Pressure for Schools to deliver remote learning and on-site Dual Education Programs

Published: Wednesday January 06 2021 by Melanie Crewe

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Schools have a duty to provide remote learning education for state-funded, school-age children unable to attend a school setting during our second lockdown, with the Government laying out expectations on how they expect remote learning to be delivered.

The set criteria for remote learning is notably more formal, structured and demanding than that of lockdown #1 - with schools and their teaching staff facing increasing pressure to deliver remote education to DfE standards.

Keyworker children- criteria

Furthermore, the Government has cleared up confusion about the parameters of keyworker children, in that children with at least one parent or carer who is listed as a critical worker are eligible for a school place.

It is not necessary for both parents to be critical workers, however some schools may have shortlisting pre-requisites if they are unable to accommodate large numbers of pupils. Schools may therefore see more of an equal mix of children both learning on-site and remote learning than during the first lockdown.

Remote learning expectations

Some of the highlights of Remote Learning expectations are as follows:

  • Use a curriculum sequence that allows access to high-quality online and offline resources and teaching videos and that is linked to the school’s curriculum expectations
  • Set work that is of equivalent length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school, and as a minimum:
  • primary: 3 hours a day, on average, across the school cohort
  • secondary: 4 hours a day, with more for pupils working towards formal qualifications this year

Our support to schools

Our teams are working around the clock to ensure we are providing full support to our schools and settings, providing teaching and support staff for both remote learning to whole classes and also learning face to face for key worker children and vulnerable children.

If you have any questions about how we can support your school/setting with your remote learning or face to face teaching please contact your local justteachers team

We will be operating and providing support to our schools and settings throughout the whole of the national lockdown, which includes the operation of our on-call service, where our teams will be contactable every weekday from 6am-10pm and at weekends.