Remote Education

Provision for Remote Education at

White Cliffs Primary School

Information for parents

from 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.


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?

All remote education will be available on our school website ( the Remote Education tab at the top of the page. Each year group will have a Weekly Learning Plan available to them on which the class teacher will provide links to the week’s remote education. Children will be able to complete the work daily in an order that would best fit with your situation. Staff will be available via Seesaw and the class emails for discussions. Work completed by the children can photographed and shared via the Seesaw App or through individual class emails. All parents will be contacted over the first few days of a lockdown to establish the family’s ability to access remote education. If access to technology is an issue, the school will endeavour to support you.


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?

White Cliffs Primary School is committed to ensuring that all children continue to receive a quality education. The remote education set by the teachers will follow the long-term curriculum plan for their class so that children can continue to access the relevant curriculum for their year and keep up. However, we may need to make some adaptations in some subjects, such as PE, Art, Music.

Teachers will provide adapted learning resources for children with additional learning needs, i.e. SEND or where English is an additional language.


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 the following number of hours each day:

• Key Stage 1: 3 hours a day on average across the cohort, with less for younger children

• Key Stage 2: 4 hours a day

The lessons can be broken down into short sessions with breaks between. The lessons can be accessed in any order.


Accessing remote education

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

The remote education provided can be carried out online and some can be completed on paper. An exercise book and writing equipment will be provided by the school. The Seesaw learning platform will allow you to view pre-recorded lessons and learning created by your child’s class teacher. Additionally, you can follow the links on the School’s website through the Remote Education and Curriculum tab to the main resources that will be used for remote education:

  • Oak National Academy
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Education City
  • My Maths
  • Oxford Owls
  • Times Tables Rockstars
  • Flash Academy (EAL)
  • Readiwriter
  • Collins English – Treasure House



If you are unable to access the sites or have problems logging in, please report this to your child’s class teacher via the Seesaw App. All Weekly Learning Plans can be accessed from the school website:

Along with the pre-recorded lessons teachers will also be setting work on a range on quality educational sites, where appropriate. Where necessary, the children have been provided with the relevant login username and password.

In Key Stage 2 we encourage the children to practice their times tables by logging into Times Table Rock Stars (


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 will take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • The school has a number of laptops and Kindle Fires that can be loaned so that pupils can access their remote education. If you require help with technology and have not already requested support, please contact your child’s class teacher via the Seesaw App and we will endeavour to help you.


  • The school has a small number of dongles or broadband plug-in devices and will be able to loan pupils one if you are unable to access the internet remotely. If you require help accessing the internet remotely and have not already requested support, please contact your child’s class teacher via the Seesaw App and we will endeavour to help you.


  • Some parents may request paper-based work for the children. This should be arranged with your child’s class teacher via the Seesaw App and all work will be returned to the school the following week for marking.


  • Those children who will be attending school will be accessing the same curriculum as those working remotely.


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Every morning the daily remote education activities will be available via the Seesaw App and through the school website, with hyperlinks on the Weekly Learning Plans.


  • Remote Education activities will be a mixture of pre-recorded video or audio teaching by the class or year group teachers. A video will show the teacher leading the pupils through an activity whereas a PowerPoint will have an audio recording embedded within it. Hyperlinks will be clearly signposted on the Weekly Learning Plans.


  • Recorded teaching may also be used via Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize.


  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences may also be used to support the remote education. For example, Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize, TT Rock Stars)


  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) for children who cannot access the online remote education.


  • Daily reading is expected as part of the designated daily hours, and this can be achieved through reading the books the children have a home or through the Oxford Owl website. The children will have access to the login username and password. Oak National Academy’s Virtual School Library will also be used to encourage daily reading.


  • Activities such as PE, Mindfulness, Online Safety, Storytime, are part of the designated daily hours; this mirrors how the curriculum would be delivered in school.


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?

All at White Cliffs Primary School know the importance of attending school and we are committed to ensuring that all children continue to receive a quality education should the need for remote education arise. Therefore, we expect that all children engage fully with their online education and work just as hard as if they were in school. This means accessing all their lessons each day and completing the work set.

If your child is ill, then it is important that you follow the normal absence procedures.

We know the importance of parental support when children are working from home. We realise, however, that this is not always easy as parents may be trying to work from home so access to technology as a family may be limited. Parents may have two or more children trying to access technology or there may be younger siblings at home that need caring for. However, all parents and carers can help support their child with their remote education through using the guidance below:

  • Keep to a routine as much as possible so that your child knows what to expect, this includes getting up and dressed at the regular school time and keeping regular bedtimes. The Weekly Learning Plan provided by your child’s class teacher will help you to do this. This can be accessed via the Seesaw App and through the School Website 


  • Provide your child with a space to work, preferably in a quiet part of the home. Ensure that they have the correct equipment each morning (pen, exercise book, ruler etc).


  • As much as possible, children should carry out the tasks independently, as they have been taught how to do this in school but do check in with your child regularly to ensure they are able to access the activities and are remaining focused.


  • Supervise your child during ‘Teams’ group sessions with the class teacher and Support Staff.


  • Keep active - ensure your child is getting enough exercise and incorporate this into their daily routine. Ensure that you monitor how much screen time your child is accessing during the day, this includes games consoles, television, phones etc.


  • Try different ways of doing things to suit your child’s learning needs. Remember, children thrive on positive praise from adults so ensure that even the smallest achievement need to be celebrated.


  • Stay sociable – arrange to stay in contact with family and friends. Conversations are important but remember to stay safe on social media and online.


  • Use different methods to assist learning, e.g. online programmes and documentaries.


  • Children can send photos of their work, videos or voice recordings through the Seesaw App.


  • If you are having difficulty uploading work, please contact the school where we will be able to find a solution.


  • We would expect your child to access home education for between 3 or 4 hours a day, depending on their age. Their learning can be broken down into small chunks throughout the day.

 For younger children you can:

  • Make learning fun through make believe play.
  • Play educational games with numbers and letters.
  • READ, READ, READ (magazines, story books, comics, recipes, leaflets and brochures, The Argos catalogue!)
  • Involve your child in everyday home activities, e.g. tidying their bedroom, cooking, getting themselves dressed, washing up.


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

Teachers will complete a register for each day to determine which children are accessing the remote education. If your child has not accessed the remote education for two days an email and message will be sent to you from the class teacher. If contact is not made you will receive a telephone call from the school. Further concerns will be followed by a call from the Director of Key Stage or from the Pupil and Parent Support Officer. If the school has not received any work from your child or contact from your family a home visit will be made from two members of the school staff. Children will be expected to submit work at regular points throughout their remote education. Submission of this work will be used to check pupil engagement. Please contact the school if submitting work is an issue. If we are concerned that your child is not engaging with their remote education you will be contacted by your child’s class teacher, Director of Key Stage, Pupil and Parent Support Officer or Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher.


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

Mostly our marking and feedback will follow our normal school policy. 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:

  • Work sent in via Seesaw is marked and commented upon in line with the school’s marking policy. Marking will be completed during school hours.
  • Voice notes will be used as well as using the editing function so that the children’s work can be annotated.
  • Quizzes and tests from online websites, e.g. TT Rock Stars and Education City are marked through the site.
  • The work covered during remote education will be assessed using the National Curriculum and the Progression in Skills documents.
  • Using the Seesaw App, you will be able to see all of the teacher’s marking and feedback for your child.
  • Teachers and Support Staff will continue to award virtual Merits, Superstars and marbles in line with our normal school policy.


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:

  • Work will be designed for the differing abilities of the children. Tasks will be set according to the group the children were working in at school. Individual work may be set using Seesaw where extra support is needed.


  • As far as possible we will continue with our intervention groups, for example, Fizzy, Clever Hands, Handwriting and Reading. This will either be small group or 1:1 interventions. Some interventions maybe carried out via Teams by a member of staff. Speech and Language interventions will be delivered via Teams and resources shared with parents to continue at home.


  • Some children (for example those with an EHCP) will be invited to work in school so that they can receive additional support.



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. Pupil’s will be expected to access the work being set via the Seesaw App or through the school website. There is not an expectation to complete the work if the child is unwell. All work achieved will need to be shared with the class teacher as describe in the remote education procedures.


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

When the majority of the peer group remains in school, the Weekly Learning Plans will mirror as much as possible the teaching in the classroom. Children will have access to the PowerPoint slides and activities. Links will be made available to relevant websites and online platforms to support the remote education. We understand that some of the lessons will not be possible at home. In these cases, an alternative activity will be suggested in the teaching slides.


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Reception Weekly Learning Plan WB 25.1.2021 24th Jan 2021 Download
Year 1 Weekly Learning Plan WB 25.1.21 24th Jan 2021 Download
Year 2 Weekly Learning Plan WB 25.01.21 24th Jan 2021 Download
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