This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils, parents and carers about what to expect from Remote Education at St Elizabeth Catholic Primary School when Government Guidelines require individuals, or entire cohorts, to remain at home.
At St Elizabeth, our mission of providing high quality education applies equally to our Remote Education offer as it does to our in-school provision.
We ensure that:
- The timetable for the day is as close to in-school provision as possible
- All pupils have access to technology
- Pupils have the opportunity to interact with their teachers and their peers daily
- Pupils are provided work that encourages independence
- The teaching approaches vary and suit different learning types
Three Models For Remote Learning
There are three models for Remote Learning, these are:
- There is a national or local lockdown resulting in St Elizabeth being closed to the majority of pupils, except key worker and vulnerable pupils
- An entire class or year group has been advised they need to self-isolate due to a confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 cases
- A pupil needs to self-isolate due to themselves testing positive for COVID-19
Each model enables our pupils to remain connected and engaged in their learning when unable to attend the school setting in person, using the Google Classroom platform
We expect that Remote Education will take pupils broadly the following number of hours a day:
- EYFS – 4 hours
- KS1 & KS2 – 5 hours
Access At Home
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We have undertaken the following steps to support those pupils to access remote education:
- We have asked parents to inform us regarding the number of devices available and if they have access to Wi-Fi. If home situations have changed since the follow-up survey was completed, please email us – outlining what support you need
- Households with no devices available to them have been prioritised to be loaned a device from the school
Additional Support For Pupils With Special Educational Needs
We recognise that some pupils, for example, 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/carers to support pupils by giving them access to individual learning experiences based on their needs and will access bespoke learning on Google Classroom. This will be led by the members of staff who support them when in school. For those pupils who have interventions (such as Speech & Language therapy, or Yoga), will continue to have these sessions online, where possible.
We recognise that, whilst pupils are away from school, their overall mental health and wellbeing are of paramount importance. The school will carry out welfare checks as well as promoting ‘screen free afternoons’ where pupils are encouraged to take some time each day away from a screen to engage with their environment and the people around them.