Firstly, let me start by thanking the large number of you who have got in touch with us over the course of this term and thanked us for how we have managed the transition to online and remote education – it has not been an easy start and we really appreciate your comments.
I feel it is necessary to set out what ‘remote’ education means and what this will look like moving forward for you and your children as we have been made aware of a very small number of you who are feeling ‘let down’, ‘disappointed’, ‘disheartened’ and ‘angry’ about what we are providing for your children.
All of our teachers are providing a high quality of education for all children in their classes via a range of methods; our Senior Leadership Team are members of all year groups’ Google Classrooms and we can see what each class/year group is being set and the interactions that are taking place.
We have no expectations that live lessons will take place – and this is following DfE guidance, OFSTED and EEF research into remote education which all states that the, ‘Quality of teaching is far more important than how lessons are delivered.’ The OFSTED report also goes on to state that, ‘Sometimes, it may be more effective to deliver remote education through worksheets or a textbook’ and that ‘Different approaches to remote
education suit different types of content and pupils.’ We, therefore, will choose when and if it is appropriate to have a live lesson, recorded lesson or other form of activity. Children in our younger years do not cope with live lessons and based on our experience we have decided that, while they might cope with Google Meets in Year 1 and 2, they are better suited to recorded sessions which they can pause, rewind and work through at their own pace. Children in Nursery and Reception will have recorded sessions but no Google Meets because they really are too young to cope.
Teachers will plan and deliver a variety of remote education activities which may, in Key Stage 2, include ‘live lessons’. A live lesson is not an hour of children sitting and listening to their teacher: this may be the case in some schools but definitely not ours. It is more likely to be a shorter, more focussed introduction to the lesson with children then completing independent work. As well as live sessions, the teacher may record themselves giving input into a task. In planning what we do, we also are taking into account that many families have more than one child completing online lessons at times throughout the day. Also,independent education will be set online for children to complete – this may be lessons recorded by nationally recognised companies like White Rose Maths, or Oaks National Academy. The age of the children will also obviously have an impact on the decisions that the teachers are making as to how they deliver their remote education.
The following document is our ‘Hartley Remote Education’ offer, which is also available on our school website. Please take some time to read and understand this document.
For more information about your child’s specific year group please see the Class Pages on our website where you will find their Term 3 newsletters outlining the remote learning provision that is specific to their year.
I understand that this is an extremely difficult time for all of us. Let me assure you that we are joined by the common factor of wanting your children to remain happy, to make continued progress and to receive a first-class education. If anyone, adult or child, is struggling at home with the learning, structuring of the day, focus, attention spans etc. please get in touch with your child’s class teacher via Google Classroom and ask for advice
and support. For years 1 to 6, It would be helpful to make contact directly on Google Classroom rather than emailing the office please and can we also request that you share concerns with us rather than posting them on social media? If your child is in Nursery or reception please continue to email in your queries to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We cannot help if you do not let us know there is a
problem! If we work together, we can achieve the best for our children.