What is remote learning? What isn’t it? And how are schools approaching it? Tom Middlehurst takes a practical look at what school leaders and teachers can and should be doing to fulfil their legal and moral obligations this term and beyond

Since mid-October it has been a statutory duty to provide immediate remote learning for any students who are unable to attend school due to the pandemic (DfE, 2020). Schools were already doing this during the first national lockdown, and continued to do so from the start of term, but the legal “direction” means that schools are now legally obliged to do this, and this has raised the expectations of some parents and students.

There remains a lot of confusion about what exactly is expected, as well as uncertainty about how effective remote learning can be. So what should school leaders and teachers be doing, as we continue to tackle this pandemic?

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