Information for parents regarding new arrangements due to Covid-19

Mary Hare Primary School

From January 11th 2021 our much smaller Primary School is open to all families of children who wish their child to attend.  

CLICK HERE for information about remote education at the Primary School.

Mary Hare Secondary School

Mary Hare Secondary School is open to a number of pupils whose parents are keyworkers or who face additional barriers to learning at home and who live close enough to attend as day pupils.

All other pupils are learning online.  CLICK HERE to download the following information.

Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents of Secondary Pupils

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or 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 on page 3.

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?

We will begin teaching according to the current timetable as soon as possible, and certainly within two days of remote learning starting. If there are issues to begin with (e.g. teachers and students not all having the correct equipment available, teachers will send work)

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 teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible and appropriate. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, practical work will not be possible in the usual format, especially where specialist equipment is needed. Any parts of the curriculum that can’t be delivered remotely, will be covered once pupils return to school.

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:

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5:

We will follow the published timetable. The main difference is that lessons 2 and 4 will end 5 minutes earlier than usual, and lessons 3 and 5 will start 5 minutes later. This is to allow a longer break between lessons so that everyone can take a break from their screens.

Accessing Remote Education

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

Most lessons will be taught in Microsoft Teams

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access online 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:

If a pupil does not have suitable equipment to access online learning, please contact Mr Thompson ([email protected]).

We can send laptops, as well as apply for data allowances from a wide range of providers.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • live teaching (online lessons)

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)
  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)
  • textbooks and reading books pupils have at home
  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • long-term project work and/or internet research activities


Engagement 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 are recording attendance and engagement in all lessons. If we notice a sustained lack of engagement we will contact parents in the first instance. If we are unsuccessful, we will escalate by sharing our concern with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

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

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:

  • Marking and feedback of work submitted electronically

  • Informal assessment through questioning in lessons
  • Tests

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:

If a child’s SEN or home environment make remote learning unworkable, we will work with a family to see whether we can welcome them into school. Please contact your child’s head of year in the first instance.

Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote Remote education for self-isolating pupilseducation 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 approached described above?

We will try to include pupils who are self-isolating while their classmates are in school in lessons as much as possible through Teams. When this is not suitable, work will be set.