Remote Education


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?


Your child will receive a work pack from the teacher.  The work will be linked to our normal school curriculum. There will be supplementary material on the website if the children are able to access it online.  If you child needs further explanation please contact your class teacher via SeeSaw  or email  for the attention of their teacher.  He or She will reply or call to support you and your child.


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


  • We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, we have switched some of the planned History and Design Technology content. The adaptations have been made because of the nature of the content and level of difficulty.  Children who are currently attending school will undertake the same tasks as those set at home.



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:


1-2 Hours daily

Key Stage 1

   2-3 Hours daily

Key Stage 2

   3-4 Hours daily


Accessing remote education

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


Having received feedback from yourselves during the first lockdown, we understand the difficulties you face in giving each of your children their own access to remote learning.  That is why we have taken a blended approach. We provide a weekly plan of what to do. This plan is available every Friday on our website.   There will be supplementary material See Saw for those children who have access to the internet.  We can also print any White Rose materials that we post on SeeSaw.


We also operate live lessons each day from Reception to Year 6.  These are for individual year groups at set times.  If you are having a specific difficultly, we will also produce bespoke videos to illustrates procedural methods or assist conceptual understanding,



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:


As we have said the work will be sent out in work packs which all children will be able to access.  If your child is able to access the internet there will be supplementary material on the website.

If you need to borrow a device with a camera, please get in touch with school.

For pupils with limited access to fibre broadband, please photograph your work on a mobile phone and upload it using a normal 4G phone.  Pupils can submit work to their teachers if they do not have broadband, access using the See Saw app on a phone.

As part of the Department for Education’s ‘Get help with technology’ programme, BT, Virgin Media, O2, EE and Three are all offering free extras to help you get by - including unlimited internet until July

THE support by the mobile network providers in collaboration with the Department for Education is available to disadvantaged children.

To qualify, the following needs to apply to the children and their households:

Do not have fixed broadband at home

Cannot afford additional data for their devices

Are experiencing disruption to their face-to-face education

Please let us know if that applies to you.



How will my child be taught remotely?

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


At Whitley Village School, we follow the latest research findings from Ofsted on what works well in remote education.

Some examples of remote teaching approaches:

  • live teaching (online lessons with Google Meet)

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers or our own recorded teaching)

  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • textbooks, reading books and eBook (MYON) pupils have at home

  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas.  This includes Mathletics, White Rose Premium Resources, Phonics Play, Spelling Shed and Accelerated Reader

  • Feedback and Assessment is undertaken using SeeSaw and Google Meet.  We normally make hundreds of audio and written comments each week.  These are designed to maximise pupil learning and foster engagement and resilience in our pupils. This helps us to ensure that we maintain a culture of high expectations and ameliorate the negative impacts of this partial school closure.


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?


If you are now having to support your child with remote learning – thank you for taking on this essential role. If you are trying to juggle both – you are our heroes and our thoughts are with you.  We will endeavor to support you as much as me can.  Please reach out to us if you need guidance, support or reassurance.

During live sessions, children should be up, dressed and preferably sitting at a table. If you have any issues accessing Google Meet or SeeSaw, then please get in touch with school.  I would implore all pupils to try to complete the work to the best of their ability. Please try and post completed work on SeeSaw.

If you need any additional help, please make contact with our teachers on SeeSaw or email them directly.


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


We regularly monitor pupil posts on See Saw and attendance on Google Meet.  If we do not receive regular updates, we will call you to try and support you in any way that we can.  We want all our learners to try and keep up so that we can avoid having to catch up.


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:


Feedback and assessment remains a key aspect of our remote education.  In this regard, we offer developmental feedback on SeeSaw and during live lessons using Google Meet. 

We also use data from Spelling Shed, Mathletics, Times Tables Rock Stars and Accelerated Reader to identify progress and areas that require more tailored provision.

In order to retain curriculum knowledge, we will also use retrieval practice techniques to ensure that knowledge is retained.   This could be through the use of Online Quiz sites or consolidation activities.  This information helps us to adjust our teaching and identify any areas of weakness or potential misconceptions. We hope that our approach develops our pupil’s schema of knowledge.


We will offer daily feedback on work posted on SeeSaw and also Feedback during Google Meet lessons, as the need arises. The Head of School (Mr David) will also review children’s work to share and highlight exemplary Remote Learning practice. This will help us refine our approach to maximize pupil achievement.

So that we can comment and offer developmental feedback. Our feedback will aim to help your child move their learning forward



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 by differentiated work and providing extra resources and, where needed, parental support.

Our school remains open for vulnerable children and those with EHCPs.


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?


If children are self-isolating, you will be provided with a work pack which will be linked to what the children are learning about it class.  Again this can be up loaded to SeeSaw for us to assess.  We will also provide additional content on SeeSaw that closely matches the work undertaken in class.



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Village Lane, Whitley, WA4 4QH

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