Grade Ruan C of E School Remote Education Provision

Protocols for Remote Learning (COVID-19)

Following lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic, schools devised and delivered learning through a combination of home learning and teaching in school.  The publication of the DfE document “Guidance for full opening – schools” Sept 2020 states that schools are expected to have a strong contingency plan in place in the event of a class, group or small number of pupils needing to self-isolate:

Remote education expectations

Where a class, group or a small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or local restrictions require pupils to remain at home, we expect schools to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. All pupils not physically unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) but who are at home as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) should have access to remote education by the next school day. Schools are expected to consider how to continue to improve the quality of their existing curriculum, for example through technology, and have a strong offer in place for remote education provision. 

Expectations for each day

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following:

KS1 (Reception to Y2)

3 hours of learning a day- this learning will vary and will look different for children in years Reception, Year one and Year two.

KS2 (Y3 to Y6)

4 hours of learning a day- again the learning will look different according to the age and needs of the children.


Our Reception year will use Class Dojo as an online learning  journal  to set work, collect posts back, to assess learning and to provide feedback for the children’s next steps. This will include Phonic/ English and Maths sessions  along with a variety of EYFS curricular activities.

Class Dojo will also be used to send messages and reminders as well as to communicate with parents and celebrate successes


At Grade Ruan CE School, we have been planning a high quality remote learning offer.  We will:  

  • Provide home learning activities that are optimised to learning – build on prior learning, add a bit of new learning; offering feedback.

  • Provide children with consistency, teachers will share a timetable for the week/ day;

  • Deliver learning that children will be able to work on independently –but ask parents to read, read, and read again with their children; 

  • Create opportunities for social interaction: between teacher and pupils and pupils and pupils – using Google Classrooms;

  • Build in evaluation opportunities, offer regular individual feedback, respond to pupils each day whether individual or as a class/bubble;

  • Set low-stakes, formative assessment to identify gaps or misconceptions (for example, questioning or quizzes) before setting next unit of learning;

  • Understand that learning online is different – emphasise the protocols for using online platforms;

  • Continue with community events eg assemblies and celebrations

  • Ensure the online learning platform is a place to support emotional recovery and promote social togetherness; 

  • Provide parents with Google Classrooms ‘how to’ guides and ensure all children have equal access to online learning

 Our teachers will continue to:

  • give expert instruction or explanation 

  • model concepts and learning

  • give feedback

  • Ensure the wellbeing of children is prioritised 

We will send out a weekly overview via Class Dojo (KS1) or Google Classrooms (KS2)  if bubbles are off for a week at a time, or if school is closed.  The plans will be shared with pupils and parents on Monday (or the next day, should a bubble close mid-week) and will outline the week ahead.

Lessons will be uploaded on Dojo (years R, 1 & 2) and Google Classrooms (years 3 to 6) if/when a child/class/bubble/school is isolating. This will be available from the first full day that the child/class/bubble/school is at home and unable to attend school due to a positive test result for C19.  Some examples of what may be posted are:

Maths - White Rose videos then the children have access to the work uploaded by teachers.

Oak Academy- videos and tutorials for various subjects, which are closely matched to the current learning objectives being taught.

English – teacher created resources for English - there is a mixture of reading, writing and SPaG lessons. 

SPaG and writing sessions with supporting videos which are easy to follow.

Spellings and spelling activities

Phonics and phonics activities to be uploaded along with demonstration videos for children and parents.

Online platforms such as TimesTables Rockstars

Foundation subject lessons will be planned for each afternoon if a bubble is sent home for 14 days. These will be planned by the class teacher and PPA staff alike to ensure the daily routine is kept as ‘normal’ as possible.  There will also be activities planned to support wellbeing.

Teachers will use a variety of ways to share learning and this may include video footage of teachers, for example when delivering phonic activities or an explanation of a maths concept. 

Alongside teachers’ videos, Power Points and appropriate You Tube clips may be used.  We will aim to ensure our children continue to learn through practical and hands-on enquiry as much as possible and the teachers will make every effort to ensure learning is engaging, practical and enjoyable for all children. Teachers will also add guidance for parents/carers as necessary, as children in the early years will need the support of an adult to access learning that is set. Parents/carers will be able to take photos of learning and add to their child’s story (Dojo) or Google Classrooms for teachers to see.

An example of a daily timetable is below:


Whole Class Google Classrooms meet, outline of day and or teaching/modelling of lessons to be completed.


English independent work (could include links to videos, worksheets, content on Google Classrooms)




Maths independent work (could include links to videos, worksheets, content on Google Classrooms, Timestables Rockstars)




Whole Class Google Classrooms Meet for 20 minutes to introduce afternoon activity (unless introduced previously)


Afternoon activity


Whole Class Google Meet

NB The structure of the day could change and will differ based on the age of the children & the lessons planned. 

Questions and Support

  • Teacher meets will take place via Google Meet.  These will be set up using your children’s Google emails.  KS2 pupils have been working in this way for a while and are confident in setting up Google Classrooms.  KS1 children will need the support of parents for the daily teacher meet.  ‘How to’ guides are available on the school website.

  • TAs will join the daily teacher meet either remotely or in the classroom.  TAs may also lead meets of their own either individually (following safeguarding protocols, in small groups or with the whole class.


  • Parents and children will be able to post questions about learning through Class Dojo or Google Classroom via  the Stream tab.  Just type in your questions and the teacher will get back to you asap.  This is a great resource because others will be able to see your question and it might help them too.  Be aware that others will be able to see your questions so don’t post anything confidential. 

  • Teachers will be online to answer questions daily from 9:00 until 4:00pm. Please do be patient as teachers may have many questions to answer!

Pastoral and Family Support

We keep in contact with all children:

All class teachers will set up a Google meet at least daily.   

We will check everyone is well and coping with the situation as well as giving advice on learning and asking what other things would help with online learning. 

We aim for all children to be engaging with learning online; however we may produce physical learning packs if there is a particular need 

If you do not have a laptop or tablet, or if you have no broadband internet, please get in touch with us at school and we will endeavour to arrange a loan device. 

If we do not hear from a child, we will call/message.  This will be followed up at least weekly.

Mrs Green will be available for SEN or pastoral support via her e-mail: 

This is a working document and will be adapted and changed in response to government guidance, any other changes and the needs of our children.

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 a number of chromebooks that we are able to lend to pupils; parents have already been asked if they will need to take advantage of this offer so that the relevant paperwork can be completed ahead of time.  If parents’ circumstances change, we will ensure that this is all in place as quickly as possible to ensure no child is left disadvantaged due to lack of technology. 

For technical support please contact your child’s teacher via Google classrooms or Dojo.


If necessary, we will prepare printed materials for children do not have online access or are not able to print required resources. Teachers will leave packs outside of school to be collected.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you feel this would be of benefit.

Pupils are able to upload work directly to Google Classroom- either by uploading photos or submitting a Google Document.

Photos of work can also be uploaded onto Class Dojo


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 the 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: 

·       Teachers will differentiate tasks accordingly, ensuring that the needs of SEND pupils are met. 

·       Staff are available online or via  the phone to support parents of all learners.  

·       We will continue to refer to extended services where necessary (eg Educational Psychologist, school nurse team etc)


·       Mrs Green (SENCo) is available to support children and families, either with a one to one session via a Google Meet conference or by phone (see contact email above).  Support materials and resources are shared where needed.


·       THRIVE sessions may take place in school following covid protocols.


Our SEN information and school offer can be found under the SEND tab at the top of the page.

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