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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 will look different from our usual approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching. We intend to continue our normal curriculum from the first day of remote learning. The school’s website provides you with curriculum maps for all our year groups and those children in the school’s Resource Provision (Class EW). You can access the information by clicking here.

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

Work will be available from the first full day of the lockdown. This will be the core subjects of English and mathematics. Other subjects will be posted as quickly as possible. This will be by the second day of the lockdown at the latest. All children have been issued with login and password details for the remote learning platform (Google Classrooms) and other websites we use. These include access to the following subscription websites: 

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, what we may teach in PE, games or music will be different for those children at home. Registration, break and lunch times are very similar between school and home. 

As soon as possible we will provide some children with intervention programmes similar to those provided in school. We offer a range of additional support through these programmes and aim to continue delivering as many as possible to children learning either at home or in school (children of critical workers and those deemed vulnerable). Priority will be given to those most disadvantaged. 

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 four of hours each day. This is a minimum expectation. Guillemont is an inclusive school and therefore has a wide range of academic ability within and across all year groups. Teachers will offer differentiated work to give either those children that struggles academically, tasks that they are able to access and complete. Similarly, able children will be stretched appropriately. 

Accessing remote education

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

The school uses G-suite/Google Classrooms. The school’s website also contains resources that can be used during remote teaching and study. See the links above for resource links. All children are familiar with the remote learning platform and the subscription websites.

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

The school is supported by Farnborough Lions computer donation scheme. As of today, more than 40 devices have been donated to children from Guillemont Junior School. Parents and carers can apply directly to the Lions for support. However, the school usually identifies those pupils that would benefit from a donation and applies for support from the Lions. 

The school has up to 50 Chromebook computers that can be loaned. Parents usually approach the class teacher and request help. The Headteacher can also be contacted directly via the following email address: [email protected].

Devices from Farnborough Lions are internet enabled and only require the home wifi password. They also come supplied with a Microsoft License and additional educational software. These devices are donated as gifts. The Lions will service and repair any faulty devices where ever possible. 

The school Chromebooks are ready to use and only require the home Wi-Fi password. The children will need their usual login and password. If these are lost/forgotten, the school office can quickly re-issue them. Email the school: [email protected] or call 01252 666846. A simple loan agreement is required to be signed by a parent or carer. A copy of the agreement is available at the end of this document. It is made clear to parents and carers that the sophisticated web-filtering software used at school does not work when Chromebooks are used at home. Parents must supervise their child’s access to the internet.

The school is only able to print resources if there are exceptional circumstances. Special arrangements can be made to collect and return these materials.

How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely. We use Google Classrooms as our platform. Our priority is to maintain contact with home. Children are expected to attend daily live registrations at both 9am and 1pm. Parents and carers can also drop-in to the open Google Meets sessions that usually run from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3pm daily. 

Teachers pre-prepare ‘live’ lesson inputs and post them on Google Classrooms. Tasks are differentiated so that all types of learners can access the work. All supporting resources are also posted on Google Classrooms. This includes worksheets, information sheets, quizzes and video links. The morning sessions focus on the core subjects of English (reading and writing) and mathematics. The afternoon sessions include other subjects, including more open-ended project-based learning. The school website gives an over-view to the curriculum being taught during remote learning – these are called curriculum maps. The live drop-in sessions give access to children to talk directly with a teacher or support staff and ask for help if necessary and to get real-time live teaching. 

All children have logins that were issued at the beginning of the academic year. Lost logins and passwords can be quickly obtained from the school office by calling 01252 666846 or emailing [email protected].

The school also offers pastoral support from our ELSA. This is done by appointment using Google Meets. The support extends to parents and carer. The School Leaders regularly review pastoral needs, identified by teaching staff, and can refer to the ELSA to follow up. Parents can seek help via a number of routes: Google Meets drop-ins, calls or emails to the school. Pastoral support is reviewed regularly to ensure we offer the best possible support to children, parents and carers. 

School data shows that all families can access the internet. Those that need additional devices can also receive help – see accessing remote education above.

Our blended learning means that teachers will incorporate different subjects into selected tasks so that, for example, reading and writing objectives are covered within an English lesson. The pre-recorded teacher inputs and live teaching during the Google Meets drop-ins, is intended to offer the best approach we can during a lockdown. The school also pays subscriptions to three software packages: My Maths, Bug Club and Purple Mash – see above what should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home? The school’s website also has links to useful websites to support remote learning. Both the subscription and the useful websites are used by teachers during times of remote learning.

The school has an extensive library (~12,800) and all children are placed on a reading scheme. If time permits, library books will be issues to take home during lockdown. Reading material is available and set by the teachers via the subscription website Bug Club. There is a vast array of reading material for our children to access at home. Daily reading is a priority for all children and parents/carers are encouraged to ensure their children read every day. This is also under the direction of the class teachers. 

Children that have been identified as requiring additional help with academic work will receive interventions or 1-2-1 meets whenever this is possible. We endeavour to continue our intervention programme, run by LSAs, when possible during the lockdown. 

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?

We expect parents and carers to ensure that children have a routine similar to that used at school. Children are up, dressed and washed/teeth cleaned and breakfasted ready to start work at 9am when the staff are online. There will be work available from 8.30am but this will not be supported by school staff. Children are expected to do a minimum of four hours work per day. There is additional work for those children that need it. Parents should ensure that children have a morning break for 20 minutes and a lunchbreak of 1 hour. There should also be an opportunity for children to exercise during the day. This could be before or after the school day. 

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

Attendance is closely monitored and recorded. Similarly, time spent accessing learning materials can also be monitored. Teachers will mark core work daily and provide feedback. Other non-core work may have a lighter touch. This may include requesting work is edited and improved. Parents and carers will be contacted if their child fails to engage or is producing work below what is usually expected for that child. 

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?

All children with high levels of SEND, including those with an EHCP, are given priority and parents/carers are asked to bring them into school. The Resourced Provision will remain open during lockdown. Children with SEND that are unable to attend school will receive 1-2-1 contact from a member of staff and support appropriately.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

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. Self-isolating children that are not ill will be asked to access Google meets. This will allow them access to learning materials and lessons for selected subjects. If children are involved with the intervention programme, these will be delivered remotely.