Remote Education Provision - information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to our pupils, parents, carers and guardians about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.


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?


In the first few days of remote education provision, you can log onto our website to download work packs for your child:




This will be available immediately for pupils to complete independently in the first instance. 



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, where the children might have completed a science investigation in school – a video to watch at home might be more appropriate. 


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 3 hours a day, on average, across the school. In KS2 this goes up to 4 hours a day, with the additional hour compromising of 15 minutes each of home reading, Multiplication tables practice, spellings practice and handwriting practice.

Accessing remote education


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

The school is using Microsoft Teams as our online learning platform.  The children can access this from their own school email account which is as follows:




Their password will be automatically generated when they are issued with their email account. 


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 some devices which we can issue or lend that enable an internet connection. Please contact your childs teacher if you require the loan of a device to help. A letter will then be issued to you, from the office, outlining the terms and conditions of the loan. You will then need to accept these terms and conditions via SIMS PAY. Once this is done, you can come to the school to collect a device. 

How will my child be taught remotely?


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

  • Commercially available recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, White Rose lessons, you tube etc)
  • Teacher pre-recorded teaching
  • Live teaching
  • Commercially available websites

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?


It is expected that pupils engage with remote education and it would be useful if the children were provided with a set routine to support their education. In school teachers deliver the lesson content and explain the learning task for each lesson. It would be useful if you could sit with your child to watch the video, explaining the learning task, and then give them some independent time to complete the learning - with abit of support as needed. 



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


Teachers will check pupils’ engagement with remote education daily.  If engagement is a concern, parents, carers or guardians will be contacted. 



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:

  • Teachers will return work with comments as and when it is submitted


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:


  • You can make contact with your child’s class teacher via the following email address
  • Year___@roachvale.essex.sch.uk (insert your child’s year group)


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?


When individual pupils are self-isolating they are provided with a planned and sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects, via a home learning pack.  This can be returned to school at the end of isolation so that it can be marked and the pupil can be provided with individual feedback. 



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    Essex CO4 3YN
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