Remote education provision: information for parents   

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.   

In the event of a local outbreak, the PHE health protection team or local authority may advise a school to fully or partially close temporarily to help control transmission.   

St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy has a contingency plan for this eventuality. This may involve a return to remaining open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers and providing remote education for all other students, or it may involve remote education for certain year groups for a period of time.  

For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.  

The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home  

At St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy our aim is to try to follow the intended curriculum whether students are in the Academy, working from home, or a combination of the two. We will follow a blended approach of mixed face-to-face and remote methods as suggested by educational research (Education Endowment Foundation) and by the Department of Education.  This also reflects the OFSTED criteria of ‘providing frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos’.  The nature of the delivery and resources provided will be dependent upon individual subjects. 

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

Work will be set, submitted for assessment, and assessed through Microsoft 365 and a combination of SharePoint, Teams and OneDrive.  

  • SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform for the sharing of documents and other media links.  This is the primary method for the setting of remote learning. 
  • Microsoft Teams is a collaborative platform which allows for contemporaneous, real-time communication and sharing of resources between teachers and their classes.  Teams will be used for ‘live’ lessons during full or partial closure; however, it is unlikely to be used for an individual student self-isolating. 
  • OneDrive is an internet-based storage platform to support the uploading of students’ work and returning feedback from teachers. 

Every student has been set up on Microsoft 365 and has access, via the internet, to each of these platforms.  In the first instance, work will be set, and resources provided, through SharePoint. 

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 the same curriculum remotely as we do in the Academy wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, in practical subjects such as PE, Food Technology or Drama, work set may be a combination of practical work (where possible) and theory work.  In addition, some subject content, such as terrorism in History, may be adapted to a more suitable approach for remote learning. 

Remote teaching and study time each day  

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students approximately 5 hours per day. This is in line with the number of lessons they would normally have in the Academy. 

When all students are in school we operate a staggered timetable to keep students in year group bubbles. The timings for these vary depending on the year group. Therefore, to maintain simplicity, where there is a partial closure of a year group and a group of students required to isolate under track and trace, we will maintain the specific timetable for that year group, as if they were in the Academy. 

In the instance of a full closure of the Academy, where all students remain at home, we will use the following timetable: 

0905 – 0955 Period 1  
0955 – 1045  Period 2  
1045 – 1105 Break  
1105 – 1155  Period 3  
1155 – 1245  Period 4  
1245 – 1335  Lunch 
1335 – 1425  Period 5  
1425 – 1515 Period 6 

Accessing remote education  

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

Students can access any remote work through the SharePoint portal. This can be accessed from the “Student Area” on the school website ( 

Each subject has their own SharePoint site where material will be uploaded for each year and group.  

All students have access to Academy emails [email protected] to support engagement and provide another method for sending and returning of work/feedback.  It is important that students are regularly checking their emails for any additional information or notices from teachers. 

Students will have regular ‘live’ lessons through Microsoft Teams. 

It is important that students are regularly checking their Academy email (Outlook) in order to get notifications for lessons.  When students sign on to Microsoft Teams they will see that they are added to a separate team for each class/subject. Clicking on the Team will take them into the class area. ‘Live’ lessons are scheduled as ‘meetings’ in the general area. Students, in all year groups, may also be directed to YouTube for any pre-recorded lessons or the Oak National Academy site.   

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 students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:  

  • If there is an issue with access to a device to complete remote education, please let us know immediately by emailing [email protected].  
  • If students are unable to access the internet, St Peter and St Paul Catholic Voluntary Academy will provide printed work packs for students, usually on a 2 weekly basis. 
  • We recognise that some students may only be able to take part in lessons on a device with a small screen, such as a mobile phone. We are happy for students to complete any work set on paper instead of on a computer if needed.  
  • If students are completing remote education on paper rather than computer they can always upload a photo of their work. Where this is not possible, students can return their work to the Academy Reception as a hard copy for distribution to teaching staff for feedback. 

How will my child be taught remotely?  

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

  • saved resources on Student SharePoint 
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets) 
  • textbooks and reading books students have at home 
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or setting of tasks ie GCSEPod, Mathswatch 
  • ‘live’ teaching (online lessons). 

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 expect all students to engage with remote education according to their usual timetable. 

As parents/carers we need your support to ensure your child sticks to the routines of completing their work at the right times and is provided with a space they can work without distraction.  

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

Student engagement with remote learning is monitored daily by their class teachers.  In order to maintain communication with students and parents, form tutors will contact home approximately every 2 weeks where any concerns with lack of engagement will be raised.  

If telephone contact home, by form tutors, is unable to be made it may be necessary for a safe and well visit to be made. 

Students not engaging with ‘live’ lessons will be contacted weekly. 

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 students. 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 student work is as follows:  

  • Teachers are not expected to mark every piece of work in depth, but they will be checking work and addressing any errors or misconceptions with students. 
  • We may use quizzes through online forms to assess student understanding. This provides instant student feedback and scores are recorded so that teachers can address common mistakes.  
  • For students in ‘live’ lessons, immediate feedback can be given to students orally through questioning, as they would in a normal lesson, or a student might write in the chat function during the lesson which can then be commented on. 
  • Students can submit work via OneDrive, email, Teams or return hard copies to the Academy Reception for feedback. 

Additional support for students 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 students, for example some students 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 students.  

  • We can clearly track engagement of students with SEND and targeted calls home are made, especially when engagement is not high. 
  • We ensure that students with SEND are carefully talked though how to engage with ‘live’ lessons, where appropriate. 

Please contact our SEND Co-ordinator, Miss Bell ([email protected]) with any specific queries.  

Remote education for self-isolating students  

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in the Academy, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in the Academy.   

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

In order to enable self-isolating students to keep in line with their peers all work and resources, closely following the curriculum taught, will be provided on SharePoint.   

Some subjects direct students to video lessons provided by Oak National Academy; these match the curriculum we are teaching in the Academy or subject specific platforms such as Maths Watch.