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Home Learning Contingency Plan

Disruption this year

​Over the next academic year, there is the potential for significant disruption depending on the local and national situation. The following could all happen.

  • Individuals/households having to self-isolate
  • A class being asked to self-isolate
  • A year group being asked to self-isolate
  • A school closure with the exception of Keyworker and vulnerable children

These situations have different challenges and requirements and we therefore need a contingency plan for each tier of need.

Tier 1: Blended Learning


It is likely this year that while the majority of school and staff are in school working individual pupils may work from home pending a test result or a period of self-isolation elapsing. This could happen several times through the year to the same families/children. It is our aim that by working in this way children, who need to work away from school, can keep up with their classmates and maintain continuity in the year ahead.

To support families and children in this situation we are sharing the work we do in class through the academic year via our two remote learning platforms: Tapestry (YR) and Microsoft Teams (Yrs 1-6).
All children will be provided with a rubber tipped pencil, exercise book and pencil sharpener.


Teachers will store the resources for their lessons in class on these platforms, which can accessed at home, even if your child is not isolating.
We will be supplementing the resources for each lesson with:
  • Recorded video instruction
  • Recorded audio instruction
  • Use of matching video content from OAK National Academy

Contact and feedback
Teachers and Teaching Assistants will also be able to provide online feedback and contact through these platforms to encourage, challenge and support learners.

SEND
Children with SEND and/or a EHCP will be provided with additional guidance or support alongside the inclusive learning tools from each educational platform.

Families without Devices
A Learning Mentor will contact families without devices or who have a shared device. They will arrange a paper pack of materials, aligned with the work that is going in class, to be delivered home as soon as possible

Tier 4: School Closure – Children working remotely except Keyworker/Vulnerable children

  • If the school is instructed to close, we will move all teaching to Tapestry or Teams (except for those children in the keyworker/vulnerable facility).
  • We will distribute any government devices for learning to all families who have requested one and who are eligible.
  • We will maintain a list of students who require paper packs covering learning the rest of the class are doing – these will be delivered on a weekly-fortnightly basis.

Teachers/Teaching Assistants will, where possible:

  • Make daily contact and provide feedback through Teams or Tapestry.
  • Provide more extensive video or audio recordings to instruct learning.
  • Provide additional bespoke contact for children with SEND
  • Make daily phone calls to children without devices.

Some staff will need to continue in-class teaching of children in the keyworker/vulnerable children facility this means their duties may be adopted another staff member in the year group or another member of staff.

Tiers 2 & 3: Remote Learning for some classes or year groups

In the event that a class or year group is sent home to work from home, learning for the affected groups will be carried out remotely through Tapestry or Teams.
Government devices
If there is a local outbreak or closure, we will be able to request delivery of laptops to support children in years 3-6 who may be affected. These will be delivered by the government in two working days, subject to availability.
Children without devices
As with tier 1, paper packs covering class content will be delivered to families which request them.
Teachers/Teaching Assistants will, where possible:

  • Make daily contact and provide feedback through Teams or Tapestry.
  • Provide more extensive video or audio recordings to instruct learning.
  • Provide additional bespoke contact for children with SEND
  • Make daily phone calls to children without devices.

Please be aware that the level of support individual teachers or teaching assistants can offer will depend on circumstances. Some staff may be unwell or caring for dependents during school hours – their duties may be adopted another staff member in the year group or another member of staff.

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