Remote Education Provision January 2021

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 word ‘remote’ refers to children being educated away from school.

If you have any further questions regarding this provision, please contact the Head teacher – Hania Ryans (hryans@fairlawnschool.net) or the Deputy Head teacher- Kim Clark (kclark@fairlawnschool.net).

What should I expect immediately if the children are sent home?

In the event of a lockdown announcement, or the need to self-isolate, we often do not get much notice. For the first full day of isolation (if the announcement has been made the day before), a timetable will be sent home via the parents’ email addresses with activities you can do on the first day. In order to give teachers time to prepare, there is no live teaching on day one. For Years 5 and 6, the children also receive the email to their Gmail accounts.

If the children are sent home during the school day for a lockdown, or for a period of self-isolation, then we will endeavour to ensure the children take home resources they may need such as the class text and an exercise book.

We will refer to our database of who has requested a device in the event of a lockdown or a cohort self-isolating, and make contact with you to arrange the pick-up or delivery of the device.

We are able to lend out laptops, Chromebooks, headphones, Ipads and web cams.

What should I expect after this first day?

After day one, the resources needed for the lessons over the week will be emailed out to all parents. In Years 5 and 6, these will also be emailed to the children directly. We will create paper versions of the packs which will be available to collect from school. Parents will be contacted once the packs are ready to be collected.

As well as all the paper resources you need, you will also be emailed a timetable for the week which will contain all the information you need to access the live teaching sessions throughout the week. Afternoon sessions will either be live or prerecorded – links to prerecorded videos will be sent out as they become available.

What will my child be taught whilst learning remotely?

Wherever we can, we will teach in line with our curriculum maps so that the children continue to get a broad and balanced curriculum.

It may not be possible to teach some of the more practical subjects like science and DT, so some modifications to the normal timetable, or curriculum map, may be made.

How long can I expect the learning to take each day?

We have kept the hours of the day on the timetable similar to the school day, so the learning should be achievable within those times. We expect your child to be available for remote learning between the hours of 8:45am and 3:15am. We have ensured break times and lunchtimes within the timetable.

How will my child access the remote learning you are providing?

Your child will need access to a device; ideally a laptop or a Chromebook.

We will be using Zoom to deliver live teaching; you do not need an account to access the lessons. The younger children may need support logging into Zoom.

Links to any prerecorded videos will be sent to parents via email.

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

If you do not have a device at home, please do get in touch with us as we have a large number of devices which we can lend to families for the duration of the remote learning period.

If your internet connection is not very stable, please let us know as we may have some routers that we can lend you to help with the signal.

We provide paper packs to all that would like them.

How will my child be taught remotely?

The provision may look slightly different depending on the age of the child. Please be aware that within year groups, the teachers in that year group may teach one subject to all the classes in their year. Please see the table below for an overview of what the remote provision looks like for each year group. Please bear in mind that this provision may change depending on the needs of the class or year group.

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement?

As schooling is statutory for children over 5, we expect all children to engage with all the learning. We encourage any parents who are having difficulties getting their children to engage to contact as soon as possible. Each week, the teachers will make it clear what they expect the children to submit. As this often involves sending photographs of learning, your support with this would be much appreciated.

How will you check whether my child is engaging with the learning and will you let me know if you have any concerns?

A register will be taken each morning to monitor attendance. We will also monitor the learning that is submitted by the children. If children do not engage, or send in learning we will get in touch with you to check that everything is OK.

How will my child’s learning and progress be assessed?

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support? from adults at home to access remote education? 

We understand that educating your child at home is no easy task. Most of our children will be able to access the live lessons and our teachers are skilled at targeting their questioning and demands to support the children to do so. We want your child to be able to work as independently as possible at home and there are a number of strategies that we might use to support this, including:

 – differentiated learning packs

 – the loan of resources e.g. maths equipment

 – annotated timetables allowing some children to dip out of live lessons and work independently on a task

– where possible, 1:1 or small group intervention from the class teacher or learning support

– The use of education packages online eg. Sumdog and TTrockstars for Maths, IDL, Spelling Shed and Bugclub for Literacy

We know that some of our pupils with additional needs have taken to remote learning with ease whereas some children, who might normally have little difficulty in class, have found remote learning really challenging. If you have a concern about how your child with additional needs is accessing remote learning, please email our inclusion leader Emily Bruggy on ebruggy@fairlawnschool.net.

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

If your child has to self-isolate whilst the rest of their class is in school, you will be sent details of the learning we are completing in school. This provision is coordinated by one member of staff, so please contact Hannah Thomson for any queries regarding this (hthomson@fairlawnschool.net).

Executive Head Teacher : Ms Jeanette Brumby

Head Teacher : Ms Hania Ryans

(Contact via School Office)

Co-Chair of Governors : Sharon Long and Paula MacDonald

Fairlawn Primary School
Honor Oak Road
London SE23 3SB