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Support for children learning from home

From the end of the summer term, schools should provide remote education for school-aged children who are unable to attend school due to following government guidance or law relating to COVID-19 (for example if they need to self-isolate, or if they have tested positive but are well enough to learn from home).


You can find out about your school’s remote education offer on their website or by contacting your child’s school directly. The remote education that schools provide should be equivalent in length to the teaching your child would normally get in school. Schools should work collaboratively with you to put in place reasonable adjustments so that pupils with SEND can successfully access remote education.

You should expect remote education to include a mixture of:

  • recorded or live direct teaching time
  • time for pupils to complete activities independently, such as working through assignments, PE or reading in a comfortable space

The amount of remote education should be a minimum of:

  • key stage 1: 3 hours a day, on average across the cohort, with fewer hours for younger children
  • key stage 2: 4 hours a day
  • key stages 3 and 4: 5 hours a day

Schools should also have a system in place to check pupils’ engagement with work on a daily basis. Schools can decide how this will take place. It could include:

  • monitoring pupils’ attendance at live or recorded lessons
  • checking that pupils have understood and completed their work
  • direct contact with pupils

You should talk to your child’s teacher or headteacher if you have concerns about the amount or quality of the remote education they are receiving.