Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. They have gone above and beyond to make sure my children have felt safe at school. My child is happy to come to school, the staff are visible and approachable. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not!

Our digital learning strategy and remote learning policy

Cliftonville Primary and Pre School Digital Learning Strategy

‘Remote Learning’


Why the need?


In September 2020, all our classes returned to full time education following the COVID-19 closure in March 2020. We know that there is every chance this year of continued interruption to learning if a child, bubble, or indeed the whole school needs to self-isolate for a period of time. We are therefore planning our 'remote learning' offer so that all children can continue with their education. 


The challenge

We have been pulling together knowledge and information needed to develop our remote learning offer and truly understand the nature of the barriers that may present themselves to us and all parents. We have asked parents what technology they have at home; we have trialled  using MICROSOFT TEAMS with some parents in each year group and each year group now has 'experts' to support this development within their team.

The main challenges that exist are;

  • Workload- not increasing additional workload for staff or parents
  • Access to the learning- technology ( hardware and internet),
  • Lack of skill/confidence in using the new TEAMS technology,
  • Ensuring full engagement from the children


Intent (aim)


Without a large increase in additional workload, we are aiming to be able to provide a continuity of learning from the classroom to home ensuring access for all (equality of entitlement) and that the learning be accessed from the lowest point. Both teachers and children will be expected to be actively engaged in the learning experience.



The building blocks for our effective digital learning strategy

The building blocks needed to develop our strategy for digital ‘remote ‘learning are;





How should we prepare- our general principles to continuing the education of those isolating or quarantining




Parental feedback re technology

We are asking parents regularly to update us regarding any barriers to learning remotely that they or their children may have.  We are doing all we can to support children who do not have access to a computer/ laptop and/or the internet through broadband. This may include;

•             Providing paper packs for learning

•             Where funding can be accessed, laptops and/or 4G connections.

Conversations with individual parents by attendance officers, SLT and PSA

Have a sequenced curriculum content

 Yes- in place. SLT links are working with YGL to adapt the curriculum overviews linking with suggested online resources such as OAK Academy, BBC or other

Plug gaps in digital provision e.g. bug/ doodle etc

 Yes- we have invested in using software – Doodle maths; Bug club

Invest in staff and pupil/ parents training

 We will be sharing with parents the details of the remote learning technology that we will be using- MICROSOFT TEAMS and will be providing very clear, step by step instructions, guides and passwords in order for this to be set up smoothly. Children in school will be shown how to access and we will be starting to upload homework and other activities as soon as we can. Through this technology you will be able to participate in live lessons; view pre-recorded ones; download and complete activities and tasks that can be sent back to the teacher directly for feedback with a click of a button!

Integrate face 2 face practice

 Teachers will start integrating and using this technology in their day to day lessons

Hardware for home

Using the feedback from parents we will be able to support nearly 120 children and families who do not have access to the technology needed. This will be on a loan system basis.

The Tiered Approach

We understand the difficulties that remote learning may pose to a family and will be striving to make it as easy as we can for the learning to continue.  

Providing a structure for the learning is key and we encourage you to adopt wherever possible the similar structure as they would have at school.

The ‘daily diet’

It is important that this’ daily diet’ provides;

  • New learning
  • Is meaningful
  • Builds on prior learning
  • Small steps
  • Direct teaching and modelling
  • Provides feedback for understanding
  • Requires minimal support from home

For example

  1. Daily deliberate practice- multiplication, number bonds, spellings, phonics, handwriting etc
  2. Daily lessons- PE, Maths, reading, Writing, GPS
  3. Weekly lessons- History, Geog etc

10 mins 

Quiet reading 



60 mins 



Class teachers TEAM lesson 

White Rose 

My Maths 

Maths Whizz 

10 mins  

Activity break 



10 mins 

Quiet reading 



30 mins 

Spellings or phonics 



60 mins 



Class teachers TEAM lesson 

Oak Academy 

60 mins  

Lunch break 



10 mins  

Quiet Reading 



30 mins 

Handwriting practice 



60 mins 

Topic- wider curriculum  

Monday- Art/ DT 

Tuesday- ICT 

Wednesday- Music 

Thursday- Science 

Friday- History/ Geography 

Class teachers TEAM lesson 

Oak Academy 

10 mins 

Activity break 



10 mins  

Quiet Reading 




Remote learning policy January 2021