The Department for Education released non-statutory guidance, in January 2023, to schools on maintaining their capabilities to deliver high quality remote education in cases where it is not possible or contrary to government guidance for some or all pupils to attend face-to-face education.
Circumstances where it might not be possible for pupils to receive in person education fit into two broad categories:
- School closures or restrictions on attendance, where school access for pupils is restricted
- Individual cases where a pupil is unable to attend school but is able to learn
At Leighton Middle School, in these circumstances pupils will have access to remote education as soon as reasonably practicable, though in proportion to the length of absence and disruption to their learning. A pupil's first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach.
Individual pupil needs will be discussed and agreed on a case-by-case basis. It is highly likely that an individual pupil that is not able to attend school but is well enough to work, will be directed to the Remote Learning Work which can be found below.
What will be provided?
Leighton Middle School already has remote education plans in place that have worked well previously when face-face education has not been possible. Should there be the need for long-term, whole school or year group closure, we are likely to continue to use established remote education plans with which staff, pupils and parents and carers are familiar.
Where there is need for a whole school or year group closure, after the first two days, it is likely that Google Classroom will be used to provide online learning resources. Pupils are familiar with this platform as they use it within Computer Studies and some subjects use it to set homework. Whilst we will aim to follow the curriculum plans, adaptations will need to be made to some topics to allow children to work independently. High quality lessons developed by external providers may be provided instead of school led video content. For shorter closures, from the second day, it is likely that pupils will be directed to the Remote Learning Work.
In a long-term closure scenario, Leighton Middle School has procedures in place to loan laptops to pupils that meet the criteria.
How will pupil work be monitored?
In a longer-term closure, procedures are in place to use Google Classroom to set work, for pupils to ‘hand it in’ and for teachers to monitor engagement as well as giving feedback.
Where an individual child has a short period of absence and participates in remote learning, monitoring and feedback agreements will be agreed between staff and parents.
Remote Learning Work
Children should only complete this work if they are well enough to be at school but cannot attend owing to an infectious illness. If a child is not at school because they are not well enough to attend school they should rest and recover.
If parents wish, they can email the work completed to the form tutor who will provide some feedback.
- Year 5- Remote Learning Work Autumn 2
- Year 6- Remote Learning Work Autumn 2
- Year 7- Remote Learning Work Autumn 2
- Year 8- Remote Learning Work Autumn 2
Online Learning Options
Please find below a list of websites that you might choose to access.
Has resources for parents for all subjects and year groups and often includes a parental explanation.
All subjects with activities are divided in to age phases.
Key stages: key stage 3 and key stage 4.
An archive of spoken poetry recordings. Pupils can listen to poems being read aloud.
Key stages: key stage 1 and key stage 2.
Downloadable resource packs with teacher guidance. A week’s worth of resources is provided for each year group.
Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 4
A range of activities. Some are interactive and some are to be completed offline. Activities are categorised by age range.
Key stages: early years foundation stage, key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3
A range of interactive maths games categorised by age group.
Key stages: key stage 3 to key stage 5
videos featuring a range of exercises and workouts. You can choose exercises by: degree of difficulty, type, gender and whether equipment is needed or not.
Click on the Home Learning link for maths work for Early Years to Year 8.
A variety of HiiT workouts
Children are familiar with this interactive maths learning website.
Share adventures and discoveries as Maddie asks questions and goes in search of answers.
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Free resources, videos, worksheets and answers for Key Stage 3.
Contains book recommendations and often has the first chapter of a book free to read. Parents need to create an account but it is free to do so.