This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or 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 at the bottom of this page.

The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

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.

Where pupils all have logins and access to their class Google Classroom, activities and resources will be uploaded in the first instance for all pupils to access independently or with the support of a parent or carer dependent on age group. If needed and possible, children will be sent home with a workbook to be able to record any home learning. Those pupils who do not have access to Google Classroom will be supported to ensure it is possible or that alternative resources are available. 

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. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. 

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:

Primary school-aged pupils

There is a minimum expectation of 3 hours for remote learning. This will include a range of live sessions, pre recorded sessions, set activities and tasks plus assignment submissions. A timetable of when activities and sessions are to happen is sent to all families each week so to support the planning of homeschooling.

Accessing remote education

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

At Bearsted Primary Academy we use Google Classroom as our learning platform where all information, teaching and learning, is set. We conduct Live Learning sessions using Google Meet and which are then recorded and shared on Google Classroom. The code for the live sessions is found on the Google Classroom Stream and can only be accessed by members of the class. 

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?

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

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching 
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

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?
  • Our expectation of pupils is to join in with live sessions as much as possible, followed by completing tasks and sharing them within the assignments folder. If a child is unable to join in live sessions then they must watch the recording when possible. They must regularly check in with their teacher and show active engagement in learning. 
  • We expect parents to support children in accessing the learning resources and live sessions when possible and to read the posts from teachers which guide and support parents and are uploaded the evening before a day’s learning. If parents are unsure or are needing support we ask that they contact the class teacher via google classroom or email us at info@bearstedprimaryacademy.org.uk
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
  • For each live session a register is taken to track pupil engagement. Learning submitted in the assignment folder is also tracked as well as how active pupils/parents are on Google Classroom through comments. The IT team also produce a weekly report to see who has accessed their emails and Google Classroom 
  •  Parents/carers of pupils who are not actively engaged in learning and have not logged onto Google Classroom will be contacted by the school to see if any support is needed and to remind parents of the importance of engaging. If there is still no engagement the Principal will get in contact and discuss alternative support and notify parents that learning is being monitored. 
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:

  • Pupil’s work will be monitored and checked by teachers throughout the school day. It will be commented on and acknowledged and electronically handed back to pupils alongside being awarded points for engagement and the work they achieve.
  • Each pupil will receive an acknowledgment when they post onto the Google Classroom stream. At the end of the week, once all learning has been handed in a more in depth response will be given with comments on individual pieces of 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:
    • Families of pupils with SEND will be regularly contacted by the academy SENCO to ‘check in’ and to be of support to both the pupil and parents. Additional resources and packs will be sent out tailored to the learners needs to support learning at home. 
    • Families who have children in reception and/or Year 1 will receive additional ‘parent support’ guidance on Google Classroom alongside the resources set for learners so they best know how to support their child, carry out activities and access learning. 

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?

Children who are needing  to self isolate will have continued access to Google Classroom where a weekly overview of the learning in school will be posted, including a specific breakdown for core subjects. Alongside this, a timetable and learning activities will be shared to support and encourage learning at home whilst isolating. Learners/parents will be able to directly contact the teacher for support via Google Classroom and feedback on learning will be given during allocated times which will be outlined in the weekly post.