Remote Education: Information for Parents
This page has information for parents about our approach to remote education, on occasions when it might be needed.
Harris Lowe Academy Willesden prides itself on its curriculum and teaching and learning and we don’t want children to miss a day of school. If we have to lockdown because of a snow day, or cannot run school normally because of boiler leaks or a pandemic, for example, this page explains our commitment to you as families.
HLAW is clear that remote education should not be viewed as an equal alternative to attendance in school. For this reason we are expected as a school to consider it only as a last resort when the alternative would be no education, and only after it has been established that the pupil is, or will be, absent from school.
In such cases, remote education can have the benefit of allowing absent pupils to keep on track with their education and stay connected to their teachers and peers. Our approach to remote education is based on the DfE guidance published in January 2023 and to be reviewed in April 2024
Scenarios where remote education will be considered
Circumstances where it might not be possible for pupils to receive in-person education fit into two broad categories:
- School closures or restrictions on attendance, where school access for pupils is restricted
- Individual cases where a pupil is unable to attend school but is able to learn
The remote curriculum: what is taught to students at home
A student’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. It may also be that we provide some personalised support, for example, for a student who may have special educational needs, in helping them to access and structure their school day.
In all cases, if access to technology is an issue, then please let us know immediately on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are worried for your child’s safety during any remote learning, please contact your Head of Year or the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the academy on email@example.com.
For full details on our approach to remote education, please download the document Our Approach to Remote Education from the bottom of this page. This contains full details of, for example:
- What to expect in the first day or two of remote education
- How much work to expect each day
- How will children access any online remote education
- How will children be taught remotely
- Engagement and feedback during remote education
- Additional support for students with particular needs