At High Ercall Primary School, we will offer remote learning to any pupil absent due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We follow the DFE guidance which expects schools to have contingency planning in place for remote education. Parents should contact school immediately in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 or where a test has been sought for a household member.
Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing offer and have a strong contingency plan in place for remote education provision by the end of September. This planning will be particularly important to support a scenario in which the logistical challenges of remote provision are greatest, for example where large numbers of pupils are required to remain at home.
Please read the current Remote Learning Planning document to the right of this page.
In developing these contingency plans, High Ercall Primary School will:
- use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
- give access to high quality remote education resources
- select the online tools that will be consistently used across the school in order to allow interaction, assessment and feedback and make sure staff are trained in their use
- provide printed resources, such as textbooks and workbooks, for pupils who do not have suitable online access
- recognise that younger pupils and some pupils with SEND may not be able to access remote education without adult support
When teaching pupils remotely, we will:
- set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects
- teach a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject
- provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos
- gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work
- enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
- plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers
We will consider these expectations in relation to the pupils’ age, stage of development or special educational needs, for example where this would place significant demands on parents’ help or support. We will not set long-term projects or internet research activities.
Planning for different scenarios:
In all scenarios use class technology survey and discussion with parent to decide whether a device needs to be loaned.
In all scenarios, remote education will be sent home as a paper copy or be available electronicall
1. Individual isolation
If a child is isolating due to symptoms within the household, or the family has been told to isolate by NHS Track and Trace.
2. Class bubble isolation
If there is a positive case confirmed in a class. All pupils and staff on the contact list will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
3. Local or National Lockdown
Following advice from the LA the school closes due to a local spike in cases.
Whole school lockdown following advice from PHE or Health Hub.
Home Learning Core Offer
Daily Deliberate Practice
Within the week
Spelling (Spelling Shed)
Phonics / Reading activity / Story
Writing / GPS
Geography / History or other foundation to match learning from class
In order to support the wellbeing of our staff they will not be expected to respond to emails / Seesaw or be in Teams sessions beyond the school day ie 8:30am to 3:30pm. We also recognise that many of our staff have families of their own to support and will need to manage their own days around this too. Teachers may also be teaching in school during the day – and so there may not be immediate response to concerns about learning but we would aim to respond within 24 hours.
Please see the attached documents with further guidance, including sample timetables which would be sent home in the event of isolation.