Thursday, 14 January 2021

14 January 2021 Ofsted releases guide for schools on what works well within remote education

Based on research and visits to schools, Ofsted has released a guide to what is working well within remote education:

- live lessons have advantages, including making it easier to align the curriculum and keeping pupils' attention, but it can make it harder to build in interaction and flexibility which means that feedback can be less effective than using recorded segments followed by interactive tasks

- feedback and assessment are still as important as in the classroom, but can be harder to deliver remotely; Ofsted says that it is important for teachers to stay in regular contact by using technology such as automated check-in emails

- Ofsted has warned that there is only so much that teachers can do to engage pupils remotely, and says that schools should ensure that efforts to engage don't distract from teaching the curriculum

- peer interaction can provide motivation and improve learning outcomes' and Ofsted advises schools to use chat group and video-lining functions to facilitate this

- the guide states that pupils using a laptop tend to spend longer accessing a remote lesson than those using a phone or tablet; schools should therefore think carefully about whether pupils have access to the right kind of device

- schools should consider about where they choose to host content, so pupils are not more easily distracted; platforms such as YouTube can distract pupils because of their advertising content

- the guide advises that sometimes it is more effective to deliver remote education through worksheets or a textbook because they can provide the curriculum content and sequencing that pupils need

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