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Remote Education Policy

 

Seaton Academy

Remote Education Policy

Seaton Academy has always strived to be creative, innovative and support our parents/children in the best way possible to make learning purposeful and enjoyable and accessible. Our strategy for remote learning continues this.

Aims

This Remote Education Policy aims to:

  • Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for all pupils (Inc. SEND) who aren’t in school through use of quality Online and offline resources
  • Provide clear expectations to members of the school community with regards to the delivery of high quality remote learning 
  • Include continuous delivery of the school curriculum, as well as support of Health and Well-Being for children and parent support
  • Consider continued education for staff and parents where possible
  • Support effective communication between the school and families and support attendance

Who is this policy applicable to?

  • A child (and their siblings if they are also attending school) is absent because they are required to self-isolate due to close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19. The rest of their school bubble are attending school and being taught as normal.
  • A child’s whole bubble is not permitted to attend school because they, or another member of their bubble, have tested positive for Covid-19.

 Remote learning will be shared with families when they are absent due to Covid related reasons.

Content and Tools to Deliver This Remote Education Plan

Resources to deliver this Remote Education Plan include:

  • Online tools for EYFS/KS1.
  • Use of recorded instructional videos.
  • Phone calls home
  • Use of Seesaw

Home and School Partnership

Seaton Academy is committed to working in close partnership with families and recognises each family is unique and because of this remote learning will look different for different families in order to suit their individual needs.
 
Where possible, it is beneficial for young people to maintain a regular and familiar routine. Seaton Academy would recommend that each ‘school day’ maintains structure
 
 We would encourage parents to support their children’s work, including finding an appropriate place to work and, to the best of their ability, support pupils with work encouraging them to work with good levels of concentration.

Every effort will be made by staff to ensure that work is set promptly. Should accessing work be an issue, parents should contact school promptly and alternative solutions may be available. These will be discussed on a case-to-case basis.

All parents and children are expected to abide by our Acceptable Use and Online Safety policies which includes e-safety rules and this applies when children are working on computers at home.
 

Roles and responsibilities

Teachers

Seaton Academy will provide a training session for staff on how to use Seesaw, as required.
 
When providing remote learning, teachers must be available between the normal hours of their working day.

If they are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness, they should report this using the normal absence procedure.

When providing remote learning for whole bubbles, teachers are responsible for:

  • Setting work:
  • Teachers will set work for the pupils in their classes.
  • The work set should follow the usual timetable for the class had they been in school, wherever possible
  • Weekly/daily work will be shared via Seesaw
  • Providing feedback on work:
  • Work submitted will receive feedback from teaching staff

 Keeping in touch with pupils who aren’t in school and their parents:

  • If there is a concern around the level of engagement of a pupil/s parents should be contacted via phone to access whether school intervention can assist engagement.
  • All parent/carer emails should come through the class teacher’s email account
  • Any complaints or concerns shared by parents or pupils should be reported to a member of SLT– for any safeguarding concerns, refer immediately to the DSL/DDSL and record on CPOMS

Teaching Assistants
 Teaching assistants must be available between the hours of their normal working day.

If they are unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness, they should report this using the normal absence procedure.

During the school day, teaching assistants must complete tasks as directed by a member of SLT or their class teacher.

 Senior Leaders

Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:

  • Co-ordinating the remote learning approach across the school including monitoring of engagement.
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning through virtual meetings with teachers
  • Monitoring the security of remote learning systems, including data protection and safeguarding considerations

 Designated safeguarding lead

The DSL is responsible for managing and dealing with all safeguarding concerns. For further information, please see the Child Protection Policy.

 IT Subject Lead

IT Lead in school is responsible for:

  • Fixing issues with systems used to set and collect work, where possible or referring to IT support for assistance
  • Helping staff with any technical issues they’re experiencing
  • Being aware of the security of remote learning systems and flagging any data protection breaches to the data protection officer/Headteacher
  • Assisting pupils and parents where possible with problems accessing the internet or devices

The SENCO

Ensuring that the technology used for remote learning is accessible to all pupils and that reasonable adjustments are made where required.

  • Ensuring that pupils with EHC plans continue to have their needs met while learning remotely, and liaising with the headteacher and other organisations to make any alternate arrangements for pupils with EHC plans and IHPs
  • Identifying the level of support required and contacting families to monitor engagement and provide additional guidance where needed
  • Support staff in planning for children with SEND

Pupils and parents

Staff can expect pupils learning remotely to:

  • Complete work set by teachers
  • Seek help if they need it, from teachers
  • Alert teachers if they’re not able to complete work

Staff can expect parents with children learning remotely to:

  • Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
  • Seek help from the school if they need it
  • Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff

Board of Trustees

The board is responsible for:

  • Monitoring the school’s approach to providing remote learning to ensure education remains as high quality as possible
  • Ensuring that staff are certain that remote learning systems are appropriately secure, for both data protection and safeguarding reasons

 Links with other policies

This policy is linked to our:

  • Behaviour, Discipline & Anti-Bullying
  • Safeguarding / Child Protection
  • Data protection policy and privacy notices
  • Computing
  • E-Safety
  • Code of Conduct

 To be reviewed: November 2021