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Thankyou Asda Barking, for donating ten laptops to our pupils!

Remote Education Provision at

Gascoigne Primary

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

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


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home

A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.


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

When a class, bubble or the whole school is required to close, we will always endeavour to provide live remote learning on Microsoft Teams or via the Seesaw app, led by a teacher from the first morning of closure. At times, if a class closure occurs with little notice, pupils may be directed to the Gascoigne Primary School website to complete posted tasks independently on the first morning.


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 endeavour to teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. As in school, there will be times when children will recap on previous learning to embed their knowledge and understanding. In some subjects, adjustments to the curriculum are necessary due to constraints on physical space, supervision or resources (in PE or Art, for example). In these cases, alternative approaches to learning may be used, although the learning rationale and lesson objectives will be maintained.


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 pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

  Early Years – between 3 – 4 hours a day

  Key Stage 1 – Live teaching led by class teacher – approximately 3 hours / recorded lessons     and posted tasks or videos – 1.5 hours / additional reading – 20 mins

  Key Stage 2 – Approximately 3.5 hours live with teacher / 1 – 1.5 hours further independent   tasks and home reading.

 All Gascoigne teachers have statutory Planning Preparation and Assessment time on   Friday afternoons, during which pupils are directed to complete tasks independently.


Accessing remote education


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

In the EYFS, all remote learning is provided via Seesaw. This comprises of video clips of the class teacher, and other pre-recorded materials, along with tasks for pupils to complete. In Key Stage 1, the learning for each lesson is delivered live over Microsoft Teams (this may include links to pre-recorded lessons on other platforms). Pupils are then expected to respond via Seesaw. In Key Stage 2, all learning takes place over Microsoft Teams, where pupils will access and submit assignments. Some tasks (for example those that require drawing) may alternatively be uploaded as images via Seesaw. 


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

  • The school keeps an ongoing record of all pupils who do not or may not have access to digital devices. This record is informed by conversations with parents, the monitoring of daily registers of remote learning and other sources.
  • Wherever possible we will loan laptops to these pupils (Loan Agreements will need to be signed prior to laptop delivery). The allocation of laptops follows a strict order of priority, with at least one laptop per two siblings being given first to vulnerable families, pupils with SEND and those eligible for the Pupil Premium. After this, laptops are provided to families in Key Stage 2. Where there are Key Stage 1 pupils who do not have good access to devices, then we are able to offer onsite education for these pupils. 
  • If parent/ carers need to make us aware of a new need to borrow a school laptop, they should contact the school office on 0208 2704291
  • If internet access is unavailable at home, the school has internet dongles which can be borrowed
  • In any cases where we do not have the capacity to loan laptops to all pupils, we will discuss the family situation with the parents in the first instance. Suggested ways forward include: use of mobile phones (to remain in contact with teachers), paper packs (although these are only used in a minority of cases) and onsite provision.
  • Where pupils may have difficulty submitting assignments through Microsoft Teams, they are welcome to complete activities in their Home-learning exercise books and take a photograph of their completed work. This should then be sent to the class teacher through Seesaw.  When we are made aware of this, we would phone the family and offer support.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  Most of our remote teaching is delivered through Microsoft Teams or Seesaw using:

  • live teaching (online lessons)
  • recorded teaching - video/audio recordings made by teachers or links to other recorded lessons, such as via Oak National Academy.
  • In some instances, work packs will be used if requested by families.


Engagement, celebration 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 pupils to fully engage with all remote learning by viewing live lessons and/or completing posted tasks at a convenient time if needed. All assignments should be attempted and submitted to class teachers.

Expectations of pupils, parents/ carers and staff have been made clear in our Remote Education Acceptable Use Agreement (Appendix 1).


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

  • Staff will take a register morning and afternoon, as part of each session. They are also able to see which children have viewed and which have submitted assignments.
  • This is checked on a daily basis. Parents/ carers of any pupils who are not engaging with their work will be contacted by a member of staff.  This may be referred to a member of senior staff if issues are unable to be resolved.


How will you assess my child’s learning and progress?

Our staff will continue to use a range of approaches to assess your child and to give them feedback to improve their progress.

  Our approaches to assessing and feeding back on pupil learning are as follows:

  • During the live lessons, teachers will assess by asking questions, monitoring responses and who is actively learning, asking pupils to check their learning against the success criteria, setting quizzes, asking children to check and improve, reminding pupils of the success criteria for review and through self-marking. Children will receive verbal feedback throughout.
  • Teachers will check learning submitted from the daily lessons on our learning platforms and adapt their teaching and plan feedback accordingly.  Individual feedback may be given which may acknowledge, celebrate, set next steps or request further checking.  Whole class feedback may be given, which every child can respond to, in order to improve.  Feedback may be shown as ‘likes’, in writing, as a voice note and may include comments, praise, questions, targets, new learning.
  • The final lesson of the day will celebrate and share examples of good learning in order to encourage pupils and acknowledge their improvements. Teachers will also use this time to re-teach, address errors and misconceptions and provide more challenge in learning where pupils are ready to move on.


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:

  • All SEND pupils are invited to attend on site learning.
  • Teachers will ensure work is matched to the ability of pupils, including those with SEND, this may involve additional provision.
  • They will offer individual support at the end of live lessons, where children can access their teacher.
  • In some cases, SEND children may be offered different provision such as work packs or links to videos/ recorded lessons which will more closely match the ability of the individual pupil.  Support staff (Teaching Assistants) may provide daily support with learning i.e. by telephone call or 1:1 support via Microsoft Teams.
  • Younger children will be asked to complete more hand-on tasks, similar to activities they would access in school. Stories, singing songs and nursery rhymes as well as practical activities will be shared with our EYFS children. However, there will be instances where lessons are live or pre-recorded, such as phonics and maths, in which children will be expected to engage.

Remote education for self-isolating pupils


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


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

  We use the following approaches to remote learning:

  1: Individual pupils isolating

  Although they will not be able to access live lessons, children will continue to access and       complete assignments that are posted on Microsoft Teams. Feedback will be given and posted on   Teams.

  2: Class or bubble isolating

  Children will move to live lessons using Microsoft Teams.  

Remote learning Policy

Remote Education Timetables (Year 1 - Year 6)

Criteria for Pupil Device Loans 

Evidence and Research:

The HM Government’s free laptop initiative is to support the most vulnerable families with remote learning. They are committed to providing laptops and tablets to schools and colleges throughout the pandemic.


Gascoigne Primary has purchased or been allocated a number of Chromebooks, plus a small number of other devices based on data that the government has used to identify the needs of disadvantaged families in our community. The school has also received 10 laptops as part of a donation from Asda, Barking. The school have distributed 173 of these devices to families. 


  Professor Becky Francis, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation:

'Schools closures could have a potentially devastating impact on learning for the poorest children and young people in our society. However, we can take steps to mitigate against this, particularly access to devices and a good internet connection.'


School’s statement for criteria

At Gascoigne Primary, we recognise the disruption caused by school closures has a negative impact on learning and wellbeing. Children from vulnerable backgrounds have been affected particularly severely by school closures and need more support to learn online during school closures and completing homework tasks remotely when schools are open.

Further to the data we hold on disadvantaged pupils (PP), free school meal entitlement (FSM), pupils with special educational needs (SEND) and our cohort action plan meetings and discussions with all staff, key pupils have been identified to support with accessing a device remotely.

School’s criteria for loaning a device

Where we become aware that pupils in Years 1-6 do not have appropriate access to a device, we will offer them to families (one device per two siblings) in strict order of priority under the following criteria:


  1. Looked After Children
  2. Pupils with Social Workers
  3. Other Vulnerable Pupils (school-defined)
  4. Pupil Premium Pupils
  5. Pupils with SEND
  6. Any other pupils in Key Stage 2

Laptop, charger and a bag will be issued on a loan system and a loan agreement (loan agreement

form, privacy notice and acceptable use policy) will need to be completed.

Remote Education Acceptable Use Agreement

Remote Learning Contingency Plan (Sept20)

Covid-19 Remote Learning, Catch-Up Funding & Provision


Following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, the government issued an amount of catch-up funding to all schools to support with closing gaps in learning. The amount of funding allocated is based on pupil numbers and is paid over two financial years. 


At Gascoigne Primary School we have considered the age of our children when deciding how to allocate and spend our money. We have also used the government recommended, 'COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools' published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to identify the best strategies, based on long term research, that will enable us to achieve the most positive outcomes.

Covid-19 School Recovery Catch-Up Funding Statement

For any query relating to access to technology or remote education, please email Mr Fox (Deputy Headteacher) on the contact form below: