Our school curriculum is understanding of the fact that learning happens in stages and at different paces. At St. Mary’s each child is enabled and equipped to move forward in their learning journey with bigger challenges, new opportunities and with extra support if needed.

In the current climate, where the risk of infection and transmission of Covid-19 remains in the community we are fully prepared to adapt our school curriculum so that where a class, group or a small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or local restrictions require pupils to remain isolated, they can continue to learn from home.

In achieving this, our remote learning plans fall in line with expectations from the DfE with regards to remote learning and additionally takes into account the context of our school community giving consideration to the mental health and wellbeing of our children, families and staff.

Our contingency plans are dependent on numerous factors and there are innumerable possible scenarios to prepare for. However, these contingency plans are based on four broad scenarios. At any stage, should a class teacher or numerous staff be too unwell as a result of Covid-19 related illness to provide remote learning, a reduced version of provision will be put in place.

For pupils with SEND, their teachers are best-placed to know how the pupil’s needs can be most effectively met to ensure they continue to make progress even if they are not able to be in school due to self-isolating. We will work collaboratively with families, putting in place reasonable adjustments as necessary, so that pupils with SEND can successfully access remote education alongside their peers.

In all scenarios, the provision put in place will be similar across the school however; the content of teaching tasks and expectations on learning will be dependent upon the age of the children.

Scenario Remote Learning Provision
A child tests positive and has been in school during the infectious period meaning a class or “bubble” is required to isolate for 14 days due to close contact.
  • Daily learning tasks provided by class teacher through Google Classroom or class email system.
  • Access to teacher support during the day though Google Classroom or dedicated teacher email address and opportunity to email in work for feedback.
The entire school is closed due to national or local lockdown.
  • Daily learning tasks in line with school timetable.
  • Links to online learning resources
  • At least twice weekly check in time with class teacher (through Google Classroom or over the phone)

A child is required to self-isolate having had contact with an infected person or living in a house with an infected individual, where the rest of the class “bubble” remain in school.

  • Weekly learning grid provided by class teacher (provided within 2 working days after first absence).
  • Worksheets and activities provided that are in line with class teaching that week.
  • Links to online learning resources
  • Access to teacher support through dedicated teacher email address and opportunity to email in work for feedback.
A parent elects to keep their child at home following concerns over contact with an infected person e.g. year 6 class is asked to isolate and a child is kept at home in year 3.

In line with DfE guidance, unless there is close contact (as defined below), there is no need for children to isolate and they should return to school as normal. Absence of this kind will be noted as unauthorised.

In this case, we are still aware of children’s learning needs and in exceptional circumstances will provide individual work dependent on situation.


For all scenarios, ‘close contact’ means:

  • Direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a face to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin-to-skin).
  • Proximity contacts – extended close contact (within 1 to 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual.
  • Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

To support the remote learning process, various online learning resources may be used. These include:

Google Classroom

Remote Learning Policies

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