachers will upload work for the following day in the evening by 8pm.  You will note that, as well as the Google Meets (scheduled each morning and afternoon) and the timetabled learning activities, each teacher will have a designated break from their laptop between 11.30am and 1.00pm. This is to enable staff some time to keep up with their online marking and assessment and, of course, to have a reasonable lunch break where they are not ‘on call’.

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?

Children will:

Parents and carers will:

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

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. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

All methods will support our formative assessments and contribute to our summative assessments. 

We will have a 2 day cut off point, after which, work will not be marked (unless the child's parent or carer has emailed to give a specific reason why the child has been unable to complete/submit their work).

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:

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?

For those individual pupils self-isolating whilst the majority of their peers are at school, the children will access their learning either through Google Classroom or via a direct email.  The work set will reflect what is being taught in class and will follow a planned and well-sequenced curriculum across a number of different subjects.  Feedback will be provided via Google Classroom or email.  Where necessary, a paper pack will be provided to support the child's learning.

Remote Education Policy