Remote Learning 2020/21
Remote Learning Policy
Saughall All Saints CE Primary School
This remote learning policy for staff aims to:
- Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who aren’t in school
- Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
- Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection
2. Roles and responsibilities
When providing remote learning, teachers will be contactable between 9.20am -12.10pm and 12.50pm-3pm.
If they’re unable to work for any reason during this time, please follow normal procedure by contacting Donna as soon as possible.
When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for:
- Setting work
- Teachers responsible for remote learning are responsible for setting work to all students who they will be interacting with online. (This may include children who are self-isolating who had previously been in school)
- Which children will be taught by which teacher online will be decided on a team-by-team basis, on the grounds that the arrangement provides all children with quality provision.
- Teachers responsible for remote learning will provide three taught lessons per day.
- The lessons will occur at 9:30am, 11am, and 1pm respectively, where possible.
- Teachers responsible for remote learning will upload work for the children to Microsoft Teams. This can be done in a number of ways, including using the Assignments function or the Class Notebooks.
- Where possible, all teachers working in the same year group, regardless of whether they are teaching remotely or face-to-face, should endeavour to progress through the units of lessons at the same pace in order to minimise difficulties for any children who need to transition between remote and face-to-face learning.
- Providing feedback on work
- Teachers responsible for remote learning will provide feedback for each piece of work completed by the children they are teaching.
- Teachers responsible for remote learning will share feedback with the children they’ve taught using any of the direct methods available to them through Teams, including using the ‘Feedback’ function in Assignments or using typed comments, stickers, digitally handwritten comments and audio recordings in Class Notebooks.
- Feedback will be provided to children within normal timescales.
- Keeping in touch with pupils who aren’t in school
- Teachers will allow for a short time at the beginning of the day to be used to welcome children and help to support their mental wellbeing through, for example, conversation and the sharing of news.
- Teachers will not be required to contact parents directly, such as via email or telephone unless discussed with Mrs Prenton or Mrs Cook.
- Any complaints or concerns from parents that may arise during remote teaching will be directed to Mrs Prenton, who must be notified in advance, where possible.
- For any safeguarding concerns that may arise, refer to sections 3 and 4.
- If teachers responsible for remote learning find that behaviour of a child attending a virtual meeting is unacceptable, follow an adapted behaviour management approach to that which is used in school. This could involve the following steps:
- Verbal warning;
- Mute the participant;
- Remove the participant from the meeting and refer the incident to Mrs Prenton.
- Attending virtual meetings with staff, parents and pupils:
- Teachers who appear in video meetings will dress appropriately and professionally, as they would in school in normal circumstances.
- Teachers who appear in video meetings will ensure that their visible background contains nothing inappropriate or distracting.
2.2 Senior leaders
Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:
- Co-ordinating the remote learning approach across the school
- Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning through regular meetings with teachers and, if necessary, subject leaders, reviewing work set or reaching out for feedback from pupils and parents
- Monitoring the security of remote learning systems, including data protection and safeguarding considerations
2.3 Designated Safeguarding Lead
The DSL (Donna Prenton) is responsible for:
- Communication with identified families regularly to offer support and check on children’s well-being
- Liaising with outside agencies, including the police as appropriate
- Take part in remote meetings as appropriate
- Monitor CPOMS on a daily basis and follow up any concerns promptly
2.4 Pupils and parents
Staff can expect pupils learning remotely to:
- Log on to the remote learning sessions each day around 5 minutes before the session is due to start
- Make sure you have everything you need before you log on and you have been to the toilet
- Only put sensible and relevant comments into the chat box
- Behave sensibly all through the session – just like you would in class
- Complete any work to the best standard that you can and by the deadline set by teachers – just like you would in class
- Seek help from their remote learning teacher if they need it
- 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 are having difficulties with Microsoft Teams or other technology-related issues
- Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff
3. Who to contact
If staff have any questions or concerns about remote learning, they should contact the following individuals:
- Issues in setting work – talk to the relevant subject lead or Mrs Cook (SENDCo)
- Issues with no engagement of pupils about school – talk to Mrs Cook or Mrs Prenton
- Issues with behaviour – talk to the year-group leader
- Issues with IT – talk to Mr Murphy (KS1) or Mr Amesbury/Mr Preston (KS2)
- Issues with their own workload or wellbeing – talk to their line manager
- Concerns about data protection – talk to the Mrs Prenton
- Concerns about safeguarding – talk to Mrs Prenton (DSL)
If any safeguarding issues arise during a remote teaching session, the staff member involved should follow the normal procedures for reporting and recording any incidents, as below:
- Record the incident in CPOMS at the earliest opportunity, alerting Mrs Prenton and any other adults involved in the incident.
Due to the less flexible nature of remote teaching in such as case, it is recommended that teachers involved in video meetings with the children have a pen and paper to hand at all times in order to note down details of the incident prior to recording it on CPOMS. If done so, this paper record should be shredded immediately once entered into CPOMS and disposed of properly.
- If necessary, a participant may need to be removed from the video meeting. Please see the school Teams Guide for how to do this. If in doubt, end the meeting altogether.
5. Monitoring arrangements
This policy will be reviewed as necessary by Mrs Prenton and agreed by staff.