This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if 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.
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.
Work will be provided via Seesaw from the school day following children being sent home. Children will be expected to continue with reading, spellings and times tables as usual. These are all posted on Seesaw in the normal way, so there is no hiatus in learning.
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Primary school-aged pupils
Generally speaking, we expect the work set to take three hours each day. This work will, however, look different depending on your child’s age. A child in Early Years, for example, will be learning through exploratory play for the most part with a short period of more formal work on phonics, writing and counting. There will be increasing periods of more formal work as your child progresses through the school. This does not mean that all work will involve being seated at a table; we pay particular attention to the need of all children to be active and learn in a variety of ways.
From 3 to 4 hours work each day, which will be a mix of formal learning and experiential learning.
From 3 to 4 hours work each day, which will have a greater emphasis on formal learning while still retaining a proportion of active learning.
We continue to use Seesaw to enable our online provision. Should you have any difficulties with accessing this, then please contact your class teachers via the phase emails as detailed on the website. In addition we offer some live ‘zoom’ lessons; links for these daily lessons are distributed via Seesaw.
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 use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
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:
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:
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.
It has been our particular concern to ensure that the full range of the curriculum is available from the next school day for all children, whether as individuals self-isolating or as a bubble. In the case of individuals, feedback will be later in the day than for groups, due to the demands of teaching children in school at the same time.
Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) Statement on School Attendance and the Provision of Remote Learning
DfE Guidance for full opening: schools states that all pupils in all years should return to school full time from September 2020, recognising this is vital for academic progress and student wellbeing. All state-funded schools are required to follow this published guidance and have statutory responsibilities to secure the attendance of pupils in full time education.
The Guidance specifically outlines attendance expectations; stating parents have a duty to ensure their child attends school regularly and schools have a duty to record attendance and follow up absence, including the appropriate use of available sanctions (in line with the Local Authority Code of Conduct). The guidance makes clear that shielding has paused and all, but a very small number of, children previously required to shield should return to school. If a child’s health condition is such that they must continue to shield, this is confirmed by their GP or consultant.
Access to Remote Learning
With regard to the provision of remote education the Guidance is clear that where a child is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical or public health advice the school is expected to offer that child access to remote education immediately and the absence will not be penalised. All other children must attend school.
KCSP recognises that consistency of approach is helpful for all schools and parents. The agreed position is that where there is an officially confirmed requirement for a child to shield or a child is self-isolating due to suspected Covid-19 (themselves, in their household or by order of the NHS test and trace / local health protection team) remote learning will be made available by our schools.
The provision of remote learning is not a requirement for those who do not fall into these categories including non Covid-19 related illness or absence. Remote learning is not an alternative to pupils’ full-time attendance at school.
Principles of Remote Learning
KCSP recognises that there may be key differences between our schools when it comes to the delivery of remote learning to take account of the identified needs of the pupils in our schools and our respective infrastructure and resources.
The following principles for remote learning provision apply across all schools:
16th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We of course hope and pray that all our families will remain well or recover swiftly from the current health issues. If you become aware of any family who is finding the situation especially difficult and need some practical help you could let us know and we will help if we can.
If you happen to be shopping perhaps you could consider buying an extra tin or toilet roll and adding it to our food bank box so we can pass it on to the local food banks for distribution .
Following the update from the Government today I am writing to let you know of our current plans for school.
The whole household of someone with any symptoms eg a temperature or a persistent cough must self isolate for 14 days
We therefore expect that should you contact us to let us know that your child, or someone in your house, has symptoms the children will not be in school for at least the next 14 days. Should we become aware that children are in school who should be self-isolating we will be asking you to come and collect them
If your child is well then we ask that you access our home learning which will be on the class pages of the website www.stmargaretclitherowschool.org.uk by the end of tomorrow. In the meantime please encourage your child to do any of the following: read, practise their number bonds or times tables, count real objects, carry out some model making, design an Easter garden and take some exercise.
Social Distancing the recommendations are that people should maintain a distance of 2 metres.
Clearly this cannot apply to the children in a classroom situation, although we will do our best to ensure space and good ventilation whenever possible.
This obviously has implications for drop off and pick up times. Please could we ask that you maintain a distance between other families as you make your way down the path and drop your children outside the classroom door. At collection please make a wide circle outside the doors and the teacher will send the children to you. We realise this may take longer than usual and trust you will remain patient as we try to manage the situation. If you particularly need to speak to the teacher please email or phone the office so the teacher can reply to you. The teachers will contact you by email or phone should they need to.
We of course want our community to be able to maintain friendly links so the St Margaret’s smile will hopefully be much in evidence!
All the children are asked to wash their hands on arrival in school and before they go home as well as at regular intervals in between.
Children travelling on the bus will continue to be asked to wash their hands on arrival in school and before they leave. We will be contacting the bus company to see if they have any further advice.
At school we are very conscious of maintaining a happy, positive, calm and purposeful environment and thank you for helping the children to understand the current situation.
We will continue to keep up to date with all the latest advice and let you know of any changes.
With all best wishes
12 March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We continue to take the advice of Public Health England, the DFE and KCSP about steps to be taken to try and delay the spread of COVID-19. We all agree that the following should be in place from now until further notice:
At school we are continuing to support all our children and staff in maintaining good hygiene and appreciate your help with this.
Please contact the school office in the usual way should your child not be well enough to attend school.
We look forward to continuing our usual school day with all learning and activities, however should there be staff absence we have a contingency plan to ensure the children remain safe, cared for and learning whilst in school. We will let you know of any developments which may affect you and your children as they occur.
In the meantime thank you for your continued support and understanding.