At the PRU we have worked hard to ensure that our pupils do not miss out on their learning opportunities during the covid pandemic by putting in place a package of remote learning support for individual pupils, accompanied by regular contact from PRU staff in recognition of the unique needs of the pupils we support. The PRU also works with parents, carers and mainstream schools (where a pupil is dual-registered) so that a coherent approach to learning is in place.
Despite returning to face to face teaching, we recognise that there is still a risk of localised outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) or of small numbers of individual pupils being unable to attend school. Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there are local or national restrictions requiring pupils to remain at home, we continue to have the capacity to offer immediate remote education. That offering will be tailored to the individual pupil and will include work set by the teacher such as:
- Phonics / spellings
- An activity session linked to the termly topic
In addition, links will be provided to learning platforms such as Time Tables Rockstars.
It is expected that pupils will be set work consistent in length with the school day, together with regular breaks and will allow for discussion with teachers and/ or parents / carers each day that remote learning is in place.
Teachers will liaise with parents / carers about remote working and will check that work has been accessed, and offer to support to adults as needed. Work will be set on a daily or weekly basis as appropriate. We continue to teach pupils about the importance of e-safety to help them to use online resources safely and appropriately. Parents / carers will be signposted to organisations that can help them to keep their child safe online.
Where practical and safe to do so, PRU staff will visit pupil’s homes as part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding, and to facilitate the provision of high quality teaching and learning to pupils. If home visits are not possible, then telephone, email and remote meetings with parents / carers will be put in place.
Where pupils need to self-isolate but are not unwell, they will be expected to complete work set as agreed between parents / carers and PRU staff. If classes are held using tools such as Teams, then pupils will be expected to attend as they are expected to attend the PRU.