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FAQs about Home Learning

What is expected in regard to home learning?

For primary schools, home learning resources are being provided centrally by The White Horse Federation. If you work any of the other schools, please contact your school for advice regarding home learning.

I want to record myself reading books aloud for my pupils/students. Is this allowed?

Sharing recorded readings online of a substantial amount of a book that is copyright is unfortunately not allowable without permission.

In general, copyright lasts for 70 years after the author’s death.Therefore, unless you are reading Dickens, Shakespeare, or Austen, the book you are reading is likely to still be in copyright.

Posting recordings of copyrighted material on Youtube or Facebook, for example, is akin to broadcasting, and is therefore not allowable unless permission has been. Because the school website is public, sharing recordings directly on the website would also not be allowable, unless the text was not in copyright.

Of course all problems are avoided if permission is obtained. In these times, publishers may well be happy to grant permission - especially if it generates publicity for their authors' books. Fortunately, many publishers have adapted their policies regarding copyright to help teachers. These policies are different for every publisher, so it is important to inform yourself first. A comprehensive list, with details, of all the publishers who have adapted their policies can be found here: https://www.slj.com/?detailSto...

Many teachers at the moment are breaching copyright by reading books online without specific permission. It may well be unlikely that punitive action will be taken, but they are breaching copyright and putting themselves (and potentially their employers) at theoretical risk.

What support is available to help keep children safe online?

As per government advice, there are a number of organisations offering support on this issue. Below are some useful links:

Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

What are we doing about examinations?

On Wednesday 18th March, the Government announced that they will be cancelling all examinations within schools.

Ensuring children take their examinations is extremely important to us and therefore it is an utmost priority. We will notify parents when we have further clarification on the longer term procedures for examinations within schools.

Parents and carers can stay up to date by checking the COVID-19 School Status web page, which can be found under the Parents section of the website.