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Remote Learning Policy

 

Duck Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset, DT2 7LA
‘The Small School with the Big Heart.’
Tel: 01300 341319         e-mail:office@cerneabbas.dorset.sch.uk         Website: www.cerneabbas.dorset.sch.uk
 

Cerne Abbas CE VC First School

Remote Learning Policy 

 

Date of policy  January 2021

Date reviewed by the

Governing Body

January 25th 2021

Member of staff

responsible in Cerne

Abbas CE VC First School

Catherine Cresswell
Review date January 2022

 

 

1. Aims


This remote learning policy for staff aims to:

  •  Ensure consistency in the approach to remote learning for pupils who aren’t in school
  •  Set out expectations for all members of the school community with regards to remote learning
  •  Provide appropriate guidelines for data protection

 

2. Roles and responsibilities


 Teachers


When providing remote learning, teachers must be available between 9am and 3.15pm. 


If they’re unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should report this using the normal absence procedure. 


When providing remote learning, teachers are responsible for:

 

Setting work 

  • You will provide work for your class, this includes both the children in school and the children learning from home.
  • Early Years and Key stage 1 will provide learning that will keep the children engaged for 3 hours a day and Key Stage 2 learning for 4 hours a day,  whilst the child is at home.
  • The work will be set by 9am in the morning of the day the children are to complete it.
  • Abbey class teacher will upload the learning to Class Dojo and Trendle, Giants and Ducklings teachers will upload learning to Tapestry.
  • If you are not teaching in school, to ensure consistency across the year please liase with the adult covering your school at least the day before the learning is to be delivered. This includes ensuring the adult knows where to access any learning resources. Ensure there is a variety of learning to include all pupils and to make sure pupils with limited access to devices can still complete the work

 

Providing feedback on work 

 

  • Completed work can be uploaded to Class Dojo or Tapestry
  • Teachers must comment on the children’s learning
  • Feedback on completed work must be done on the same day or the day after. If it is weekend, then feedback should be on Monday.

 

Keeping in touch with pupils who aren’t in school and their parents

  • At least once a week teachers should engage in a live googlemeet catch up session to ensure all children are engaging with the learning. If a child does not engage then the teacher should phone the family to ensure everything is OK within the week and before the next catch up session.
  • Emails or any correspondence should be answered by the end of the next working day. There is no expectation that emails are answered over the weekend.
  • Any complaints or concerns should be addressed by the class teacher. If they are unable to be solves then the Head Teacher should be informed. Any safeguarding issues should be reported on My Concern and the DSL / Deputy DSL informed.

 

Attending virtual meetings with staff, parents and pupils :

  • Please be appropriately dressed
  • The meeting needs to take place in an area with no background noise and there should be  nothing inappropriate in the background.
  • If the meeting takes place in school then ensure the other children in the class are involved or are being supervised by another member of staff.
     

 Teaching assistants


When assisting with remote learning, teaching assistants must be available between their working hours.


If they’re unable to work for any reason during this time, for example due to sickness or caring for a dependent, they should report this using the normal absence procedure. They will be guided by the class teacher and follow the same guidelines as the teachers.

 

Head Teacher


Alongside any teaching responsibilities, senior leaders are responsible for:


Monitoring the effectiveness of remote learning through regular meetings with teachers reviewing work set or reaching out for feedback from pupils and parents. These meetings will include safeguarding and data protection considerations.


Reporting on a regular basis to the governing body.

 

Pupils and parents


Staff can expect parents with children learning remotely to:


Insert details, such as:


Make the school aware if their child is sick or otherwise can’t complete work
Seek help from the school if they need it – if you know of any resources staff should point parents towards if they’re struggling, include those here
Be respectful when making any complaints or concerns known to staff


Governing board


The governing board is responsible for:


Monitoring the school’s approach to providing remote learning to ensure education remains as high quality as possible
Ensuring that staff are certain that remote learning systems are appropriately secure, for both data protection and safeguarding reasons

 

Data protection


 Processing personal data


Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data such as such as email addresses as part of the remote learning system. As long as this processing is necessary for the school’s official functions, individuals won’t need to give permission for this to happen.


However, staff are reminded to collect and/or share as little personal data as possible online.

 

Keeping devices secure


All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes, but is not limited to:

 

 

  • Keeping the device password-protected.
  • Ensuring the hard drive is encrypted – this means if the device is lost or stolen, no one can access the files stored on the hard drive by attaching it to a new device
  • Making sure the device locks if left inactive for a period of time
  • Not sharing the device among family or friends
  • Installing antivirus and anti-spyware software
  • Keeping operating systems up to date – always install the latest updates

 

Links with other policies


This policy is linked to our:

 

  • Behaviour policy
  • Child protection policy and coronavirus addendum to our child protection policy
  • Data protection policy and privacy notices
  • Home-school agreement
  • ICT and internet acceptable use policy
     

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