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St. Mary's Catholic Primary School: Policy for Remote Education

This Policy for remote education aims to:

· Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who are not in school

· Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning in the event of a lockdown or if a pupil/bubble need to self-isolate

· Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection


At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing a high quality remote education. Through our Microsoft Teams’ platform, we have the capacity to offer:


· Immediate remote education

· A curriculum sequence that relates to our school’s existing schemes of work

· High quality online and offline resources to support all learners including SEND and those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged,

· The use of teaching video resources

· Interaction, assessment and feedback

· An individual online ‘Notebook’ to record their learning

· Regular communication between pupils and teachers · Support for parents and carers via (01708 448430) or admin@stmcps.co.uk



Our ongoing priority will be to safeguard pupils from harm and promote their well-being. As in school all pupils, parents and staff should raise any concern with one of our safeguarding leads; Mr Tucker (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mrs Hodgson, Mrs McLaughlin ,Mrs Robinson, Miss Linehan and Miss Derrick via email to admin@stmcps.co.uk or on 01708 448430. They can also contact the Local Authority Designated Officer on: 01708 431653.

Pupils have the facility on Teams to message their teacher with any worries or concerns or could contact our Learning Mentors (Miss Stack, Mrs Evans or Miss Chapman) on pastoralteam@stmcps.co.uk . Our Learning Mentors are always available should any child or family require any support.

A schedule of contact via phone or online meetings during lockdown would be established which would support well-being and welfare. All pupils will be contacted via phone call to check on their welfare.



Keeping devices secure

All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes, but is not limited to:

· Keeping the device password-protected – strong passwords are at least 8 characters, with a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters (e.g. asterisk or currency symbol)

· Ensuring the hard drive is encrypted – this means if the device is lost or stolen, no one can access the files stored on the hard drive by attaching it to a new device

· Making sure the device locks if left inactive for a period of time

· Not sharing the device among family or friends

· Installing antivirus and anti-spyware software

· Keeping operating systems up to date – always install the latest updates


Data protection

· Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data as part of the remote learning system. As long as this processing is necessary for the school’s official functions, individuals won’t need to give permission for this to happen. However, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online.



In accordance with the government guidelines, children can expect to be set the following amount of work daily:

§ KS1: three hours

§ KS2: four hours

This work will comprise of both synchronous (happening live with all children accessing the lesson at the same time e.g. via a live teacher input) and asynchronous learning (learning occurs at different times e.g. via a pre-recorded video and task). Both forms of learning have their benefits and their limitations; neither is proven to be more effective than the other. The work set will comprise online and offline resources with teacher videos and live sessions to offer support. If children struggle with a concept they should use the ‘chat’ facility to contact the teacher who can then get in touch to offer further explanation.


The Curriculum

We will set work:

· to be meaningful and ambitious

· to be well-sequenced so that knowledge and skills can be built incrementally

· that will suit the needs of different abilities

· that will be clearly explained

· across the week children will have core teaching of English, Mathematics and another foundation subject daily.

· timetabled work to be completed daily

· this will be checked by teachers to gauge progress and target support

· Online learning will match that provided in school to vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. The educational offer will mirror that provided online.


Teaching will comprise of:

Online resources:

Activities that can be accessed and completed online without the need for work to be printed. Examples of online activities include My Maths, TT Rockstars, Teams’ tasks and online educational games.


Offline resources;

Activities that do not need a device with internet access to be used to complete them. Offline activities that children will be able to complete are practicing their times tables or number bonds, free writing, spelling and phonic practice, reading and reading challenges.


Some activities may require a combination of online and offline resources;

Work that is set will be accessed via Teams, therefore a device would be needed to log in online. The work that is set may need to be viewed online but can be completed on paper rather than being printed off. An example of this may be a set of maths questions or a piece of writing set online.


Live sessions

All whole class, group and individual sessions will take place via the Teams’ platform. Please follow the following guidelines at all times when accessing ‘live’ sessions. Live sessions will be scheduled in advance and can be accessed via the ‘general’ page on the Year group team. Children will be asked to ‘wait’ in the lobby until the teacher is able to admit them all.


Parents- please ensure that your child enters the meeting on mute and they only unmute when asked. In addition, please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for learning and is sat in a quiet learning space. Make sure that you are in earshot of your child should they need support with tech when entering a session. If

the session is a 1-1 session with a teacher please make sure that you are present (albeit in the background) throughout.


Teaching video resources;

Videos are reliably sourced by class teachers from a number of platforms for example, White Rose Maths, Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize. Teachers also make their own video inputs often through Loom or another platform and will post links to these via the Teams platform. These teacher-led videos are used as a way of teaching children new concepts, allowing them to visually see explanations being demonstrated. Teaching video resources can support a range of subjects and are used to enhance each child’s learning.



Feedback will be provided to children in a number of ways:

· The use of emojis to signify receipt of work that requires no further feedback.

· Written comments as feedback.

· Recorded voice notes.

· Whole class feedback via live meetings or pre-recorded videos.


We will support pupils by:

§ Teaching lessons in school that will prepare them to navigate the Microsoft Teams Platform.

§ Teaching them online safety

§ Informing them how to keep themselves safe and report any concerns.

§ Providing a weekly overview of learning and a daily schedule.


We will support parents by:

§ Sharing our approach to online safety.

§ Providing a weekly overview of learning and a daily schedule.

§ Informing them of ways to support their child in the completion of tasks online and offline.

§ Providing paper packs to support home learning.


Supporting Accessibility

We will proactively survey parents to evaluate the connectivity and the availability of devices amongst families and engage actively with those parents who have identified a difficulty in accessing online learning. We offer a fortnightly ‘paper pack’ of resources to support the content featured on Teams and reduce the burden of printing at home. As far as possible this will follow the content taught online although on occasion this may change as teaching is adjusted to reflect the experiences of the children in the cohort at the time. This cannot

be helped and is part of the normal teaching programme children would experience in school as teachers use their expertise to tailor the teaching of objectives to the needs presented.


Links with other policies

This policy is linked to our:

· Behaviour for learning policy

· Child protection policy

· Data protection policy and privacy notices

· Home-school agreement

· ICT and internet acceptable use policy


Who to contact

If parents have any questions or concerns about remote learning, they should contact the following individuals:

· Issues with setting of work - contact class teacher or SENDCO

· Issues with behaviour – contact class teacher or Headteacher

· Issues with IT – contact school office

· Concerns about data protection – contact Deputy Headteacher (Data protection officer)

· Concerns about safeguarding – contact Headteacher (Designated Safeguarding Lead) Contact the school via admin@stmcps.co.uk with FAO….(include point of contact) in the subject line.


If you have any concerns about your child’s wellbeing – contact our Learning Mentors on pastoralteam@stmcps.co.uk .


Monitoring arrangements

This policy will be reviewed at least annually by the Headteacher. At every review, it will be approved by the Full Governing Body.

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