Guidance for Remote Learning
The DfE have provided guidance for full opening of schools that includes a requirement ‘Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education.’
The Key Principles are:
- To ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning across the school so that pupils have access to quality learning experiences.
- Set out expectations and guidance for all members of the school with regards to remote learning.
- Link closely to the work the child would have completed in class and follow the class’ curriculum overview.
- Support effective communication processes between the school and families, facilitating regular contact.
- During a class/ bubble or whole school lockdown there needs to be daily contact to keep learning on track for pupils.
- Identified pieces of work need to be sent in for the teacher to review.
We will use Microsoft Teams to support the delivery of the curriculum for children at home. We will offer assemblies and live lessons. The live lessons will be an opportunity for the children in the class to see and speak to their teacher, share news and ask questions about the home learning.
Times to join Teams will be emailed to you directly. Please also see the timetable on the ‘Distance Learning Offer’.
Keeping Your Child Safe Online
The internet is a fantastic place for children to explore their interests and learn however it can also expose children to content they should not see or hear about.
To keep your child safe online there are many things you can do that put you in control of what your child engages with online.
It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.
The resources below provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:
- Thinkuknow by the National Crime Agency - Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (NCA-CEOP) provides resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online
- Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online - you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre
- Avon & Somerset Police - TOPAZ Team have been hosoting webinars about online safety that have been hugely popular and oversubscribed every time. They are now able to offer a recorded session on YouTube for people to look at in their own time. The three videos for parents cover topics including:
- Exploitation of children online
- Technical protective and safety measures available
- Tips on starting a conversation with children about the internet and how to use it safely.
Please take the time to view the video and help safeguard your child whilst online.
Apps to Help Children Stay Safe Online
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment
The risk assessment details all of our plans for reducing risk and keeping people as safe as possible. It is updated whenever there are changes to Government guidance.