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Remote Education Provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents about what to expect from remote education during the current period of school closure.


The remote curriculum

What is taught to pupils at home?

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, continuing the topic-based approach of the

Highgate Primary Curriculum.


Remote teaching and study time each day

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

Many of the tasks which teachers set are open-ended, allowing for shorter or longer periods of engagement depending on pupils’ interest, However, we expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils at least three hours a day on average in Key Stage 1 and four hours a day on average in Key Stage 2.


Accessing remote education

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

We use the Google Classroom application for two-way communication with pupils and families, including for the setting of remote learning activities and the collection of pupils’ work. Maths tasks may be set on the MyMaths or TTRockstars apps, while live teaching and pastoral meetings with teachers take place over Zoom.


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. Please let the pastoral team or School Office know if this is the case as we may be able to assist, for example through the loan of equipment or by applying to government schemes for internet access. We can also print work for you which can be collected at the School Office.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of these approaches to teach pupils remotely:

  • live teaching by the child’s class teacher (online lessons, delivered via Zoom)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. White Rose Maths or Oak National Academy lessons, and video recordings made by teachers)
  • online material supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences (e.g. on BBC Bitesize, Oxford Owl e-books or TTRockstars)
  • daily written instructions for independent tasks, especially within Foundation Subjects (e.g. History, Geography or RE)

Live teaching is not used in the Early Years Foundation Stage, where greater emphasis is placed on providing instructions and supporting materials for activities which can be completed offline, along with use of short video clips made by each child’s teacher.


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 expect children to engage in remote learning in the same way that they would during a regular day in school, and we provide a timetable for the day to support this. We ask that parents help their child follow the timetable as much as possible, for example attending scheduled live teaching sessions, as well as support them in independent tasks as needed.

However, we do understand that many families have competing pressures, such as more than one child learning remotely and/or one or more parents working from home, and recognise that it may not always be possible to complete every single remote learning activity.


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

We check children’s engagement with their work through monitoring their participation in live teaching sessions, their completion of online activities such as MyMaths homework, and their submission of at least one piece of writing weekly. In the first instance, concerns over a child’s degree of engagement will be raised by their class teacher; this will be followed-up by the school’s pastoral team, if required.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and will not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or homework marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. We will provide individual written feedback on at least one piece of written work per week, as well as oral feedback on individual children’s work during live teaching, as appropriate.

We use assignments submitted via Google Classroom, data from the MyMaths and TTRockstars apps, and information gathered during live teaching to inform our assessment of children’s progress. Assessments made during a period of remote learning will then be checked once the children return to school in person, to ensure they are accurate.


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 more intensive support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents to support those pupils by offering adapted teaching materials and additional support where possible. For children with EHCPs this may take the form of online support from Learning Support Assistants.


For further information on Highgate Primary School’s approach to remote learning, including what we do when the school is open but individual classes or pupils are self-isolating, please follow the link below to our Remote Learning Policy.


Important Links

Google Classroom

My Maths

Remote Learning Policy