Accessing remote education

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

Details of remote learning will be added to the school website on a weekly basis, and will always be available by the Sunday afternoon prior to that week’s work commencing.


Each year group has a home learning page on the website, where a plan for that week’s work will be available, along with any resources and/or images that are needed to complete the work.

The weekly home learning plan will be in pdf format, so should be easily accessible on a wide range of devices. There are links contained within the documents so that parents and pupils can easily navigate directly to online lessons and resources mentioned.

When children complete the work detailed in the plan, we would ask parents or carers to email evidence of the work to the year group email addresses. This could be in the form of an attachment of a photo or video, or a quick description of what work the child has been doing. 

As well as accessing the online content using a laptop or desktop PC, it should be possible to view the content from the school website on a smaller device like a mobile phone or tablet. It is also possible to use video game consoles, for example an Xbox or Playstation, to view the school website. A keyboard would need to be connected and you would need to use the inbuilt web browsers that are available on the device.  

If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote 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 families are unable to provide a suitable device to access online work, we are able to lend out a limited number of school owned laptops and/or tablets to pupils, where parents sign a user agreement. Please contact school by emailing admin@ellington.northumberland.sch.uk or call on 01670 860769 if you would like to find out more. We have also applied to the DfE for additional laptops for this purpose.
  • If an internet connection at home is inadequate to complete the work provided, we can apply for an increase in mobile data via your network, or potentially apply to the DfE for a 4G wireless router to enable you to connect to the online resources. Again, please get in touch using the above details if you think that you would qualify for this. When you phone school, we will need the following information: 
             - The name of the account holder
             - The number of the mobile device
             - The mobile network of that device
             - Whether it is a pay monthly or pay as you go
We will submit this information and once the network provider is notified and they agree, they will process the data increase and you will receive a text message. Click here to read more from the DfE.

  • A certain amount of printed resources will be supplied to each pupil in a paper pack, which complement the work being assigned online. If you are unable to print worksheets provided on your child’s home learning page, e.g. the White Rose daily maths worksheets, we can print these for you to collect from school. Please contact your child’s year group staff via the email addresses on the year group pages if this would be helpful for you. 
  • If you are unable to submit work to your child’s teacher online, please bring the work into school periodically so that the relevant teacher can provide feedback to any work completed. Depending on the work completed, it may also be useful to arrange a telephone conversation with your child’s teacher to discuss how work is going.

How will my child be taught remotely?

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

  • Recorded teaching: For key subjects, we will link to high quality video teaching of key concepts, where children are prompted to complete independent tasks throughout the video.
  • Printed paper packs produced by teachers: Each child will be able to collect a paper pack from school, filled with resources relevant to their year group, and which complement the online learning suggested.
  • Textbooks that pupils have at home: Year 6 pupils have previously been supplied with CGP textbooks that cover content for the mathematics and English curriculum. These textbooks contain clear explanation of important contexts and would complement remote learning.
  • Commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences: Teachers will often link to useful websites that provide stimulating and interactive ways to learn.
  • Occasional project work, often including internet research activities, where this is deemed appropriate for the subject being taught.