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Remote Learning: Review, Key Principles and Guidance: DfE and Ofsted

The DfE have released the ‘Review your Remote Education Provision’ framework. This framework aims to help MAT leaders, system leaders, school leaders and governors to:

  • identify the strengths and areas for improvement in their school or trust’s remote education provision
  • find resources (including training), guidance and networks to help them improve their provision
What is the definition of remote education?
  • Remote education: a broad term encompassing any learning that happens outside of the classroom, with the teacher not present in the same location as the pupils.
  • Digital remote education: often known as online learning - remote learning delivered through digital technologies.
  • Blended learning: a mix of face-to-face and remote methods. An example would be the ‘flipped classroom’, where main input happens remotely (for example through video), while practice and tutoring happen in class.
  • Synchronous education: this is live; asynchronous education is when the material is prepared by the teacher and accessed by the pupil at a later date.

Here are links to specific aspects of the guidance:

  1. Some common myths about remote education
  2. Remote education is a way of delivering the curriculum
  3. Keep it simple
  4. When adapting the curriculum, focus on the basics
  5. Feedback, retrieval practice and assessment are more important than ever
  6. The medium matters (a bit)
  7. Live lessons aren’t always best
  8. Engagement matters, but is only the start