Bishop Ian Ramsey Church of England Primary School

REMOTE Learning for all classes

If a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or if there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home, your class learning activities and resources will be posted here or emailed directly. 

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

We will switch instantly to online learning and all of the learning activities and resources will be posted on to each Class Page to access from home. Laptops are available for loan for any pupil who may require a device to access learning from home.  Paper copies of all of the resources used and worksheets are also available from school for every week. 

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

All of the learning activities and resources will be posted on to each Covid Hub and Home Learning Class Page to access from home.

Laptops and Broadband

Laptops are available for loan for any pupil who may require a device to access learning from home.  Having completed our Remote Learning Survey, we are aware of families who may need a laptop on loan however please contact us if your circumstances have changed or if you now need a device. We also have free access to Mobile Broadband for all parents and carers that fits in all types of tablets, Dongles and Wi-Fi devices. 

Paper Copies

If pupils do not have online access, or would prefer to use paper copies, all of the resources and worksheets used are also available in a printed work pack from school every week. Please telephone the office to arrange your collection time on 01207 560235. Paper copies of completed work can also be returned to school in order to submit work to teachers for marking.

Submitting work for marking and feedback

Children can then upload completed work to their own Class Dojo portfolio. This can be done using the 'Jotter' tool on Class Dojo or by uploading photographs or documents such as Word. Once uploaded into their portfolio, the class teacher is then able to feedback on each piece of work using the feedback tool within Class Dojo. Paper copies of completed work can also be returned to school in order to submit work to teachers for marking.

We also use Purple Mash to further add to our Remote Learning offer. Tasks (called 2Dos) can be set by teachers for the children to complete and 'hand in' at home using their own Purple Mash account. Again, teachers can feedback on these tasks within Purple Mash.

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?

We teach broadly the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.

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

This includes both recorded or live direct teaching time, and time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently.

For Key Stage 1, the expectations are for three hours of remote education per day. 

For Key stage 2, the expectations are for four hours of remote education per day. 

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • recorded teaching (White Rose Maths and Oak National Academy lessons for Reception and Year 1 in English)
  • video/audio recordings made by teachers
  • narrated PowerPoints made by teachers
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • Little Wandle Reading Scheme (E Readers online and physical copies) 
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • internet research activities (only to support specific tasks within a subject or project) 

What are your expectations for my child's engagement and the support that we, as parents and carers, should provide at home?

We need to remember that we all can only do our best. Many parents and carers are juggling work, children learning at home and home based matters so we need to remember to be kind to ourselves. Each family is different and what works for one family may not work for all. We would like children to be engaged with their learning, to complete all tasks and activities set but also remember not to be too hard on themselves and put themselves under too much pressure. Setting routines to support your child's education may be right for your family with regular time slots to complete work. For every class we have uploaded a 'Suggested Timetable' for the day but timings are flexible accordingly.  

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

Staff upload a video at the start of every day to outline tasks for the day and they are contactable via Class Dojo throughout the day if your child is having particular problems with their work or if they would like reinforcement or clarification about a topic or question. Children are expected to upload work to their portfolio after the lesson or at the end of the day for marking. We also ring parents and carers regularly to check how the children are doing and to see if further support is needed. If there are concerns, for example if we have not received any pieces of work from across the curriculum from your child on a particular day, we will contact you by telephone to see if we can help. We are here to help and support. 

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. For example, whole-class feedback or 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:

  • Work submitted to Portfolio section of Class Dojo and paper copies that have been handed in are marked by Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants daily. We include positive praise for effort as well as recognising attainment. Specific points for improvement are also given to help children clarify any errors or to ensure they continue to make progress. Class Dojo points are awarded for Home Learning as well as for In School Learning too. 

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:

  • providing bespoke learning activities for individual pupils or groups of pupils according to need, especially linked to Support Plans and EHCPs
  • adapting resources and activities to ensure all pupils are included at all times and can access learning
  • providing resources in large print
  • providing activities and loan of school resources and equipment to support sensory needs and help gross and fine motor skills work

We work with families by providing bespoke packages of learning for children. This may include additional input from the teacher via video or additional explanations or 1:1 support on the telephone or via Zoom.

For younger children in school, staff frequently post an additional explanation video to introduce the tasks and give ideas for additional activities that can be completed at home to support learning. 

If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, the remote education provided will be the same as the In School Learning as we have operated in this way since September to ensure continuity and consistency. Our Remote Education offer is broadly the same curriculum that is being taught in school.

Please note: If a child is self isolating because they have tested positive for Covid and are experiencing symptoms, in the same way as we do not expect a child to complete work when they are too ill to attend school we do not expect work to be completed. 

If you have any further questions or would like support with Remote Learning please do not hesitate to contact your child's Class Teacher, Mr Mordue (Deputy Head) or Mrs Johnston (Headteacher) at school on 01207 560235 or via the Class Dojo messaging service. Thank you. 




Bishop Ian Ramsey CE Primary School is part of the Durham Diocesan MAT. Durham Diocesan MAT is a company limited by guarantee (company number 10847279) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales at Cuthbert House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY.