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LIPA Remote Learning FAQs

 

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. In the event of a local outbreak, the Public Health England health protection team or local authority may advise a school to fully or partially close temporarily to help control transmission.

 

We have put together a comprehensive remote education plan that runs throughout the school.  The main learning platform that will be used to deliver the remote education from Reception to Year 6 will be Microsoft Teams (Evidence Me will also be used in Reception).  This will be used to upload and share work, communicate with parents and to submit work for making and feedback.  For children in Reception this will be supported by Evidence Me.

 

Remote Learning may have to be applied in several different contexts. This may involve a return to remaining open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers and providing remote education for all other students, or it may involve remote education for certain year groups for a period of time.  For details of what to expect where individual children are self-isolating, please see the penultimate section of this document

 

When teaching children remotely, we are:

 

  • providing frequent, clear video explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in the school or through high-quality live teaching, curriculum resources or videos.
  • setting activities so that children have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects.
  • teaching a planned and well-sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with a good level of clarity about what is intended to be taught and practised in each subject.
  • gauging how well children are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work.
  • enabling teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure children’s understanding.
  • planning a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching students would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers.

 

We hope these questions and answers will help you and your children to make the most of our Remote Learning provision.

 

What is LIPA’s Whole Bubble Remote Learning approach?

 

Our Remote Learning looks in depth at what your child would be normally learning in school and combines relevant resources from high-quality providers such as White Rose Hub and Oak National Academy for you to access at home. You will have daily online lessons with your year group staff via Microsoft Teams at 9.30am, 1pm and 2.45pm. Depending on your child’s age and the content of the lessons, the durations of the online lessons will vary.

 

Our remote education platform is Microsoft Teams.  Microsoft Teams enables us to host live sessions, engage in on-line conversations, set work and allows teachers to set work and provide feedback on work submitted.  A typical timetable is as follows;

 

 

Start Times

 

8:30

Get dressed and have breakfast

9:00

Log into Teams and complete well-being survey

9:30

Online Lesson 1 (via Teams)

10:30

Suggested Break

10:45

Independent Work

12:00

Lunchtime

1:00

Online Lesson 2 (via Teams)

2:00

Independent Work

2:45

Online Lesson 3 (via Teams)

 

What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?

Remote education will come into play when a class/es have to close in order to allow for a period of isolation to occur or in event of a full school lockdown.  The day of the closure, staff will be given 24hrs to plan how the current curriculum content for their class will be translated to meet the needs of home learners whilst also delivering the full curriculum entitlement.  Therefore, home learning will begin 24hrs after the class closes.  The first few days of home learning will be planned to support the delivery of the full curriculum whilst also allowing pupils the time to adjust to becoming a home learner and for us to provide additional support/resources to families as required. 

 

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 aim, as closely as we can, to deliver the full curriculum to all of our home learners, as it would be followed in school.  Content will remain the same but lessons and activities will be planned in a way that they can be accessed easily at home.  Some subjects such as Art, DT and Science will differ slightly due to pupils having access to different levels of resources at home but wherever possible these subjects will continue to be taught using the opportunity to practice basic skills.  Mathematics, English and Phonics/spelling will be daily and all other subjects will be taught in line with normal timetables as far as possible.  Staff will set tasks that are ambitious and meaningful each day in line with Government guidance.

 

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

 

3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort.

 

All children will be provided with learning content whether that be direct teacher input or adult directed tasks that will allow for the equivalent of 3hrs of core teaching that pupils would receive in school. This is in line with government expectations for remote education.  This will include daily Maths, English, Spelling/phonics and at least 1 other curriculum subject as well as the opportunity to engage in wider activities to support their mental health and well-being. All children will take part in 3 daily live lessons via Microsoft Teams. 

And learning material will be shared with the children via videos and adult directed tasks on this platform.

 

I don’t have a device my child can use, what do I do?

 

Remote education is very much based on the use of technology.  In order to ensure that this does not hinder any child form accessing the learning material, school have offered support to parents that may not have devices at home on which they can deliver remote education.  This includes lending out devices and devices that will enable Internet access.  All parents have been invited to contact school if they require support in this way.  Failing that, school will make special arrangements for pupils that have absolutely no way of accessing online learning – this could be by providing a paper-based learning pack or inviting the children into school.  All remote learning is planned so that parents do not need to print out work.

 

As online learning has proved to be such a valuable tool at this time, we have committed to ensuring that each and every child can access this resource at home. We received a supply of Chrome Books from the DfE for families to borrow. We have supplemented this by purchasing additional Chrome Books and also Amazon Kindles for younger children.

 

Should you require access to these please contact info@lipaprimary.org and include the word ‘Device’ and your child’s name and class in the subject bar.

 

How often will we be in touch?

We want both yourself and your child to feel supported at this time. The following contact points are in place to allow for this:

  • Daily online teaching via Microsoft Teams, three times per day.
  • Email contact with your child’s teacher, as needed. Teachers can be reached via info@lipaprimary.org, adding FAO, the teacher’s name and your child’s name in the subject bar. Teachers will provide feedback on any work received via Teams.
  • ‘Check-in Chat’ phone calls from a member of staff will occur if needed to provide additional support. This call could be from a private number, if you miss it then you will receive an email supporting you in arranging a call-back.

 

What happens if my child’s teacher is unwell?

 

If a member of teaching staff is unwell and is not able to provide remote education, another member of the team will be deployed to provide the remote education. It may take 24 hours for school to set this up. Ultimately the aim is to ensure that teaching continues in the most effective way possible until the teacher is able to resume teaching.

 

How will you deliver Project Based Learning (PBL) remotely?

We are very focused on maintaining our PBL approach regardless of learning environment. Where Remote Learning is concerned, we have selected high-quality lessons and units of work relating to the individual subjects that make up PBL, consistently linking them back to our projects and our long-term planning. During our 1pm online lesson, we will be focusing on our projects through a range of subjects.

 

What are your expectations for your child’s engagement and the support that parents and carers should provide at home?

 

We would encourage the highest possible levels of engagement with remote education without causing any stress at home for both the parents and child. As parents/carers we need your support to ensure your child sticks to the routines of completing school work at the right times and is provided with a space they can work without distraction. Where this is not possible, please let us know and we will do what we can to help.

 

Please reinforce clear boundaries with your child during their remote education, such as not allowing them to use their mobile phones (unless being used for the lesson) and minimizing other distractions such as having the TV on in the background.  We have also produced a ‘good practice’ guide for using Microsoft Teams and this can be found at the end of this document.

 

Your child will attend three live lessons per day and will be expected to undertake independent work in between these sessions.  Our remote education has been planned so that the children are supported as much as possible by the class teacher.  However, we appreciate that younger children, by nature will naturally require some assistance.  We ask that parents support children in being prepared for the lessons.  Younger children may need support during live lessons and independent work however older children should be able to access live lessons with growing independence.  Support from the class teacher is available throughout the day.

 

Teachers will be aware of engagement and participation levels from their class through attendance in Microsoft Teams sessions and from the work submitted.

 

If a member of staff is worried or concerned about a child in relation to remote education then we will contact you via e-mail to offer support and where appropriate this will be followed up with a phone call.

 

How will we provide feedback?

 

Feedback is crucial to moving children on in their learning and so has been built into our remote learning in many ways.  Firstly, Microsoft Teams sessions will allow interaction and feedback to occur on a 1:1 and whole class basis. 

 

Feedback could be given in 3 ways. 

 

  • A child may receive direct feedback on a piece of work that they have completed via Microsoft Teams (or Evidence Me in Reception)

 

  • Class teachers may provide whole class feedback for a common task, identifying strengths and steps for improvement for the whole class. This will vary depending on the task in question. 

 

  • We may use quizzes to assess children’s understanding. Quizzes provide instant student feedback and scores are recorded so that teachers can address common mistakes in future lessons.

 

Teachers are not expected to mark every piece of work in depth, but they will be checking work and addressing any errors or misconceptions with children in the following lessons.

 

How will we support children with individual needs?

 

Children with special educational needs, disabilities (SEND) or other particular needs may face lots of changes in their day to day lives as a result of the coronavirus situation. Within government guidelines, we strive to provide routine, continuity and ongoing support for all of our children with SEND and their families through a variety of bespoke in-school and remote methods.

 

Children with additional needs will be supported in accessing the remote learning offered on a daily basis.  In addition, Individual Support Plans (ISPs) have been designed so that key targets can be progressed at home.  Additional support is also available as required and actions are put in place on an individual basis according to need.  The progress and needs of children with SEND are carefully monitored.

 

Where possible, where children have access to specialist support, e.g. Seedlings, Speech and Language, we would expect this to continue.

 

 

 

Do I need a login and password?

You have received a letter with your individual login and password for Microsoft Teams.

You can access Microsoft Teams via

 

https://lipafreeschool.sharepoint.com/sites/remotelearning?CT=1602750277583&OR=OWA-NT&CID=84a57d84-87b8-e81b-77b4-5b5c573e0a36

 

What resources will I need for Remote Learning?

You will need a device which can be connected to the internet such as a smart phone, tablet, Chrome Book or laptop. Sony PlayStations and Microsoft X-Boxes are also now compatible with Microsoft Teams.

You will require a pen/ pencil and paper. Teachers will work hard to ensure other resources are kept to a minimum.

 

Who do I go to for support with Remote Learning?

If you are encountering problems with accessing the Remote Learning, please get in touch via info@lipaprimary.org and a member of staff in school will be able to help.

 

What else could my child do at home?

 

What is Oak National Academy?

Oak National Academy is an online classroom which has been created by teachers specifically to support pupils’ learning at home. Oak is a free website available at www.thenational.academy. It has been created by over 80 teachers, with the backing of the Government and is designed to help schools and parents balance learning at home. You can access Oak’s online classroom on any device, you don’t need to log in or remember a password. Each Oak Academy lesson is delivered by a trained teacher, over a pre-recorded video, and it’s very clear at the start of each session anything you might need (such as pens, paper etc). The lessons are designed to need minimal supervision, although this will depend on the age of your child.

 

How do I access the Oak Academy Lessons?

You can access Oak at www.thenational.academy. It’s easy to get on through a phone, tablet or laptop. You can use Oak on more than one device at the same time, which is great if you have children of different ages learning together.

 

Do I need a login and password?

You don’t need a login or password for Oak. You can simply go to the website and, depending on what your teacher has recommended for your child, start the lessons straight away. The website doesn’t collect your personal information, so you and your child’s data is safe.

 

Do I need to do the lessons with my child?

Each Oak Academy lesson is a pre-recorded video with a teacher who takes your child through each section step-by-step. The level of your supervision has been designed to be minimal, although that will depend on the age of your child. Each lesson can be paused and rewound to help pupils learn at their own pace. Some lessons, such as Art and Design, may require more supervision.

 

How are the lessons taught?

Each of Oak’s lessons is an hour-long and is delivered over by a video on the website. The lessons include quizzes, worksheets and creative activities to engage your child. The videos are pre-recorded so there’s no other children in your child’s session.

 

Can we access lessons at any time?

All lessons are available any time, so you can choose when your children go online to help you balance your daily routine. Each lesson follows a sequence which builds on previous lessons, but they are also stand alone so you don’t need to start from the beginning. Some Oak lessons may suggest completion of an earlier lesson but if this has not been suggested by teachers, it is because that content has already been covered in school.

 

Are there any extra resources?

Our website continues to have lots of additional resources which the children can use, and we will be adding to these over time with Curriculum Maps, useful websites and well being activities. Please find these at https://www.lipaprimary.org/home-learning/

 

 

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

 

In the case that a child may be self-isolating individually rather than a whole class, remote education will look slightly different.  If a child is away from school they will receive a paper-based pack with enough photocopiable materials / exercise books to last them for the duration of their isolation and to enable them to continue to access the curriculum.  They will also be directed to activities via the Class Section on the school website – www.lipaprimary.org

 

Parents will also be directed to the section of this document; ‘What else could my child do at home?’

 

The class teacher and teaching assistant will in turn call to check that the parents and pupils are well during the isolation period.  Teaching assistants can be made available for further support and daily contact if required.  Feedback will be given via telephone calls and work submitted via e-mail. 

 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Support

 

School will use the following methods to collect information about the remote education plan:

 

  • Digital surveys for parents

 

  • Parents’ evenings

 

  • Phone calls with parents to assess the impact and effectiveness of our remote education plan

 

  • Teacher evaluations and feedback

 

  • Feedback from children

 

School will analyse the information gathered in order to assess the impact and effectiveness of the remote education plan When evaluating provision and assessing impact, we will focus specifically on the following areas:

 

  • Academic progress

 

  • Levels of engagement

 

  • Enjoyment of learning

 

  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and parents

 

  • Quality of provision

 

 

We have a great partnership with our parents. Provision is very much shaped through close collaboration with all of our stakeholders. We understand that in these uncertain times, people have important questions, queries and concerns. There is always someone at our school who is available to listen, help or direct. Greg Parker, Head Teacher is the Designated Lead for Remote Learning in our school.

 

Parents can always get in touch in the following ways:

 

 

  • Phone – 0151 958 0020

 

  • Contact your child’s teacher directly via Microsoft Teams