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COVID-19 Information and Wider Opening Risk Assessment and Remote Learning Information

Risk Assessment for opening to children of Critical Workers and Vulnerable children January 2021

Enhanced Measures 30.11.21

Risk Assessment for March 8th re opening to all children

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 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.

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?


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.


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 for the greater part. However, we do from time to time make some adaptations to take advantage of the opportunities offered by home learning. For example, there will be chances to use communication technology, such as videos or power points, to summarise learning and combine skills across the areas of the curriculum.


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 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.

KS 2

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.





Accessing remote education

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


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.



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 have a scheme to loan I-pads or laptops. Please contact your child’s teachers via the key stage address or the school office for further information
  • Some internet providers are increasing data allowances during the lockdown. Please contact the school if you need us to take the relevant steps for you.
  • We may offer a dongle should this be necessary
  • If your child cannot access any printed materials needed as you do not have online access, then please contact your class teacher via the class email. A pack of printed materials or text books will then be made available for you to pick up from the school office.
  • Work may be returned in the same way, via the office.




How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:



  • We have live lessons daily for each year group
  • recorded teaching created by the teachers
  • recorded and live assemblies via Seesaw and zoom
  • printed paper packs (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) particularly in the case of maths as we follow the White Rose scheme
  • children recording themselves reading on Seesaw using their school reading books. They will receive feedback, again via Seesaw. We will enable changes of books
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences, for example from Oak Academy


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 have shared protocols with the parents concerning their children’s use of technology and how we expect them to engage with the learning offered
  • each phase group has set out a timetable to support the parents in establishing routines for their children during remote education
  • school will contact parents via telephone to offer further support
  • each key Stage has a designated email address for parents to contact the teachers
  • the Academy Principal and Executive Principal are contactable through email



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


  • children’s work posted on Seesaw is checked daily, with teachers giving feedback as appropriate
  • if engagement is a concern, teachers will firstly try to establish what is preventing the child from carrying out the work set. They will message via Seesaw to offer support. Should concerns persist, then they will call parents or carers to work out a joint approach.


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:


  • children will receive feedback on their work daily


  • this feedback is provided through evaluative comments, whether verbal or written, as appropriate to the subject; use of automatic marking as for TimesTables Rock Stars; posting especially good examples of work on the school website
  • additional assessment opportunities will be carried out from time to time eg sustained writing, end of unit assessments, maths investigations, phonic screening
  • Additional


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:


  • we continue to provide face-to-face education for those children who are particularly vulnerable, whether for reasons of SEND or otherwise
  • those pupils who have been receiving Speech and Language sessions in school will continue to receive them remotely where this is an appropriate approach for the pupils concerned
  • for those who are accessing remote education, class teachers know their pupils very well and take great care to provide sufficiently scaffolded or differentiated work appropriate to those children. This may still require adult support
  • children in Early Years in particular and Year 1 to a large extent are still focusing on experiential learning. Our remote learning offer takes this into consideration; it is aimed at stimulating curiosity and encouraging the children to make links across their learning


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?


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.



Risk Assessment for September 2020

Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) Statement on School Attendance and the Provision of Remote Learning


 School Attendance

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:


  • provision is available to the individual or group of pupil(s) from the first day (or as close to the first day as possible) that an approved Covid-19 reason for absence is reported;
  • provision offers curriculum continuity and enables pupils to continue in their class learning;
  • provision offers a blend of high quality online and offline resources;
  • provision ensures there is some opportunity to pupil(s) for teacher interaction, feedback and assessment;
  • individual schools will work directly with the families of SEND children unable to access remote education without adult support to ensure their access to a broad and ambitious curriculum;
  • pupils without online access will be provided with alternative resources to support the curriculum continuity in their curriculum learning.
    KCSP recognises that across its schools remote learning provision may include the selective use of ‘live’ interactions / lessons via Microsoft Teams, My Learning TV, Seesaw or other similar platforms where this has educational merit and is logistically feasible to deliver. However, it is agreed that this will operate as part of a suite of online and offline provision and will not be the exclusive or default method of delivery across our schools. 


Information Leaflet September 2020

Guidelines if your child is unwell

Critical worker flow chart


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 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


Annemarie Whittle

Executive Principal

Letter from Clive Webster, Chief Executive, KCSP - COVID-19

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:

  • schools should remain open
  • anyone who has a ‘new and persistent cough’ or a temperature  should self isolate for 7 days and take medical advice should they be concerned
  • everyone should continue to wash their hands with soap and water regularly and avoid touching their face

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.


Yours sincerely


Annemarie Whittle

Executive Principal





Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address Barham Court, Teston, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary Schoo is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

What a week!! Two sports mornings, one school trip, Fathers' day breakfast and Jubilee celebrations! It was great to have families back in school.