Remote Learning

As of January 2021 our school operates remote learning for the vast majority of our pupils.  The school is open for our vulnerable pupils, as well as the children of critical workers. 


Woodside Junior School is committed to ensuring that high quality learning continues even when the school is closed.  Whilst the school building may need to be closed at times, to some or all learners, learning itself is never ‘closed’ at our school. Remote learning and on-going communication and feedback between teachers, pupils and parents will be a priority. 

The school (Woodside Junior)  will offer  immediate remote education if:

    • Individuals or groups of pupils need to self-isolate, but the rest of the school is still open; or
    • There are local or national restrictions that mean most pupils need to stay at home, such as  the initial school closures in March 2020 as well as the current closure -January 2021

What's expected from remote teaching?

When teaching remotely, the DfE will expect the school to:

  • Plan a programme that's of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, ideally including daily contact with teachers
  • Set assignments so that pupils have work each day in a number of different subjects, and monitor pupils' engagement with these assignments
  • Teach a planned and sequenced curriculum so that knowledge and skills are built incrementally, with clarity about what's intended to be taught and practised in each subject
  • Provide frequent explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher in your school or through curriculum resources and/or videos
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum, using questions and other suitable tasks, and set a clear expectation on how regularly teachers will check work
  • Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what's being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding
  • Avoid an over-reliance on long-term projects or internet research activities

The above expectations are set out in relation the pupils' age, stage of development and SEND. The school will endeavor not to make significant demands for parents' help or support.


What would initiate remote learning for pupils? 

The government, in its guidance, sets out four TIERS which would operate if an outbreak of Covid- 19 were to hit the local or school community. These are: 


Tier 1

All schools will remain open.

Primary schools: staff and pupils don't need to wear face coverings, but the school can choose to have staff and visitors wear them in communal areas, where it is difficult to adhere to social distancing. 

Tier 2 and Tier 3

The school will remain open for all pupils if it is:

  • An early years setting
  • A primary school
  • An alternative provision (AP) provider
  • A special school or other specialist setting

The same guidance on face coverings applies as in tier 1 (see above).

 Please note that any difference between  Tiers 2 and 3 relates to secondary schools

Tier 4

The school will remain open for all pupils if it is:

  • An AP provider
  • A special school or other specialist setting

Early years settings, mainstream schools and colleges: 

  • The school will only remain open for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers
  • The school should provide remote education for all other pupils, who should stay at home

The same guidance on face coverings applies as in Tier 1 (see above).