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Remote Learning Guidance

Remote Learning 


Remote learning refers to learning that is completed away from the physical school building. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, many children will be required to learn remotely during the academic year 2021-22. The overall purpose of remote learning is to minimise the disruption to pupils’ education through providing access to learning that mirrors what would have been provided in school.


At St John’s C of E (Aided) Primary School, we understand the need to continually deliver high quality education, including during periods of remote working whether for an individual pupil, a specific class or for the whole school due to a local or national lockdown. We recognise the importance of maintaining high expectations in all areas of school life and ensuring that all pupils have access to the learning resources and support they need to succeed.


Further details can be found in our Remote Learning Policy.

How will this be provided?


A child, family or group of children could be required to isolate for up to 10 days. A child may be ill with Covid19 and unable to focus on work but they may also be isolating due to testing positive or if it is determined that their class are unable to be physically in the building as a result of the school activating the Outbreak Management Plan. 


Government guidelines require schools to provide education for children who are unable to attend school. 


At St John's we aim to do this by:

  • Using Google Classroom & tapestry as our main platforms for setting & responding to work and communicating with the children;
  • Make use of our on-line subscription services to support the learning. These include TT Rockstars/Numbots, Purple Mash and Mathletics;
  • Recommend other apps and web based learning to enhance our provision;
  • Develop an ‘emergency’ one day protocol and work package to allow for quick delivery when an isolation is required;
  • Align remote education, after the first day, with the St John’s curriculum to ensure pupils can move easily between physical and remote education;
  • Where new material is required to be taught, provide this through third party videos, direct remote teaching, school created videos of lesson inputs or annotated PowerPoints. This will vary according to the age of the child, the curriculum area and the number of children isolating at the time;
  • Provide daily contact with the pupils through:
    • Feedback in Google Classrooms,
    • Live lessons (where appropriate),
    • Google meets,
    • Phone conversations,
    • Tapestry messages.
  • Using a range of assessment techniques remotely to establish what learning is taking place.

When will my child receive remote learning? How will they get feedback?



What remote learning will be provided?

What feedback and contact can I expect?

Child is ill with a ‘standard’ childhood illness e.g. cold or chicken pox

  • No remote learning is required.
  • Child is ill enough not to be in school therefore should be recovering.
  • Teacher should ‘catch up’ child as per normal practise for a short, couple of day absence


Contact as per attendance policy from the office staff

Child is isolating, awaiting a test result or awaiting a test result of a household member

  • Short term absences 1–4 days – no work required.
  • Suggestions of activities to allow your child to practise their basic skills will be put up on Google Classroom.

No feedback provided 

A single child, or a small group of children, are isolating because they have had a positive test - 10 day isolation.


Whole class is being educated from home as the result of the school activating the Outbreak Management Plan. 




  • 1-day emergency plan that allows for generic skills to be practised in Maths and English along with a theme linked activity for the afternoon session.
  • 10 days of remote learning hosted on Google Classroom.
  • Length of learning equivalent to school day minus breaks, lunch and worship.
  • Video, live lesson or recording for input to Maths and English when it is new learning or is required. This will not be every day.
  • Foundation subjects via PowerPoint input or activities that are revisiting existing learning.

Feedback through Google Classroom from the class teacher assisted by the LSA.

Local restrictions or  National lockdown.

Decisions on remote learning in this situation will be made as, and when, it happens. This will be dictated by government guidance at the time.  




To be decided depending on severity of the lockdown and the number of staff required in school.