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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

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Remote education provision at Lakeside Primary: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home?

A pupil’s first day 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 of pupils being sent home?

Pupils will be directed to the Oak National Academy and asked to complete set tasks.

Pupils who have difficulties accessing technology will be provided with workbooks and paper copies of the work. 


Following the first day of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We will teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school with the daily focus being placed on:

  • reading, writing, mathematics and a topic-based lesson


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:

Primary school-aged pupils - Between 3 and 4 hours per day depending  on the pupils’ age, stage of development or special educational needs.


Accessing remote education

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

We will be using MS Teams as our main online platform. This will be supplemented by ‘Bug Club’, ‘Purple Mash’, ‘iLearn2’ and ‘Times Tables 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 take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:

  • We have surveyed parents/carers so have a clear idea about the availability of technology for our families. Parents/carers are encouraged to make contact with the relevant class teacher, senior leader or member of the office team should there be any difficulties with accessing work
  • We will issue (in the form of a lease) laptops to pupils in key stage 2 who are in receipt of pupil premium funding. Parents or carers have already been notified
  • For all other pupils, they will have access to any printed materials needed if they do not have online access. These printed materials will be shared with parents via the school office or will be delivered to the home of the pupil when this is practical to do so
  • Members of staff will be in regular contact with pupils and this will be done via telephone if pupils do not have online access
  • If there is no online access, pupils can submit work to their teachers in paper form


How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Live teaching (online lessons using MS Teams)
  • Recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • Textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences


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?

  • The same expectations that would be expected for pupils in school will be in place for pupils’ engagement with remote education
  • We will provide parents/carers with a clear timetable and will work in partnership with them to ensure that they set routines to support your child’s education


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

  • Staff will check pupils’ engagement with remote education at the end of each taught session and at the end of each day. This will be done via MS Teams or via the telephone
  • When we have a concern about a pupil’s engagement, this will be shared via MS Teams or via a telephone call. The concern will be shared and next steps put in place to address the concern


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

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:

  • A range of methods you will used to assess and feedback on pupils’ work: whole-class feedback; marking of online work; shorter quizzes and formal marking
  • Pupils will receive daily feedback on their work


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:

  • We will ensure that there is regular communication between home and school so that families can deliver remote education for pupils with SEND
  • Work set will be suitably scaffolded to ensure that pupils with SEND are able to access the work fully
  • For younger pupils, staff will ensure that there is regular contact with both parents and pupils, for example longer live lessons, to enable parents to access remote education successfully


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.

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

The provision for a pupil who is self-isolating will be broadly the same as the approaches described above.

However, due to the fact that the normal class teacher is likely to be teaching, the amount of contact that a pupil has with their class teacher or known adult is likely to be less than if the pupil were part of a wider bubble closure.

Feedback and monitoring of progress will be undertaken in the form of regular contact with the pupil and parents of the self-isolating pupil.