Remote education provision: information for parents

Remote education provision: information for parents


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

There are different circumstances under which pupils may be learning at home including a national lockdown and self-isolation.  The provision may be different for different circumstances and this document gives you information about what to expect when your child is learning at home.


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

Wherever possible, pupils will have their exercise books and text books if they have to learn at home.  Exercise books should contain a sheet which gives guidance on how to work at home for each subject, including tasks to complete and useful websites.


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?

If your child is self-isolating but school is still open for most pupils:

  • Tasks will be set on our VLE, Firefly, which will follow the same curriculum that other pupils will be following in school wherever possible and appropriate.  There may be some adaptations e.g. written tasks where discussion would take place in the classroom.

If there is a local or national lockdown and school is closed for most pupils:

  • We will move as quickly as possible to offering live lessons on Google Meet or Zoom, alongside tasks set on Firefly.

If there is a local or national lockdown and school is closed for most pupils but your child is attending Rainbow School:

  • We will support pupils to join the live lessons and complete the tasks set by subject teachers where possible and appropriate, and offer additional wellbeing activities where appropriate.

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?

  • Tasks will be set weekly on our VLE, Firefly, which will follow the same curriculum that other pupils will be following in school that week, wherever possible and appropriate.  There may be some adaptations e.g. written tasks where discussion would take place in the classroom.
  • Pupils should log on to Firefly to find the tasks that have been set and each day they can complete the tasks for the subjects that they would have had on their timetable.
  • It may be helpful for pupils who are self-isolating to organise their day using the times below that will be followed during a national lockdown, to help them manage their time and ensure that they have regular breaks.
  • Pupils can either submit work to their teachers via Firefly for feedback or on their return to school.


Remote teaching and study time each day


How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

During a national lockdown, when most pupils are learning from home, we expect that remote education (including live lessons and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:


Key Stage 3 and 4

5 hours

This will consist of time in live lessons and time completing independent tasks that have been set by subject teachers

Key Stage 5

5 hours

This will consist of time in live lessons and time completing independent tasks that have been set by subject teachers

Pupils may be completing additional reading and independent tasks beyond the timings of the school day.


What will the times of the school day be?

Live lessons will begin at the same times for all year groups, in order to allow everyone to plan their day and have suitable breaks, and to ensure that all pupils at home and in Rainbow School can access live lessons.  Please note pupils are expected to attend all live lessons.  They will not be expected to be online for the entire time before the next lesson begins; they will be expected to complete independent work when they are not in a live lesson.  Where the lesson is a double, teachers may invite pupils to rejoin the lesson to check on progress.                

Between 8.45 and 9.15 pupils should make sure that they are ready for the day.  They should log in to googleclassrooms,  their LGFL email and Firefly and check their tasks and messages for links to live lessons and instructions for tasks to be completed for that day.


Live lesson time:

Independent Work time (teacher may continue to support pupils live)

Period 1

9.15  -9.45

9.45 - 10.15

Period 2 (if a single lesson)

10.15 - 10.45

10.45 - 11.15

Break: 11.15 - 11.30

Period 3

11.30 - 12.00

12.00 - 12.30

Period 4 (if a single lesson)

12.30 - 1.00 

1.00 - 1.30

Lunch: 1.30 - 2.15

Period 5

2.15 - 2.45

2.45 - 3.15


Accessing remote education

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

·Our virtual learning environment, Firefly, will be used as the main method for setting tasks and sharing resources with pupils while they are at home.

·‘Live’ lessons will be offered using Google Meet or Zoom.

·Instructions for using Firefly and how to join a remote ‘live’ lesson can be found here: /206/remote-learning.  This includes guidance on login details.  If your child does not know their login details please contact school:

·Pupils should check their Firefly accounts at 9am each morning where they will find ‘Tasks’ for their timetabled subjects for the day. If a ‘live” lesson is due to take place, a link to the Meet/Zoom will be included in the ‘Task’. 

·You can find which subjects pupils have each day on their timetable on Firefly. 




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.


  • All work is set and marked though Firefly unless otherwise stated so we aim to provide IT hardware for pupils who require it.
  • For any IT hardware requirements (laptops or internet connection), parents need to email
  • Any printed resources required, will be posted by the school to the registered home address.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching (e.g. video/audio recordings made by teachers or other organisations)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • web based platforms supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences: a list of the platforms used by subjects and how to access them can be found here: /206/remote-learning by selecting the document: Using Technology for Learning at EWS
  • Written / reading tasks and quizzes / questions set on Firefly
  • All instructions for tasks will be set on Firefly and resources used in live lessons will also be attached to tasks in Firefly.



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?


We understand that this is an usual and potentially challenging experience for pupils and parents/carers alike and while we expect everyone to do their best to meet these expectations, we will provide support and flexibility where this is needed.  Please get in touch to discuss any concerns or needs.

  • Pupils are expected to attend live lessons each day and complete the tasks that they have been set by their teachers. 
  • Pupils are expected to behave appropriately whilst learning online, according to the Home-School Agreement.
  • We ask that you support your child by encouraging them to be ready to start their learning between 8.45 and 9.15 and helping them to check Firefly for their live lesson links and tasks where necessary.
  • We ask that you support your child by ensuring that they have breaks from learning, and spend time away from device screens, and we have structured the day to allow for this.
  • We will provide support for parents/carers who need help with setting up routines for learning and helping their child access remote learning.


What if my child is sick?

If your child is working from home and is ill or there are other circumstances where your child would normally not be attending school, parents may wish to email the school on and their teachers will be informed that they will not be attending live lessons and either will not complete the work or can have an extension.

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

  1. Subject teachers will record attendance daily for all live lessons.
  2. Subject teachers will regularly check that work set has been submitted to Firefly.
  3. Subject teachers will send a message to pupils who are not submitting tasks.  This may then be followed up in form tutor calls or by a member of staff with a relevant role e.g. Head of Year or SENCO.
  4. Attendance calls will be made to parents/carers of pupils who are not attending live lessons.


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 on every piece of work. For example, whole-class feedback and 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:


  • Subject teachers will check that tasks are being submitted on Firefly and, depending on the type of task, they may provide written feedback on some tasks, including targets for improvement.
  • Teachers may provide verbal feedback in an audio recording.  This might be whole class feedback or personalised feedback.
  • Teachers may provide whole-class feedback during live lessons
  • Self-marking quizzes and tests may be used which provide instant feedback to pupils.  Teachers will monitor the results and use these to inform their teaching.
  • As is usual practice, teachers will not provide written feedback on every individual task that is completed.  They will follow department marking policies to ensure that pupils receive feedback at regular intervals depending on the frequency of lessons.


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 in the following ways:

  • Some children with particular needs will be invited to attend the Rainbow School where possible during a national lockdown so that they can receive support with learning as well as other support within school.
  • We will support parents/carers by providing help for example with login details and, where necessary, talking through the process of accessing remote learning in support phone calls.
  • The SENCO and other relevant members of staff will work with subject teachers to provide support for individual pupils, including differentiated approaches to tasks, and share any concerns or requests for support from parents/carers.
  • Teachers are able to use a range of approaches for supporting individual pupils including use of specific fonts and graphics, reminding pupils that they can use captions during live lessons, and providing specific instructions for individual pupils.   


What else is the school offering?

As well as continuing to offer high-quality opportunities for learning remotely, we will continue to provide information about progress; enrichment opportunities; and wellbeing support in a number of ways, including:

  • wellbeing bulletins
  • year group assemblies
  • competitions
  • sharing opportunities from outside agencies e.g. universities
  • continuing our calendar of events where possible, for example, Parents’ Evenings and Year 11 Taster Day
  • PE tasks, Inter-form and Band competitions set on Firefly