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Remote Education Information for Parents

St Budeaux Foundation School Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at 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.

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


  • Initially your child might be sent home with paper based work to complete independently or might have work put onto Google Classroom, where they have already been accessing their homework. 


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. For example, PE cannot be carried out the same way that it can be in school. Also, we understand that you will not have access to particular resources such as art and science. 


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We are guided by the government in this area and they have requested that the children carry out between 3 and 5 hours learning a day.  Therefore we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 2

3 to 5 hours per day


Accessing remote education

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


  • The school is using Google Classroom, as its online learning portal, but the school is also using MyMaths and other online learning websites to support the children’s learning.  The children will be made aware of these sites through Google Classroom. 


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:


  • We will lend laptops or tablets to pupils, where there is a need.  Pupil premium children will take priority where required.  Any extra devices will be offered to families who do not have a device to access online learning.  If you feel that you fit into these categories, and you do not have a device, please contact the school office. 
  • The school has a bank of SIM cards, which can be put into a mobile phone so that the laptop or tablet can use this as a hot spot to connect to the online learning platform (Google Classroom). Pupil premium children will take priority where required.  Any extra SIM cards will be offered to families who do not have an internet connection.  If you feel that you fit into these categories, and you do not have an internet connection, please contact the school office. 
  • Printed materials are only offered if you do not have access to online learning or for particular reasons, which will be decided on a case by case review.   If you need support with this please contact the school office. 
  • Any printed materials will need to be collected and dropped off to the school office on a weekly basis



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 (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, other online resources and video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers. Only for those who do not have access to online learning (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities


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?


  • for children to be actively encouraged to be involved in the live lessons and to carry out the work set for them in the time given. Carrying out the work in the time given, supports the staff in marking the work in a timely manner.  If work is submitted late, the work may not be marked. 
  • to support your child in carrying out their work at home and building in a work timetable


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


  • you child’s engagement in live lessons and work will be reviewed constantly. 
  • if you child is not consistently involved in live lessons or they are not consistently handing work in, initially they will be contacted by the class teacher to see if they can support you in ensuring that this takes place.  If there continues to be a lack of engagement, a member of the schools senior management team will make contact with you, to see how best to move forward, in supporting your child with their education


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:


In this section, please set out briefly:

  • pupil will be given feedback in numerous ways as described above.
  • feedback will be given on all work in some form, if the work is submitted in a timely manner. 


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:


  • the class teacher and TA will work closely with any children with SEND to ensure that they are supported as best they can. Parent/carers to make contact with the teacher/TA if they feel that they need extra support
  • the SENCO will contact families if they are struggling and support the teacher and parent/carer in using strategies and techniques to best support the learning of the individual. 


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?


  • Initially your child might be sent home with paper based work to complete independently or might have work put onto Google Classroom, where they have already been accessing their homework. 
  • your child will be supported with some online live lessons, during the teacher teaching the rest of the children in the class.  There will also be online learning put onto the online learning platform (Google Classroom)