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Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. Schools should consider providing remote education to pupils in circumstances when in-person attendance is either not possible or contrary to government guidance.

This might include:

  • Occasions when school leaders decide that it is not possible for their setting to open safely, or that opening would contradict guidance from local or central government

  • Occasions when individual pupils, for a limited duration, are unable to physically attend their school but are able to continue learning, for example pupils with an infectious illness

In these circumstances pupils should have access to remote education as soon as reasonably practicable, though in proportion to the length of absence and disruption to their learning.

Where needed, you should consider providing remote education equivalent in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school and including recorded or live direct teaching time, as well as time for pupils to complete tasks and assignments independently.

Good practice is considered to be:

  • 3 hours a day on average across the cohort for Key Stage 1, with less for younger children
  • 4 hours a day for Key Stage 2
  • 5 hours a day for Key Stages 3 and 4