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Remote Learning Policy
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Remote Learning Policy

(for periods of closure and self isolation)


APPROVAL DATE: Non statutory - NA


NEXT REVIEW DATE: JULY 2021 or as necessary


1. Aims        3

2. Legislation and statutory guidance        3

3. Approach to Remote Learning        3

4. Attendance and Safeguarding        4

5. Students with SEN needs        4

6. EAL students        4

7. Wellbeing and Mental Health        4

8. Screentime        5

8. Assessment and reporting        5

9. Students Struggling to access Remote Learning        5

10. Supporting Staff        5

11. Monitoring Arrangements        6

1. Aims

We intend to:

The ethos of Hartsdown Academy permeates through the school’s policy and practice. Our school values underpin remote learning:

Scholarship - students will still be stretched and challenged

Teamwork - opportunities will be given for children to work collaboratively and develop relationships and teamworking

Resilience - this is a difficult time and we will be providing explicit support for students, including teaching with regards to mental health and wellbeing

Integrity - knowing about boundaries and privacy and how to report unsafe situations

Vision - although remote learning cannot replace the normal classroom experience we believe that we can ensure that all students make good progress

Excellence - striving for excellence in all that we do

2. Legislation and statutory guidance

The current guidance is that schools must provide at least four hours a day of online learning. Hartsdown is exceeding this requirement.

3. Approach to Remote Learning

Students have already had 6 months disruption due to the March 2020 lockdown. It is therefore imperative that we provide a system that allows:

It is our view that the only way to achieve this is through live lessons as this allows the teacher and students to interact. We also believe that this is the best way to engage students and to keep them learning.

We are therefore providing a full timetable of live lessons for all students via google classrooms. Including exercise and Form Time students will continue to receive 25 hours of learning a week.

Instead of homework staff will be providing optional independent extension work.

3.1 Remote Learning: Full Closure

All lessons will be adapted to remote learning only. Critical worker children will access these remote lessons. In this situation teachers can focus on the remote students.

3.2 Remote Learning: Year group self isolation

All lessons will be adapted to remote learning only.  In this situation teachers can focus on the remote students.

3.3 Remote Learning: Individual self isolation

Since September staff have broadcast their lessons live. This allows students who are self isolating to access the learning  materials and hear the instructions/new learning. Staff will make best endeavours to support and engage students that are accessing learning remotely.

4. Attendance and Safeguarding

Students are expected to access all of their online lessons. These lessons are not optional. If a child is ill and can't access the learning, parents should contact the school in the normal way.

Our approach to online learning also ensures that children are safeguarded as they are interacting with a teacher in a safe environment for the normal school hours.

We recognise that children being at home will increase risk for some children. All staff will be vigilant and will report using the school’s usual procedures. This is in addition to the school’s approach to vulnerable children who will be in school.

5. Students with SEN needs

We recognise that children with SEN needs are particularly disadvantaged by remote learning. To address this we are:

6. EAL students

Some EAL students do not have the language to fully access remote learning. To address this we are:

7. Wellbeing and Mental Health

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many children and that lockdown may have an adverse impact on children’s mental health. To support children’s mental health we are providing:

8. Screentime

Our approach will significantly increase the amount of time spent in front of a screen. The Health and Safety Executive makes recommendations about how to reduce issues caused by screen time (

Reflecting this we have adapted the school day to ensure hourly breaks.



Form time



Lesson 1



Lesson 2



Lesson 3



Daily Exercise






Lesson 4



Lesson 5



Although no solution is perfect, this gives a 10 min break every hour. Students can use some of this time to reflect on their learning and complete non screen tasks.

8. Assessment and reporting

We will continue to use our Diagnostic, Therapy, Test approach to assessment. Students will be assessed regularly and teachers will use this to provide ‘therapy’ where students will address misunderstandings. Live lessons allow immediate feedback in line with what students receive in normal circumstances.

We will continue to use class charts to give feedback to children and their parents. We will also continue with scheduled reports and parents’ evenings.

9. Students Struggling to access Remote Learning

The school trained students during the autumn term and will continue to support individuals as necessary. The school will endeavour to resolve any ICT issues. If we cannot we will look to provide facilities at school to access remote learning and one to one support.  

10. Supporting Staff

The school provided a program of CPD support in the summer and autumn term to ensure that all staff are able to provide quality remote learning. In addition we are allocating INSET days across the spring term and will be training staff in:

In addition we have consulted with staff and changed the times of the day to give staff regular breaks. SLT are also working with middle leaders to prioritise staff wellbeing.

11. Monitoring Arrangements

The delivery of remote learning is quality assured by Middle Leaders and the Senior Leadership Team.

In addition Governors are engaging in quality assurance through: