Remote Learning

Remote Education provision: Information for parents/carers

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 classes (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. 

Remote Learning 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. There will be resources and activity ideas available straight away and linked to current topic work through Tapestry which parents are able to access.

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
We will ensure that there will be a range of activities and interactive links that children and parents can select from on a child Tapestry journal. Staff will also be in contact with parents within the first week of remote learning beginning.

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. We will share phonics, English and maths learning that follows the National Curriculum and works in line with our topic overviews. We will focus on developing and securing the fundamental skills in the core areas of writing, phonics and maths as we would do in the classroom. In our Early Years nursery and reception classes the tasks will support the development of age-appropriate skills, identified in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  

Ongoing online learning at home

How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
We will share all online learning via Tapestry. For live sessions, we will look to use Google Meet and links to these will be shared via Tapestry. We will send all of the resources we are able to, via email should there be any technical difficulties with Tapestry.  

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 work with these families on a 1 to 1 basis. We will be flexible to support the needs of individual children, families and their circumstances. All parents have direct access to their child’s class teacher via Tapestry and we will remain in regular contact with all families. Parents are also able to contact the school via the school email (office@cecilgowing.org.uk). 

How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely: 

  • Live sessions (including smaller than class-sized groups) 
  •  Suitable recorded teaching from the class teacher
  • Suitable websites and downloadable resources that support the teaching of specific subjects or areas 

Feedback and Engagement

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: 
We will respond to any uploaded work or comments on the day we receive them. The teaching staff will make individual comments as children will be adding individual examples and photographs of how they have completed any learning task. We will support parents by being explicit in the ways their child has been successful. 

Support for children with additional 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 ensure we make quick contact with all of our pupils with SEND. We will talk to families about what support they need and we will base resources on the child’s learning style and developmental needs. It might include daily contact in some form e.g. Google Meet, a phone call or a message on Tapestry. The frequency of communication and the types of resources could range from online tasks to practical packs sent home. This will be discussed regularly and agreed with families to ensure it is supportive.  

For more information please see our Remote Learning policy