‘Live And Learn With Jesus’
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
Remote Learning Policy/ Blended Learning Contingency Plan
The purpose of this policy is to outline the school’s approach to ensure children at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh can continue their education in the event of lockdown or self-isolation due to Coronavirus.
Remote learning will ensure children educated at home for any length of time will be given the support they need to master the curriculum and make good progress. Remote learning will also align the children’s education as closely as possible with the in school provision and give them access to a teacher daily.
Teachers will be available every day during term time within their directed hours. If they are unable to work for any reason they should report this using the normal absence reporting procedure. Teachers are responsible for providing English (eg Hamilton Trust, Babcock spelling/Spelling Bee) and maths (White Rose Maths) tasks for their class each day. Teachers should provide at least one ‘live’ session a day (using ‘zoom’). There should be foundation subject work set for the respective year group (eg Oak Academy). The work will be up loaded on to ‘dojo’. If a child is working at home they still need to follow a timetable, school suggests…
Where ever possible the weeks learning will be posted at the beginning of the week. Teachers, and the teaching assistants they work with, will access the children’s work and will comment on it between 9am and 3.30pm. Work will be commented on within 24 hours, as far as possible answers will be provided by staff. If a parent needs clarification of how to complete any of the work set then this should be done via the parent message service on ‘dojo’. If a parent has a complaint this should be referred to the teacher’s line manager or Head teacher. If the complaint is of a safeguarding nature this will be referred to the head teacher who is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or the deputy Safeguarding Leads (Deputy Head teacher and Pastoral Lead) who will follow the processes as detailed in the school’s Safeguarding Policy. If a week has gone by and no contact has been made by the child or parent in regard to the work being set then the pastoral team will contact the parent to ‘touch base’ and ensure everything is on track.
IT staff and admin staff will be responsible for supporting staff with any technical issues they are experiencing, reviewing the security of systems and highlighting any data protection breaches to the data protection officer.
Staff can expect parents to ensure their child’s work is returned to their teacher for marking. Parents will also need to make the school aware if their child is sick or unable to complete work. Parents will need to seek help from the school if they need it.
The Governors are responsible for monitoring Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School’s approach to providing remote learning and to ensure the education of the children remains as high quality as possible. Ensuring that staff are confident that the systems they use are secure for both data protection and safeguarding reasons. Governors will also keep in touch with the senior leadership of the school to ensure the well-being of all staff.
Sharing personal data
Staff members may need to collect and/or share personal data such as parent e-mails as part of the remote learning system. Such collection of personal data applies to our functions as a school and does not require explicit permissions. Parent’s e-mails should not be shared with anyone outside the school community.
Keeping devices secure
All staff members will take appropriate steps to ensure their devices remain secure. This includes keeping the device password protected and ensuring the hard drive is encrypted thus ensuring if the device is lost or stolen, no-one can access the files stored on the hard drive. Ensure the device is locked if it is left for a period of time. School devices should not be used by family and friends.
Please refer to the schools Safeguarding Policy and Appendix regarding Coronavirus on the school website.
This policy is linked to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Schools –
Good Behaviour Policy
Safeguarding Policy and appendix re Covid 19
Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notices
ICT and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Online Safety Policy
(see website www.leighsacredheart.wigan.sch.uk)
Policy written – September 2020
Reviewed – Termly