Drapers Mills Primary Academy & Little Millers Nursery Inspiring Minds : Shaping Futures. Home Page
Trust Link

Remote Learning

No Screen Day Friday 12th February

The information below is intended to provide clarity and transparency to parents/carers about what to expect from the remote education offer from Drapers Mills Primary Academy. Please also see the attached documents above which include:


  • DMPA Remote Learning Handbook
  • DMPA Suggested Remote Learning Timetable
  • TKAT Remote Learning Policy
  • COVID19 Safeguarding Update due to January 2021 School Closure


What is remote learning and how is it different to what children would normally access in school?

Remote learning is the curriculum that we will be delivering if your child is not at school because of the Covid-19 pandemic.


We are using Google Classroom as our main platform for remote learning which enables us to deliver our core curriculum using a combination of live, pre-recorded and pre-planned lesson resources. The lessons and tasks on Google Classroom will 'mirror' those that are being delivered in school.


Our expectation is that all children learning from home will join live lessons each day and upload their work for feedback. If you are struggling with a lack of devices at home or if you need support in engaging your child with remote learning, we can help. Please see below for further details or call the school on (01843) 223989 or email . 


Reading remains a high priority within our curriculum and pupils are expected to read appropriate books each day. This will be monitored using our Accelerated Reader system. If you do not have access to any books, including Sounds Write phonics books, please contact your class teacher who will select age appropriate, high quality texts for your child and will arrange for you to collect them from the school office. 


How long are children expected to work at home each day? 

Our remote learning curriculum offer will be a minimum of 3 hours per day for Early Years and KS1 and 4 hours a day for KS2. Along with daily tasks for the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, there will be additional tasks and activities set for our Wider Curriculum - the final part of the afternoon has been kept free for them to do this and to engage in physical and well-being tasks with their family. Some suggestions for physical and well-being tasks can be found in the link above. 


We would encourage children to stick to our ‘suggested’ daily timetables (above) as keeping a regular routine will help your child when they return to school and so they can access the live lessons that are available.


We suggest that children keep as active as possible and take regular breaks from the PC screen.


How does my child access any online remote learning?

All children have access to our Google Classrooms and have already been allocated log in details (email address and password). Information on how to access Google Classroom can be found at the top of this page. Please contact your child's teacher if you are having difficulties accessing this platform. 


Children in Reception will be set work using the Marvelous Me app but may also be invited to live phonics sessions and/or storytime using the Google classroom.  Please contact the school if you are not able to access this. A suggested day for children in Reception may look like this: -

What if a child cannot access Google Classroom?

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:


  • Parents can request the loan of a Chromebook. These are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.  
  • If a family are unable to access remote learning due to lack of internet access we may be able to offer a place in school (limited places available) as stated in recent DfE guidance.    
  • If there are no other options, or a family are reluctant to come to school, then paper packs will be provided which will be available for collection from the office at the start of every week. The child's completed work should be returned when a new pack is collected so that the teacher can give feedback on the work that they've done. 


How will children be taught remotely?

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


  • Assignments set for the children on Google Classroom
  • Pre-recorded videos including videos from other websites and resources
  • Live lessons
  • Reading books pupils have at home
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences
  • Internet research activities


What are the expectations of parents to support remote learning?

We expect ALL children to access remote learning every day and expect parents to support their child to engage with it. The only acceptation to this is if a child is unwell. We recognise that all home situations are different and that parents are already under considerable pressures but the school will support individual families, through regular communication, to enable their children to access remote learning successfully.


If individual pupils need to self-isolate at home then there would still be an expectation that they should access the remote learning as outlined above, whether that's online or through paper packs provided by the school. 


Will the school check whether children are engaging with their work and how will parents be informed if there are concerns?

We monitor live lessons daily and record attendance at these sessions. We also record who is uploading their work. In addition to monitoring written work, we also review weekly the external online platforms that we use - Times Tables Rockstars / Numbots and Accelerated Reader. Staff will be contacting parents if children have not engaged. If children are unwell then we would not expect them to engage in online learning but would ask parents to let us know.


How will work and progress be assessed?

Children will receive feedback on the work they complete in a variety of ways. They will always be given verbal feedback on their contributions to live online lessons and work that they upload to Google Classroom will be looked at daily and teachers will comment on the work as appropriate. Feedback will be either an acknowledgement of the work or a more detailed comment addressing misconceptions or advice in next steps of learning. Adults will be available throughout the day to support and give feedback. 


What support will children with SEN receive to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without the support of adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils by staying in regular contact and offering support from the school’s Inclusion Leader. This might include adapted activities online, adapted work packs or providing specific resources. Parents are to contact the school immediately if they need additional support in engaging their child with remote learning. 


How is the well-being of the school community being prioritised and monitored?

We are extremely aware of the additional pressures that partial school closures and the delivery of remote learning may be putting on our school community - staff, parents and children alike.


Staff are working within their year group bubbles following the guidance within the latest risk assessment and will either be in school with our key worker and vulnerable children or delivering remote learning online. When in school, all bubbles have at least two members of staff to ensure that they can have regular breaks and are not isolated. All staff, especially those working remotely, will receive regular contact from their line managers to monitor their well-being. 


The school will communicate regularly with parents to keep them updated and to give them the support they may need to engage their children with remote learning. Our pastoral team will provide guidance on any non-academic support they may need, liaising (where appropriate) with outside agencies.


Children will have regular contact with their teachers, either through Google Classroom, by phone or when in school. School staff will monitor their well-being and support where necessary.

How can the school be contacted if I have any questions or concerns regarding remote learning?

If you need support with anything in your child’s google classroom, please email the teaching staff using the addresses below.


Alternatively, call the school office on (01843) 223989 or email on 


It is extremely important that your child engages with remote learning to ensure they do not fall behind and have the opportunity to keep in touch with their teachers and peers.