Fairfield Park Lower School

Coronovirus Remote Learning

Remote Learning will be used when a child or a group of children are required to self-isolate.  On these pages, you will find support and guidance for remote learning.  Please see the tabs down the side for:

  • remote education policy,
  • parent and carer remote education guidance,
  • online safety guidance

The core principles of our remote learning are outlined below: flexibility, communication and accessibility.   Here you will also find our position on an often-asked question: “will there be live lessons from the class teacher?”  Read on to find out more, but first: a thank you.

In anticipation: a big thank you!

In advance, we would like to show our gratitude and thanks to all parents and carers managing remote learning at home during a period of self-isolation.  We understand that self-isolation impacts on your family and your working lives enormously; by working together and keeping the Fairfield Values Education at the heart of our collaboration, we will weather this period together.

Core principles of remote learning at Fairfield Park Lower School are:


Our remote learning provision has been developed with flexibility in mind: every family’s circumstances are different and our remote learning plans enable you to tailor your family’s needs and demands around the learning.  We ask that you do as much as you can, when you can and submit the activities, as outlined on the plan, to the teacher for feedback.  Open communication with the class teachers is paramount so we can understand your individual family’s circumstances.  Further information about how flexibility is a core principle, can be found in our Remote Learning: Parent and Carer’s Guidance.  


We have planned for regular communication with self-isolating children and school.  Communication with families and school will in place for the different self-isolation scenarios and each family’s needs will be very different to another.  Remote learning plans are available from your child's class teacher and we will communicate via class email inboxes and by telephone; however, we ask that parents and carers remember that there are a variety of self-isolation scenarios and these will impact on the availability of class teachers.  The most typical self-isolation scenario is class teachers teaching classes in school while individuals from the class self-isolate; this means communication will be after the school day and scheduled around other school commitments.  Further information about how communication is a core principle, can be found in our Remote Learning: Parent and Carer’s Guidance.  


Your feedback to our ‘remote learning’ and ‘technology at home’ surveys shaped the provision and showed the need for accessibility as a key requirement.   The significant majority of our school’s children share devices at home – this priority influenced our decisions, in addition to feedback on how children have preferred to access learning during lockdown; live lessons will therefore not be how teaching is delivered for your child if they are self-isolating when the remainder of their class is at school.  Online videos, sharing of slides and worksheets will instead enable the flexibility; families can make the learning fit around their own circumstances and medical needs at home. 

The social contact and engagement of children with their peers and class teacher is important and we know that live lessons can support this.  Should a partial or full school closure be activated, then live sessions with the class teacher will be considered, however the provision of these will depend on individual circumstances: reasons for closure, class teacher medical needs and technology availability at that time. 

Further information about the provision of live lessons can be found in Remote Learning: Parent and Carer’s Guidance.