St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School - Remote Learning Statement
From the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, at St Teresa’s we have been working hard to support our children, families and staff through these unprecedented times - whilst acknowledging that individuals will be living through their own very different experiences.
To navigate the uncertainty generated by the challenges of the pandemic and to ensure that learning is continued, irrespective of lockdown or self-isolation, we have developed a Blended Learning Plan to address the needs of our community.
Our aim at St Teresa’s is to mitigate the effect of any extended school closure on children’s learning and support parents to navigate the challenges of home education. We also strive to support teachers to share resources and collaborate remotely, helping to reduce individual workload and pressure.
We have developed remote and blended learning opportunities acknowledging that some households have limited access to devices and a range of home working commitments that impact upon the support that can be offered during a typical school day; providing challenges for learning and support. We offer a mixture of, pre-recorded lessons by the teachers at St Teresa’s and Oak Academy, voice over Powerpoints and differentiated lessons that can be accessed through Google Classroom.
We have been working hard to ensure that families are not struggling with technology both in terms of devices, data and connectivity.
In order to deliver a coherent range of curricular experiences, our staff are committed to giving pupils access to learning activities which will, as far as possible, meet their needs and build upon prior learning.
We will provide training and time for staff to develop their practice in this area and to develop systems that are both manageable and successful.
St Teresa’s Blended Learning Plan will be applied in the following instances:
A pupil or a household member needs to isolate because someone in their household is symptomatic or tests positive;
A whole bubble (class of pupils) is self-isolating because of a positive case of coronavirus;
There is a national lockdown and schools are shut to the majority of pupils
Our plan complies with the expectations and principles in the DfE document Guidance for Full Opening of Schools. Our Blended learning Policy aims to clarify the implementation of Remote and Blended Learning at St Teresa’s, outlining our aims and objectives, explaining Health and Safety expectations and Safeguarding guidelines, and our determination to ensure our children’s needs are met as far as we possibly can during this difficult time.
Parents and Carers will receive frequent updates when any guidance changes or when the government announces any significant developments.
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department have asked school to share and circulate this letter amongst parents at our school.
The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.
Home Learning Resources can be found on the class pages.