DfE recognises need for balanced home and school learning approaches

2020-05-21

Reopening schools will need to strike a careful balance between school and home learning to ensure that the quality of education being delivered is not impacted, the Department for Education has said.


The department has recognised that the quality of home education could be impacted if teachers are required to develop both classroom lesson plans and other resources for those learning remotely.


While recognising that high quality home learning has been delivered by many schools throughout the coronavirus pandemic to date, new guidance suggests that reopening schools could pose difficulties.


The government has outlined its initial plans for some year groups to return to school, albeit with several safety precautions in place.


However, the new guidance adds that it “may be more difficult to maintain the same level of remote education provision for pupils in year groups who are not eligible to attend”, or for other pupils who are unable to attend school for any reason.


The directive also suggests that schools should explore whether lessons that are delivered in the classroom can also be made available to those learning remotely.


Online learning provides numerous challenges, according to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) union, which claims schools will need to give careful consideration to how such learning can be supported.


Nearly half of primary school teachers had used online learning platforms to set work in the early weeks after schools were closed, according to a poll by Teacher Tapp, with workbooks and worksheets also a popular option.


The NAHT has advised that schools will need to be “very mindful of the feasibility and workload implications” when it comes to balancing classroom and home provision.


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