Remote Education Provision: Information for Parents


This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to students and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.

For details of what to expect where individual students are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.


The Remote Curriculum: What is taught to students at home

What should my daughter expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of students being sent home?

Students in Year 7-13 follow their normal school timetable and timings of the school day. They have a daily tutor time every morning and a weekly assembly/collective worship on their year group/House days. The school day begins and ends at the same time. All lessons (where staffing allows) are expected to be live remote lessons delivered through Google Meets following the same curriculum as if students  were physically in school.


Following the first few days of remote education, will my daughter be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

St Philomena’s teach the same curriculum remotely as would  be delivered  in school. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some practical subjects. For example practical subjects; Product Design and Food Preparation and Nutrition as some students may not have access to specific equipment.


Remote teaching and study time each day

How long can I expect work set by the school to take my daughter each day?

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take students broadly the following number of hours each day

The lessons will be 1 hour in length following the fortnightly timetable and break and lunch times will also be the same as per the physical timetable.

Key Stage 3 (8.20 - 3pm) 5hrs
Key Stage 4 (8.20 - 3pm) 5hrs
Key Stage 5 (8.20 - 3pm) 5hrs (including study periods)


Accessing Remote Education

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

As a Google Reference School St Philomena’s  uses the G suite for Education, so students will be able to access Google Classrooms for each subject and have Google Meet codes to join live lessons. Students are also assigned to a tutor group classroom where they have their morning registration and daily tutor time each day and PSHEC lessons on a Wednesday afternoon as per their timetableThe school has a very strong digital strategy in place prior to the start of 2020 pandemic. All students are invited to be part of our Anytime, Anywhere Learning scheme.


If my daughter does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some students may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those students to access remote education:

Fortunately, due to our Anytime Anywhere Learning scheme the majority of our students have access to a Chromebook in Key Stage 3 and 4.  In Key Stage 5 there is a high usage of devices that aids online access at home.All Pupil Premium students receive a device from school. In cases where a student may not have suitable access, parents are asked to contact their daughter’s Head of Year. E.g. have been provided a limited number of Chromebooks and WiFi dongles by the Department for Education and may be able to offer a loan device for the period of remote learning. Please contact


How will my daughter be taught remotely?

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

      Live teaching (online lessons) through Google Meets, cameras on.      Instructional Videos      Recorded Assemblies      Digital Textbooks


Engagement and Feedback

What are your expectations for my daughter’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

      Expectations for students’ engagement with remote education are in line with the remote learning policy. All students need to be dressed in their uniform and registered by 8.20am, attend daily tutor time and follow their school timetable joining each Google Meet for each subject.

      Expectations of parental support, for example, setting routines to support your daughter’s education, ensuring they are registering in the morning and completing work while online.

      The Headteacher writes to parents daily during a national lockdown and weekly during the pandemic and wider re-opening of school with upto date and relevant information.Parents are asked to read and respond where applicable.

      Calendared school events are proceeding remotely as much as possible and are relevant. Eg. Parents Evening and Options Evening.

Some Feedback from Parents

Email from Y8 parent:

Well done to you all for being so amazing. I can only imagine what pressure teachers and staff are all under and you are all doing an outstanding job which is hugely appreciated.

Y7 parent email:

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and all the staff at St Philomena’s for your continued support. We really couldn’t be happier that our daughter was fortunate enough to join the school. The online schooling, though tiring for her, is absolutely amazing and we are very much aware of the amount of personal effort and risk to health of all the staff has gone into keeping things going. Thank you!

How will you check whether my daughter is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns? 

      All teachers check that students are online and working every lesson. This can be questioning on the Google Meet, monitoring their assignments and hand in dates on the Google Classroom.

      Should students not be engaging or attending lessons, teachers complete a Google Form, stating which subject, date and time of lesson. This is shared with Heads of Year and Senior links who will follow up with phone calls home.


How will you assess my daughter’s work and progress?

      All teachers can speak directly to students through the live Google Meets.

      Whole class feedback grids can be shared

      Quiz can be marked in Google Forms to assess progress

      Private comments on work assignments can be added

      Voice recordings and feedback is given on work assignments set.

      Pre Public Examinations are being conducted remotely in Year 13.

      Key Assessments are taking place remotely as per the Assessment, Recording and Reporting calendar.

      Full progress reports and grades are shared with parents termly.

      Vocational exams took place in January 2021 for those students who wanted to attend.

      GCSE Resit results for Maths and English were shared with post 16 students, excellent progression was made and where a further entry is needed, students have been spoken with individually and a plan put in place.


Additional support for students with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my daughter who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some students, for example some students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those students in the following ways:

The SENDCO and LSA’s are in school supporting students physically.

If your daughter has significant special educational needs please do contact the SEND Department via to discuss your daughter attending school.

      Support is given through Learning Support Assistants who are on site

      Teaching staff have made reasonable adjustments to allow for remote teaching though rest breaks and additional time to complete work.

      Work has been differentiated to suit individual needs

      Chromebooks have the facility such as highlighting words to aid in reading (hold the search button then click S. Speech recognition for voice typing

      Teacher gives instructions and voice feedback to aid in teaching and learning


Remote Education for Self-Isolating Students

Where individual students need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching students both at home and in school.

If my daughter is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

Students will have access to the work on Google Classroom so can continue with work if they are not sick.  If they are sick  or self isolating parents will need to phone or email the Attendance Team.

You can find further information relating to St Philomena’s e-Safety Policy - School Closure and Remote Learning Addendum 2020 on the school website.

Additional Remote Learning Information for Students can be found here:

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


For general enquiries please mail:

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