Digital and remote learning

The second priority of Portsmouth’s education strategy is to “implement a digital learning strategy for the city that supports learning both at school and at home.”

This page brings together key information and resources for schools to support this aim, including support for all aspects of digital learning, not just that provided remotely.

The key actions for Priority 2 can be found here.


Remote learning toolkit and policy for schools

Our remote learning toolkit for schools was published in September 2020 to support schools to develop their remote learning offer.

Our model remote learning policy was also published in September 2020 to support schools with their remote learning policy. The policy can be downloaded and adapted as needed.

Guidance on remote learning published by the Department for Education

Using Google Workspace for Remote LearningUsing Google Workspace for remote learning

We have created launch packs for Google Classroom and Google Meets to enable you to get your remote provision started.

The pack includes a letter to parents, a parental agreement form, and guidance for both staff and students on how to access live lessons on Google Education.

Watch an explanation video of the launch pack to find out more.

Remote learning: survey pack for parents and pupils

The Key Support have released a survey pack for you to gather views from parents and pupils on your schools’ approach to remote learning, so you can find out what’s working and what you could change to make it even better. In their survey pack for parents and pupils, you’ll find:

  • A statement bank on home learning and wellbeing
  • Open-ended questions on what the school is doing well on, and how you could improve
  • Template letters for pupils and parents.

Download the survey pack here.

We have created a Microsoft Form survey for you from the pack questions. Click here to create a copy and adapt as you require (requires a Microsoft account).

Top tips for DigiSafe learning

Top tips for DigiSafe learning is a simple poster we have developed for you to help your staff members stay safe. Just add your transparent school logo.

Download an editable copy of the poster here.


As part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, the National Online Safety website adds a new platform guide free every week for schools to share with parents.

Live lesson etiquette slide

Our live lesson etiquette slide is available to show your students at the beginning on a lesson. Download in either PNG or PowerPoint format.

Games console access

We have created graphics for you to share on your social media channels to let students know that they can access remote learning through a games console. An explanation, poster and social media image are included. Download the graphics here.


Webinar: developing a digital strategy

Our first Portsmouth webinar on developing a digital strategy was held in July 2020. A recording is available to watch here.

In the webinar, we talk through safe remote learning. The resources mentioned can be found on the SWGfL website.

City Digital Picture (November 2020)

View the survey results here.


Working with Shaping Portsmouth, we are running a “Bridging Portsmouth’s Digital Divide” project to encourage businesses and other partners to donate new or second-hand devices to be refurbished and provided to children who need a digital device to access learning at home.

Schools may wish to share information about this initiative with parents and local partners. There is also a parallel crowdfunding campaign for individuals or organisations who are able to provide funding rather than devices.

The DfE is providing a range of support including laptops and tablets, free internet access, and funding and support to set up a digital education platform. For more information visit the DfE website.


PEP teacher exchange: resources and advice

The PEP teacher exchange: resources and advice group is a private Facebook group where trainee and established teachers in Portsmouth can share resources, ask questions and get advice.

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