Interested in joining The Gordon Children's Academy?
Why not join us for one of our school tours on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November.
These tours are limited in numbers so please email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place and avoid disappointment.
We look forward to meeting you then.
This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local or national restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Please see the information in each section below, alternatively the information can be accessed by clicking on the link here: Guidance on remote education
As a school we will work to ensure that we continue to provide a full school day of learning that would reflect your child’s usual school day. Each day, there will be a mixture of Teams live sessions as well as follow up tasks on Seesaw/Tapestry. Please see our remote learning policy for more details.
We will continue to use the platforms in school that we already use to support learning. In EYFS, this is Tapestry and in KS1 and KS2 this is Seesaw. All parents/carers and children have a unique code to log into the platform. As a school we will continue to use these platforms for homework and other activities throughout the year to ensure children and parents are confident with the use of these in the event that we need to close a bubble, cohort or majority of the school. For live support, all children have a Microsoft Account with a unique username and password. Live support will be provided through MS Teams. Teachers will send ‘Teams invites’ to your child’s MS account to invite them to the live support session in accordance with the Timetable shared. Further guidance on using Teams and Seesaw is available on the website.
We will use a combination of the following approaches to teach children remotely: Provide live support sessions throughout the day Provide follow up learning tasks through Seesaw/ Tapestry Share video content via other platforms such as school YouTube accounts Use other resources to support explanations such as White Rose Maths videos Share useful websites and other resources that may support parents and children at home Set learning tasks so that children have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects Plan a programme that is of equivalent length to the core teaching children would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, we may use MS Forms to create quizzes that are marked automatically, questioning during live support sessions as well as give feedback to learning uploaded to Seesaw. We will apply the principles of our school based Marking and Feedback policy to all learning to ensure that the children continue to make links between remote learning and school base learning.
Engagement is monitored through daily registration periods. We will follow our school absence procedures to ensure we know where your child is and the reason for not logging onto to their Teams session/ accessing Seesaw- this will include a phone call home. Other forms of communication with parents include emails as well as contact through the parent App on Seesaw. Throughout any period of remote learning, it is essential that you continue to work with the school to ensure that your child is able to successfully return to face to face learning when it is safe to do so. If local restrictions allow and we believe it is absolutely necessary, the school will also visit the family home to ensure that we are able to ascertain any issues relating to remote learning as well as your family well-being and provide support where practically possible.
We recognise that some children, for example some children with SEND, may not be able to access remote education without support form adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and cares to support those children in the follow ways: Support staff will continue to provide intervention materials for children though Seesaw and where possible Teams There will be two members of staff on the Teams session to be able to answer questions or queries for the children Where children have a specific plan, we will endeavor to provide these in a virtual environment Children with EHCPs should be in school where it is safe to do so, we will endeavor to provide the support outlined on the plan. Where children with EHCPs are learning from home, we will upload interventions through Seesaw/ Tapestry We will provide further support and interventions through our SEND area on the website and signpost families to these for further support for areas such as SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) needs Parents may also request contact from the SENDCo to seek advice and support where needed- please contact the school office
Where an individual child is isolating, we will deliver ‘hybrid’ teaching using MS Teams to live stream the lesson to the child at home. The Teams invite will be sent to the individual child with follow up learning added to Seesaw. Where a teacher is isolating, we will deliver flipped teaching where the teacher will Teams the class and deliver the timetabled lesson from their home. Where classes or year groups, or the whole school is isolating – we will adapt to the remote learning. There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Synchronous- Children engage in course activities at a specific date/time requiring that everyone is online at the same time. Asynchronous – Children engage in activities at any time, contributing at their own pace. Special Education Need Assistants and SEND Coordinators will provide support for the provision of work for specific children.
We recognise that some children may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those children to access remote education: We have a number of devices allocated to use from the DfE that we can loan to parents during this time. Should you need a device, please contact the school office. When possible, we will work with network providers to support parents to access internet, including the top up of data allowances Should parents need a pack of learning printed, please contact the school office who will work with teachers to arrange for a pack of learning to be created- the school office will support the delivery/ collection of this Your printed pack will follow the class timetable. Each week parents should return the completed pack to the school office and collect the following week’s pack. Each year group continues to have a year group email account where parents can send screen shots or photographs of your child’s learning if parents wanted to do so
EYFS children will receive both recorded and live teaching time x2 lots of 20-30 minute sessions a day KS1 children will receive x2 lots of 20-30 minute sessions a day KS2 children will receive x3 sessions of 30 minutes each In addition, across the Key Stages, teachers/TAs will schedule intervention sessions with a small group of children (not 1:1). This may be a different group each day, or the same group, depending on the nature of the intended learning. Where possible children with specific support e.g. EHCP plans, will have their provision delivered via personalised learning tasks on Seesaw.
When children are being educated at home the first day of learning might look different from our standard provision, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.
Share timetables with parents to enable scheduling of home learning and where possible/ needed support our children’s engagement with learning- these timetables will broadly follow the same curriculum as we would in school wherever possible Where some curriculum areas might be tricky to provide in the same way as we would at school, we will access and share other national video resources such as Oak National Academy We will continue to work with professionals to provide interventions where practically possible such as ELSA and Speech and language
We expect our children to fully engage with remote learning unless they are poorly or unable to engage for other reasons. Registers will be taken twice each day and learning opportunities throughout the day will also be monitored. It is important that children continue to follow the school day routines, as demonstrated within the timetables shared, to help them to continue to make progress during this period of remote learning. Where a child is not engaging, or is not engaging at the standard that we would expect from them, we will contact families to understand the barriers and provide support to alleviate these.
From the first full day that children are at home, you will be provided with learning, that matches the in-school tasks through Seesaw/ Tapestry. Learning will focus as much as practically possible on a full day’s learning that is equivalent to school based learning.