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Virtual Learning Offer

 

Attached is the Virtual Learning Offer from St Thomas'.  If we enter another lockdown or a class bubble needs to close we will follow the following document.

 

St Thomas’ vision for the effective provision of virtual learning

In response to the ongoing challenges facing our schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, St Thomas’ is committed to ensuring that all children in our school have equality of access to high quality education. This is regardless of whether they are learning at home, due to self-isolating, or at school. 

St Thomas is a team of committed school leaders, teachers and support staff who are equally determined that every child will have access to daily teaching despite any challenges they may face. 

We recognise that one of the main barriers to ensuring our recovery plans are effective is the need for children and staff to self-isolate or bubbles to close. 

Therefore, we commit to put in place consistent, robust procedures to ensure that virtual, online learning is effective and of a high standard.

All school leaders within St Thomas are united in this commitment and work together to refine good practice in this area of educational provision. 

When is virtual teaching appropriate? 

1. Pupils/parents develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test. 

2. Pupils and staff are required to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test within their class bubble (at the recommendation of PHE). 

3. Pupils are required to self -isolate for a longer period, typically 10 days, following a positive Covid-19 test of a contact in the home/family support bubble. 

4. Teachers develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test, OR they are requested to self-isolate for up to 10 days by track and trace. 

5. School is closed to pupils other than key workers and vulnerable pupils due to lockdown as directed by the government.

1. Pupils/ parents develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test. 

•On day 1 and upon hearing that the child is self-isolating, school will message the child’s parent through the school text system, giving details of additional learning tasks being provided and when this will begin.

•On day 2 and day 3, teachers will provide structured activities, through the Seesaw remote learning platform.  This will include daily maths, English and wider curriculum activities.

•Devices will be available to loan when the children are picked up from school

•Paper packs will be available, only if appropriate

2. Pupils and staff are required to self-isolate following a positive Covid-19 test within their class bubble (at the recommendation of PHE). 
 

•On day 1 and upon hearing that the child is self-isolating, school message the child’s parent through the school text system, giving details of additional learning tasks being provided and when this will begin.

•For the rest of the isolation period, teachers will provide structured activities, through Seesaw.  This will include a maths, English and wider curriculum activity.

•Devices will be available to loan when the children are picked up from school

•Paper packs will be available, if there is no internet access at home

3. Pupils are required to self -isolate for a longer period, typically 10 days, following a positive Covid-19 test of a contact in the home/family support bubble or if they need to quarantine following a holiday. 
 

•Online learning will be provided through Seesaw using a daily timetable of lessons using resources developed by Oak National Academy, BBC Bitesize and other quality providers as appropriate  for the isolation period. The units chosen will be as close as possible to the lessons that would be taking place in the classroom. 

•Pupils will expect to receive feedback on their work at the end of each school day.

•A device will be made available from school on request if needed.

4. Teachers develop possible symptoms of Covid-19 and self-isolate for two or three days while they await results of a test, OR they are requested to self-isolate for up to 10 days by track and trace. 

•Other teachers or teaching assistants, where appropriate, have oversight of the class to minimise bringing other adults to the bubble, therefore keeping the school community safer (this is not always possible). 

•The class teacher sets and delivers online lessons through seesaw and/or Zoom throughout the school day, teaching discreet lessons in short sections, with other adults in class supporting children to complete related activities. 

5. School closes to all pupils other than key workers and vulnerable pupils at the request of the government due to lockdown. 
 

•Children working at home will receive their education through Seesaw.  This will include daily lessons, in English, maths and wider curriculum subjects (this offer may be different in Early Years or Year 1)

•The work will be provided through a range of media including; live Zoom lessons, pre-recorded video lessons, facilitated slides, Oak National Academy and White Rose Hub lessons.

•Teaching staff will provide feedback on the children’s work throughout the day.

•All children are expected to complete the work daily. A timetable will be shared on Seesaw. If vulnerable children or children of key workers are in school they will receive the same offer as the children working at home.  They will be supported by either the teacher or teaching assistant.

•Devices will be available as will paper packs if no internet access is available.

 

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